REDDING, Calif. — With college campuses closing nationwide due to COVID-19 concerns, high school juniors, seniors, and incoming students can’t tour colleges like they would in person.
So colleges and universities are finding ways to give those students the same experience through a virtual tour.
KRCR spoke with Tony Smarrella, Simpson University's Dean of Admissions, and he says they’re working on updating their virtual tour of the campus as well as adding more elements to give the students the best college experience.
He says his admissions team has significantly increased the level interactions they’re having with students - calls, text, emails - because they’re not able to meet with them in person.
Along with those extra efforts, the new campus tour will virtually take students and parents to key areas where they would typically see in an in-person visit.
They’re also interviewing program professors and adding them to the virtual tour and social media platforms so students are able to still get to know their professors.
Smarrella says that although a lot of colleges are still unsure how many high school students will choose to take their education to the next level, he’s not worried about enrollment.
“The good news is that we’re still trending about a traditional undergraduate,” said Smarrella. “We’re still trending about 20% ahead of where we were last year in spite of all this. So, I’m not particularly worried about what our enrollment is going to be at this point.”
He says it’s really hard to say what’s going to happen in the coming months with things constantly changing, but says Simpson University does have a later start than most. So feels fairly encouraged they can still trend ahead as their numbers are strong.
Their Admissions deadline has been moved back to the end of summer.
The campus virtual tour should be up and running by later next week.