Many students, getting past final exams and dreaming about Spring Break to come, are thinking of that epic road trip to check out potential colleges. A great idea, if you can afford it – but with the economy in the news daily and the need to save for other college costs, families and students might be looking to cut back on college visits this spring and summer.
Just because you aren’t able to personally wander the campus, doesn’t mean you can’t peer into dorm rooms, walk the paths through campus, and hear what current students have to say about their school and environment. You can explore all this and more while sitting on your couch, listening to music, and surfing through a number of websites with virtual tours, live chats, student reviews and more.
Many colleges offer “virtual campus tours” on their school websites, so if you prefer, you may look at each college individually. There are also sites, though, where you can take tours of hundreds of colleges and universities, providing you the opportunity to “see” schools and compare physical features, weather, and other non-academic factors. Sites offer a wide variety of other tools and information, including application and admission data and ways to connect with current students, including getting their honest assessment of the pros and cons of their school – home.
So, if your travel fund is a little low, grab a snack and enjoy a comfy trip. Check out these virtual tour sites to find the information you want about the schools you choose.