Campus & Culture
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Campus & Culture
The campus tour has been a staple of the college search process for decades. Amid a pandemic, however, there are unique challenges to offering this experience for prospective students who are looking for the right-fit university. In a typical year, large groups of high school students and their families gather on college campuses across the country to check out the amenities, ask questions about the community, academic programs and scholarship information. This year, universities like Saint Joseph’s are looking to virtual opportunities to complement the on-ground experience and provide that same sense of connection and access to the campus community.
Vice President of Enrollment Management, Karen Pellegrino, advises prospective students to “take advantage of all opportunities to get to know a college, whether that is through an on-campus or virtual visit.”
To help students find their second home on Hawk Hill, Saint Joseph’s University has launched two new virtual tour options for students looking to get to know the University better. In addition, the Office of Undergraduate Admission continues to provide personalized on-campus tours, which are one-on-one tours with a physically distanced student tour guide, known as a Hawk Host.
Students are encouraged to explore the Saint Joseph’s campus and community through the newly launched virtual tour. Students and their families can dive into videos about each of the three schools and colleges, learn about student support services and get a sense for unique aspects of our campus culture, like our division I athletics teams. Some favorites include videos about living on campus and the graduate success stories. Students are also encouraged to explore the new campus map and see Hawk Hill come alive by checking out residence halls, academic buildings, the library, the chapel, and all other parts of campus.
Hawk Hosts (student tour guides) are also continuing to provide guided virtual tours via Zoom, in which they navigate the campus map and highlight key areas of interest while answering questions — just like on any traditional tour. This is another great way to virtually get to know Hawk Hill without having to bundle up for the winter weather.
The self-guided tour is ideal for students looking to see our part-city, part-suburbs campus in person and become their own tour guide. This mobile-only website uses GPS navigational guidance. Visitors can explore campus at their own pace, confident that they will not miss any important details about our campus facilities. For this type of hybrid tour, all guests need is a face covering, some comfortable shoes and a mobile device with internet access. (Hawk Tip: There is guest WiFi available on campus for those who are worried about data limitations.)
The Office of Undergraduate Admission continues to provide safe, physically distanced tours for prospective students and families. This is a great opportunity for those looking to see campus in person and speak with proud members of the Hawk community. All tour groups are kept small and masks are required. As Hawk Hill prepares for another semester on ground this spring, there’s much to see and do! Please note that while the University tries to accommodate walk-in visitors, it is best to schedule a visit in advance at sju.edu/visit.
No matter how you choose to tour Saint Joseph’s University, the Office of Undergraduate Admission is available to answer any questions you may have about campus, academics, scholarships and the application process.
Find the links to these virtual tour options and more information on how to register for on-campus tours at sju.edu/visit.