TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Helping future college students decide what school to attend, virtual tours are the new trend helping families rebound from the pandemic.
Local colleges and universities are giving virtual tours, as in-person visits are on hold, helping those shopping for higher eduation decide on their future while helping families make ends meet.
Will Harbison plans on attending Tallahassee Community College this fall.
"I think it's great," said Harbison. "There's not really another option, honestly."
Harbison's family is from the Jacksonville area. He wanted to check out the campus in person, but then the pandemic hit.
"It's one of the struggles in carrying on with life and this whole COVID thing," Harbison said.
Fortunately, TCC created virtual visits online.
"We want you to feel safe," said Christen Givens. "We want parents to feel safe."
Christen Givens is director of Admissions and Recruiting at TCC.
"Our student ambassadors love it because they get the opportunity to connect with other students," Givens said.
Florida A&M and Florida State also offer virtual visits using apps like Zoom and YouVisit as a way to take their campuses worldwide.
Julie Rubin is the associate director of Admissions for FSU.
"We have seen students from as far as Australia," Rubin said.
Students who may not otherwise have the physical or financial means to see the schools in person, now have the opportunity wherever they are.
"Just having that little bit was very helpful," said Harbison.
Harbison says he wants to study international business when he gets started with classes.
All three schools have links to their virtual visit opportunities: