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Are Virtual College Tours as Important as On-Campus?

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jun 16, 2022 1:00:00 PM

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Do you have colleges you're interested in but don't have the time or money to visit the campuses in person? Look into virtual college tours! More and more colleges are now offering them (we have the whole list!), and they're a great way to get a feel for what a particular school is like without leaving home. But how do virtual college visits work? What questions should you ask? And how do you know if they're the right choice for you? Keep reading to find out.

 

What Is a Virtual College Tour? How Do They Work?

Virtual college tours are pretty much what they sound like: you watch from your computer as a student from the college you're interested in gives you a video tour of campus, tells stories about the school, and answers any questions you may have. Some are fully live, with the camera following the guide around as they go to different parts of campus, while others are partly prerecorded with the guide speaking over pre-shot video of the campus.

You'll sign up in advance for a virtual college tour. We recommend doing this well ahead of time (ideally several weeks) since the virtual tours are still kept fairly small to allow everyone the chance to ask questions. A day or so before the tour, you'll be given a link that you'll click on at the given time to start the tour. And that's it!

College tours have long been one of the best ways to learn if a school is right for you. On top of that, touring a school shows the admissions teams that you're seriously interested in attending. Some colleges use demonstrated interest as a part of their application review process, so even just attending a virtual college tour could give your application a boost.

Are college tours where you're not actually on campus still useful? They can be! Certainly there are benefits to actually being on campus and experiencing the vibe for yourself, but virtual college tours can be a surprisingly useful alternative. They're carefully put together to show students different parts of campus (classrooms, dorms, stadiums, etc.) and give them a feel for the entire school. Like an in-person college tour, you'll also be able to ask questions at the end.

 

What Questions Should You Ask During a Virtual College Visit?

We have a list of 118 questions to ask during a campus tour, but below are questions specifically for virtual college tours. Some of these are general questions, others are aimed at giving you a sense of what the school and campus life is like when you're not able to experience it in-person. Whatever questions you ask, be sure that you end the virtual tour feeling like you have a good sense of all aspects of the school, including academics, housing and dining options, extracurriculars, and campus life.

 

Academics

  • How large are the classes?
  • Are the classes more lecture-based or discussion-based?
  • How much freedom do freshmen have in choosing courses? Are there required classes for freshmen?
  • Are students usually able to take their first choice courses?
  • Is it easy to change your major?
  • Can undergraduates work with professors on research?
  • Where are the best places to study on campus?
  • What are the hours for the library? Do these change during reading periods or exam weeks?
  • Are study abroad programs popular? Any ones in particular?
  • What kind of opportunities exist for undergraduates to work on research or academic projects with professors?
  • What kind of internships are available? Do a lot of students get internships?

 

Residence Life

  • What are the dorms like? Are there lounges, laundry, and kitchens? Shared or private restrooms?
  • Do most students live in the dorms?
  • What's the most popular dorm to live in? The least popular? How do they compare to the dorm we saw on the tour?
  • What kind of food does the dining hall serve? Are there different options? How is it, really?

 

Extracurriculars

  • What are some of the most popular extracurriculars and why?
  • What clubs or other opportunities exist for community service?
  • Do sports play a large role on campus? What about intramurals or exercise classes?

 

Campus and the Surrounding Area

  • Where do students tend to hang out on and off campus?
  • How would you describe the presence of Greek life? Do a lot of students belong to fraternities or sororities?
  • What are some big campus events, like homecoming or alumni weekend?
  • Is it easy to get around campus or get off campus without a car?
  • What transportation options are there around campus?
  • Is it a safe area to walk around at night? What kind of safety measures are in place?

 

Personal Questions

  • What's your favorite class and why?
  • What do you wish you had known going into freshman year?
  • Is there anything you wish you had done differently to improve your experience here?
  • What's your favorite spot you've discovered on campus since arriving?

 

4 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Virtual College Tours

If you've decided to do a virtual college tour, what's next? Follow the four tips below to get the most out of the experience.

 

#1: Prepare Ahead of Time

Before you sit down for any virtual tour of a college, you should do a bit of work beforehand. First, think about what you want to get from this tour. Of course you want to learn more about the school, but is there something specific you're hoping to get from it? A better understanding of what campus looks like? A chance to see an actual dorm room? A clearer explanation of what choosing freshman classes will be like? Having a goal in mind will help you get the most out of the tour. 

Next, come up with a short list of questions you'd like answered (use our suggestions above as a guideline). Finally, when it comes time to sit in on the virtual tour, take it seriously. Move distractions (like your phone) out of sight, and don't be tempted to spend the tour scrolling through other websites. If this is actually a college you're interested in attending, then it's worth an hour of your time to really pay attention to the tour.

 

#2: Know They're Showing You the Best Parts

This is true of all campus tours. When I visited Michigan State, they had a dorm room they kept vacant and had decorated to show touring students what their dorm room would look like. And…that dorm room was significantly nicer than mine ended up being. For a virtual tour, it's even easier to only show the nicest parts of campus. This doesn't mean that the school is deliberately trying to con you or that the parts of the school you don't see will be a disaster, but be aware that a virtual tour is a bit like looking at someone's Instagram: they're showing you their highlight reel.

 

#3: Research Other Ways to Learn About the School

College visits (both in-person and virtual) are a great way to learn about a school, but they're certainly not the only way, especially as colleges grow their online presence more and more. If you've done a virtual tour of a college and are interested in still learning more, check out other resources. The school's website is the obvious one, but you can also look into their social media accounts, see what's being written in the school newspaper (they're practically all available online now), what events are coming up on the school calendar, etc. You can also talk to other people affiliated with the school, such as an admissions counselor, and ask them questions you still have after the virtual tour. For example, if you did a Boston College virtual tour and want to know more about the school, you could check out its admissions webpage, its admissions Instagram page, and its student paper, as a start.

 

#4: Consider If You Want to Visit In-Person

Virtual campus tours are a great way to get a better sense of what a certain school offers and what the vibe is like. However, it's not a perfect replacement for an in-person visit where you can see the buildings for yourself, walk around campus, see students going to and from classes, etc. If you're really interested in a school after doing a virtual tour, and you have the time/money to travel there, an in-person visit can help you decide if it's actually the right school for you. Some students also wait until after they've been admitted and received financial aid packages to visit schools, so they're not wasting their time, but be aware this only gives you about a month to make the visit and decide where you want to go to college.

 

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Colleges That Offer Virtual Campus Tours

Virtual college visits have become more and more popular in recent years, especially since the pandemic made it difficult or impossible to visit many college campuses. Below are all the colleges that currently offer virtual college tours, organized alphabetically by state. It's a long list, so use "ctrl +F" to search for a school name if you're interested to see if a specific school is a virtual tour college.

 

Alabama

  • Auburn University
  • Birmingham-Southern College
  • Huntingdon College
  • Samford University
  • Troy University
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • The University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa
  • University of Mobile
  • University of Montevallo
  • University of South Alabama
  • University of West Alabama

 

Alaska

  • Alaska Pacific University
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks

 

Arizona

  • Southwestern College
  • Arizona State University
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Northern Arizona University
  • University of Advancing Technology
  • University of Arizona

 

Arkansas

  • Arkansas Tech University
  • Harding University
  • Hendrix College
  • John Brown University
  • University of Arkansas--Fayetteville
  • University of the Ozarks

 

California

  • Academy of Art University
  • ArtCenter College of Design
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Biola University
  • California Baptist University
  • California College of the Arts
  • California Institute of Technology
  • California Institute of the Arts
  • California Lutheran University
  • California Polytechnic State University
  • CSU Channel Islands
  • CSU Chico
  • CSU East Bay
  • CSU Humboldt
  • CSU Long Beach
  • CSU Los Angeles
  • CSU Northridge
  • CSU East Bay
  • CSU Pomona
  • CSU Sacramento
  • CSU San Bernardino
  • CSU San Diego
  • CSU San Francisco
  • CSU San Jose
  • CSU San Luis Obispo
  • CSU San Marcos
  • Chapman University
  • Claremont McKenna College
  • Cogswell College
  • Humboldt State University
  • Humphreys College
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Marymount California University
  • The Master's University
  • Mills College
  • Mount Saint Mary's University
  • Notre Dame de Namur University
  • Occidental College
  • Otis College of Art and Design
  • Pacific Union College
  • Pepperdine University
  • Pitzer College
  • Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Pomona College
  • Saint Mary's College of California
  • San Diego State University
  • San Francisco State University
  • Santa Clara University
  • Simpson University
  • Soka University of America
  • Sonoma State University
  • Stanford University
  • Thomas Aquinas College
  • University of California--Berkeley
  • University of California--Davis
  • University of California-Irvine
  • University of California--Los Angeles
  • University of California - Merced
  • University of California--Riverside
  • University of California--San Diego
  • University of California--Santa Barbara
  • University of California--Santa Cruz
  • University of La Verne
  • University of San Diego
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of Southern California
  • Westmont College
  • Whittier College

 

Colorado

  • Colorado Mesa University
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Colorado State University
  • Colorado State University-Pueblo
  • Fort Lewis College
  • Naropa University
  • Regis University
  • United States Air Force Academy
  • University of Colorado--Boulder
  • University of Denver
  • University of Northern Colorado

 

Connecticut

  • Central Connecticut State University
  • Eastern Connecticut State University
  • Fairfield University
  • Mitchell College
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Sacred Heart University
  • Trinity College
  • University of Bridgeport
  • University of New Haven
  • University of Saint Joseph
  • Wesleyan University
  • Western Connecticut State University
  • Yale University

 

Delaware

  • University of Delaware

 

Florida

  • Barry University
  • Clearwater Christian College
  • Eckerd College
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Flagler College
  • Florida A&M University
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Florida International University
  • Florida Southern College
  • Florida State University
  • Lynn University
  • New College of Florida
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • Ringling College of Art + Design
  • Rollins College
  • Saint Leo University
  • Stetson University
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Florida
  • University of Miami
  • University of North Florida
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Tampa
  • University of West Florida
  • Webber International University

 

Georgia

  • Agnes Scott College
  • Albany State University
  • The Art Institute of Atlanta
  • Augusta University
  • Berry College
  • Brenau University
  • Covenant College
  • Emory University
  • Georgia College & State University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Georgia State University
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Life University
  • Mercer University
  • Piedmont College
  • Point University
  • Reinhardt University
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Shorter College
  • University of Georgia
  • University of North Georgia
  • Valdosta State University
  • Wesleyan College

 

Hawaii

  • Chaminade University of Honolulu
  • University of Hawaii-Manoa

 

Idaho

  • Boise State University
  • Lewis-Clark State College
  • University of Idaho

 

Illinois

  • Augustana College
  • Aurora University
  • Bradley University
  • Columbia College 
  • DePaul University
  • Dominican University
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Elmhurst College
  • Greenville University
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Illinois State University
  • Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Knox College
  • Lake Forest College
  • Lewis University
  • Loyola University of Chicago
  • Millikin University
  • Monmouth College
  • North Central College
  • Northeastern Illinois University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • North Park University
  • Northwestern University
  • Quincy University
  • Rockford University
  • Roosevelt University
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
  • Trinity Christian College
  • The University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Springfield
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of St. Francis
  • Western Illinois University
  • Wheaton College

 

Indiana

  • Anderson University
  • Ball State University
  • Bethel University
  • Butler University
  • DePauw University
  • Grace College and Seminary
  • Hanover College
  • Huntington University
  • Indiana State University
  • Indiana University--Bloomington
  • Indiana University East
  • Indiana University-Kokomo
  • Indiana University Northwest
  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Indiana University South Bend
  • Indiana University Southeast
  • Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Manchester University
  • Marian University
  • Purdue University--West Lafayette
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • Saint Mary's College
  • Taylor University
  • University of Evansville
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Southern Indiana
  • Valparaiso University
  • Wabash College

 

Iowa

  • Briar Cliff University
  • Buena Vista University
  • Central College
  • Cornell College
  • Drake University
  • Graceland University
  • Grinnell College
  • Luther College
  • Mount Mercy University
  • Northwestern College
  • St. Ambrose University
  • University of Dubuque
  • University of Iowa
  • Upper Iowa University
  • Wartburg College
  • William Penn University

 

Kansas

  • Baker University
  • Bethel College
  • Fort Hays State University
  • Friends University
  • Kansas State University
  • MidAmerica Nazarene University
  • Southwestern College
  • Sterling College
  • University of Kansas
  • Wichita State University

 

Kentucky

  • Bellarmine University
  • Centre College
  • Georgetown College
  • Murray State University
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • Transylvania University
  • University of Louisville
  • University of Pikeville
  • University of the Cumberlands
  • Western Kentucky University

 

Louisiana

  • Louisiana College
  • Louisiana State University--Baton Rouge
  • Loyola University New Orleans
  • Nicholls State University
  • Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Southern University and A & M College
  • Tulane University
  • University of New Orleans

 

Maine

  • Bates College
  • Bowdoin College
  • Colby College
  • Husson University
  • Unity College
  • University of Maine
  • University of Maine-Augusta
  • University of New England

 

Maryland

  • Frostburg State University
  • Goucher College
  • Hood College
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Loyola University Maryland
  • Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Mount St. Mary's University
  • St. John's College
  • St. Mary's College of Maryland
  • Salisbury University
  • Stevenson University
  • Towson University
  • United States Naval Academy
  • University of Maryland--Baltimore County
  • University of Maryland--College Park

 

Massachusetts

  • Amherst College
  • Assumption College
  • Babson College
  • Bard College at Simon's Rock
  • Bay Path University
  • Bentley University
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • Cambridge College
  • Clark University
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Emerson College
  • Emmanuel College
  • Endicott College
  • Fitchburg State College
  • Framingham State University
  • Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
  • Gordon College
  • Hampshire College
  • Harvard College
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Merrimack College
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Nichols College
  • Regis College
  • School of the Museum of Fine Arts
  • Simmons University
  • Suffolk University
  • Tufts University
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • University of Massachusetts-Lowell
  • Wellesley College
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • Western New England University
  • Westfield State University
  • Wheaton College
  • Williams College
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Worcester State University

 

Michigan

  • Adrian College
  • Albion College
  • Aquinas College
  • Calvin University
  • Central Michigan University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Ferris State University
  • Hope College
  • Kalamazoo College
  • Kettering University
  • Lawrence Technological University
  • Michigan State University
  • Michigan Technological University
  • Northern Michigan University
  • Northwood University
  • Oakland University
  • Saginaw Valley State University
  • Siena Heights University
  • Spring Arbor University
  • University of Michigan--Ann Arbor
  • Wayne State University
  • Western Michigan University

 

Minnesota

  • Augsburg University
  • Bemidji State University
  • Carleton College
  • College of St. Benedict/Saint John's University
  • The College of Saint Scholastica
  • Concordia College
  • Concordia University - St Paul
  • Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Hamline University
  • Macalester College
  • Minneapolis College of Art and Design
  • Minnesota State University--Mankato
  • Minnesota State University--Moorhead
  • Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
  • St. Olaf College
  • University of Minnesota--Crookston
  • University of Minnesota--Duluth
  • University of Minnesota--Morris
  • University of Minnesota--Twin Cities
  • University of Saint Thomas

 

Mississippi

  • Belhaven College
  • Jackson State University
  • Millsaps College
  • Mississippi State University
  • University of Mississippi

 

Missouri

  • Columbia College
  • Drury University
  • Maryville University of Saint Louis
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Missouri Valley College
  • Saint Louis University
  • Southeast Missouri State University
  • Southwest Baptist University
  • Stephens College
  • Truman State University
  • University of Central Missouri
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Missouri--Kansas City
  • University of Missouri--Saint Louis
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Webster University
  • Westminster College
  • William Jewell College



Montana

  • Montana State University
  • Montana State University--Billings
  • Rocky Mountain College
  • University of Montana
  • The University of Montana--Western

 

Nebraska

  • College of Saint Mary
  • Creighton University
  • Doane University
  • Hastings College
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University
  • University of Nebraska--Omaha
  • University of Nebraska--Lincoln
  • Wayne State College

 

Nevada

  • Sierra Nevada College

 

New Hampshire

  • Colby-Sawyer College
  • Dartmouth College
  • Franklin Pierce University
  • Keene State College
  • Plymouth State University
  • Rivier University
  • Saint Anselm College
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • University of New Hampshire

 

New Jersey

  • Caldwell University
  • The College of New Jersey
  • College of Saint Elizabeth
  • Drew University
  • Georgian Court University
  • Kean University
  • Monmouth University
  • Montclair State University
  • New Jersey City University
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Princeton University
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • Rider University
  • Rowan University
  • Rutgers University-Camden
  • Rutgers University-Newark
  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick
  • Seton Hall University
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Stockton University
  • Thomas Edison State University
  • William Paterson University

 

New Mexico

  • Eastern New Mexico University
  • New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
  • New Mexico State University
  • St. John's College
  • University of New Mexico

 

New York

  • Adelphi University
  • Alfred University
  • Barnard College
  • Canisius College
  • City University of New York--Baruch College
  • City University of New York--Brooklyn College
  • Queens College of the City University of New York
  • City University of New York - The College of Staten Island
  • Clarkson University
  • Colgate University
  • The College of Saint Rose
  • Columbia University
  • The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
  • Cornell University
  • Daemen College
  • Elmira College
  • Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts
  • Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York
  • Five Towns College
  • Fordham University
  • Hamilton College
  • Hartwick College
  • Hilbert College
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Hofstra University
  • Houghton College
  • Iona College
  • Ithaca College
  • The Juilliard School
  • Le Moyne College
  • Long Island University Post
  • Manhattan College
  • Manhattanville College
  • Marist College
  • Marymount Manhattan College
  • Mercy College
  • Molloy College
  • Mount Saint Mary College
  • Nazareth College
  • New York Institute of Technology
  • New York School of Interior Design
  • New York University
  • Niagara University
  • Pace University
  • Parsons The New School for Design
  • Pratt Institute
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Roberts Wesleyan College
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • St. Bonaventure University
  • St. John Fisher College
  • St. John's University
  • St. Joseph's College
  • St. Lawrence University
  • St. Thomas Aquinas College
  • Siena College
  • Skidmore College
  • SUNY at Albany
  • SUNY--Binghamton University
    SUNY--The College at Brockport
  • SUNY--University at Buffalo
  • SUNY Canton
  • SUNY Cobleskill
  • SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • SUNY Cortland
  • SUNY Delhi
  • SUNY Empire State College
  • SUNY Fredonia
  • SUNY Geneseo
  • SUNY Maritime College
  • SUNY Morrisville
  • SUNY New Paltz
  • SUNY Old Westbury
  • SUNY Oneonta
  • SUNY Oswego
  • SUNY Plattsburgh
  • SUNY Potsdam
  • SUNY--Stony Brook University
  • Syracuse University
  • Union College
  • United States Merchant Marine Academy
  • United States Military Academy
  • University of Rochester
  • Utica College
  • Vassar College
  • Wagner College
  • Webb Institute
  • Wells College

 

North Carolina

  • Appalachian State University
  • Barton College
  • Belmont Abbey College
  • Brevard College
  • Catawba College
  • Duke University
  • East Carolina University
  • Elon University
  • Gardner-Webb University
  • Guilford College
  • High Point University
  • Lenoir-Rhyne University
  • Meredith College
  • Methodist University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Salem College
  • University of North Carolina--Asheville
  • University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill
  • University of North Carolina--Charlotte
  • University of North Carolina--Greensboro
  • University of North Carolina--Pembroke
  • University of North Carolina--Wilmington
  • Wake Forest University
  • Warren Wilson College
  • Western Carolina University
  • William Peace University
  • Wingate University

 

North Dakota

  • Mayville State University
  • University of North Dakota

 

Ohio

  • Ashland University
  • Baldwin Wallace University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Cedarville University
  • Cleveland State University
  • College of Wooster
  • Columbus College of Art & Design
  • Denison University
  • Hiram College
  • John Carroll University
  • Kent State University
  • Kenyon College
  • Malone University
  • Miami University
  • Mount Vernon Nazarene University
  • Muskingum University
  • Oberlin College
  • Ohio Dominican University
  • The Ohio State University--Columbus
  • The Ohio State University--Newark
  • Ohio University--Athens
  • Shawnee State University
  • Tiffin University
  • Union Institute & University
  • University of Akron
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Findlay
  • University of Mount Union
  • University of Toledo
  • Wittenberg University
  • Wright State University
  • Xavier University 
  • Youngstown State University

 

Oklahoma

  • Northeastern State University
  • Oklahoma Baptist University
  • Oklahoma Christian University
  • Oklahoma City University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Oral Roberts University
  • University of Central Oklahoma
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma
  • University of Tulsa

 

Oregon

  • Eastern Oregon University
  • George Fox University
  • Lewis & Clark College
  • Linfield College
  • Multnomah University
  • Oregon State University
  • Pacific Northwest College of Art
  • Portland State University
  • Southern Oregon University
  • University of Portland
  • Warner Pacific College
  • Western Oregon University

 

Pennsylvania

  • Albright College
  • Allegheny College
  • Alvernia University
  • Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Bucknell University
  • Cairn University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Chatham University
  • Chestnut Hill College
  • Clarks Summit University
  • Delaware Valley University
  • DeSales University
  • Dickinson College
  • Drexel University
  • Duquesne University
  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
  • Franklin & Marshall College
  • Gannon University
  • Grove City College
  • Gwynedd Mercy University
  • Haverford College
  • Holy Family University
  • Juniata College
  • Keystone College
  • King's College
  • Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
  • Lafayette College
  • Lancaster Bible College
  • La Roche University
  • La Salle University
  • Lebanon Valley College
  • Lehigh University
  • Lincoln University
  • Lycoming College
  • Mansfield University
  • Marywood University
  • Messiah College
  • Misericordia University
  • Moravian College
  • Muhlenberg College
  • Neumann University
  • Penn State University Park
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Robert Morris University
  • Rosemont College
  • Saint Joseph's University
  • Saint Vincent College
  • Susquehanna University
  • Swarthmore College
  • Thiel College
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh--Bradford
  • University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg
  • University of Pittsburgh--Pittsburgh
  • University of Scranton
  • University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
  • Ursinus College
  • Villanova University
  • Washington & Jefferson College
  • Waynesburg University
  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  • Widener University
  • Wilkes University
  • Wilson College
  • York College of Pennsylvania

 

Rhode Island

  • Brown University
  • Bryant University
  • Providence College
  • Roger Williams University
  • Salve Regina University
  • University of Rhode Island

 

South Carolina

  • Bob Jones University
  • The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina
  • Clemson University
  • Coastal Carolina University
  • College of Charleston
  • Columbia College 
  • Converse College
  • Erskine College
  • Francis Marion University
  • Limestone College
  • Southern Wesleyan University
  • University of South Carolina 
  • Winthrop University
  • Wofford College



South Dakota

  • Augustana University
  • Dakota State University
  • South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

 

Tennessee

  • Belmont University
  • Bryan College
  • King University
  • Lee University
  • Lincoln Memorial University
  • Lipscomb University
  • Maryville College
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Milligan College
  • Rhodes College
  • Southern Adventist University
  • Tennessee Technological University
  • Tusculum College
  • Union University
  • University of Memphis
  • The University of the South
  • University of Tennessee--Chattanooga
  • University of Tennessee--Knoxville
  • University of Tennessee--Martin
  • Vanderbilt University

 

Texas

  • Abilene Christian University
  • Angelo State University
  • Austin College
  • Baylor University
  • Dallas Baptist University
  • Hardin-Simmons University
  • Houston Baptist University
  • Huston-Tillotson University
  • McMurry University
  • Midwestern State University
  • Rice University
  • St. Edward's University
  • Schreiner University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Southwestern University
  • Tarleton State University
  • Texas A&M University--College Station
  • Texas Christian University
  • Texas Lutheran University
  • Texas State University
  • Texas Tech University
  • Trinity University
  • University of Houston
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Texas--Arlington
  • University of Texas--Austin
  • University of Texas--San Antonio
  • Wayland Baptist University

 

Utah

  • Brigham Young University 
  • Neumont College
  • University of Utah
  • Utah State University
  • Weber State University

 

Vermont

  • Bennington College
  • Champlain College
  • Marlboro College
  • Middlebury College
  • Saint Michael's College
  • Sterling College
  • Vermont Technical College

 

Virginia

  • Bridgewater College
  • Christendom College
  • Christopher Newport University
  • Eastern Mennonite University
  • George Mason University
  • Hampden-Sydney College
  • Hampton University
  • Hollins University
  • James Madison University
  • Liberty University
  • Longwood University
  • Mary Baldwin University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Patrick Henry College
  • Radford University
  • Randolph College
  • Randolph-Macon College
  • Regent University
  • Roanoke College
  • Shenandoah University
  • Sweet Briar College
  • University of Lynchburg
  • University of Mary Washington
  • University of Richmond
  • University of Virginia
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Tech
  • Virginia Wesleyan University
  • Washington and Lee University
  • William & Mary

 

Washington

  • Bastyr University
  • Central Washington University
  • DigiPen Institute of Technology
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Evergreen State College
  • Gonzaga University
  • Heritage University
  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Seattle University
  • University of Puget Sound
  • University of Washington
  • University of Washington--Tacoma
  • Washington State University
  • Western Washington University
  • Whitman College
  • Whitworth University

 

Washington DC

  • American University
  • Catholic University of America
  • Gallaudet University
  • Georgetown University
  • Howard University

 

West Virginia

  • Bethany College
  • Concord University
  • Marshall University
  • University of Charleston
  • West Virginia University
  • West Virginia Wesleyan College
  • Wheeling Jesuit University

 

Wisconsin

  • Beloit College
  • Carthage College
  • Lawrence University
  • Marian University
  • Marquette University
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • Mount Mary University
  • Northland College
  • Ripon College
  • St. Norbert College
  • University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire
  • University of Wisconsin--Green Bay
  • University of Wisconsin--La Crosse
  • University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee
  • University of Wisconsin--Platteville
  • University of Wisconsin--River Falls
  • University of Wisconsin--Stevens Point
  • University of Wisconsin--Stout
  • University of Wisconsin--Superior
  • University of Wisconsin--Whitewater
  • Viterbo University

 

Wyoming

  • Central Wyoming College
  • University of Wyoming

 

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Summary: College Virtual Tours

A Virtual college tour is a tour that you can watch from your phone or computer. The tour is generally an hour long, and will be led by a tour guide who will talk to you about the school and their experience there, as well as answer questions you or others may have. Seeing a school in-person is always the best way to get a feel for it, but virtual tours are still a great way to get a sense of what the college and study body are like, without the time and expense of traveling to the school itself. Virtual campus tours have become more and more popular in recent years, and many schools offer them. To get the most out of a virtual campus tour, be sure to:

  •  Prepare ahead of time
  • Remember that you're being shown the best parts of the school
  • Research other ways to learn about the school
  • Consider an in-person visit

 

What's Next?

Are you in the midst of researching colleges and narrowing down your college list? This guide has some seriously helpful suggestions for figuring out what you want and choosing the colleges that best match your goals.

Touring a school is just one part of the college application process. This complete guide to college applications will help you plan your application step by step!

Another concern when making your college list may be financial aid. If this is important to you, check out these 27 colleges with the best financial aid!

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Christine Sarikas
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Christine graduated from Michigan State University with degrees in Environmental Biology and Geography and received her Master's from Duke University. In high school she scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT and was named a National Merit Finalist. She has taught English and biology in several countries.



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