The Beauty of Being your Own Tour Guide

Trying to decide where you’re going to spend the next four years’ worth of sleepless nights and priceless memories is no simple task, global pandemic excluded. 

That’s why when prospective student events and campus tours were canceled, it felt like a gut punch. If you can’t attend some sort of an event on campus to feel things out, how are you going to have your Say Yes to the Dress moment where you know the school is the perfect fit for you?

For many freshmen this year, this was the reality that they faced. Many visited campus for the first time on move-in day, which can be pretty scary to think about. Luckily, Illinois has developed numerous resources for prospective students to get a feel for what UIUC has to offer. 

Albeit a bummer that students are asked not to visit campus until deemed safe to do so, the university has offered several informational meetings and cool “touring” resources that you can utilize.

You’re bound to find a meeting that best suits your needs with the types available on the virtual visits site. Whether you’re looking for a more general informational setting or a meeting with the college you’re interested in applying to, the admissions website has all the information you need. 

Once you’re well set up with information, it’s time to take a (virtual) tour! On the admissions website, there’s three different options: a video series, a VR experience, and a photo tour. Not only are you able to work through the prominent spots on campus at your own pace, but you get to complete it where you’re most comfortable! Whether it’s in your bedroom or your kitchen, we hope you feel a sense of home when you look through campus.

That’s not all you’ll find on the virtual visits site! Several other resources are included that you’ll want to make sure you take advantage of. With premium videos like A Day in the Life of a UIUC student, blogs sharing current students’ experiences, and the number to text admissions counselors, you have no reason to be underprepared! 

In unfortunate circumstances, UIUC has stood out by rising to the occasion and providing students with the best opportunities to succeed. Don’t let these awesome resources go to waste! Start your college admissions process by visiting virtually.



Class of 2024
I’m a social work major with a passion for people and the betterment of society. Listening to my friends share their experiences sparked my love for the University of Illinois, so I can’t wait to share my own with prospective and incoming students!

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