Kristen Cussen, News Reporter

Future Humber students can experience all the college has to offer in their PJs this Saturday.

Prospective Humber students need only a computer and internet access to register for this year’s open house, beginning at 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

“We had all hoped to welcome potential students onto campus for an in-person open house. However, that is not possible with the current situation,” said Emily Milic, public relations and communications manager at Humber College.

Faculties, Recruitment, ITS and the Government Relations, Marketing and Communications teams have worked through the barriers of social distancing to create Humber’s first completely virtual tours.

Milic said the virtual open house took several weeks to put together and will be live April 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and remain available afterwards through Humber’s website.

During the live session, future students will virtually walk through a number of departments, including Student Success and Services and the application process. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions through a live chat.

The campuses are now more like ghost-towns at the moment as COVID-19 keeps students, staff and faculty at home.

But viewers shouldn’t expect to see empty hallways. Curated footage from Humber pre-pandemic and video messages from faculty and students will show prospective students exactly what being a Humber Hawk is all about

“A virtual Open House was the next best option that we could offer to provide an inside look at Humber campuses, labs and cutting-edge learning spaces,” Milic said.

Through an Ask Me Anything highlighted series on Instagram (@HumberCollege) Q&A’s will be posted for those who can’t attend the live session. Ambassadors from Lakeshore and North campuses will also share their student success stories.

With the content available for years to come, prospective students far from the campus will have the most in-depth tour available at their fingerips.

“These videos will be a welcome edition to that and will remain on the open house page for some time, Milic said.

U of T has opted to push open house dates into June, while Sheridan College offers a virtual tour of its campuses through still images and information blurbs. Humber hopes to stand out with its multi-platform tours that will continue to be updated up until the May 1 post-secondary confirmation deadline.

“These resources along with the virtual Open House will help provide prospective students with a glimpse into what life is like as a Humber student and help them to make their post-secondary choice,” Milic said.