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TU's virtual tour helps future students find their way

New website and mobile app feature 360-degree campus tour, photos, videos and more

TOWSON, Md. (March 2, 2011)—Navigating the college admission process can be tricky. Navigating a college campus shouldn't be.

This week, Towson University gets even easier to traverse with the launch of a new online virtual

tour. The application allows prospective students, parents and counselors—or anyone else with an Internet connection—to take a guided walking tour of Towson’s 328-acre campus without ever leaving home.

Users can take a narrated walking tour, view 360-degree panoramas, watch movies and more in Towson's new virtual tour application.

The narrated tour provides a street-level perspective of Towson's grounds, as virtual visitors click their way to nearly 40 hotspots across campus, including academic buildings, residence halls, dining facilities, athletics spaces and other points of interest. The application also features an interactive campus map powered by Google, 360-degree panoramas of building interiors, photo galleries and videos.

Visitors with an iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) can download a free virtual tour app, iTourTowson. The app contains all the functionality of the Web-based tour, plus real-time weather and sports information. iPhone users on Towson's campus can even utilize their device’s GPS functionality to trigger audio from the online tour as they explore the campus in person.

“The new tour brings Towson's campus right to the fingertips of prospective and current students, parents, community partners and alumni in Maryland and around the world,” says Mike Berends, director of undergraduate marketing for Towson University.

While the virtual tour is a handy tool, Berends explains that it isn't intended to be a substitute for a traditional campus visit. Instead, it's a starting place for learning more about TU.

"It's a great way for students to check out Towson before they plan their first visit, or to remind them of the campus after they’ve taken a live tour," he says. "Technology is fantastic, but it only tells part of the story. To truly feel the energy of our campus and community, you have to experience it in person, too."

Students interested in visiting Towson are encouraged to register for a campus tour or open house through the Office of Admissions website.



 

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