How to Tour Colleges Online


Halle Goldsmith

Welcome Screen at the Clemson University Virtual Tour in October

Halle Goldsmith, Editor

All your life you’ve been asked the daunting question of  “What do you want to do when you grow up?” As the final years of high school approach, this question becomes more real. Virtual college tours are a great way to help answer that question! 

How exactly do virtual tours work? 

In reality, they’re not nearly as helpful as seeing the campus in person, but it is a good way to get a look at a school. 

First, signing up for tours is super easy! All you have to do is go to the website of the school you want to visit and sign up! Signing on to the actual call is a little more tricky. The school computers have blocked Zoom, which is where most of the virtual tours are held. The easy solution is to use a household computer that is not connected to the school or to even use your phone. 

On the actual tour, most of the time the guides are juniors or seniors attending the school currently. They run you through the basics of the school. 

One of Clemson’s Main Buildings (Halle Goldsmith)

 Everything from campus life to how they review applications. 

For example, Clemson University had seniors running their call and walking everyone through their campus life, their research opportunities, applications, food, and much much more. Some meetings break off into breakout rooms depending on the size of the call, and they have a chat open to answer any and all questions you may have. 

Virtual tours provide a good insight into what is at the school and is an easy way to take a look at schools far away from where you are while saving money since you don’t have to travel to the schools.