Colleges Are Embracing Virtual Tours

Kendra Kirchgessner, a high school junior, has been touring prospective college campuses in Southern California‚ÄĒwithout leaving her Sellersburg, Ind., home. Using a personal computer, Kendra recently explored Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, "strolling" past Watson Hall and getting a 360-degree view of the Student Center. "I liked what the tour guides were saying about the teachers and how they helped students," says Kendra, 17, who wants to study elementary education. "The layout was really nice, and I liked how everything was close by. The buildings are all pretty much within walking distance from one another." Every summer, thousands of families start the...

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