At many colleges, campus tour deleted from sales pitch

GROWING INTEREST: Raul Fonts, associate vice president and dean of admission and financial aid at Providence College, says the administration hopes to enroll 1,075 students in the fall and had received 11,004 applications as of the Jan. 15 deadline, up 2% from a year ago. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM
GROWING INTEREST: Raul Fonts, associate vice president and dean of admission and financial aid at Providence College, says the administration hopes to enroll 1,075 students in the fall and had received 11,004 applications as of the Jan. 15 deadline, up 2% from a year ago. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM
Using smartphones and livestreaming, colleges and universities in Rhode Island have been able to bypass the COVID-19 pandemic to connect with prospective students, showing them around the campus, introducing them to key faculty members. But they can’t replicate the smell of waffles in the dining hall or allow students to experience the rustling of autumn…

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