Virtual College Campus Tours Using Oculus Rift


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What is Oculus Rift?
Owned by Facebook, Oculus Rift is a 360-degree virtual reality headset usually associated with 3D gaming.

“[Colleges] will basically take Oculus on the road with them, bringing it to events where they meet with prospective students,” YouVisit CEO and co-founder Abi Mandelbaum told Yahoo Tech.

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YouVisit, a virtual tour company of New York, designed college tours on its website, now partnering with nine school including University of California, San Diego to Yale. It shows panoramas and videos, which could help students narrow down colleges without actually visiting them in person. Although it doesn’t replace the feel of actually being on campus, it certainly makes colleges more accessible.

 

Mark Dunn, director of outreach and recruitment at Yale University says, “This might seem counter-intuitive, but our existing YouVisit content includes many campus spaces that we can’t normally open up to visitors. Weather and timing can always make it challenging to see everything you want when you visit a campus. A virtual tour station during one of our on-campus events would be its own attraction, and the headset itself is just so cool, it’s easy to imagine high school seniors lining up for hours just to try it on.”

 

-Sarah Mae Martin

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Sarah is currently a contributing writer for the Current Events column. She attends Ayala High School in Southern California. As a yearbook member, Sarah loves writing, photography, fashion, and graphic design. She is involved in volunteering at the local hospital and library as well as FBLA, Polynesian Club and Key Club. Follow her on Instagram! @sarahmae_martin