Thank you for your interest

We look forward to hosting your group! UC Santa Cruz will begin offering group tours to high schools, community colleges, and other groups that work with prospective students later this fall. Group sizes can range from six to a maximum of 60 guests (including chaperones). We require one adult chaperone for every 15 students, and the chaperone is required to stay with the group for the entire duration of the tour.

Tour Guide Desk

What to Expect

Our group tour is generally 90 minutes and covers approximately 1.5 miles over hilly terrain and many stairs. If any guests in your group have temporary or long-term mobility issues or require other accommodations, please let us know when making your reservation.

Reservations for a group tour must be requested at least one month in advance and are subject to availability of student guides. Submitting a request does not guarantee your group tour on the requested date. Our team will contact you directly so please make sure your contact information is for someone we can reach by phone and email.




Group Tour Rules

  • Group tours are not offered during finals weeks, school breaks, or holidays. 
  • If your group is traveling by bus, your bus must drop you off and pick you up at Cowell Circle, and hold over in the Barn Theater parking lot. If you plan to bring a bus to the campus for your visit you must be sure to convey this information to your bus driver.
  • Dining halls are not serving group tour meals until further notice. 
  • Group tours for elementary and middle school groups are not available at this time.

Please note: All visitors must adhere to current campus COVID-19 guidelines that you can view here

Please email if you have any questions or concerns.

Other Options for Your Group

Self Guided Tour for Groups: If your group is larger than 60 or we are unable to schedule a guided tour for your group, you may access our Self-Guided Tour for groups materials to explore campus on your own. 

Virtual Tour: The typical format of the virtual tour is a one-hour Zoom presentation with our student tour guides and breaks for questions throughout. 

Virtual Student Panel (Ask Me Anything): For an online student panel, we will work with you to identify your students’ interests so we can provide the best guides to make your event meaningful. 

Group at Cowell Dining Hall Outdoor Area