COVID-19: Radford University Changes in-Person Campus Tours

2 min read Due to COVID-19, the Office of Admissions has implemented many new changes to campus tours for prospective students.

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Photo Credit: (Janis Oppliger) Despite the program's changes, most Highlander Guides - those students responsible for giving tours to guests - are happy to provide prospective students with an in-person experience once again.

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By Isabella Dominesey | Idominesey@radford.edu

At the end of September, Radford University restarted their in-person tours for prospective students and families, albeit with program changes.

Due to COVID-19, Radford University implemented new rules and regulations to contain the virus. One of which was canceling all in-person tours of the University.

Radford University opened for tours with new changes and policies, Sept. 28, using existing University Guidelines as the program’s primary structure.

“We are limiting campus to four families per tour time,” Jerry Brown, Radford University’s Assistant Director of Admissions, said. “We’re also asking that each prospective student limits their group to two guests.”

In previous semesters, the Office of Admissions would take up to 70 guests per tour time.

In previous semesters, the Office of Admissions would take up to 70 guests per tour time.

Prospective students and families must follow many of the same guidelines as current students are staff, including filling out the symptom tracker before their event.

Those visiting Campus are also required to maintain social distancing guidelines and wear masks during the tour duration, including while outside.

Despite the program’s changes, most Highlander Guides – those students responsible for giving tours to guests – are happy to provide prospective students with an in-person experience once again.

Junior Ashley Campos, who has been a Highlander Guide for two years, believes seeing Radford’s campus in-person is the only way for a prospective student to know if they enjoy the school.

“It’s better to be able to physically see and experience our campus, and without it, a student can’t fully envision themselves as potentially spending their next four years here,” Campos said.

Since restarting campus tours, the Office of Admissions has seen a steady number of guests signing up for tours.

Since restarting campus tours, the Office of Admissions has seen a steady number of guests signing up for tours.

“We’ve been pleasantly surprised. Tours have been mainly full,” Brown said.

Although in-person tours are the best option for prospective students in Campos’ opinion, virtual tours of Campus are still available for those uncomfortable visiting the Campus in person.

The Office of Admissions began implementing virtual tours for incoming and prospective students during the summer to give future students the option of viewing the Campus without risking their health.

“Virtual tours are quicker and easier but not necessarily the same experience,” said Campos. “I talk to them by sharing my screen on a video call and take them along a virtual tour, where I hover above a picture of the university.”

The University is now offering campus tours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The Office of Admissions provides more information regarding campus tours on its website.