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  Below are listed tour information for the major California colleges, primarily in the Bay Area and along the coast. The college tour information below was mostly excerpted from the colleges' own Websites. Clink on the links to learn more about these colleges. Links to other colleges in the state are in the links section. The opinions of the colleges below are mine and are only for the colleges I have visited so far or know something about. If certain colleges are not listed, it is only because I do not know enough about them. The college data was taken from the colleges' own Websites, from U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2001 Edition and Time/The Princeton Review's The Best College for You - 2001 Edition.

List of Colleges from north to south (click on the name to go directly to it):

 Humboldt State University

Humboldt State University is the northernmost CSU campus, located in the small North Coast Redwood Empire town of Arcata, on the north side of Humboldt Bay from Eureka. it only 95 miles south of the Oregon border, 370 miles north of San Francisco.The main campus is on 144 acres, almost a million square feet in 90 buildings, perched on hills with views of Humboldt Bay. It is a relatively small campus, with 7,462 students, of which 5,899 are full-time undergraduates. The student/faculty ratio is a relatively low 18:1. The university offers a broad choice of traditional courses, as well as some unique ones, such as American Indian education, fisheries, forestry, natural resoureces, Pacific Basin studies, peace & conflict studies, rangeland resources science, recreation administration, social advocacy, water resource policy, watershed management, wildland soil science, and wildlife.  The university's selectivity is typical for a CSU. The average incoming freshman GPA is 3.17. SAT 25/75 percentile: 940-1190. Out of 6,319 freshmen who applied, 3,670 were accepted, of which 760 attended.  Humboldt State, like many colleges in small towns, is primarily a residential campus. About 2/3 of the students come from outside of Humboldt County. 8% come from out of state, and 3% are foreign students. Many students live on campus in the residence halls. (See here for more on housing.)  The on-campus residences are like mountain resorts, set on hillsides amid redwood forests. Room & board rates vary from $4,181 for a room only to $9,392 for the most expensive plan. Fees are $3167 per year (see here for the cost of attendance.)  The proximity of Humboldt Bay, as well as the forests, mountains, and rivers of the Redwood Empire, provide a wide range of outdoor activities. Students enjoy backpacking, canoeing, sailing, rafting, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and whale-watching.


Come and see us in person!

"Walking campus tours are available at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM Monday through Friday, as well as Saturdays at noon. Tours begin from the Student Business Services Building lobby, last about an hour, and are immediately followed by a tour of our on-campus residence halls which leaves from the Library front steps. Reservations are requested but are not required. Comfortable shoes are highly recommended. If you like, you can also request to meet with an Admissions Counselor, sit in on a class, and meet with a faculty member in your program during your visit to Humboldt State. Please give us two week’s notice to make these arrangements.

There's nothing like seeing Humboldt State University firsthand. We invite you and your family to visit our campus. If scheduling a visit less than 14 days before preferred visit date, or if you have any problems filling out this secure form, please call the HSU Admissions Center at (866) 850-9556 toll-free or email us. Campus tours for graduate students are limited to the tour only. If you would like to schedule a meeting with a particular department, or to meet with a faculty member, you should contact them directly."

Virtual tour
Getting to Humboldt State
Campus maps
About Humboldt
Fast Facts

 California State University Chico

Chico State is the second oldest CSU. It was founded in 1887 on land donated by the founders of Chico, John and Annie Bidwell. Their name lives on in Bidwell Park, a huge 3,618-acre wooded park, one of the largest municipal parks in the country. The park follows along Big Chico Creek, which also runs through the shady, park-like Chico State campus. The university is in the small city of Chico (population 47,000), which is in the Sacramento Valley at the edge of the Sierra Nevada foothills. Its location provides for great outdoor recreational opportunities, particularly hiking and mountain biking. The university is a medium-sized campus, at 15,919 students, of which 12,866 are full-time undergraduates, on 119 acres. Chico State has had a national reputation for being one of the top party schools in the country. One reason is that unlike many CSU's, which tend to be commuter colleges, Chico is a residential campus (see here for housing information). Most students live on or near the campus. Despite all the parties, Chico's students graduate at a higher rate than any other CSU campus.  It has been rated 4th among western regional public colleges. (See here for more about Chico's accomplishments.)  The university has seven colleges. Being in the Central Valley, the university has a College of Agriculture. The university's farm covers 1050 acres. Its College of Engineering has an innovative program in "mechatronics," which would appeal to students interested in robotics. Its school newspaper has won awards for being the top college newspaper in California. The university's selectivity is typical for a CSU. The average incoming freshman GPA is 3.28. SAT 25/75 percentile: 940-1140. Out of 10,751 freshmen who applied, 8,561 were accepted, of which 2,234 enrolled.  Fees are $3,370 per year. Room and board are $7,993. (See here for housing information.)

"Campus tours are conducted Monday through Saturday at 11:30 A.M. We strongly recommend that you make your tour reservation 7-10 working days in advance. This will allow us time to mail you a parking permit and map. Call 1-800-542-4426 for more information.

We will offer campus tours March 13 through 17 but please note this is  spring break for CSU, Chico students so classes will not be in session.
~ No tour will be offered March 17 and 18 due to St. Patrick's holiday.
~ No tour will be offered March 31 due to Cesar Chavez holiday.

Monday through Friday tours meet in the Office of Admissions in Colusa Hall, near the center of campus. Saturday tours require an appointment and meet in the University Police Station located at W. 2nd and Normal Streets. Check our campus map for detailed locations."

Photo tour
Quick Facts

 Sonoma State University

Sonoma State is located in the scenic Sonoma County Wine Country in the small city of Rohnert Park. It is a relatively young campus, founded in 1960. It has been rated among the top 10 western regional public colleges. It has 7,749 students, of which 5,822 are full-time undergraduates on its 220-acre campus. The student/faculty ratio is 20:1. It offers 33 bachelor's degrees, 13 master's degrees, and 9 teaching credentials. The most popular majors are business administration, liberal studies, psychology, English, biology, kinesiology, and communication studies. It has a traditional of liberal arts teaching, and was chosen to be the sole California representive of the national Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. Sonoma State is close to the city of Santa Rosa and has been associated with one of that city's most famous residents, Charles Schulz, whose wife is a Sonoma State alumnus.  The couple donated $5 million dollars for the operation of the Jean and Charles Schulz Information Center. It will be a state-of-the-art library and information center, with a computerized book retrieval system. As Santa Rosa is becoming a rapidly-developing technology center, like Silicon Valley, Santa Rosa companies have been supporting technology programs at the university, like JDSU's $1 million grant for a master's program in computer and engineering science. Biotechnology research is being supported in the university's new DNA sequencing lab. Sonoma State is not too difficult for good students to get into. The average incoming freshman GPA is 3.23. SAT 25/75 percentile: 940-1140. 8,392 applied, 5,837 admitted, 1,111 enrolled. It is a popular campus for women, who outnumber men by about 2:1. Minorities make up about 22% of the undergraduate population. Many students live on-campus. There are a number of on-campus housing options, which vary in price from $5,982 with no meals up to $10,340 per year for the most expensive plan. Student fees are $1,808 per semester. (See here for cost of attendance.)


"Thanks for deciding to book a tour and visit SSU! We recommend at least two weeks advance notice for tour reservations so that we can confirm your tour date in writing. Tours are given during the semester on Monday through Saturday. Click here to meet your Student Outreach Sonoma (“SOS”) Tour Guides, or call them at 707.664.3029 if you have questions."

Campus maps, directions, and visitor information
About SSU

 University of California at Berkeley

UC Berkeley, usually called "Cal," is the flagship of the UC system. Founded in 1868, it is the oldest and second largest of the campuses in terms of population, with over 31,000 students. It is among the most prestigious universities in the world and is the highest-rated public university in America. Its distinguished faculty members have won numerous awards, including 17 Nobel Prizes. It is one of the top research institutions in the country and has been rated among the top public research universities in the country. Its discoveries in physics and computer science are legendary. Because of its stature, it is the most difficult UC campus to get into and reputedly the most demanding. 36,829 applied; 9,792 admitted. The average weighted GPA of incoming freshmen is 4.21, 3.94 unweighted. SAT 25/75 percentile: 1200-1450. (See here for the freshman profile.)  It has a rigorous selection process. (See here for admit rates.)  Cal is an urban school, located on 1,232 acres at the edge of the city of Berkeley. However, it backs up into the Berkeley Hills, which includes parklands and undeveloped open space. As with other Bay Area colleges, finding student housing is one of the biggest challenges. Unlike other UC's, Cal is on the semester system. Fees are  $6,413 per year. (See here for undergraduate student budgets.) The on-campus residence halls can house 5000 students. Room and board cost $12,554 per year. For recreation, Cal has an extensive sports program, which includes nationally-ranked intercollegiate athletics. Games against Stanford are big events.

Tour info

Free Campus Tour Schedule

Free campus tours are held daily, seven days a week. The 90-minute walking tours are led by trained student guides who are knowledgeable about the Berkeley campus and student life at Cal. No reservations are required for fewer than ten people.

Monday through Friday, tours are at 10:00 a.m. Weekday tours leave from the Visitor Center at 101 University Hall, 2200 University Ave, located at the corner of University Avenue and Oxford Street. Monday through Friday only, tours are followed by a 30-minute admissions presentation for prospective freshman applicants who have not yet applied to the University.

Saturday tours are at 10 a.m.

Sunday tours are at 1 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday tours begin from the Campanile in the center of campus.

Cal Day
Online Tour
Campus map and directions
Virtual reality panoramas

 San Francisco State University

SFSU is located on a relatively compact 94 acres in the city of San Francisco, near Lake Merced. It is a large campus, population-wise, with 28,950 students, of which 16,884 are full-time undergraduates. (See here for more campus statistics.) The college was established in 1899. It has 83 academic departments, awarding bachelor's degrees in 117 areas and master's in 97. It is unusual for a CSU campus in that it offers doctorates (in education jointly with UC Berkeley). Its most popular majors are business administration, psychology, liberal studies, computer science, biology, radio & TV, English, cinema, art, and kinesiology. It is relatively easy for good students to get into. The average incoming freshman GPA is 3.17. SAT 25/75 percentile: 940-1140. 19,450 applied; 10,730 admitted; 2,895 enrolled  Since SFSU is a CSU, fees are relatively low, at only $1564 per semester. Residence halls are available for freshmen and sophomores. Dorm room and board costs range from $8,510 to $8,830 per year, depending on the meal plan. (See here for the cost of attendance.) Off-campus housing is available, but San Francisco has one of the tightest and most expensive housing markets in the country, so finding housing can be a challenge. On the other hand, San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. 

Tour info

Student Guided Campus Tours
At San Francisco State, taking a guided campus tour is the best way to get acquainted with our university.  Guided campus tours are conducted during the week throughout the year.  The schedule, which varies from semester to semester, will be posted at the beginning of each Fall and Spring semester. However, if you would like to visit the campus on a day or time other than what is scheduled, you are welcome to take our Self Guided Campus Tour map/brochure.

What does it include?  The individual/family guided campus tour for prospective students and their family members is a free walking tour on pathways outside of buildings that takes approximately 1 hour.  It is conducted by one of our trained tour guides who welcomes the opportunity to share their University experience as an undergraduate student.  The campus tour encompasses the main part of the campus and does not including housing.  If you wish to visit the on-campus housing facilities and/or if you wish to learn more about a specific major, you will need to contact the housing office and/or the major department office prior to your visit to make arrangements. (E-mail addresses and phone numbers of SFSU departments are available at

Do I need a reservation?  No.  However, we will collect one ticket per prospective student at check-in.  We do not need prior knowledge that you're coming.  Phone reservations are not required and are not taken.  

Where do I obtain a check-in ticket?  What days and times are available?  Click on the desired month to see the schedule/check-in ticket: Feb 2006 | Mar 2006 | Apr 2006 | May 2006   
June to August 2006 - Campus tours will resume in mid-June.  Please check back during the week of the 12th for the latest updates.

Self Guided Campus Tours
If you would like to visit the campus on a day or time other than what is scheduled, you are welcome to take our Self Guided Campus Tour brochure. 

During normal business hours, you can pick up the brochure in the lobby of the Administration building (opposite of the elevators), in the lobby of the Student Services building, or outside Room 106 of the Student Services building.

Or the Self Guided Campus Tour brochure can be faxed to you before you come. Please send us a request by email to or by fax to 415-338-0903 at least 15 working days before your planned visit.  Be sure to include your fax number in your request.

The Self Guided Campus Tour brochure is also available online at:

Directions to SFSU
Campus map
Clickable map of campus buildings
"What Makes Us Great"
Quick Facts
Photo Tour

University of San Francisco

The University of San Francisco has one of the best locations for an urban school, being situated in the heart of one of the world's most beautiful cities. It sits on a hill northeast of  Golden Gate Park and south of the Presidio. The university is a private Jesuit school, founded in 1855. It is compact for a university, on only 55 acres, but compared to other institutions in San Francisco, it seems huge. Its venerable towers can be seen from all over the city.  It has an enrollment of 8,447 of which 5,248 are undergraduates. The student/faculty ratio is about 14:1. Along with a wide range of majors, it also has graduate schools in business, management, education, law, and nursing.  Popular majors are business, nursing, communications, and psychology. It also has five regional campuses in Northern California. It is moderately selective. (See here for admission criteria.) 5,338 applied; 3,961 admitted; 933 enrolled . The average high school GPA of incoming students was 3.44. Tuition is $26,840. Room and board are $10,240. 36% of the students live on campus. They are required to live on campus for two years, which is fortunate, since off-campus housing in San Francisco is in short supply.


Daily Tours

Campus tours and information sessions are available in the morning and in the afternoon Monday through Friday, except on Federal Holidays. In order to best accommodate your visit to the USF campus we ask that you contact the Office of Admission by following the link below or calling us at 800-CALL USF or 415-422-6563.

    * Schedule an Individual or Family Visit
    * Schedule a Group Visit
      (High school counselors that would like to arrange a group visit)

Campus map

 California State University East Bay

CSU Hayward field and admin. building overlooking East Bay

Formerly Cal State Hayward, CSU East Bay changed its name because it has 2 campuses in the East Bay. The largest is located in the Hayward Hills, on a 342-acre campus overlooking the central East Bay cities, with views of the Bay. At its back and sides are the East Bay Hills, including parklands of the East Bay Regional Parks District. The university has 12,535 students, of which 7,423 are full-time undergraduates. The university also maintains a 395-acre campus in Concord for upper division and graduate students. The university offers 46 bachelor's degree majors, 65 minors, and 26 master's degrees in four schools. Its master's program in multimedia was the first in the nation. Its highly-respected business school is one of the largest in the Bay Area. Its most popular majors are business administration, liberal studies, and comuter science. The university's selectivity is typical for a CSU. 4,665 applied; 2,177 admitted. The average high school GPA is 3.14. SAT 25/75 percentile: 620-1122. Many students commute to campus, with a free shuttle service to the Hayward BART station. On-campus housing is available. Fees are $2,916 per year. Rooms are $6,759 (no meals).  

"Visit our Hayward Hills or Concord campus on your own or with a group. With at least two weeks notice, we can arrange specially planned tours. You can truly get a feeling of campus life at Cal State East Bay with our tours. Tours can include meeting current students and participating in that day's student activities. Visit Campus Maps to find the best way for you to get to campus.

Tours are available Monday through Friday. Call the Enrollment Services at (510) 885-2556 for Hayward appointments, or to visit our Concord campus, call (925)602-6700."

Virtual Tour
Campus maps and directinons

 Stanford University

Stanford Memorial Church

The San Francisco Bay Area is lucky to have two world-class universities. One is UC Berkeley. The other is Cal's cross-Bay archrival, Stanford University. Ironically, Stanford's founding was inspired by tragedy. In 1884, Leland Stanford Jr., the 16-year old son of California Governor and railroad baron Leland Stanford Sr. and his wife Jane, died while travelling in Europe from typhoid fever. His grief-stricken parents decided to create a university in his memory. In 1891, Stanford University opened its doors. (See here for more on Stanford's history.)  Since then, it has developed and grown into one of the world's great universities. Stanford has been consistently ranked among the top 5 universities in the country, and is the top university in the West. It ranks with the great Ivy League universities on the East Coast. Unlike them, however, it has a nationally-ranked sports program that has produced superstars like John Elway and Tiger Woods. Stanford's achievements in science and technology have often been credited as giving birth to the Silicon Valley. Its alumni include industry moguls such as Bill Hewlett and David Packard. Even though it is an enormous campus in terms of area, it is small in terms of the student population, with an undergraduate population of less than 6,506. The student-faculty ratio is only 6:1, so classes are small. The university owns over 8100 acres of land in the Palo Alto area, much of which is still undeveloped open space. The campus itself has more than 678 major buildings. It has many research laboratories, including the famous Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. Even though Stanford is located in one of the most expensive and tightest housing markets in the country, housing for undergraduates is not a problem, as 92% of them live on campus. Stanford is one of the most difficult schools to get into in the country. Only the best students apply, but even then, only about 8% of the applicants will wind up in the freshman class. The average incoming freshman GPA is 3.9. SAT 25/75 percentile: 1370-1550.  Admission: 20,192 applied; 2,426 admitted; 1,632 enrolled. It attracts some of the brightest students from all over the country and the world, as well as children of the rich and famous (including children of the President). Stanford is one of the most expensive colleges in the country, with the tuition at over $31,200 and room and board at $9,932 per year. For talented and highly-motivated students it is worth it, not only for the quality of education, but for the valuable contacts they can make there. A large number of corporate founders in the Silicon Valley met each other while at Stanford.

Tour info.

We offer the following tours for campus visitors. For more detailed information about the tours, please contact Visitor Information Services at (650) 723-2560 or by email at

If you are planning to visit during a holiday period or academic break, please consult our schedule of services to ensure the tour you are interested in will be offered at the time of your visit.

Campus maps and directions
An Introduction to Stanford
Stanford Facts
Contact Information and Frequently Asked Questions

 University of California at Davis

Egghead sculpture at UC Davis, photo by Chris Horii

UC Davis is the third largest UC campus in terms of population, with about 29,637 students, of which 22,735 are undergraduates. It is the largest in terms of land area, with 5,200 acres. It is located in the Sacramento Valley just 15 miles west of sacramento and 72 miles northeast of San Francisco. Being in an agricultural area, it is renowned for its agricultural research and technology. It was founded as a state agricultural school in 1905 as a farming extension to UC Berkeley. (See here for more on its history.) Because it is a large, flat campus, bicycles are the favored mode of transportation. The city of Davis has the most bicycles per capital in the nation. Davis has three undergraduate colleges with more than 150 majors, the most of any UC campus. It also has 70 graduate programs and four professional schools in law, management, medicine, and veterinary medicine. 20% of the students live on campus.  University-owned student housing consists of residence halls, which can house 4500 undergraduate students, and several apartment complexes. 31,292 applied; 17,291 admitted; 4,786 enrolled. The average incoming freshman GPA is 3.74. SAT 25/75 percentile: 1040-1280. (See here for the freshman profile.) The most popular majors are biological sciences, psychology, and engineering. Costs are $7,495 for fees, $10,791 for room and board.

Visiting UC Davis

VISITOR SERVICES proudly offers campus maps, information and directions to campus guests from two visitor center locations at UC Davis, as well as the Campus Tour Program for prospective students making college decisions.

The UC Davis Campus Tour Program:

The Campus Tour Program offers a variety of guided tour types, self-guided tour options, the on-line virtual tour, campus tour video and limited classroom visitation registration. Visitor Services is determined to meet the propective students' and general visitors' needs in providing a true sense of what UC Davis has to offer in the way of education, employment and community.

Week Day Family Walking Tours are offered most week days (except on observed holidays) at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm with at least a one week advance registration. Registration is available until filled and capacity is based on tour guide availability. All guides are students and availability often depends on students' class schedules. Walking tours are 90 minutes in length. Please visit the on-line tour registration system to register for a campus tour.

Weekend Family Walking Tours are offered at 11:30 am most Saturdays and Sundays with at least a one week advance registration. Registration is available until filled and capacity is based on tour guide availability. All guides are students. Walking tours are 90 minutes in length. Please visit the on-line tour registration system to register for a campus tour.

Engineering Tours are offered to prospective students and their families on selected days of the week throughout the year when engineering students are available to conduct guided tours. Engineering tours are 90 minutes in length. Engineering tours are available until filled and space is limited to 12 people per tour. Please visit the on-line tour registration system for specific Engineering Tour availability.

Biological Sciences Tours are offered to prospective students and their families on selected days of the week throughout the year when division of biological sciences students are available to conduct guided tours. Biological Sciences Tours are 90 minutes in length. Biological Sciences tours are available until filled and space is limited to 12 people per tour. Please visit the on-line tour registration system for specific Biological Sciences Tour availability.

Large Group Walking and Tram Tours are offered based on tour guide and/or tram driver availability. Walking tours are 90 minutes in length and tram tours are 45 minutes in length. Both of these tour types are available to group sizes of greater than 18 and less than 44. For Large group walking tour and tram tour availability, please call (530) 752-0539 and speak with a Visitor Services representative. We will be happy to check tour guide driver and/or tour guide availability for you.

Self-Guided Walking Tour Brochures are available too. If all guided tour options are full or unavailable during the time you wish to visit UC Davis, we encourage consideration of the Self-Guided Walking Tour brochure. This brochure includes student and academic statistics, images of campus, information about student organizations, sports and housing, a color map of campus, a directional tour route indicator and the original tour script that student guides memorize to conduct guided tours. The brochures are always available at the Walter A. Buehler Alumni & Visitors Center. If you visit us after operating hours the brochures will be available outside the front doors. The Self-Guided Walking Tour Brochure is a very inclusive, comprehensive piece of literature that answers most questions about UC Davis. However, just in case that is not enough, the Walter A. Buehler Alumni & Visitors Center lobby service counter is staffed by a UC Davis student Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Please feel free to stop in and visit with the UC Davis student on duty to answer any of your student life questions.

The Campus Tour Video Tape "Look Into Your Future" is available for purchase. This 16 minute award winning video overview presentation of UC Davis covers undergraduate and graduate academic areas, faculty interviews, student interviews; information about student opportunities, organizations and activities; sports, student housing, etc. This video won an International "Award of Distinction". The videos are available for purchase from Visitor Services for $5.00, plus $3.85 for shipping and handling anywhere in the United States. To order your "Look Into Your Future" video tape, send a personal check or money order payable to UC Regents in the amount of $8.85 to:

Visitor Services, University of California at Davis, Alumni Center, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616

Don't forget to include your return address of where to ship the video.

Classroom Lecture Visitation is available for prospective students and parents to observe a lecture in progress. A selected number of classes have been approved and added to this program by faculty. The seating is very limited and is offered to families and small groups of 1 to 5 in size.

Thank you for your interest in UC Davis and we look forward to serving you.

Visitor Services

Visitor parking directions
Directions to UC Davis
Virtual tour
Campus Map

California State University Sacramento

Sac State is located in the state capital along the banks of the American River. It is one of the  largest CSU campuses, with 27,932 students, of which 17,429 are full-time undergraduates. It is a good-size urban campus, covering 300 acres, with over 3 million square feet of building space. It was founded in 1947 on the site of the current Sacramento City College. In 1953, it moved to its current site. The campus is covered with trees and gardens. The adjacent American River provides some 33 miles of trails along the river bank, running from Discovery Park to Folsom Lake. A campus bridge over the river, the Guy West Bridge, looks like a miniature Golden Gate Bridge.  The university consists of six colleges. It offers 60 undergraduate programs and 40 graduate programs.  Popular majors are busniess administration, criminal justice, and liberal studies. Teacher education is the largest program on campus.  The university's selectivity is typical for a CSU. The average incoming freshman GPA is 3.2. SAT 25/75 percentile: 850/1090. 12,515 applied; 6,375 admitted; 2,340 enrolled. Fees are $3,314 per year, with room and board at $6,474. Most students live off-campus, but on-campus housing is available (see here for more housing information).

"Individuals and Family Tours - These tours are for an individual with up to 5 guests. View Frequently Asked Questions and book your tour here.

Group Tour Inquiries - These are one-hour walking tours of the campus designed for groups of prospective high school and college age students. For elementary and middleschool students, we recommend the self-guided tour option below. To schedule a group tour, please email your request to:

Self-guided Tour - For those who prefer a leisurely walk around the campus, we recommend our self-guided tour. The guided map may be viewed as a pdf file using Adobe Acrobat Reader, or obtained from the Information Desk in Sacramento Hall, Monday through Friday between 8 am and 5 pm. No appointment or reservation is necessary."

Campus map

 San Jose State University

Tower Hall and Morris Dailey Auditorium, SJSU

SJSU was founded in 1857 and is the oldest of the CSU campuses. In fact, it is the oldest public institution of higher education on the West Coast. (See here for SJSU's history.)  It is a large urban college, located on 154 acres right in the heart of downtown San Jose, with 29.975 students, of which 16,100 are full-time undergraduates.   Being downtown provides easy access to the city's downtown theaters, restaurants, museums, hotels, offices, parks, convention center, and main library. Because of its location in the Silicon Valley, its computer science and engineering classes are very popular. Graduates have become technical professionals all around the Valley. The area around SJSU has improved in recent years, with new hotels, museums, and theaters having been built. The huge new King Library is shared between San Jose State and the San Jose Public Library. It is not too difficult for good students to get into. The average incoming freshman GPA is 3.17, SAT 25/75 percentile: 870-1140. 15,079 applied; 9,935 admitted; 2,393 enrolled. Fees are 2,958 per year. On-campus housing is available. Room and board costs $8,136. Campus Village is a new housing facility  that opened in fall of 2005. SJSU is next to the VTA Light Rail line, so commuting from farther away from campus is possible. SJSU is more of a commuter college than a residential one, though many students live in rented housing in the area.

Campus Tours
San José State University
offers two campus tours and one admission presentation every weekday, Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (except holidays and weekends). Individual tours consist of less than 15 people. Online Registration is required for all campus tours and an email confirmation will be sent to all registrants to confirm the date and time of your campus tour requested.

Group tours are offered Monday-Friday at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Group tours consist of 15 or more people. Requests must be scheduled by the first of the month for the next month. Online Registration is required for all campus tours and an email confirmation will be sent to all registrants to confirm the date and time of the campus tour requested.

All campus tours start at the Welcome Center at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library on the corner of Fourth and San Fernando Streets. Campus Tours are approximately forty-five 45 minutes. All campus tours are led by SJSU Student Ambassadors. "

Virtual Tour
Directions to SJSU
Campus map

 Santa Clara University

Alumni bldg and Mission Santa Clara at Santa Clara U.

Santa Clara University is the oldest institution of higher learning in California. Its beginnings can be traced back to the founding of Mission Santa Clara de Asis in 1777, the eighth of the California missions. The university was established in 1851 by the Jesuits, based around the mission property. It is a relatively small college, sitting on 104 acres, with a full-time undergraduate population of 4,316. The student-faculty ratio is a low 12:1. The average class size is 27. Even though it is a Catholic college, about 40% of the students are not Catholic. 8,904 applied; 5,419 admitted; 1,198 enrolled. The average high school GPA of incoming freshmen was 3.54. SAT 25/75 percentile: 1110-1300. It is a highly regarded institution, rated the number two western regional college. It has a wide variety of majors. Being in the heart of the Silicon Valley, its engineering and technology programs are popular, and its graduates are in high demand in industry. A number of high-ranking corporate executives have graduated from SCU. Its MBA program attracts many current Silicon Valley professionals looking to expand their business skills. Tuition is $28,899 per year. Room and board costs $10,032 per year. (See here for housing information.) 61% of the undergraduate students receive financial aid. The university's facilities include Mission Santa Clara, the de Saisset Museum of art and history, and the Center of Performing Arts.

Visiting Santa Clara:

Campus Tours and Information Sessions

The Undergraduate Admission office hosts an information session and student-led campus tour daily, Monday through Friday and on most Saturdays. For more information, take a look at our campus visit schedule, or you can make a reservation through SCUConnect.

If you will be bringing more than ten people for a campus visit, please reserve a group tour.

Admission Appointments

We do not offer interviews, however individual conversations with admission counselors are available on a drop-in basis. They are offered to prospective freshmen who have questions not otherwise answered in the information session or on our Web site. Although this is not a requirement for the application process, we feel this is another good way for our counselors to get to know you.

Santa Clara no longer offers individual appointments for transfer students. In lieu of these appointments, we will offer a transfer-oriented information session twise monthly. Please refer to the campus visit schedule for more information.

Class Visits
Santa Clara offers a special program for admitted students to shadow a class with a current student. These visits are available most weekdays from February through April and must be scheduled two weeks in advance.
Overnight Visits

The Undergraduate Admissions Office does not formally arrange overnight visits for individual students. We do, however, offer a number of special programs for admitted students that include an overnight component.

Planning Your Visit

To help you plan your visit to Santa Clara, we provide information about parking, directions to campus, local transportation, a campus map, and a list of hotels near SCU.

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Directions to campus
Campus map

 University of California at Santa Cruz

UCSC Science Hill

UCSC is second smallest of the general UC campuses in terms of population, with 12,983 full-time undergraduate students, but the second largest in terms of area, at 2,950 acres. However, it is almost an invisible campus. It is difficult to see the campus buildings because they are hidden among the towering redwood trees. In fact, the buildings are designed so that they are lower than the tree lines. The heavily-forested campus environment seems very much like a state park. Indeed, it is surrounded by state and local parks. UCSC has one of  the most beautiful natural settings among all the colleges in the state. It is situated on hilly land on the lower slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Most of the upper campus is located in redwood forests, divided by deep, shady ravines. The lower parts of the campus are on open grass-covered hills with views of Monterey Bay. Nearby parks include Wilder Ranch State Park, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Natural Bridges State Park, and the Pogonip Open Space Preserve. UCSC has been one of the most innovative of the UC campuses in terms of teaching methods. It is the only UC campus where grades are optional. Students receive written evaluations from their instructors, which can be useful as letters of references for job and graduate school applications. The campus is divided into nine residential colleges. All undergraduates, regardless of whether they live on campus or off, are affiliated with one of these colleges. Each has its own academic requirements.  The scenic settings and million-dollar views from the on-campus housing at UCSC make them seem like luxury resorts. However, off-campus housing is in short supply in the growth-restricted city of Santa Cruz. Finding outside housing is one of the most challenging tasks at UCSC. UCSC has had a reputation of being a "hippie school." While it still appeals to artists with Bohemian sensibilities, its reputation as an academic school and research institution has been growing. It is the closest UC campus to Silicon Valley, and its technology-related programs have increased. Planning is under way for the UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Center at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View. UCSC runs several research facilities, including the Long Marine Lab in Santa Cruz, the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton, and the developing Monterey Bay Education, Science, and Technology Center on the former Fort Ord site.. UCSC is moderately selective. The average incoming freshman GPA is 3.56. SAT 25/75 percentile: 1050-1280.  23,003 applied; 17,342 admitted; 2,996 enrolled. (See here for the freshman profile.) Fees are $6,913. Room and board is $9,110.

Tour info.

Come join us for a UC Santa Cruz campus tour! Our informative tour guides provide insight into the undergraduate experience, highlight our excellent academic opportunities, and showcase our stunning campus environment. Reservations are required.

Group Tours (for groups of 6 or more) may not be reserved here. For Group Tour reservations, please call (831) 459-4118.

Transfer student advising workshops are offered on the first and third Fridays of every month and may be reserved online. Reservations are required.

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 California State University Monterey Bay

Cal State Monterey campus center, dorms

CSUMB is a new campus. It opened its doors to students in 1995.  It is so new that many people do not realize it exists. For a CSU, it is a huge campus in terms of area. Its boundaries encompass about 1500 acres. Despite its size, it occupies only a small fraction of the giant former Fort Ord Army Base. So far, only a small part of it has been developed into active campus buildings. Its property includes large numbers of buildings that were part of the army base complex. Its current operating buildings were converted from the former army buildings, though future facilities may be built from scratch. Its upper classmen housing areas, which look like suburban neighborhoods, were once officer's quarters, and so are much more luxurious than the typical student housing. Its current enrollment is only 3,373, mostly undergraduates, but its future enrollment is predicted to grow to 25,000. It is a rapidly-growing school, so going there is somewhat like joining a fast-growing startup company. There are great opportunities for innovation, and the students are much more empowered than at other larger and more established schools. The classes are small, and the equipment is new. Particularly notable are their state-of-the-art computer arts and multimedia facilities, which are among the best in the state. Its goal is to become THE multimedia center for the CSU system. One important sign of its non-tradtional approach to education is its inter-disciplinary majors, in place of more traditional ones. For instance, its Teledramatic Arts and Technology program combines theater arts with broadcast and computer technology. Telecommunications, Multimedia, and Applied Computing  combines business computer, telecommunications, multimedia, and instructional technology. Its Earth Systems Science & Policy combines the physical and biological sciences with economics and policy. Its location near the ocean makes it ideal for marine studies. It is the closest CSU campus to the Moss Landing Marine Laboratory, which it shares with other CSUs. The campus is located just north of the resort city of Monterey, so recreational opportunities are abundant. Because it is near some of the best golf courses in the world, it has an excellent golf team. There are huge areas of open space on the Fort Ord site for hiking and biking. Despite its suburban location, the university puts special emphasis on community service. Its service-learning practices are becoming a model for the Cal State system. It has no impacted programs, so it is easy to get into for anyone meeting the CSU requirements, and it is easy to get the classes you need. Classes are very small for a CSU, comparable to a private university. It doesn't have the broad spectrum of programs or huge research laboratories of other universities, but it does have an intimate, innovative, non-intimidating atmosphere that may appeal to many students. It has some of the advantages of a small private university, but at the low cost of a CSU. CSUMB isn't for everyone, but it is worth a look to see if it meets your needs. Average incoming freshman GPA is 3.08, SAT 25/75 percentile: 880-1135. 3,023 applied; 2,508 admitted; 565 enrolled. Fees: $2,761/year. Room & board: $8,254. See here for information on on-campus housing.

Tour info.

Guided Campus Tours

Student-led tours of the CSUMB campus can easily be arranged but require that you reserve space at least two weeks in advance. We make every attempt to accommodate your needs. If you would like an alternative time or desire special assistance on your tour, please contact us

We conduct individual guided tours (maximum 10) Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Saturday at 10 a.m. For groups over 10, the same tour times are possible. However, alternate times may also be possible. All tour times are subject to change. Please check our Academic Calendar to see if our campus will be closed on any given day.

To request a tour, please call 831-582-3738 or choose one of the forms below.

Self-Guided Tours

The Self-Guided Tour includes a drive that will take you past most of the major campus buildings, and a walk of the residential quad.

The tour booklet is available in the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this file.

Self-Guided Tour Booklet

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Directions and campus map

 University of the Pacific

UOP has a long history. It was founded in 1851 as a Methodist school, California Wesleyan College, in Santa Clara. It later moved to San Jose, and finally to Stockton. It changed its name to College of the Pacific, then to University of the Pacific in 1961.  The main campus in Stockton covers 170 acres and enrolls about 4000 students, with 3,371 full-time undergraduates. It has a wide range of majors, from the liberal arts to the sciences and engineering. UOP has a four-year guarantee for students, promising they will graduate in four years in most majors if certain conditions are met. The student/faculty ratio is about 14:1. The average incoming freshman GPA is 3.49. SAT 25/75 percentile: 1060-1280. 5,869 applied; 3,304 admitted; 800 enrolled. UOP is located in Stockton, 80 miles east of San Francisco at the west edge of the Central Valley and 40 miles south of Sacramento. Because it is in the Central Valley, off-campus housing is cheaper and easier to find than in the Bay Area. Tuition is $26,088 and room & board are $8,478 per year. 

Tour info.

Our student and staff tour guides give lively and entertaining tours of the main campus in Stockton. Tours are available throughout the year, last for one hour and can be scheduled on weekdays and most Saturdays.

Late August, 2005 to March 18, 2006

Monday through Friday: Tours start at 10:00 am and 3:00 pm
Saturday Tours are available by appointment at 11:00 am

March 20, 2006 to April 22, 2006

Monday through Friday: Tours start at 9:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm
Saturday Tours are available by appointment at 11:00 am

April 24 to Mid May, 2006

Monday through Friday: Tours start at 10:00 am and 3:00 pm
Saturday Tours are available by appointment at 11:00 am

Mid-May, 2006 to Mid-August 2006

Monday through Thursday: Tours start at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm
Fridays: There is one tour at 10:00 am
Saturday Tours are available begining in August

All tours begin in the lobby of Knoles Hall.

Contact the Office of Admission at (209) 946-2211 to arrange a tour, group information session, or individual counselor session. Overnight stays and classroom visits are available September 20–December 5 and January 20–May 5.

Online tour of the campus
Maps and directions
Why Choose Pacific? 

University of California Merced

UC Merced is the newest University of California campus. It is the first major American university to be built in the 21st century. It is located in the Central Valley by Merced, a city of 73,000, about mid-way between the Bay Area and the Sierras. When it opened in September 2005, UC Merced received 8,883 applicants and admitted 5,958. It is projected to grow to 25,000 students by 2030. See here for the history of the campus. The average high school GPA of incoming freshmen was 3.58. The average SAT total score was 1139. It has majors in 3 academic schools: the School of Engineering, the School of Natural Sciences, and the School of Social Sciences. Fees are $6,653 per year, and room and board are $10,260. Here is the cost of attendance and housing information.

Tours and directions to UC Merced
UC Merced Campus Tours

UC Merced guided tours are available by reservation. Tours consist of a 45 minute walking tour led by a student tour guide. Due to safety concerns, guests are not permitted to enter construction zones. To make a reservation, contact the Office of Admissions/Relations with Schools & Colleges at (209) 381-7880 or toll free in California at (866) 270-7301.

Tour Schedule

Monday through Friday at 10:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.

Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.

(Excludes major holidays; schedule is subject to change, please make a reservation)


Tours start at the Kolligian Library located at 5200 N. Lake Rd., Merced, CA. 95340. Visitors should check in at the Students First Center located in the first floor of the Library-Gold Wing.

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Campus map

 California State University Fresno

Fresno State is a large state university in the Central Valley city of Fresno. It was founded in 1911 as Fresno State Normal School. It has 20,371 students, of which 14,184 are undergraduates, on a 388-acre main campus in the middle of the city. It also has a 1,011-acre University Farm at the northeast edge of Fresno.  The university has a number of colleges and schools.  The most popular majors are liberal studies, business administration, and agricultural sciences. The latter are significant because Fresno is a major agricultural and agri-business center. The university's selectivity is typical for a CSU.  The average incoming freshman GPA is 3.15. SAT 25/75 percentile:840-1080. 11,348 applied; 10,823 admitted; 2,302 enrolled. Fees are $2,933. (See here for more on fees.) Room and board is $6,584. Most students commute from home or live in off-campus housing, while about 1,000 live in university-owned housing.

"When choosing a university, it is essential to become familiar with the campus atmosphere in order to make informed decisions.  University Outreach Services conducts daily tours of the campus, so that prospective students and their families can become acquainted with Fresno State.

Tours may be scheduled Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. by calling two weeks in advance. Individual and family tours depart from the Smittcamp Alumni House.  Group tours depart from the front of the Joyal Administration Building. Special arrangements can be made to accommodate your schedule. Saturdays may be available by appointment only.

Monday through Friday, after touring the campus, students may also visit their academic department of choice.  Department tours can be scheduled by calling in advance for an appointment.

To visit the Fresno State campus, call University Outreach Services at 559.278.2048 or email a tour request - please make sure to leave your full name and phone number when emailing us."

Campus maps

Created by Ronald Horii
Last update: 3/2/2006, migrated from Geocities 11/09.

Statistics are from Fall 2005.