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New virtual campus tour filling gap in lieu of in-person visits

January 12, 2021

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As a result of the ongoing pandemic and limitations around in-person visits, Saint Mary’s Office of Admission worked closely with EAB to launch its new virtual campus tour in December. The tour provides a way to connect with prospective students, while showcasing the college and campus life from afar. It gives the feeling of strolling through campus and hints at the beauty one will experience day in and day out.

While this is not a substitute for in-person experiences, this is a tool that allows us to fill the gap as we engage with prospective students now and in the future, while also building on our portfolio of virtual offerings. Coupled with our digital viewbook and virtual visit with an enrollment counselor, high school students can more fully experience Saint Mary’s as they prepare to make their own college decision.

This resource also has value for the future, when the pandemic is behind us. The tour provides an accessible way to experience campus for prospective students who live out of state and are unable to visit easily.

In just a short time, the virtual tour has generated significant results. In the last week alone, more than 500 people have visited, with 69 registering, 12 registering for a visit, 10 requesting to learn more and seven applying online. Nicole Gerdes, manager of admission operations, also noted a number of alumni have viewed this tour.