Monday October 11, 2010

What Will You Take Away?

Question: What can a stuffed penguin, a bag of cat food and a canteen tell you about the University of Dayton?

Answer: Just about anything a prospective student would want to know.

The University of Dayton's office of admission and financial aid has launched a sleek new virtual tour that takes a nontraditional — and nonlinear — approach to the campus tour.

"What Will You Take Away?" uses possessions of five real University of Dayton students to tell the stories of their University of Dayton experience, said Kevin Schultz, social media coordinator, who worked on the tour with Kim Lally, assistant director of enrollment operations.

"Rather than taking students through a specific route of the campus geography, a visitor to the virtual tour learns about the University by viewing the real mementos that represent certain memorable parts of the University of Dayton experience," Schultz said. "We put all the information out there so students can look at it all or look at some of it as they have time."

It's geared to appeal to a new generation of high school students who explore higher education options online before ever setting foot on a campus, he said. 

Schultz said the virtual tour replicates a strength of the University's on-site campus tour — personal contact with the University of Dayton students who guide prospective students and families across campus and share their experiences of life at the University.

"We know that prospective students are looking for that one story that resonates with them," he said. "The virtual tour showcases some of the very cool things that our students have actually done and how they are making a difference in the world."

For information, contact Kevin Schultz at 937-229–4412 and