After several months of offering virtual campus tours only, Millersville University’s (MU) Admissions Office is welcoming prospective students and their families back to campus for modified in-person tours this summer.
“We know how important a visit to campus can be for a prospective student,” says Katy Charles, director of admissions at MU. “After planning and consulting with the University’s Office of Safety & Environmental Health, we have created a modified information session and tour route that can give students the experience they need to make a decision about their educational future, while also keeping them, their families and our staff, safe and healthy.”
Prospective students can go online at www.millersville.edu/admissions/undergrad/visit/ to book a visit that includes a 20-minute information session with an admissions counselor followed by a 45-minute tour, or a visit that includes a tour only.
Tours will be conducted primarily outdoors with a walk through campus. The group will enter one academic building and one residence hall room to minimize contact. These spaces will be cleaned and disinfected between tours.
The following restrictions and guidelines will be in place for all visits:
- All guests will be required to bring and wear masks or face coverings throughout the duration of the tour.
- All guests should dress accordingly for a 45-minute outdoor walking tour, including bringing their own water and umbrella in case of inclement weather.
- Each family may register up to three people, including the prospective student.
- Please provide 24-hour notice if you are unable to make your tour.
“As we welcome students back to campus, their health and safety is of the utmost importance,” says Charles. “An added bonus is that by keeping the tour groups small, we can ensure that each prospective student gets a little extra attention and opportunity to ask questions. We think this format will be positive for both our staff and our future Marauders.”
To learn more about visiting campus, go online at www.millersville.edu/admissions/undergrad/visit.
For those who are not comfortable coming to campus or taking an in-person tour, virtual tours are available and encouraged.
Virtual tours are led by student tour guides via Zoom. They show pictures and videos of campus, talk through different aspects of Millersville and answer questions. Throughout the months of remote learning and working due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Admissions Office has adjusted the virtual tours to boost the student-to-student connection.
“We have come a long way from where we started. It was important to us to replicate what we are already doing, just in a virtual world,” says Vivak Patel, interim director of Enrollment Management at Millersville.
Students can visit apply.millersville.edu/portal/Virtcamtour to learn more and book a virtual tour.
On July 10, the University will host its next Virtual Open House through Zoom. This online experience allows potential students and their families to view campus virtually, learn about financial packages, student clubs and organizations, join academic sessions and ask questions of support staff. Registration is required for this event and can be done online.
Over the last few months, the Admissions Office has had to get creative and think of new and different ways to engage prospective students and their families online. While it has been a challenge, Patel says, “Having the flexibility to work with students is part of what makes Millersville, Millersville. It’s part of our EPPIIC Values.”