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Virtual Reality Headset Brings Campuses to Students

Magazine article University Business

Virtual Reality Headset Brings Campuses to Students

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Admissions officers: Would more students enroll if you could bring your campus and its top-flight learning spaces along on recruiting trips? That technology--powered by YouVisit.com's online campus tours and a virtual reality headset called the OculusRift--is just over the horizon, now being tested by a small group of institutions.

"It puts you right in the heart of a facility," says Kevin Phillips, associate vice president for enrollment at the University of New Haven in Connecticut. "You can turn to the left, turn to the right--it feels like you're there. Our positives will really come out in something like this."

YouVisit has enhanced the 1,000-plus panoramic campus videos on its website into 360-degree experiences that can be seen when users put on the OculusRift headset and are immersed in the tour.

UNH used OculusRift on campus over the summer to rave reviews and plans to deploy it this fall at regional recruiting events, Phillips says. …

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