Menomonie (WQOW) - A welcome to campus through a computer screen.
That's how UW-Stout is greeting prospective students, after social distancing has resulted in limiting traditional campus visits.
"We tried to develop similar to what they would get on campus," said Joan Ebnet, assistant director of admissions at Stout.
Ebnet said they had been in the works to provide an online alternative to in-person visits since mid-March. Now tours through the university grounds can be seen through a YouTube video.
"Our web team and our photographer on campus did a wonderful job of pulling some b-roll that they had from across campus, matching it with our campus tour route," said Ebnet.
Despite not actually being on campus, students still get a full campus visit experience over Zoom; meeting with admissions counselors, learning more about the school and hearing more about academic programs.
"We have options for high school students and we also have options for transfer students as well to meet with individual transfer counselors," Ebnet said.
Twice a week, student tour guides hold Q & A sessions as well, keeping themselves employed while also providing prospective students an inside look at student life.
"Really that student perspective comes from the tour guides when they're giving that campus tour," Ebnet added. "So we definitely wanted to give that, have that as an option for students and families to ask more student life questions. Housing, things to do around Menomonie."
And for those who enroll at Stout, the university now offers registration and orientation online for incoming 2020 freshmen.
UW-Stout admissions is also working to provide virtual faculty collaborations so prospective students can meet with possible future professors and advisers to learn more about individual areas of study.