To narrow down her choice of colleges, high school senior Augusta Jahrsdoerfer did what students have done for generations: take tours of the schools she was interested in. But rather than travel to universities across the state or country, the 18-year-old Boynton Beach, Fla., resident logged on to, a web site that provides video tours and other services that allow prospective students to explore a school without ever stepping foot on campus.

"It really helped save time and money," Jahrsdoerfer said, explaining that the site helped her eliminate schools and decide which one she wanted to attend. "We didn't really...

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