How to take a virtual college campus tour

Deciding where to go to college is no small feat. It is important to get a great education and find a campus and city that’ll feel like home. Assimilating into campus culture is a big part of succeeding and being happy in school.

With this in mind, it’s no surprise that college campus tours are an important part of the decision-making process. But, traveling to visit multiple campuses is not easily affordable to most hopeful students, so they’re left to make the decision sight unseen. Until now!

Thanks to the ever-growing technology space, students and their families can now virtually visit college campuses online from their living rooms for free.

What’s a campus virtual tour?

Over 2,400 colleges and universities offer virtual tours through interactive online photos and videos. Some schools offer more advanced options with virtual reality apps that can be downloaded to any smartphone.

Without having to spend any time or money traveling from school to school, students can narrow down their options without having to leave their homes.

How it’s done

Virtual campus tours allow school staff to make multiple informational videos covering topics such as: what the admissions process looks like, student life, campus walks, lecture previews, school values and qualities they look for in prospective students.

After viewing the virtual tours, students can sign up for online info sessions where they can ask questions just as they could if they were to visit the campus in person.

During the online information session, it’s important to come prepared with questions ready when the Q&A portion begins. Here are some examples of good questions to ask:

  • What is it like to live there? On-campus vs. off-campus?
  • What are the best reasons to go to this college?
  • What do you love about this school?
  • If you could change one thing about the school, what would it by and why?
  • What is the transition from high school to college, like?
  • Are there many clubs and student organizations?

Many other students and their families will be asking questions as well, so be prepared with 3-5 questions that are most important to you. Take notes so you can review the answers again later and reflect on the information that was covered during the information session.  

How to get started

Websites like CampusTours and YouVisit are two of the more prominent websites hosting virtual campus tours for many colleges around the United States and abroad. They give students easy access to online tours through interactive maps, photos, videos, and testimonials. If you are an athlete, some of these websites even offer the experience of touring the stadiums to see what it would be like to play a particular sport at that school.

Students can expand their college search and “visit” schools they otherwise wouldn’t have considered by taking advantage of virtual tours.

By doing this, prospective students can now truly experience what schools have to offer and make the most informed decisions for their future.