Explore UNC System Campuses with VR tours

Want to tour a North Carolina system university? But can’t because gas is expensive? Or your car broke down? Too tired?

Good news dear student (or parent!) The University of North Carolina System created free 360-degree virtual reality (VR) tours of all 16 campuses.

The tours showcase campus highlights—libraries, laboratories, quads and more. The initiative is part of the System’s Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), a program that encourages first-time or low-income high school students to attend college.

The tours are available on the System’s website and through the GEAR UP NC VR app.

“Many of us don’t fully appreciate that the campus visit is an accessibility issue. Without it, college can become a guessing game or, too often, a distant pipe dream,” says UNC System President Margaret Spellings. “This virtual reality technology gives every North Carolinian the opportunity to make more informed choices about where they want to go. Just as importantly, it helps them figure out how they’re going to get there.”

Created by students at UNC-Chapel Hill, the VR tours were built from 350 hours of filming across the System campuses.

UNC Asheville Virtual Tour from UNC System on Vimeo.