Streaming across 17 different channels including Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, and Google TV, Texas Lutheran University’s episode of The College Tour is now available. Created by Amazing Race winner Alex Boylan, the series empowers high school students to virtually travel across America to visit colleges and universities.
Telling the story of TLU through the voices of 10 students, the 30-minute episode features a unique glimpse into campus life. Providing an inside look at academics, sports, activities, and more, the episode shows the audience what it’s like to be a Bulldog.
Each segment covers critical aspects of the student experience, including research opportunities, student organizations, Bulldog Athletics, community involvement, transferring to TLU, outdoor recreation in Seguin, and living on campus.
The College Tour is the show you wished you had when applying for colleges in high school,” said Alex Boylan, host and executive producer. “College visits can cost upwards of $3,000 per school, which puts them out of reach for many students and families. We are leveling the playing field and providing a free, easy, and fun way to tour some of the best schools across the country.”
Made possible by the generosity of alumnus, regent, Bulldog Investment Company founder Dave Sather, the project is the perfect opportunity to bring TLU to a national audience showcasing the value of a TLU education.
“Being on campus every week and working directly with students, I remain amazed with their level of engagement and involvement,” he said. “Not only do they perform at a very high level academically, but they are also involved in athletics, Music, Dramatic Media, nonprofit management, community service, and so much more. It gives me tremendous hope in the future as I get to see leaders forming right in front of me.”
San Antonio native Sam Flores ’24 (shown left) appears in a segment focused on community service. The Master of Accountancy and Information Systems major said the experience was an incredible opportunity to share what TLU has to offer. In addition to helping with the university’s annual Volunteer Income Tax Clinic (VITA), Flores helped establish TLU’s student-run Big Dog Endowment through Bulldog Investment Company.
“The Big Dog Endowment is a $2 million fund that utilizes a 3% annual distribution rate,” Flores said. “The fund allowed us to partner with the Syrian American Medical Society to provide relief in the aftermath of recent earthquakes. We were also able to fund efforts with Doctors Without Borders in Ukraine, and offer financial assistance to Global Giving, Habitat for Humanity, and the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Texas.”
After graduation, Flores plans to take a full-time offer with PwC as a products and solutions consultant in Dallas.
“One of my personal goals is to continue to work with local nonprofits to help with poverty alleviation and homelessness,” he said. “I plan to use my education in accounting to volunteer as a tax preparer and to teach financial literacy to families who don’t have access or the tools to do so. I was truly honored to represent the university on The College Tour and tell prospective students more about service opportunities at TLU.”