ASU featured on Amazon Prime series, Grand Canyon University to follow

KTAR.COM | APRIL 1, 2021

PHOENIX ─ Two Arizona universities will take the spotlight on an Amazon Prime streaming series, “The College Tour.”

Arizona State University is featured among the first three episodes and private Grand Canyon University is listed as a future choice on the tour website.

“The ASU College Tour” has been available for viewing since early March. Each 60-minute video of the new series gives prospective students and their parents a virtual tour of campuses. TV personality Alex Boylan hosts. The episode includes interviews with 18 ASU students from around the world.

“We are deeply impressed and grateful for the amazing students that volunteered their time and talents to tell the ASU story so well,” Kent Hopkins, vice president for enrollment services, said in a press release.

Phoenix native Lily Baye-Wallace was thrilled to be a participant. “My story is not unique, either. I’m surrounded by peers that have multiple majors, minors and graduate a semester or even a year ahead when that’s often impossible (not to mention expensive) at private universities,” Baye-Wallace, who studied mechanical engineering with a dance minor, said in the release.

Another Phoenix native, Rachel Shantz, explains in the episode she wanted a small college environment with the benefits of a large institution. “I firmly believe with all the options and opportunities available to you at Arizona State, you can find where you belong,” Shantz said in the release.


Watch ASU’s episode of The College Tour


Want an inside look at ASU?

Explore college and campus life at Arizona State University through stories shared by real students in the biggest virtual college tour you’ve ever seen. 

The College Tour is a new TV series streaming on Amazon Prime Video that was created by award-winning Hollywood producers to help students and families visit colleges across the country, even if they can’t travel to all the places on their list. This is a truly one-of-a-kind series featuring colleges and universities in a way you have never seen before.​ 

Watch ASU’s full episode above, or jump below to the sections that interest you the most.

Find out what makes ASU different.

Watch the student stories that interest you

What kind of university does the world need?

Hear from Nikhil, an ASU student studying neuroscience and innovation in society, about his personal experiences developing solutions to problems in society and becoming equipped for the future.

Nikhil Dave
Neuroscience and Innovation in Society
Ahwatukee, Arizona

Which ASU college campus or experience fits your lifestyle?

ASU offers a variety of campuses, locations and learning opportunities so you can find the environment that fits you.

Rachael Shantz
Aeronautical Management Technology
Phoenix, Arizona

ASU degrees lead to jobs after college

Lily shares her experiences with world-class academics, undergraduate research, engaging with top-tier professors and landing internships at Raytheon and Intel.

Lily Baye-Wallace
Mechanical Engineering
Robotics and Autonomous Systems
Phoenix, Arizona

ASU programs that provide access to education

At ASU, we are committed to providing access to education by removing barriers to college, providing tuition-free programs and offering opportunities to earn your degree online to fit your lifestyle.

Emily Vance
Art – Digital Photography
Gig Harbor, Washington

What it’s like living on campus at ASU

Living with the people you learn with is part of the college experience. ASU has multiple residential living communities that pair students with similar majors together as roommates.

Emma Broyles
Biomedical Sciences
Anchorage, Alaska

How to think like an entrepreneur

Students at Arizona State University explore entrepreneurial ideas with the support from mentors, funding and a culture of innovation.

Pooja Addla Hari
Technological Entrepreneurship and Management
Chennai, India

How have ASU students adapted during COVID-19?

Madeline has an incredible story about studying abroad at sea when the pandemic hit. Our students are all about learning to thrive and embracing anything life throws at them.

Madeline Salvatierra
Business (Law)
North Tustin, California

Preparing for success on a global stage

ASU attracts students from all over the world to study here, allowing students in our community to interact with different cultures and backgrounds, as well as get involved in causes they care about.

Pauline Nalumansi
Global Affairs and Management
Kampala, Uganda
Graduate student

An ASU tradition of athletic excellence

The student athlete experience at ASU is about top performance of academics and athletics. Hear about Kyle’s experience playing Sun Devil football, studying biomedical sciences and conducting research with Mayo Clinic.

Kyle Williams
Biomedical Engineering
Murrieta, California

Healthy campus living at ASU

A college education is more than learning skills for a job. It’s learning how to be a healthy person. Nathaniel talks about his personal wellness journey and what it means to him.

Nathaniel Gomez
Applied Computing (Cybersecurity)
El Paso, Texas

Life as a military veteran and ASU student

At ASU, we’re committed to veteran success by creating an environment for student veterans to network and transition into the college experience and their next profession.

Marcus Denetdale
Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering
Farmington, New Mexico
Graduate student

Developing a growth mindset at ASU

ASU’s rigorous coursework helps students develop the resilience needed to take every opportunity as a new challenge. Jessica talks about how she’s cultivating a growth mindset through experiential learning.

Jessica Hollock
Architectural Studies
Peoria, Arizona

Connecting with your community at ASU

Hear from Jesus about how he is experiencing a culture rooted in inclusion, not exclusion. ASU has resources including First-Year Success coaches and faculty and staff who are committed to helping you succeed.

Jesus Vega
Global Studies
Rio Rico, Arizona

A culture of innovation at ASU

An innovative mindset is part of the DNA at ASU, no matter what you are studying, and there are many opportunities to get involved with innovative research labs and even new ways to learn, like through VR experiences.

Zion Basque
Computer Science
Kealakekua, Hawaii

Gaining a diverse perspective in college

As the world becomes more advanced, technology will continue to bring people together, and learning to respectfully communicate with people from all over the world is critical. Xiaona talks about his experiences learning about different cultures at ASU.

Xiaona Ha
Supply Chain Management
Shenzhen, China

Getting more out of college at ASU

At ASU, there are thousands of opportunities to customize your education experience. Cyrus talks about how he has combined multiple degrees to fit his interests and passions.

Cyrus Commissariat
Political Science, History, French
Phoenix, Arizona

How is ASU leading the world into a sustainable future?

ASU was the first college in the nation to devote a school entirely to sustainability and has already achieved carbon neutrality. Hear from Breanna about her passion to help make the world a better place to live.

Breanna Fulton
Sustainability and Urban Planning
Vienna, Virginia

Why is it important to be a universal learner?

At Arizona State University, we’re constantly finding new ways to help facilitate life-long learning. Trey talks about this passion for education and the importance of becoming a universal learner.

Trey Leveque
Business (Global Politics), Business (Law), Business (Public Service and Public Policy)
Chandler, Arizona

ASU partners with Amazon Prime Video, offering a virtual tour of college

Brittni Thomason, | April 5, 2021

The past year has been tough on students of all ages.

As many went back and forth from online to in-person learning, the pandemic also presented a real challenge for high schoolers looking forward to their next step. COVID-19 precautions made it difficult for people trying to pick a college.

But now, there are new ways to check out universities. For those who don’t want to travel or can’t take campus tours, Amazon Prime Video shows you schools right from your couch through The College Tour series.

It’s basically a virtual tour of campuses, and you hear from students, talking about their experiences at college. Arizona State University has its own episode. You’ll also find episodes featuring schools in Colorado, Florida and Tennessee.

Jesus Vega was one of the ASU students chosen to be part of the show. “ASU is so big, and there are so many opportunities, and that’s what drove me here,” said Vega. Now the college sophomore hopes to sell his school to prospective students. “It just really feels like a big community,” said Vega.

Grad student Lily Baye-Wallace was also featured in the show. “It really makes college accessible and information about college accessible to groups where it might not normally,” she said.

“For students who are out of state, or maybe don’t have a chance to travel and tour colleges because of COVID, they can get to see what it’s like to go to a certain college, and they don’t have to go there in person to be able to do that,” said Emma Broyles, an ASU sophomore.

The students hope the show helps people who are considering ASU for school. “Wherever you choose, make sure it makes you happy,” said Vega.

You can watch the show on Amazon Prime Video or ASU’s website.

Marshall grad boosts sustainability, university in new video | March 31, 2021

Breanna Fulton of Vienna, who is studying sustainability and urban planning at Arizona State University, recently narrated a video segment promoting her school on “The College Tour.”

Vienna native Breanna Fulton, an Arizona State University (ASU) sophomore majoring in sustainability and urban planning, recently helped promote the university in an hour-long episode of a new show that now is streaming on Amazon Prime Video and Roku.

Fulton’s video was one of 18 produced at ASU for “The College Tour,” which is hosted by Alex Boylan, the 2002 co-winner of “The Amazing Race.” Fulton narrated a 3-minute-long video titled “How is ASU leading the world into a sustainable future?”

A 2019 George C. Marshall High School graduate, Fulton said she decided to attend ASU after her mother told her she needed to tour its campus while visiting the Phoenix area.

“The campus was gorgeous,” she said. “Everyone seemed so nice.”

‘The College Tour’ series comes to Amazon Prime Video

EdScoop.Com | March 3, 2021

Prospective students — or just curious TV viewers — can now take tours of universities like Arizona State University and the Florida Institute of Technology by watching a new series on Amazon Prime Video.

“The College Tour” takes viewers on a journey that “tells the story of colleges and universities around the world,” according to the show’s website, with plans to include at least nine universities. The first three episodes, which highlight Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado; Florida Tech in Melbourne, Florida, and Arizona State in Tempe, are available to stream now.

Created and hosted by Alex Boylan, a past winner of the reality TV show “The Amazing Race,” says the inspiration for the series came when his niece started her college search. The series has taken on new relevance as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many universities shift away from in-person tours.

“My niece is now looking at colleges, and with her family on a budget, she couldn’t tour as many colleges as she hoped,” Boylan said in an ASU press release. “I thought, what an amazing opportunity to showcase different universities to place-bound students around the country through a professionally produced television show.”

The ASU episode, which features 18 students talking about their experiences at the university, focuses on “student choices and personalized learning experiences,” according to the university.

“In a challenging year for many families, we knew that we needed to put in action bold ideas to help prospective students learn about the amazing university experience waiting for them at ASU,” Matt Lopez, the university’s executive director of admission services, said in a press release. “Giving our current students the chance to tell their stories on platforms as far-reaching as Amazon Prime and Roku was an exciting way to meet families where most of us are right now — at home.”’

The ASU episode is also available on YouTube.