Nowadays, there're hundreds of different search tools available to prospective students. Bing is at the forefront, elevating that decision-making process to a different level. Let's go ahead and do a search for "colleges" on Bing.
- So here's where you expect to get your standard list of blue links. And if that's all you want from your searching experience, we got you covered. But if you want to take that search to the next level, why don't we see what Bing can do for our college search. Instead of browsing the links, let's check out what Visual Search can do.
- Instantly, we get a listing of colleges that's completely sortable by exclusivity, affordability, etc. There's also a sidebar in which you're able to filter colleges by state, private vs. public, acceptance rate, specialization, and more. Let's walk through an example search. Pretend we want to go to a school in Virginia, and we want one that's fairly selective, but not too selective. Let's see what we get:
- We see seven schools meet the criteria - easy, right? Now let's get some additional info to help us make a decision. Here we've selected three schools that we want to know more about: University of Richmond, College of William and Mary and the University of Virginia.
- Once clicked the selection box in the top left hand corner of each box, we get a compare widget on the right side of the screen. Let's compare them:
- We get a nicely formatted info grid about each of the colleges. We can see the stats of the school, compare tuition costs, look at the average SAT scores of incoming freshman (see below), or go straight to the university's website.
- We like what we see from the College of William and Mary. Let's give them a closer look by clicking on the Details link.
- Again, we get some really specific details that can help inform such an important decision. However, let's just say that W&M doesn't really fit our needs (Sorry, Tribe), and we think UVA is a better fit for us. We need some more qualitative info to back up the data. That's simple enough with Bing Map apps. Click on View campus map - we get a great satellite image of the campus, and the ability to explore at street level, find directions and search for nearby restaurants, hotels, etc. Now select the Photosynth map app - we're transported to the Charlottesville campus, without having to actually go there!
- Oooh! Here's a 'synth of the UVA Lawn, which we can navigate through like a virtual photo tour. And there's another one, of a lecture hall.
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