Campus tours offered later
Although most Towson students took their first tour of campus as a high school student during the day, this may no longer be the case for incoming classes.
The Undergraduate Marketing Department recently began the pilot program for campus night tours.
The department, which supports all marketing efforts for University Admissions, had their first campus night tours last week. The night tours are a walkthrough of the campus in the evening with student ambassadors.
Team leader student ambassador Chris Bifulco manages the daily tours as well as the night tours, he said. Night tours are not mandatory for student ambassadors.
“I believe it may be more convenient for some prospective students but I think it really just gives the prospective student a different view of Towson during a different time of the day,” he said. “We know our campus is lit up beautifully at night and we want to showcase that, therefore we initiated the Wednesday night tour.”
So far the pilot program has been successful and it seems they will continue the program for next year, Director of Marketing and Undergraduate Programs Mike Berends said.
“We have them scheduled throughout October and November,” he said. “They are filling quickly, apparently it’s a popular option.”
The night tours were implemented for prospective students’ convenience, Berends said.
“The longer I thought about it the more I thought about how it’s difficult for students,” he said. “It gives them a real chance to see the inside and outside of buildings and all the student things. They get a good mix of what’s going on activity-wise. [The tours are] primarily for convenience because high school students won’t have to take a day off to go see the campus.”
Berends said it is also good for parents because they no longer have to take off work to bring their son or daughter.
“It’s a real successful opportunity for the student to get to know us,” he said.
“Increasingly over the last few years we have tried to really segment our groups so they have an experience beyond the tour.”
The evening tours take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, Berends said.