The New York Times says that “the campus visit is one of the most important and enjoyable parts of the college application process.” However, not all international students have the opportunity to visit the USA and tour schools, so what can you do?

Luckily, we live in an incredibly interconnected world with the help of the internet! Although you will be less able to experience the “gut feeling” that tells you if a school is ‘right’ for you, there are numerous other options that you can take advantage of to learn more about a school of your choice… from the comfort of home. Let’s see what the options are for North Central College!

Virtual Tour:


This is an interactive map of the campus. When you move your mouse to different areas of the campus and then click on a building, you will see information and photos related to that building. This is some of the same basic information that our tour guides will tell you on an actual walking tour. If you need help, find the question mark “?” at the top right corner for assistance. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact us at at any time; and either the Admissions staff or I will be able to help you! 

YouTube Tour:


This is the tool I personally used a lot when I was making my final college decision. There are many videos about the different events and activities on campus that can give you a sense of the community here. While the footage rolls you can get glimpses of buildings around campus like the dining hall or the classrooms – a virtual tour! It is also a great way to be updated with news from North Central! A few other things you can do: watch interviews of NCC alumni and their achievements, see how people interact, and watch our @PrezHammond speak!

Google Maps:


Switch to Earth View and you can see satellite images of the campus, or Street View to pretend that you are actually walking on campus! Google Maps has more to offer than just the Virtual Tour mentioned above because you can also use it to look at Downtown Naperville – an indispensable part of life at North Central! Move the pin on the map one or two blocks left, use Street view, and you can see the more than 100 shops and restaurants Naperville has available. Check out Downtown Naperville’s Facebook page here:

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What other aspects of North Central College are you interested in learning about? Send us any suggestions you may have about other ways we can do virtual tours for you!

Article written with reference from The New York Times 

Photo credit: North Central College