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08/08/2020 at 05:49AM

With Covid campus closures this summer, what is a good way to see what the student population and culture/vibe is like?

I'm a rising senior in high school trying to get a feel for student life at prospective colleges but there are no official visits allowed.

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08/08/2020 at 07:13AM

Almost every college has Virtual campus tours and information sessions this admissions cycle. And I recommend watching a variety of youtube videos from students who attend the school. Some are focused on "day in the life of that campus", some on "dorm tour", some on athletics or social life. Luckily I visited 20 schools last summer but still watched the videos anyway to see if they were different than my observations. Sometimes you get more details from the videos because very few of the campus tours show the actual dorm rooms or dining halls or gyms etc. I went to the Harvard info session and it was pretty much a few hundred people in a theater watching a canned video that you can watch yourself on youtube. I didn't get anything out of that meeting. And the MIT tour was better but you still don't get to see dorms, dining halls, gyms, or how people spend their free time. It's more like an architectural tour where you see the oldest building on campus, the biggest building, the newest building, and some anecdotal evidence that something important happened there at some previous time. I especially like the videos that start off like "the reasons I hate NYU!". Those are more believable than the highly produced ones that feel like commercials.

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@DebaterMAX08/08/2020 at 07:47AM

I agree with Cams answer but schools may have an interactive tour were you can places on campus with a picture slide show. Also campus reel has some good tools. Also depending on the school YT may have dorm vids. Also a significant amount of schools are doing student panels. Ask the current students what they like about campus. Also for the town itself read the wiki article. Also see if it ranks as a college town among other rankings. You can always email the admissions department and ask a

@DebaterMAX08/08/2020 at 07:49AM

question about the city/town and campus. They can if don’t live there forward it to someone who does. Also google maps sataliete view can get you a birds eye view of campus. Hope this helps.

[🎤 AUTHOR]@LisaH08/08/2020 at 01:06PM

thank you very much for the info, especially Campus Reel. I've watched some and they are very helpful so far!!

08/08/2020 at 02:03PM

I've been watching the collegevine livestreams Q&As with current students

I use them to get a sense of the vibe because they are hosted by collegevine and not the college itself, so it feels very honest. Also, compared to the youtube vids I watch, the collegevine ones show more perspectives and I know those students def aren't trying to becomes youtube stars. If you watch one of the collegevine ones LIVE, you can ask your own question to the current students. I've had my questions answered a few times and that's been helpful.

It is worth trying if you're looking to learn more about culture and you can find a school from your list. Hope this helps.