In-person campus visits return

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Students tour near the Spurlock Museum on March 6, 2018. In-person visits will be returning to campus after previously having online tour resources due to the pandemic.

By Payal Rathore, Staff Writer

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions announced that in-person visits will be returning this fall.

Previously, due to the pandemic, students were referred to various online and virtual means to tour the campus. This includes the self-guided tours and driving tours which included extensive material that students could refer to while exploring campus on their own.

Other online resources such as the Quad Cam, which gives live updates from the Main Quad, were also released for those unable to visit campus.

“We are planning to restart in-person campus visits on September 7th,” said Andy Borst, director of Undergraduate Admissions, in an email. “Similar to pre-COVID, we will provide information sessions at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center, campus tours and college meetings to learn about our academic programs.”

Borst added that virtual visits will still be an option, with the significantly expanded virtual options, including a new campus tour video, being featured on the new Amazon Prime show “The College Tour” and opportunities to engage with admissions staff virtually through information sessions, group sessions, academic meetings and one-on-one meetings.

“In order to provide social distancing for guests, we will limit capacity to approximately 200 visitors daily and also limit tour groups size,” Borst said.  

Admissions guests will be required to wear masks at all times on campus, including when in buildings and outdoors when traveling in groups, such as when they are touring campus with iSTARS, the student tour guides.

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