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Comparing Virtual Tours of Top Business Schools

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Deciding which business school you want to attend is hard.

To really get a feel for the place you need to see it and experience it, but right now you may find visiting your business school of choice for an open day isn’t possible, and that’s where virtual campus tours come in.

Some business schools have their own VR apps which allow you to explore everything from the classrooms to the cafeteria and quad – but there are also a few VR tour companies like YouVisit and Campus Tours that give you insight into your future school of choice without you needing to ever set foot on campus.

Here are some of the best virtual higher education tours of business schools.

The Wharton School

Wharton School, online virtual tour

Wharton is ranked in first place in the QS World University Rankings: Global MBA Rankings 2020, and its virtual tour allows you to see what this top business school has to offer.

Located in Philadelphia, Wharton’s lush green campus is situated in University City, a short distance from the city's bustling business district.

The virtual tour begins at the iconic Jon M. Hunstman Hall, but you can also check out the Koo Family Plaza, Steinberg Conference Center, Lippincott Library of the Wharton School, and so much more.

Wharton’s MBA program offers intensive, flexible core in general business education, plus 19 majors and nearly 200 electives. The estimated total program budget for the two-year program is US$224,948.

Haas School of Business

Haas School of Business, virtual tour

Berkeley Haas is the second-oldest business school in the US. Students can pursue one of six degree programs, including a full-time MBA (ranked ninth in the QS Global MBA Rankings 2020), and all of the programs are highly ranked in their respective fields.

The virtual tour begins outside at Cronk Gate, and you can check out everything from Chou Hall to The Campanile and the Berkeley Executive Education area.

University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Darden School of Business virtual tour

Darden Business School’s 360-degree tour will take you all around the b-school campus. If you follow the pre-decided route, you’ll start at Saunders Hall and your final stop will be North Grounds Recreation Center.

But of course, you’re more than welcome to go off-piste and pick and choose your route – getting the full on-campus experience by also visiting Café 67 or the Wilkinson Courtyard next.

Experiential learning opportunities aren’t lost at Darden, with students able to get involved with the likes of the Global Consulting Project, Exchange Program, and the Consulting Darden Business Projects.

UCI Paul Merage School of Business

UCI Paul Merage virtual tour

Located in Orange County, California, UCI Paul Merage School of Business is in a prime location for business, surrounded by global companies including Taco Bell and Blizzard.

There are three MBA programs available at the business school, as well as some noteworthy master’s programs. Paul Merage takes a personalized approach to education for all programs, meaning you can tailor your education to suit you.

The virtual tour takes you all over campus where you can see the Case Study Room; Schwab Trading Lab; Kristen Monson Grand Terrace (utilized for networking and club events in the great outdoors), and so much more.

The program takes 18 to 21 months to complete, and tuition is US$46,104 for residents per year, or US$54,118 per year for non-residents.

David Eccles School of Business

David Eccles School of Business by Jeff Hitchcock via Flickr

You’ll discover a 360-degree view of David Eccles School of Business if you take the school’s virtual tour, starting at Emma Eccles Jones Plaza (a beautiful spot in the sunshine). From there, you can explore the rest of the campus at your leisure.

Visit the Jack and Jeanne Oakland Trading Room, the Student Life Center, or why not virtually take the 10-minute drive down to Downtown Salt Lake City & City Creek Mall to really get a feel for the campus and city you’ll be residing in. 

There are four MBA options available at the business school: Full-time MBA, Professional MBA, MBA online, and the Executive MBA.

The future of virtual tours

Hundreds of higher education institutions now offer virtual tours, which is a tremendous help for students around the globe, allowing them to safely visit schools from a distance.

Some business schools may still need to create their own virtual tours, but we’re sure more and more education facilities will take advantage of VR tours as a way to show off the best parts of their campus to prospective students.

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Niamh Ollerton, Deputy Head of Content at QS
Written by Niamh Ollerton

Niamh is Deputy Head of Content at QS (TopMBA.com; topuniversities.com), creating and editing content for an international student audience. Having gained her journalism qualification at the Press Association, London and since written for different international publications, she's now enjoying telling the stories of students, alumni, faculty, entrepreneurs and organizations from across the globe.  

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