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Joe Largo, a Hamilton sophomore, on a tour

Nancy L. Ford/Hamilton College

Many colleges have been frustrated by their inability to hold safe, on-campus tours. They have responded with virtual tours, in which someone offers a view of the campus.

But how to personalize? At Hamilton College, tour guides are offering personalized tours using cameras that offer a live shot of whatever the tour guide wants to show. Tour guides report that they have had many questions on these tours -- about diversity, problems on campus, daily life and the tour guides' individual experiences with certain issues.

The tours can include residence halls and show various living spaces -- something they couldn't easily do safely with big groups. Joe Largo, a sophomore, said he even brought a tour into his own room once when his roommate was still sleeping.

Largo said that he tells tour takers that he never likes to take the same tour twice. He said that telling people that seems to engage the tour takers a bit more.

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