Google Expeditions Project to Feature USD Campus

Image 360 degree shot of Legacy statute A 360-degree photo of the Legacy statue on the USD campus, one of the images from videos posted to

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota will be the first college in the region to have its campus featured in a new Google project that’s helping teachers worldwide take students on virtual field trips.

Google announced its Expeditions program earlier this year and First Lady Michelle Obama made it part of her Reach Higher initiative. Through Expeditions, teachers may request free kits that use virtual reality technology to show students more than 200 places around the world, including museums, coral reefs, unique job shadows and even outer space.

Google is also working with colleges and universities worldwide to create a collection of Expeditions so students can tour campuses and get an immersive feel for each. USD will be one of the featured universities.

The 360-degree images of the Vermillion campus, captured by USD’s marketing team in collaboration with the Google Expeditions team, can be viewed at Points of interest include Old Main, Aalfs Auditorium, the DakotaDome, the new basketball and volleyball arena, new soccer and track complex, and other locations around campus.

The tour will be part of the Expeditions app, which will be available on Android and iOS devices later this year.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News