Tour These College Campuses From Your Smartphone
Thanks to your smartphone, a campus 'visit' doesn't necessarily require you to shell out for a plane ticket. Here's a list of some mobile apps that deliver virtual campus tours.
Campus Tour Mobile Apps
Campus tours are an important part of deciding where you want to go to school. But if you've only applied to places that are far away, it can be a little unrealistic to expect to visit all of them. A virtual tour isn't exactly a replacement for an in-person visit, but it's still a good way to get a sense of what's available on a campus and what it looks like at its best.
College and university admissions offices seem to be aware of this, because virtual tours on websites are very common on school websites and there's a surprising amount of virtual tours available as mobile apps. These apps are typically free, and are more widely available for iOS devices than other mobile platforms. Here are some of the best that we looked at.
College of Charleston's tree-lined campus is absolutely beautiful, located in the heart of a historic coastal South Carolina city. You can experience the beauty yourself with CofC's virtual tour app, which, according to the college, was the nation's first virtual walking tour mobile app.
California's Stanford University has a large campus with many famous buildings and attractions. This tour app uses Google maps as a basis to guide visitors around the 8,180-acre grounds.
Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Greenville, South Carolina, Furman University's campus has a lot of beautiful features. Furman's tour app allows you to view video, photos and text about various locations on campus, including an authentic Japanese Buddhist temple.
There are three separate components to Washington State University's tour app, including athletics, dorm and general campus tours. Though WSU has several campuses, the app focuses on showing users around the main campus in Pullman, WA.
Available for both Android and iOS devices, NC State's tour app uses GPS to help enhance the experience of in-person visitors to campus. If you can't make it in person, you can still explore the pictures and text descriptions in the app.
The University of Vermont's tour app provides some extras for those who will be visiting the campus in person, including a schedule of events. This information would likely be of interest to those who will not be visiting in person as a means of understanding what events are happening on campus from day-to-day. Also useful are videos and photos that come with the app.
The mobile tour for this Pennsylvania college offers a virtual walking tour around campus, complete with 360 degree panoramas. This app is available for both Android and iOS devices.
Another way to check out prospective colleges on your smartphone is to download some college newspaper apps.