Explore university campuses in 3D, then dive into StreetView

As part of the continual additions to Street View, Google has just added more university campuses around the world to the product, bringing the total number of Street View-able campuses to nearly 100.
Combine that with the fact that thousands of new 3D buildings are added to Google Earth each week, along with 3D trees in a growing number of cities, and you have some excellent tools at your disposal to help browse around your favorite college.
For example, below is Stanford University shown in Google Earth and Street View so you can compare the views:

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Google has spotlighted a few other universities in a recent blog post and you can view the full list of Street View-enabled campuses on their site.
You can also view some extra goodies at a few schools (like the virtual campus at Northeastern University) and utilities such as Campus Bird help provide more geo context for hundreds of schools.
As good continues to add Street View at more schools, and schools continue to work on their 3D buildings, this kind of exploration will only get better!

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.



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