March 25, 2009

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By Sam Alcorn

LEWISBURG, Pa. – A new, multimedia virtual tour of Bucknell University that provides a customized, behind-the-scenes tour of the breadth of academic and student life at Bucknell launched today on the University’s website.

Featuring hundreds of photos, interviews and profiles, Bucknell’s new virtual tour invites prospective students and others to create their own, open-ended “tour” of campus. By answering the question, “Who am I?” with any combination of more than 40 pre-selected adjectives, such as “competitive,” “hands-on” and “poetic,” visitors will discover areas across campus where students can meet their educational and career goals, socialize and enjoy the college experience.

“Never before have prospective students had such an engaging and informative way to explore campus and discover if Bucknell is a good fit for them,” said Pete Mackey, vice president for communications. “They’ll meet our teacher-scholars, learn about the full range of our academic and residential programs and experience typical student life through a spectrum of photos, interviews, quick videos and fast facts.”

Among the new virtual tour’s interactive features, prospective students can save their “Who am I?” sentence, share it with friends and family, view results saved by other visitors, request more information and learn about in-person campus visits.

Through the one-click “Quick Find” feature, prospective students can explore an alphabetized list of 21 different categories of Bucknell life, ranging from the arts and engineering to admissions and study abroad.

Dozens of dramatic, panoramic photographs showcase the physical beauty of the Central Pennsylvania campus, including its more than 450-acres of grounds, first-rate NCAA Division I athletics facilities, and the distinctive red-brick architecture that defines its 100-plus buildings, while in-depth material on classrooms, labs, dormitories and green spaces feature faculty and students at work and at play in these areas.

For many prospective students, a virtual tour fieldtrip may be their first introduction to Bucknell. The previous version of Bucknell’s virtual tour had nearly 120,000 visitors last year.

The new tour, which was developed by the University’s Admissions, Communications and Web Development teams in conjunction with Baltimore-based and award-winning interactive design agency Fastspot, may be reached from any University web page through the Virtual Tour link at the bottom right or at the Virtual Tour webpage.

Contact: Division of Communications


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