COVID-19 resulted in closed college campuses in March 2020 forcing colleges to create virtual event experiences. Specifically, Georgia Southern had to cancel their in-person Accepted Students Day event, Eagle Preview, which was scheduled for the first weekend in April. The Georgia Southern team turned to StudentBridge to quickly develop an immersive online event experience that launched within a few weeks.
Georgia Southern's Virtual Accepted Students Day experience included video messages from the Office of Admissions, overviews of each of their colleges, student profiles and tours of their campus. It also included an Accepted Student Checklist, the ability to apply for housing and invitations for students to join live Zoom sessions.
“With our virtual event, we ended up having the largest freshman class we've had so that was encouraging. We found we were just able to reach so many more students. And since we were able to reach so many students and we had such a popular experience with it with our incoming class, this event is going to be virtual for us moving forward.”