Extra Credit: International applicants use virtual reality to help choose campuses

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When that notification bling, that can only mean one thing: Someone sent you 30 emails with lyrics from Drake's Hotline Bling—at least it does if you're at the University of Michigan. Scores of students received the messages from a "hotlineblingboi" Gmail address, though the student paper traced the messages back to "Michael's Macbook Pro." 

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International students are using technology to get a better feel for U.S. colleges and universities. Foreign students are increasingly seeking out U.S. institutions, but don't always know what to expect in terms of U.S. college life, let alone schools' tuition and location. Services like YouVisit are giving students a snapshot of college campuses through virtual reality tours, while Kira Academic coaches students through video interviews to help them put their best foot forward.

Students at the University of Southern California are using 3-D printing for the greater good. The USC 3D4E 3-D printing club is building prosthetic hands for children through an initiative called the Freehand Project. 3D4E 3-D has already donated prosthetic hands to Children's Hospital Los Angeles and children in Haiti and Syria through the Red Cross. Next up for the socially conscious engineers is creating a device to relieve symptoms of brachial plexus, a nerve disorder that restricts arm motion.

Hotel chains are embracing college town pride to bring some flair to the lodging industry. AJ Capital's Graduate Hotels line, with locations in big college towns like Oxford, Mississippi, is capitalizing on the university presence that makes these locations unique. Think flamingos on the walls at the Madison, Wisconsin location (a nod to one of the flagship university's most famous pranks), and an ant farm in the Tempe, Arizona hotel in honor of Arizona State University's social insect research program.  


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