College is an incredibly exciting time in a young person’s life. From visiting college campuses to evaluating academics and comparing residence halls, it’s a personal experience and decision that will truly shape your future. But the ability to stroll leisurely through campus; chat with students, faculty, and staff; and get a feel for life on campus has changed. The experience of visiting and ultimately selecting a college looks different right now and, perhaps, forever.
As if the college decision wasn’t hard enough, prospective students are being asked to make it without setting foot on campus. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota understands the magnitude of this ask and has dedicated itself to creating a virtual campus experience highlighting what thousands of alumni have said are its outstanding features.
Saint Mary’s virtual campus tour gives one the impression of strolling through campus, exploring classroom and lab spaces, stepping into a residence hall, and much more of what a student can anticipate when arriving on campus to begin their college career.
“We wanted this tour to capture the spirit of life on campus and offer a much-needed look at what makes Saint Mary’s unique when a prospective student and their family aren’t able to visit in person,” says Kristina Lemmer, director of admission. “Nothing can replace in-person experiences, but these resources offer applicants an experience in a world where we are largely being asked to stay at home and keep our circle small … we have to bridge the gap.”
This virtual campus tour, paired with Saint Mary’s digital viewbook and a personalized, virtual visit, provide the most complete campus experience the college can offer. “We want students considering Saint Mary’s to explore and experience the campus and curriculum as much as possible before being asked to make a decision about what their future might hold,” says Lemmer. “These resources allow us to continue to serve those planning for what comes next, while also showcasing the beauty and community of the Winona campus.”
While there is much hope for 2021, these virtual experiences will serve students no matter what is happening in the world. They provide a touch point and will continue to do so long after the pandemic has passed. As Saint Mary’s seeks to invite students to live and learn on its campus, these tools will complement in-person experiences for months and years to come.