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  Below are listed tour information for the major California colleges in Southern California, starting from San Luis Obispo. 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.

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

 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Christopher Cohen Center, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Cal Poly is a medium-sized campus in terms of student population, with 18,475 students, of which 15,827 are full-time undergraduates. However, it is large in terms of area, with over 6000 acres, and even bigger in terms of reputation. It is located in the small city of San Luis Obispo, surrounded by foothills and mountains, a few miles inland from the coast. Founded in 1901, the university is celebrating its centennial in 2001. Cal Poly is one of the most highly-regarded campuses of the California State Universities. It is the top-rated regional public university in the west. Some of its undergraduate programs are as demanding as the UC's. It is also one of the most difficult of the CSU's to get into, with a highly competitive admissions process. The average incoming freshman GPA is 3.73. SAT 25/75 percentile:1120-1320. This is more typical of UC applicants. 23,691 applied; 10,551 admitted; 3,372 enrolled.  It is not a school for those who do not know what they want to major in. Cal Poly discourages switching majors. Students must be focused and dedicated. The school's philosophy is "learn by doing," so students get involved in hands-on, real-life projects. Classes emphasize lab and field work.  This makes their graduates in high demand by employers looking for new hires who can hit the ground running. Considering the quality of education provided, Cal Poly is one of the state's best higher educational bargains (see here for cost of attendance). Annual fees are $3,974, and room and board are $7,939. Cal Poly has a number of housing options. Because it is next to such a small city, most students are from out of town, so the residential population is relatively high for a CSU.

Tour info.

Cal Poly offers one campus tour (register below) and an admissions presentation every weekday (Monday - Friday), except for holidays when the campus is closed. To see a list of campus holidays, please click here. Those interested in either option, please meet at the information desk in the University Union at the appropriate time.

For all tours please wear appropriate walking shoes and a hat is suggested. Please plan on arriving 30 minutes prior to the beginning of your tour due to parking.

11:10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.        Campus walking tour
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.            Admissions presentations for all Freshmen and Transfer prospective students.

Please note: Tours are led by current Cal Poly students and provide a general overview of the campus and a first-hand student perspective on campus and residential life. There are no tours offered on Saturdays or Sundays. Cal Poly does not make arrangements for individual or customized campus tours.

Special Spring Break Tours - Expanded campus tour information for the weeks of April 10-14 and April 17-20. Meet in the University Union, Chumash Auditorium (Bldg. 65).

*Special Spring Break Engineering Tours - The College of Engineering will be offering one tour each weekday (with the exception of F 4/21) during the two week time period of April 10 th - April 20 th , 2006 at 2:30 p.m. Meet by the information desk in the University Union (Bldg.65).

*Special Spring Break Housing Tours - Housing and Residential Life will be offering one tour each weekday (with the exception of F 4/21) during the two week time period of April 10 th- April 20th, 2006 at 1:00 pm. Meet in front of the Administration Building (Bldg. 1).

During the 2005-2006 academic year (see specific dates below), the College of Engineering will be offering in-depth tours led by current Cal Poly engineering students through some of the engineering labs on Mondays and Fridays from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Please note: Engineering tours during the weeks of April 10-14 and April 17-20 will only be at 2:30. Those interested should meet at the Information Desk in the University Union Building .

Winter 2006 Engineering Tour Dates:
F 1/6, M 1/9, F 1/13, F 1/20, M 1/23, F 1/27, M 1/30, F 2/3,
M 2/6, F 2/10, M 2/13, M 2/20, F 2/24, M 2/27, F 3/3, M 3/6, F 3/10.

Spring 2006 Engineering Tour Dates:
M 3/27, M 4/3, F 4/7, M 4/10*, T 4/11*, W 4/12*, Th 4/13*, F 4/14*, M 4/17*, T 4/18*, W 4/19*, Th 4/20*, M 4/24, F 4/28, M 5/1, F 5/5, M 5/8, F 5/12, M 5/15, F 5/19, M 5/22, F 5/26, F 6/2.

If you are bringing a group of 10 or more (including school groups), advance arrangements are required. <Click here> for information about scheduling a group tour.

A Campus Tour Information Line is available at 805/756-5734.

Campus maps and directions
Online virtual tour

 University of California at Santa Barbara

UCSB Marine Science Institute, campus beach, Goleta Beach

(Note: UCSB is my alma mater, so this may be slightly biased.)
UCSB is the best college in California. OK, this is a slight exaggeration, but it does have a lot of strong points. Once known as a party and protest school in the 60's and 70's, its academic reputation in recent years has been skyrocketing. Long-known for its strength in the natural sciences, particularly marine biology, it is rapidly becoming world-renowned in the physical sciences. Five of its faculty have won Nobel physics, chemistry, engineering, and economics. It has eight national research centers and institutes, including the prestigious Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. The quality of its scientific research has earned it top-10 rankings, including first place in physics and materials. It has been ranked second only to UC Berkeley among public universities in research excellence and productivity. One of the most appealing aspects of the university, however, is its location. It has the most scenic location of all the UC campuses. It is located on a coastal mesa on 989 acres surrounded on 3 sides by water. The steep wall of the Santa Ynez Mountains lies just to the north. The Channel Islands lie to the south across the Santa Barbara Channel. The nearby wealthy coastal resort city of Santa Barbara is often considered one of America's most beautiful cities. There are miles of uncrowded beaches around and near the campus and hundreds of miles of hiking trails in the mountains. A survey among college students once ranked UCSB second only to Stanford for campus beauty among California campuses, and tenth nationawide. The downside of UCSB's rising reputation and appeal has been the increasingly competitive nature of admissions to the university. Once it was one of the easiest UC's to get into, but no longer. The average incoming freshman GPA is 3.76, with a SAT 25/75 percentile of 1070/1300. 36,963 applied; 19,589 admitted; 3,895 enrolled. (See here for the freshman profile.) The university has over 21,000 students, with 17,529 full-time undergraduates, making it a mid-size UC campus. Because most of its students come from outside the Santa Barbara area, it is primarily a residential, rather than a commuter school. Being far from parental oversight is probably one reason for the popularity of parties and protests. Most of the students live in campus dorms or in off-campus apartments in the funky college town of Isla Vista next door. UCSB's partying traditions haven't died, but in-between the partying and the beach-going, the students have to study hard. Because of its location and year-round mild weather, outdoor recreational activities are very popular at UCSB. Besides outdoor sports, they include swimming, surfing, fishing, boating, scuba diving, horseback riding, hiking, biking, rock climbing, and camping. Because of Santa Barbara's wealth, it has a large number of museums and cultural amenities for a city of its size. UCSB may not be for everyone, but if you want to go to a school with near-perfect weather, in one of the country's most beautiful locations, with top-notch researchers, and illustrious alumni, check it out.

UCSB has been running summer pre-college programs for high school students for around forty years. Students can choose among some 80 college-level classes in the Early Start Program or work beside researchers in the Research Mentorship Program. Students live in one of the college dorms with other high school students. Recreational activities are provided. These programs not only provide college credit and a chance to experience college life, but they look very good on college applications. The only problem is that students can find it hard to go back to high school after tasting college. 

Visitor Center

No reservations are required for campus tours and admissions presentations, unless you are bringing a group of 10 or more. (For groups of 10 or more, please register online.)

Campus Tours

Walk with a current student or UCSB alumnus on an hour-long campus tour. Stops include our largest lecture hall, the library, a residence hall and the University Center.

Get a student perspective of campus and residential life.

Tours run Monday through Friday (except major holidays) 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM starting at the Visitor Center. Campus tours are offered on Saturdays in the months of October and April at 12 pm only. If you would like to visit on another Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, you may take a Self-Guided Tour Map and tour the campus on your own (available online at and in print outside of the Visitor Center). 

2006 Spring Insight - Open House

Come to Spring Insight Open House!
Saturday, April 8, 2006
9AM - 3PM

Spring Insight Open House is a dynamic event that shows you what UC Santa Barbara has to offer. Spring Insight programs are designed to inform prospective students and their families about the opportunities for academic and personal growth that UC Santa Barbara offers to undergraduate students.

Reservations are not required. If you need assistance due to a disability, please contact the Visitor Center at (805) 893-8175 at least two weeks before the event.

About UCSB
Campus Quick Facts
Virtual tour
Campus maps and directions
My pictures of UCSB
My page about Santa Barbara

California State University at Channel Islands

Bell Tower Building, Cal State U at Channel Islands

Cal State Channel Islands started as a Ventura County satellite campus of Cal State Northridge. It opened as the newest CSU campus in 2002. It has 2,575 students and 205 faculty. It offers 18 majors so far. It is located on the site of the former Camarillo State Hospital. The campus will eventually hold 15,000 students. It has room to grow. The site includes 634 acres, with more than 1.6 million square feet of developed buildings left over from the huge hospital complex.  The core of the campus occupies 100 acres. The old hopital building are being converted to university facilities. The campus consists of mission-style buildings in a beautiful tree-shaded setting surrounded by broad lawns, steep hills and rugged mountains, a winding creek, and fertile farmlands. The ocean is just a few miles away. On-campus housing is available. Room and board is $9500 per year. Fees are $1490 per semester.

Campus Tours
"Campus tours are offered by our team of student Navigators Monday through Friday at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  Weekend tours are available at noon on the first Saturday of every month, excluding holiday weekends.  By visiting the University, prospective students will have an opportunity to view the campus and familiarize themselves with the various resources the University has to offer. Each tour is led by a Cal State Channel Islands student. Tours must be arranged by appointment. Call 805-437-2724 for more information.

Information brochures about CSU Channel Islands are sent by request. Please feel free to contact us by phone at (805) 437-CSCI or toll free 1-888-44-CSUCI or by email at  You may also view the brochure online by clicking here "

Maps and directions to CSUCI
Video tour of the campus

 California Institute of the Arts

Roy Disney Theater at Cal Arts, Valencia

Cal Arts is located in the small city of Valencia, near the Magic Mountain amusement park and about a half hour's drive from LA and Hollywood. It was founded in 1961 with the help of two famous entertainment industry moguls: Walt and Roy Disney. It is regarded as one of the best schools in the country for the visual and performing arts. Its Master of Fine Arts program has been ranked tops in California and sixth in the nation.  It is a relatively small school, with 1201 students, of which 812 are full-time undergraduates, in a 60-acre hilltop campus overlooking the Santa Clarita Valley. The student:faculty ratio is a very low 7:1. It has some impressive facilities: "The campus includes the artistic/academic building; the Eli and Edythe Broad graduate art studios; several annexes that house facilities for art, critical studies, film/video and theater; a residence hall; and student apartments. The artistic/academic complex, a five-level, multiwinged building of 500,000 square feet, contains classrooms; art studios; electronic music studios; dance spaces; rehearsal rooms; theaters; costume, scenery and machine shops; galleries; photo labs; editing rooms; sound and video stages; library; cafeteria and offices." Courses are available in art, critical studies, dance, film/video, music, and theatre. Admission requirements are set by the individual schools, but generally include an audition or portfolio review. 2,975 applied; 923 admitted; 138 enrolled. Tuition is $29,300, but other fees add several hundred dollars (see here for tuition and fees). Books and supply costs can range into the $1000-$2000 range, depending on the major. Room and board is $7,697.

Visting Cal Arts

Information Sessions and Campus Tours

Information sessions are held in the mornings on Mondays and Fridays during the academic year for each of the following schools: Art, Music, Film/Video (including animation) or Theater. Space is limited, so please call ahead for a reservation. During the academic year, there is a one-hour tour at noon, Monday through Friday. If you are interested in the School of Dance and the MFA Writing Program, please call our office for an individual appointment. Always call the Office of Admissions to be sure there will be a session and/or tour on the day you plan to visit.

Office hours vary when classes are not in session and during the summer months. It is always best to call before your visit.

Campus directions
CalArts Fact Sheet

 California State University Northridge

CSUN Library

CSUN is one of the larger CSU campuses, with 33,243 students, of which 18,703 are full-time undergraduates, and about 3,700 faculty and staff on a 353-acre campus in the suburban San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. It is the third largest public university in LA County, after UCLA and CUSLB. Northridge was the epicenter of the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the most expensive earthquake in U.S. history. While most of the campus buildings survived, and there were no injuries on campus, one parking structure collapsed, three buildings were damaged beyond repair, and many buildings required repair or seismic retrofitting. Extensive renovation and new construction has made this one of the most modern university campuses in the country. As befitting a university of its size, CSUN offers a complete range of majors. It has nine colleges, offering 60 bachelor's degrees, 45 master's degrees, and 28 educational credentials.  It is not too difficult for good students to get into. The average incoming freshman GPA is 3.1. SAT 25/75 percentile: 707-1020. 10,600 applied; 8,788 admitted; 3,298 enrolled. The cost of attendance is typical for a CSU. Fees are $2,996 per year. Room and board are around $8,880 per year. (See here for on-campus housing information.)

Tour info

Take A Tour

To schedule an escorted tour, call (818) 677-2879 or email us at at least two weeks before your intended visit. Your name will be added to our guest parking list, and you will by mail a confirmation letter and a map of the campus.

Tours last about one hour and are walking. An University Ambassador will guide you and…

• Show you state-of-the-art buildings that house our classes
• Answer your questions about transitioning to our University, student life

& financial aid
• Explain how to get more specific information

You can also arrange to tour the residence halls and learn about their costs and special features.

Tour Schedule

Guided tours are offered during the academic year: 

Winter 2006 Schedule
January 9-January 20, Monday- Friday 10am only 
(January 16th is a holiday)
Spring 2006 Hourly Schedule
February 13- May 13
Mondays 10am and 2pm
Tuesday 10am, 2pm, and 6pm
Wednesdays 10am, 2pm, and 6pm
Thursdays 10am, and 2pm
Fridays (walk-ins, no reservation is needed)
10am, 11am, 12pm,1pm, and 2pm

Select Saturdays Listed Below
February 25 at 10am
March 4 at 10am
March 18 at 10am
April 8 at 10am
April 22 at 10am
May 6 at 10am

• Walk-in tours (no reservation required) take place on Fridays only beginning at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, noon, 1:00 pm, and 2:00 pm

Group Tours (for 10 or more guests) are available with three weeks notice in advance. These tours include a special presentation tailored to your group and its interests.

Tours are also available during our winter and summer intersession on a limited basis, please call our office for details.

(Click here to view a self guided tour)

Campus map

 Pepperdine University

Pepperdine University is a medium-sized private Christian school with one of the most awesome locations in the state. It is spread over hillsides and valleys overlooking the beaches of Malibu. It was founded in 1937 by businessman George Pepperdine. For many years, it was a small undergraduate liberal arts college on 34 acres in LA. It added professional schools and moved to its current 830-acre Malibu location in the 1970's. (See here for history of Pepperdine.) While it is affiliated with the Churches of Christ and maintains strong Christian values as part of its mission, it is non-sectarian. The university offers bachelor's degrees in 34 areas, four pre-professional programs, and master's in six areas. Seaver College is its main college for undergraduates. The university also has graduate schools in education and psychology, law, public policy, and business and management. It has programs in satellite campuses in Southern California and international programs. About half the students spend a semester or more abroad. The university's total enrollment is about 8,300, of which 2,651 are full-time undergraduates. The student:faculty ratio is a low 12:1. University admission are selective. The average incoming freshman GPA is 3.60. 6,024 applied; 1,756 admitted; 727 enrolled. SAT 25/75 percentile: 1110-1310. Annual costs are typical for a private university: $30,860 for tuition, $9,100 for room and board. (See here for housing information.)

Visit Options:
Walking Tour for Prospective Students
Prospective students and their families are invited to take a walking tour of the undergraduate campus. The 60-minute tour is led by a current student and provides an overview of academic and campus life. This is also a good opportunity for visitors to ask questions related to Pepperdine University.

Tours are conducted weekdays, Monday through Friday. Tour schedules are subject to change and availability may be limited during certain times of the year. Be sure to consult the Seasonal Tour Schedule* and the Seaver Academic Calendar before making travel arrangements.

Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made either online or by phone. Tour size is limited to ensure as much individual attention as possible.

Parties with 10 or more students must schedule a group tour. Group tours are offered only to high school and college students weekdays at select times.

Schedule a Tour by Phone

Please contact the Office of Admission.

Locations and Maps
Virtual tour
About Pepperdine

 University of California at Los Angeles

UCLA looking towards stadium and dorms

UCLA is the largest of the UC campuses in terms of population, at some 36,000 students, with 24,005 full-time undergraduates. It is the most popular university in the country in terms of the number of applications. It is the second only to UC Berkeley in terms of its ranking among national public universities in California. It is also, along with UC Berkeley, one of  the most difficult UC's to get into. Admissions are very selective. Almost half of the 4.0 applicants were turned down. The average high school GPA was 4.11. SAT 25/75 percentile: 1180-1410. 42,227 applied; 11,361 admitted; 4,422 enrolled. (See here for the freshman profile.) The student:faculty ratio is 18:1. Certain departments have additional admission requirements. For instance, the Department of Design requires the submission of a portfolio and essay. UCLA has many departments and research institutes. It is one of the top public research universities in the country. The huge UCLA Medical Center, one of the largest and most highly-ranked medical centers in the world, is on the south side of the campus. Because of the presence of these medical facilities, UCLA is very strong in the health sciences. The university has a nationally-ranked athletics program, with many sports superstars among its alumni. UCLA is located on 419 acres of hilly land near the northwest corner of the Los Angeles basin. The Santa Monica beaches are just a few miles to the west. The luxurious hillside estates of Bel Air and Beverly Hills are just to the north. The huge new J. Paul Getty Museum at the hilltop Getty Center is just across the freeway to the west. Movie stars live next door and can often be seen on campus. The campus is also a popular spot for filming movies and students are often used as extras. Nearby movie theaters often host previews and premiers of new films. The university also has a highly-regarded upper division film, TV and digital media program. The department's alumni includes Carol Burnett, Francis Ford Coppola, and Tim Robbins. The university has a wide variety of housing. Freshmen who are not commuters are required to stay in on-campus housing. Housing is guaranteed for the first 2 years. After that, you're on your own. On-campus housing ranges from small three-person dorm rooms to double rooms with a private bath. Prices vary accordingly. The university also owns apartment buildings adjacent to the campus. They are fully furnished studio to three bedroom apartments. Costs are $6,485 for fees, $11,928 for room and board.

Tour info.
Prospective students and their parents are invited to take our campus tour, which lasts approximately 90 minutes and is led by a UCLA student guide. It's a walking tour, so we suggest you wear comfortable shoes.

Reservations are required for all tours. Non-English speaking groups will need to bring interpreters. We recommend that you make your tour reservation at least 2-3 weeks in advance.

For individuals or small groups (9 or fewer)

Self-Guided Tour
Campus map, parking, and directions
Visitor parking and directions
Quicktime VR Tour
About UCLA
UCLA History
UCLA Viewbook
Housing Virtual Tour

 University of Southern California

Tommy Trojan, USC

USC is to UCLA as Stanford is to Cal. USC is UCLA's hottest cross-town rival in both athletics and academics. USC is big for a private college, with 33,000 students - 17,000 undergraduates and 16,000 graduates and professionals. Founded in 1880, it is the oldest and largest private research university in the West. It is actually the largest private employer in the city of LA. It is located right in the heart of LA, just southwest of the downtown skyscrapers, and adjacent to Exposition Park. The latter contains the LA Coliseum and the county's great science museums. USC is a relatively compact campus for its population, covering only 155 acres. It has many huge, tall buildings packed close together. Some of the buildings are named after celebrities who have endowed the university. It is not an easy school to get into. SAT 25/75 percentile: 1260-1440. 32,634 applied, 8,418 admitted, 2,741 enrolled. However, being a private school, it has more flexible admissions standards than the public universities. They try to have a diverse student body, so they are looking for special talents beyond just grades and test scores. Many of its schools are ranked among the top in the nation. Being in LA, they are particularly strong in areas related to the entertainment industry. Their Cinema and TV school, endowed by famous celebrities such as alumnus George Lucas, is rated number one in the U.S. (and one of the hardest to get into). The university is associated with County-USC Hospital, which is a few miles away, one of the largest research hospitals in the country. It has strong programs in health fields, including dentistry and pharmacology. The university has a wide variety of majors and minors. Undeclared majors and the switching of majors are not discouraged. Taking minors is encouraged. Even custom majors are allowed. The university has a special honor, called the Renaissance Scholars, that honors students who graduate with two majors or a major and two minors in widely separated fields of study. Because of its downtown LA location, the university plays a big role in providing service to the surrounding community. Because of that, USC was named Time Magazine's College of the Year in 2000. USC's location in the heart of LA causes concerns for people worried about urban crime, but USC itself and the immediate neighborhood are very safe. USC makes the point that most people will end up working in or near a big city eventually, so it makes sense to learn how to live in the city and how to take advantage of its resources, which is what you can learn at USC. Being a private school, USC is not cheap. Tuition and mandatory fees are $32,008 a year. On-campus room and board are $9,610 a year. Like Stanford, one of the prime benefits of going to a school like USC is not just in the quality of education, but in the network of contacts made that can be invaluable in a career after college. USC has a large and active alumni association, with many distinguished members.

Tour info.

Meet USC

This half-day campus visit program is designed for prospective freshmen and their family members. It includes a group information session with an admission counselor, a student-led walking tour, and, whenever possible, a meeting with an academic department representative.

Sessions are offered throughout the year and are generally available on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and on Fridays at 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. Due to occasional conflicts with other on-campus programs, Meet USC may not always be available. Reservations are required for Meet USC. Before making travel arrangements, please call (213) 740-6616 to check the program's schedule and to make reservations.

Campus Tours

50-minute walking tours are offered throughout the year, Monday through Friday, at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.

Campus tours leave from the Admission Center. Due to large scheduled groups, tours may not be available every hour. Reservations are required for campus tours. Before making travel arrangements, please call (213) 740-6605 to check tour availability and to make reservations.

USC images
Directions and maps
USC at a Glance
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 California State University Los Angeles

CSULA is located at the eastern edge of Los Angeles five miles east of the LA Civic Center, near Alhambra and Monterey Park on 200 hilltop acres among rolling hills. It opened in 1947 as Los Angeles State College on the site now occupied by LA City College. Classes at its current site began in 1958. (See here for a history of the university.) It is a medium-sized campus, with about 20,034 students, of which 10,972 are full-time undergraduates.  It is a relatively young campus, founded in 1947. It is organized into six colleges, with fifty departments and divisions. It operates on the quarter system. It has a wide range of majors, the most popular being in education and business administration. For those who want to get into broadcasting or film and can't afford or get into USC's film school, CSULA's program in radio, TV, and film is a bargain. Its engineering department has achieved wide recognition for its national race-winning solar-powered car. 12,198 applied; 6,642 admitted. SAT 25/75 percentile: 780-1010. The cost of attendance is relatively low, typical for a CSU, with annual registration fees of $3,035 and on-campus room and board of $7,353. A variety of housing options are available. About 1,000 students live on campus.

Campus tours available Mon.-Fri., by appointment. Call (323) 343-3175

Campus map
Photo album

 Harvey Mudd College and the Claremont Colleges

Harvey Mudd College, the engineering branch of the five renowned Claremont Colleges, has been called "the best school nobody's heard of." Despite its lack of fame and its funny name, it has been rated one of the top science and engineering schools in the country. It was founded in 1955 by the Mudd Family in memory of Harvey Mudd. It offers Bachelor of science degrees in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, and physics, as well as a fifth-year master-of-engineering degree. It is a small campus, with only around 700 undergraduate students on the 33 acre campus. The student/.faculty ratio is very low at 8:1. It is not an easy college to get into, with an average incoming freshman GPA of  4.0, and SAT 25/75 percentile of 1380-1560. 1,904 freshmen applied, 727 were admitted, of which 191 enrolled. Tuition and expenses are typical for a private college, at $31,738 for tuition, $10,412 for room and board. The college is located in the small city of Claremont, on the east side of the LA basin near the San Gabriel Mountains, on the north side of the Claremont College complex.

Visitor info.
Visitors are welcome throughout the year, 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday and on Saturday mornings in the Fall. Tours usually last for an hour. Tour times vary during (as well as just before or just after) student breaks. Please be sure to call for specific tour times no matter when you're visiting.


Beginning 3rd week in September:
Monday - Friday: 11am, 1:30pm, 3pm

We also have tours available at 11 am on some Saturdays throughout the Fall.
Please call to check your date.

Beginning 3rd week of May:
Monday - Friday: 10am and 2pm

Campus Map

 The other Claremont Colleges are also excellent schools, among the best, but most selective in the nation. Each has their own specialty and focus. The Claremont Colleges consist of five undergraduate colleges and two graduate schools. They are next to each other and share some programs, services, and facilities, but operate independently. Students from one college can take classes in the others.  Pomona College is the oldest and founding member, founded in 1887. It is a coeducational liberal arts college 1,532 undergraduate students, considered one of the best in the west. The average class size is very small, with a student/faculty ratio of 8:1. Scripps College, founded in 1926, is a small but prestigious residential women's college of 887 undergraduate students. It has a low student/faculty ratio of 11:1. Claremont McKenna, founded in 1946, is a coeducational liberal arts college of 1,319 undergraduate students, and a student/faculty ratio of only 9:1. It was originally a men's college, dedicated to training young men for business and government leadership. Pitzer College is the youngest, founded in 1963. It is a coeducational liberal arts college with an emphasis on the social and behavioral sciences. It has 963 undergradaute students, with a student/faculty ratio of 11:1.

Tour and info links:
Visiting Pomona College
Scripps College visitor info
Visiting Claremont McKenna College
Visiting Pitzer College

 California Institute of Technology

Located in the city of Pasadena northeast of LA, Caltech is one of the most renowned science institutions in the world. Founded in 1891 as a local school of arts and crafts, some of the greatest scientific discoveries, especially in physics, have been made here. World-famous scientists and Nobel Prize winners, such as Linus Pauling and Richard Feynman, have called this campus home. Its current faculty includes five Nobel laureates. An astounding twenty-eight Nobel Prizes, forty-five National Medals of Science, and nine National Medals of Technology have been awarded to Caltech faculty and alumni. Its current president is Nobel-winning biologist David Baltimore. Even though Caltech is more specialized than general universities, it is consistently ranked among the top universities in America and the best in the West, along with Stanford. It is a small campus in terms of area and student population, but a giant in terms of research grants. It gets enormous amounts of funding from the government and private enterprise to fund its research. Its off-campus world-famous facilities include the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Palomar Observatory, and the Keck Observatory.  Because of its reputation and sky-high academic standards, it is one of the most difficult schools in the country to get into. The SAT 25/75 percentile was a very high 1450-1570. If you're not a genius, don't bother to apply. Even so, out of 3,071 applicants, 520 were admitted, of which 191 enrolled. (See here for freshman admissions.) Graduate students comprise an unusually high 58% of the 2,172 students, reflecting the high level of post-graduate research done here. The student/faculty ratio is an incredibly low 3:1. Once you get in, it's one of the most demanding and challenging schools anywhere. Students compare its studying requirements to drinking from a firehose. This is primarily a residential school. Students are required to live on campus for at least one year, but 80% choose to stay on campus after that. (See here for housing and dining information.) Costs are typical for a private college. Tuition and fees are $27,309 per year. Room and board are about $8,814 per year. Caltech is a highly specialized ultra-elite school and is not for everyone. However, if you are a highly talented and motivated science or engineering student and dream of winning the Nobel Prize, there are few better places in the world to go to.

Visitors Center
Campus tours and information session schedule
Student-led tours of campus depart from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 355 South Holliston Avenue (building 94 on the campus map) every weekday.  For more information, phone 626.395.6341. No tours are conducted on Institute and some national holidays, or during winter break; a printed self-guided tour booklet is available at those times."

Campus map and directions
Self-guided tour 
Caltech at a glance
Caltech Facts and Stats

California State Polytechnic University Pomona

There are 2 Cal Polys in the CSU system. One is Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The other is Cal Poly Pomona. It is located in the City of Pomona near the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, 35 miles southeast of dowtown Los Angeles. Nearby is the LA County Fairgrounds, Bonelli Regional Park, and Raging Waters. (See here for popular attractions on the campus.) The Cal Polys have a reputation for excellence. Cal Poly Pomona is ranked among the top 4 western regional colleges.  Like its sister Cal Poly campus, Pomona's philosophy is "learn by doing." Students learn both theory and practice, gaining real-world experience to help them get a head start in their future careers. This makes Cal Poly graduates highly-regarded by potential employers.  It is a large campus area-wise, with 1400 acres. It sits on land deeded to the state by cereal magnate W.K.Kellogg, who had a mansion and horse-breeding range here. (See here for a history of the campus.) It has 19,885 students, of which 14,126 are full-time undergraduates. It has 1,012 total faculty. The student:faculty ratio is 23:1. It has 65 undergraduate programs, 20 graduate programs, 13 teaching certification programs in 7 colleges and 1 professional school. It offers some unique programs, such as agriculture and biotechnology. It is particularly well-known for its engineering and computer science programs. The programs are intense, focused, and rigorous. This school is not for students who do not know what they want to major in or who want to dabble in many areas. It is difficult to get into. It has half the acceptance rate of SLO. 12,631 applied; 2,188 admitted; 1,950 enrolled. The SAT 25/75 percentile: 900-1150.  The average incoming high school GPA is 3.30.  Costs are $3,012 for fees. Room and board is $7,506. (See here for housing information.)

Visitor Information
Individual Prospective Student Tours
Virtual tour

Winter 2006 (Jan. 3 - March 11)

  • Mondays: 9:30 am, 11 am, 2:30 pm
  • Tuesdays: 9 am, 11:30 am
  • Wednesdays: 9 am, 11:30 pm, 2:30 pm
  • Thursdays: 3:15 pm
  • Fridays: 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm
  • Saturdays: 1:30 pm on

January 7
Jaunary 21
February 4
February 11
February 18
March 11

The Visitor Center and Cal Poly Pomona will be closed on Monday, January 16.

Engineering Open House will be held on Saturday, February 25.  Campus Tours will be provided.  Make your reservations at 909-869- 2471or go to  For more information you can visit the College of Engineering Website at

Transfer Day will be held on Friday, March 10. Campus Tours will be provided.  Please call 909-869-3262 to reserve a space.  RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED; SPACE IS LIMITED.  For more information visit

To make sure we keep tour groups to a personable size, we require reservations.  To receive your tour confirmation by e-mail or fax, the Visitor Center must receive your request two days in advance.  To receive your tour confirmation by mail, the Visitor Center must receive your request at least two weeks in advance.  All confirmations include directions to the university, a campus map, parking information and directions to the Visitor Center, which is located in the Bronco Student Center.

If you, or others, coming with you have special needs, please let us know in advance.

To schedule a tour, please fill out the on-line reservation form and an e-mail confirmation of your visit will soon follow.

Individual Prospective Student On-Line Reservation Form

Maps and driving directions
Why Cal Poly Pomona?

 California State University Dominguez Hills

I went to Cal State Dominguez Hills my freshman year. At that time, it was not much bigger than my high school. Half of my classes were held in a converted apartment building. The rest were held in the modern buildings of the new campus. Since then, the university has grown steadily. In 2000, the university celebrated its 40th anniversary. Originally authorized as the South Bay State College in 1960, it started out in Palos Verdes, then moved to its current site in 1966. (See here for a history of the university.)  It is located on a 346-acre site in the suburban city of Carson, south of Los Angeles. Its location was chosen because it would offer the best accessibility to minorities. It now has 12,357 students, of which 5,516 are full-time undergraduates, and 3,182 are part-time. It has a diverse student body. Its ethnic composition is 26% white, 27% African-American, 36% Hispanic, 9% Asian/Pacific Islander, and 1% American Indian. It is popular among women, being 69% female, 31% male. It is moderately difficult to get into. 6,486 applied; 981 admitted; 733 enrolled. Average high-school GPA of entering freshmen is 3.04. SAT 25/75 percentile: 739-950. It has a wide variety of undergraduate majors and minors. The most popular majors are business administration, liberal studies, and interdisciplinary studies. The university is primarily a commuter school, but it does have on-campus housing, which consists of apartments, rather than traditional dorms. The rental fees (no board) vary. (See here for registration and other fees.) One of the most notable features of CSUDH is the velodrome. The bicycle racing stadium was built for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. CSUDH is the only university in the country to have such a world-class facility.

Campus Visitation Program

Please review the following options and contact our office or register online with your choice. Upon the receipt of your registration you will receive a confirmation packet in the mail that includes directions to the campus, lodging information and a campus map. We take great pride in our campus visitation program and want you to know that it is organized and conducted exclusively by the professional Outreach Officers and well trained tour guides. We guarantee that you will leave the campus informed and impressed with our programs, facilities, and location. If you have questions and need more information to plan your visit, please do not hesitate to email or telephone the Visitors Information Center at 310-243-3696. If you are a teacher or counselor interested in a group visit and need additional advice on planning your visit please telephone 310-243-3673 or email at We look forward to your forthcoming visit.

Option 1 - Individual Tours - Individual tours are available for small groups of 1 to 5 people and are conducted by a student tour guide using a six passenger electric cart. This is a tour only option and does not include any type of presentation by a professional staff member. Our tour guides are employed by the Office of Outreach and Information Services and complete a rigorous training program. They will be able to answer your questions and discuss programs, services, campus life, housing, clubs and organizations, and many other aspects of the university. The tour takes approximately 40 minutes and will end at the Visitors Information Center where you can pick up additional information or ask additional questions.

Option 2 - Toro Preview Session - Toro Preview Sessions are designed for small groups of 20 people. The first part of the session includes an overview of California State University, Dominguez Hills presented by a professional Outreach Officer and includes application procedures, admissions requirements, programs of study, extracurricular activities, cost information, financial aid, services, athletics, and enrollment information. Time is allotted for questions during this session and program literature is available. The second half of the session includes a walking tour (optional) of the campus conducted by one of our tour guides. The duration of the presentation is 60 minutes and the duration of the walking tour is 45 minutes.

Option 3 - Group Visitation Sessions - The Group Visitation Sessions are for groups of 25 to 200 and includes an overview of California State University, Dominguez Hills presented by a professional Outreach Officer and includes application procedures, admissions requirements, programs of study, extracurricular activities, cost information, financial aid, services, athletics, and enrollment information. Time is allotted for questions during the session and all students will receive printed material. The second half of the session includes a walking tour of the campus conducted by one or more of our tour guides. The duration of the presentation is 40 minutes and the duration of the tour is 45 minutes.

Option 4 - "A Day at Dominguez" Open House Program - This is one of the biggest events on campus each year and is an excellent opportunity for prospective high school students (8th-12th grades), transfer students, graduate students, international students, parents and counselors to explore every aspect of our university. You will meet representatives from academic departments, clubs and organizations, and student service areas. Informative parent and student workshops will be offered on a variety of important topics.  Tours of the main campus and University Housing will be conducted on a continuous basis. Don't miss this special day at Cal State Dominguez Hills.

Call or register online today at 310-243-3696 or at for "A Day at Dominguez",
Saturday, April 22, 2006

Campus map

 California State University Long Beach

CSULB is one of the largest CSU campuses, though it is not that old, having been established in 1949. It has a huge student body, with 34,547 students, of which 21,209 are full-time undergraduates. It has over 1,800 full and part-time faculty. The campus covers 324 acres in the LA County city of Long Beach and includes some 84 permanent buildings. The average incoming freshman GPA is 3.38, SAT 25/75 percentile: 910/1150. 33,440 applied; 13,054 admitted; 3,408 enrolled. It is primarily a commuter school, but 18 on-campus residence halls can accommodate over 1,800 students. Costs are in line with other CSUs: $2,864 per year for fees, $6,530 for on-campus room and board. Its seven colleges offer 76 Bachelor's degrees in 200 programs, 62 Master's degrees in 89 programs, and 1 joint Doctoral degree. It has a number of research centers and institutes. CSULB's College of the Arts is the largest publicly funded art school in California. The dance department and graphic design program have been rated in the top ten nationally. The university's distinguished alumni alumni include Steven Spielberg, Steve Martin, and X-files creator Chris Carter. Spielberg attended CSULB's famed film school, which has produced a number of important figures for the film industry. The Film and Electronics Arts major is one of several popular ones at the university that are impacted and that have supplemental criteria for acceptance. The most popular majors are business, health professions, engineering, fine arts, and psychology.

Tour info

Individual/Family Tours

If you would like to visit our campus on your own, or bring guests (maximum 4 per family) then this tour is right for you. This tour is specifically designed for individuals and their families and takes place in a small group setting. The 90-minute walking tour provides a general overview of the campus, showcasing facilities and academic programs.

Scheduling a Individual/Family Tour

We recommend that reservations be made a few weeks in advance, space is limited and tours fill quickly. To make a reservation, please call (562) 985-5358. Please note that housing tours are not part of the general tour. Visit Housing & Residential Life or call 562-985-4187 for more information.

Campus maps and directions

 California State University Fullerton

CSU Fullerton is located in suburban Orange County, northeast of Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm. It was founded in 1957 on 236 acres of former orange groves and has grown into the largest CSU campus with 35,040 students, of which 19,548 are full-time undergraduates, and a faculty of about 1900. It is primarily a commuter college, surrounded by parking lots, and designed for ease of quick travel from one class to another. On-campus apartments are available, but limited, accommodating about 800 students. It has a complete spectrum of majors in seven colleges, as would be expected for a university of this size. The student/faculty ratio is about 22:1. 21,286 applied; 13,442 admitted; 3,627 enrolled. The average high school GPA of incoming freshmen is 3.23. SAT 25/75 percentile: 880-1100. The most popular majors are communications, finance, and accounting. Its location in Orange County near foothills and mountains, close to Southern California theme  parks, and not far from the beaches is a major attraction. LA and San Diego are not too far away. Costs are $2,804 in annual fees. On-campus housing costs are $4504/year double occupance and $6004 single-occupancy for housing only (no meal plan).

Tour info.

Daily campus tours

Our daily campus tours for prospective students and their families and friends are approximately an hour and a fifteen minutes long and cover the core of the university campus (unfortunately, the core of campus does not include the residence halls). Daily tours meet in the Alumni Lounge of the Titan Student Union 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour.  Space is limited to 20 people per daily tour group so please call 714.278.3120 beforehand for space availability and to make a reservation.  Once your reservation is made a confirmation card will be sent to you. 

Please note: Tours are not conducted on days the university campus is closed.

Tour schedule:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10:00am   10:00am   10:00am
  3:00pm   3:00pm 3:00pm

Parking, campus map, and driving directions

Fact Sheet

 Chapman University

Chapman is a private secular university, thorugh it was founded by the Disciples of Christ, located in the suburban city of Orange, 35 miles southwest of Los Angeles. It has some 3,733 undergraduates and 1,826 graduate and professional students. Its student/faculty ratio is a relatively small 14:1. It costs about $27,868 a year to go there for tuition, and $10,471 for room and board. It is an old school, whose roots date back to 1861, with the establishment of Hesperian College. It moved to its present location in 1954, and it was named after its chief benefactor, C.C. Chapman. (See here for the campus history.) It has a wide range of majors and schools. Particularly notable is its School of Film and Television, which has been growing rapidly in size and reputation. About half of the students live on campus. Freshmen who do not live at home are required to live on campus. Housing is available for all four years for undergraduates and is guaranteed for freshmen and returning students. (See here for housing information.) Admissions are moderately selective. Out of 3,862 applicants, 2,044 were admitted, and 853 enrolled. The average high school GPA of incoming freshmen is 3.66, with an SAT 25/75 percentile of 1082-1307. The university is located in Orange County, near Disneyland and not far from beaches.

Tour info.

Campus Tours and Visit 

We offer Campus and Residence Hall tours Monday thru Friday. Tours are offered in the morning at 11:00 am and in the afternoon at 2:00 pm.  All tours take approximately 90 minutes. Please call for summer hours.

The Campus tour offers a look at the beautiful academic portion of our campus, including the recently completed Leatherby Libraries, Oliphant Hall, and Fish Interfaith Center.

The Residence Hall portion of the tour covers everything regarding Student Life on campus, including our six residence halls and a look into a room in Henley Hall and the New Hall.

To schedule a campus and residence tour, or to speak with an admissions counselor, please call our Admission Office at 714-997-6711 or toll free at 1-888-CU-APPLY.

Other Ways to Visit

Also, reserve Saturday, February 25, 2006 on your calendar for the Discover Chapman event. This is an open house for all prospective students.

Admitted students are able to schedule a HOST visit to our campus.

Request a campus visit

Campus maps
Quick Facts

 University of California at Irvine

UC Irvine is a relatively young campus, dedicated in 1969 by President Lyndon Johnson. It is located in the rapidly-growing Orange County city of Irvine. The campus sits on 1,500 acres of hilly land, five miles from the coast. Many of the university's' modern main buildings were built at the same time, so the campus has a more consistent architectural look than older UC's. The buildings are arranged in concentric rings around central 21-acre Aldrich Park, with undergraduate buildings nearest the inner circle, and graduate facilities farther out. It is a medium-sized campus, with 19,609 undergraduates and 4,854 graduate and professional students. It has about 1,290 faculty members. The student/faculty ratio is about 19:1. 29% of the undergraduates live on campus. It offers 55 undergraduate majors and 49 minors. It also has a medical school. It has become recognized for its scientific research, particularly in the health sciences. It has also has strong programs in the physical sciences and engineering. Two of its professors were awarded the Nobel Prize in 1995, one in physics, and the other in chemistry. Undergraduate research opportunities are available and encouraged. (See here for more about the university's achievements.) It has a wide selection of majors and minors. Admissions are moderately selective. Of 34,531 applicants, 20,825 were admitted, and 4,338 enrolled. The average high school GPA of incoming freshmen is 3.72. The SAT 25/75 percentile is 1120-1310. (See here for the freshman profile.) A wide variety of undergraduate housing is available. Costs are $6,769 for fees, $9,176 for room and board. The university is located near Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Disneyland, and many other attractions.

Tour info.

Come and explore UC Irvine. Campus Tours are led by Campus Representatives, UC Irvine’s official tour guides. These highly trained students will offer a one-hour walking tour of the campus with information highlighting the campus, academic programs, and student life.
  • Walking tours of the campus occur Monday through Friday at 12:00 Noon through-out the year.

  • Tours are not offered during major holidays and the later half of September.

  • Visitors should meet for the tour in the lobby of the Administration Building.

  • Tours are given rain or shine.

  • The tour is approximately one-hour long and requires comfortable walking shoes.

Tour Locations & Hours

For Prospective Students and Visitors:

Walking tours are offered almost every Monday - Friday. Please check the Tour Calendar for available times and to ensure that there is a tour offered on the day you wish to visit UC Irvine.

Participants will begin the tour PROMPTLY AT NOON in the lobby of the Administration Building. The tour takes approximately one hour and are given rain or shine.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes.

Attending UCI video clips
Virtual campus tour
Campus map and directions

University of Redlands

The University of Redlands is private liberal arts college in the Inland Empire city of Redlands. The 160-acre campus is located halfway between LA and Palm Springs at the foot of the San Bernardino Mountains. It was founded in 1907 by Baptist Church laymen. It is now independent, but has an informal relationship with the church. It has been rated among the top 10 master's universities in the west. It has 2,451 full-time undergraduates. It has 2,454 students in the College of Arts and Sciences, 461 in the School of Education, and 1,228 in the School of Business. The student:faculty ratio in the College of Arts and Sciences is a low 11:1, with the average class size of 17.  The college offers more than 40 undergraduate programs of study, including pre-professional programs, and a program where students can create their own majors.  Admissions are selective. The average GPA is 3.58. The SAT 25/75 percentile is 1070-1270. 3,395 students applied,  2,226 were admitted, and 612 enrolled. Tuition is $26,864, room and board is $8,996. (See here for tuition, fees, and scholarships.)

Scheduling your visit

During the academic year:

10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Monday - Friday
10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday

In the summer months, starting June 9:

10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday - Friday
(We strongly recommend the 10 a.m. tour because of the summer heat.)

Campus map
Regional maps and directions
The University at a Glance

 University of California at Riverside

UCR is one of the smallest UC campuses in population, with 16,622 students, of which 14,571 are undergraduates. It is a large campus area-wise, covering 1,200 acres. It is located in the city of Riverside at the foot of the Box Spring Mountains, 60 miles east of LA and 45 miles west of Palm Springs. It was started in 1907 as an agricultural research station and has grown since. It became a general UC campus in 1959. (See here for a history of the campus.)  It is projected to grow to 22,000 students in 2015, making it the fastest-growing UC campus. (See here for more campus facts.)  The university is made up of six colleges and schools. It offers 78 undergraduate majors, 50 master's, 38 doctoral, and 17 teaching credentials. Its most popular majors are biology, psychology, and business administration. It has a special fast track program, in conjunction with UCLA's School of Medicine, which enables getting as BA/BS and MD education in one less year than normal. It has distinguished and unique programs in teacher training, dance history, and creative writing. Its botany and plant sciences department is one of the largest in the country. UCR is one of  the easiest UC campus to get into. It accepts all freshmen who meet the UC requirements. Out of 19,060 applicants, 14,474 were admitted, and 2,988 enrolled. The SAT 25/75 percentile is 960-1200. (See here for the freshman profile.)  UCR is the only UC campus to offer a guaranteed admissions program to high school juniors. The cost of attendance is typical for a UC, costing 6,590 per year for fees. University housing costs $10,200 per year for room and board.

Tour info.

See the Campus with a Student as your Guide

The student group UC Riverside Ambassadors leads tours of the campus throughout the year. Guests get an up-close look at the beautiful campus, learn about its history—and its future—as our students show off buildings, the park-like grounds, and dynamic new facilities.

Tours for Prospective Students

Prospective and newly admitted students and their families can reserve a 50-minute tour of the campus throughout the year.

Reserve the prospective student tour online. Reservations are requested for all tours, as space is limited. Click here to reserve a prospective student tour.

Cancel or reschedule a previously scheduled tour. First cancel your tour, then schedule a new date and time.

Click here to cancel a previously scheduled tour.
Click here to schedule a new tour date and time.

Walking tour of UCR
Virtual tours
Campus map

 San Diego State University

SDSU is one of the largest of the CSU's with 32,693 students, of which 21,630 are full-time undergraduates, and is one of the largest universities in the West. It was founded in 1898 as a school for training teachers. It moved to its present location in 1931. It is unique among the CSU's in that it is designated as a doctoral university. It offers bachelor's degrees in 74 areas, master's in 55, and doctorates in 10. It has extensive facilities, with over 5.3 million square feet in academic and support buildings. It has the largest library in the CSU system. The average incoming freshman GPA is 3.49. 33,334 applied; 15,830 admitted; 4,140 enrolled. Fees are $2,936, and room and board are $8,787. SDSU is located on the northeast side of the city of San Diego in a suburban area.

Tour info

Campus tours are conducted daily during the academic year and on a reduced schedule during winter break and summer.

Reservations are not required. Note: Groups should refer to the group tour schedule below.

The campus tours are a two hour program the includes a walking tour that encompasses the main part of the campus including narration on the history and traditions of the University, and a 60 minute interactive presentation provided by an SDSU admissions representative.

Tours are conducted by the SDSU Ambassadors. The Ambassadors, current students specially trained to provide tours, welcome the opportunity to share their university experience with prospective students and their guests.

For more information, contact the SDSU Ambassadors at (619) 594-6868, or by e-mail at

Spring 2006 Campus Tour Schedule:

Monday through Friday tours will be offered at 10:00 A.M. and 1:00 P.M.

All walk-in tours depart from the Prospective Student Center in the Student Services building, located at the base of the clock tower (see the Campus Map).

Regular Spring 2006 tours will begin Monday, January 23, 2006 and end on Friday, May 5, 2006.

During SDSU's spring break, March 13-17, only one tour per day will be offered at 10:00 a.m.

No tours will be offered on March 31 (the campus is closed for Cesar Chavez Day).

 "SDSU At a Glance" Saturday Tours:

Tours will take place from 10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on the following Saturdays: February 4, March 4, and May 6. "SDSU At a Glance" will include information sessions (Why SDSU?, admissions and housing information), a walking tour of campus, and a Greek house tour. Tours will begin at the Prospective Student Center. Reservations are required for these selective tours. Call 619-594-6336, or e-mail, to sign up (be sure to indicate the day you will be attending and the total number of guests in your party).

Virtual tour
Campus map

 University of California at San Diego

Student center and Geisel Library

UCSD is a large UC campus, with 25,964 students, of which 20,679 are undergraduates, on its 1,200 acre coastal site in the San Diego County city of La Jolla. It is a relatively new campus. Its ultra-modern buildings have some of the most unique architectural designs in the UC system. Most notable is the Geisel Library, which has starred in films and TV.  UCSD is one of the premier research universities in the country. It has five Nobel laureates on its faculty. It ranks first in the UC system and fifth nationally in federal R&D funding. It has one of the country's two national supercomputing centers. It has always been at the forefront of computer research. It is also home to the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Its oceanography program ranks first in the nation. It has a medical school, ranked among the top twenty in the nation, and highly-ranked biological sciences programs. Its neurosciences program is ranked number one nationally. It has been ranked seventh among public national universities. Its graduate programs overall and the quality of its faculty have been ranked tenth nationwide. Its Department of Bioengineering has been ranked third, and its School of Engineering has been ranked ninth among public universities. It is one of the most competitive UC's to get into. The average GPA of incoming freshmen is 3.98, with an SAT 25/75 percentile of 1130-1360. Out of 41,330 applicants, 17,269 were admitted, of which 3,874 enrolled. (See here for the freshman profile.) The student:faculty ratio is 19:1. Though it is a large university, it is divided up into six small undergraduate colleges, each with their own philosophies, requirements, classes, and residence halls. The cost of attendance is typical for a UC: $6,681 for fees, $9,421 for university housing room and board. The campus is located in up-scale suburban La Jolla, north of the city of San Diego. It is right on the coast, with miles of warm beaches nearby.

Tour info.

Regular Tours (for individuals and families) are conducted daily at 11:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday except for holidays and holiday weekends. Reservations are highly recommended. You will receive tour details automatically upon your e-mail or online reservation. On the phone reservation line, please listen to all options before making your reservation to avoid dates tours are not offered.

Note: Due to the high volume of visitors, regular campus tours conducted during the week of April 10-15 will be offered twice daily at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. If you plan to visit the campus during this time, please be sure to indicate which time you plan on attending the tour when making a reservation via the website, phone, or email.

Tours Departure Location: Tours depart from the lower level of the Price Center in the Theater Lobby. Please allow enough time prior to the tour for traffic, to stop at the Visitor Information Booth, purchase a parking permit (on weekdays), get information, park, and walk to the Price Center Theater Lobby by 10:45 a.m. Tours depart promptly at 11:00 a.m. No check-in is required. Please wait in the lobby for your tour guide.

Tour Information: Tours begin promptly at 11:00 a.m. and last 90 minutes. On weekdays, tours are followed by an Admissions Information Session conducted by a UCSD Admissions Officer. The session begins at 1:00 p.m. and continues for up to an hour. Admission information sessions are not conducted on Saturdays. 
Note: On Saturday, April 8th, Admit Day, there will not be an Admissions Officer present at the Tours office to respond to your questions.  We have planned many programs for this day that you can attend. There are also Admissions Officers available at most of our programs.

In order to maintain an optimum learning environment and respect for privacy of student residents, our walking tours do not include visiting classrooms or residence halls. You may view typical residence hall rooms or on-campus apartments at

If you wish to attend a classroom in session; click here for the schedule of the available classes.

Reservations for Regular Tours (for individuals and families). There are three ways to make a tour reservation:

  • Use the Online Reservation Form
  • Call (858) 822-1455 (message voicemail) and let us know the date of your visit and the number people in your company. There is no need to leave your name.
  • E-mail us at Please provide the date you wish to visit and number of visitors. There is no need to leave your name.

Visitor information and video clips
Virtual visit to UCSD
Maps and directions
About UCSD

Created by Ronald Horii
Last update: 3/6/06, migrated from Geocities 11/09.

Statistics are from Fall 2005.