With colleges shut down and admissions office working remotely, new students are unable to do in-person visits for the foreseeable future, and everything needs to be done virtually. Virtual visits are a completely new thing for us. Though virtual visits did exist in the past, they were not the only option and thus, more and more students preferred in-person visits.
However, with the right preparation and skills, your virtual visits can be just as fruitful as the in-person visits. Here are some tips from Paperwritten.com:
Prepare yourself as if you will be there in person
Just because you are not present in person, does not mean that you do not need to prepare. Prepare yourself as if you are present there in person. Research about the school and prepare your questions. Make sure when you are making your virtual visit, you make notes. You should also have details about your college to understand better what your faculty will be, where exactly will you be studying and how the courses would be like.
Keep an eye for virtual admissions events
Many colleges have moved their information for new students online. More and more colleges are now moving towards virtual sessions on zoom and skype. This allows you to sit at home and connect with your prospective school more easily. You can also enter live Q&A sessions and webinars. Virtual admissions events also bring you in the eyes of the admissions department as attending these sessions makes them feel that you are interested in joining their college.
Explore virtual tour platforms
There are many different platforms that you can make use of for your virtual tours. Sites like YouVisit, CampusReel, CampusTours, and YouTube are all excellent platforms to have a virtual tour of a college.
Make sure to take notes
It is important to make notes on your virtual tour. On an in-person tour, you can ask questions right on the spot. On the other hand, in a virtual tour, you cannot ask questions on the spot. You can only ask only after the tour is handed. If you have your notes ready, you ask all the relevant questions that you have in your mind.
Narrow down your focus
There is a lot of information to absorb in one go when you are taking a virtual tour. It is better to have your goals in mind and then narrow down your focus on the things that you in your mind. For example, if you want to major in physics, then you can skip the part where you get to see the medical faculty.
Make good use of your social media
There are specific accounts on social media that have feed on admissions, student organization and the departments that you are looking for. By following these accounts on social media, you are up to date with what is happening.
Explore the surrounding area
An important aspect of an in-person campus visit is the chance to get the surrounding area and city of the campus. To replicate this experience, you can hop on google maps 3D view and see the attractions around the campus. If you are near the campus, you can cruise the city on your own and see what the city has to offer.
We understand that virtual tours do not offer the same experience as an in-person tour, but we believe that by following what we have suggested about, one can get the most out of the virtual tour. A virtual tour can be as beneficial as an in-person tour if you prepare for it right.