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CampusTours Inc
Privately held
Industry Educational technology
Founded Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1997
Headquarters Auburn, Maine, U.S.
Area served
Key people
Christopher Carson, president and chief executive officer
Products CampusTours AnyMap
CampusTours AnyTour
CampusTours WalkingTour

CampusTours Inc. (formerly CampusTours LLC) operates a directory of information about tours of higher education institutions including virtual tours, and a directory of information about the campus maps of Higher education institutions. CampusTours is located in Auburn, Maine, and is privately held.


CampusTours Inc. is a software services vendor and online directory with headquarters in Auburn, Maine, that is primarily known as a developer of virtual tours and interactive maps, and as the proprietor of, a source for virtual college tours, and a source for campus maps. CampusTours was founded in 1997 by Christopher Carson in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[1][2] The company provided links to the virtual tours, interactive maps and videos of colleges and universities, and was supported by advertising revenue.[3][4][5]

In June 1999, CampusTours was acquired by the college services company College Enterprises Inc (later renamed iCollege Inc). Blackboard purchased iCollege/College Enterprises in November 2000 and CampusTours became a part of Blackboard.[6] CampusTours was spun out of Blackboard in 2001 as a separate company (CampusTours Inc.) and moved to Maine. In 2002 CampusTours began building tours for colleges and universities, and in 2004 CampusTours debuted the first version of the company's multimedia engine tour software system. CampusTours now builds content-managed virtual tours and interactive maps.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "The New York Times: Universities Turn to Internet for Virtual Tours". CHRISTOPHER F. SCHUETZE. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Bear, David (1999-04-25). "A PRIMER FOR CAMPUS VISITS". The Traveler's Journal. Retrieved February 14, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Web Destinations". 28 Dec 1998. Retrieved February 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ "If You've Always Wanted to Go to Harvard..." News Watch. 12 Aug 1999. Retrieved February 14, 2012. 
  5. ^ Warren, Rachel (28 July 1998). "Campus Tours, The New Way; Online and on Videotape, as Well as in Person". Retrieved February 14, 2012. 
  6. ^ Irwin, Neil (November 29, 2000). "Blackboard to Chalk Up 2 Acquisitions; Smart-Card Companies Augment Technology And Customer Base". The Washington Post. 

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