Admitted Student Tours Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is covered in Admitted Student Tours?

Admitted Student Tours is an exclusive opportunity for newly admitted students to learn about UCSC research, student engagement, the residential colleges, housing options, financial aid and take a campus tour.

WEEKDAYS: We offer four admitted student tours per weekday with start times from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Each session consists of a 30-minute UCSC presentation and then a campus walking tour that lasts one hour and 30 minutes. Total time: 2 hours.

Families should plan to arrive on campus 45 minutes prior to their session start time in order to park and be transported to the campus tour launch location and check in for their session.

WEEKENDS: On April 6 and April 13, we offer tours at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Each tour consists of a campus walking tour that lasts one hour and 30 minutes. Total time: 1.5 hours.

Families should plan to arrive on campus 45 minutes prior to their session start time in order to park and be transported to the campus tour launch location. We will also offer a campus resource fair from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekends at Quarry Plaza.

The resource fair includes representatives from the academic divisions, student support services, university housing, dining services, student organizations, advising, and many others. We encourage guests to arrive early or plan to stay after their tour time to take full advantage of the campus resource fair.

Q: Do I need to make reservations for Admitted Student Tours?

In order to give our guests the best possible experience, we have limited our tour size, so you will need to make reservations on this website. Please note that Admitted Student Tours are limited to students admitted for the coming fall and their guests.

Q: I am an admitted student, but the session date/time I am interested in attending is full. I am still planning on visiting campus. What can I do?

If the campus tour session is full, you are welcome to come to campus and sign up to be a walk-on guest.

If you are not planning to tour our campus, we encourage you to visit campus and take advantage of our many Campus Visit Opportunities.

All newly admitted students and their guests are welcome to participate in the Admitted Student Resource Fair, our College Information Sessions, Financial Aid Advising, and the Arts Open House.

If you have not yet applied to UCSC, please schedule a regular campus tour after April 19.

Q: If I don’t have a reservation, what is the likelihood I’ll be accommodated for a tour?

We encourage reservations, but welcome our walk-on guests. We always do our best to accommodate our guests on one of our tours.

Q: Where do I park for Admitted Student Tours?

WEEKDAYS:

  • Follow the Spring Tours signs and park in the Barn Theater Parking Lot. The Barn Theater Lot is the large, barn-like structure on your left at the main entrance to campus. Turn left into the Barn Theater Parking Lot and park in one of the designated spots.
  • Please arrive 45 minutes before your scheduled session to allow for parking and check-in.
  • Remember that the sessions include walking tours, so please wear comfortable shoes.
  • Tours depart rain or shine unless otherwise noted.
  • Parking permits are required. You may purchase a permit for $6.00 from a parking attendant upon your arrival. Parking is allowed in the Barn Theater Parking Lot for up to 4 hours on weekdays. Guests who intend to stay on campus longer than four hours will be able to purchase an all-day permit from parking attendants.
  • Attendants will be available to direct you to the Admitted Student Tours shuttle, which will take you to the tour launch area for check-in.
  • On weekdays, the Admitted Student Tour Shuttle will run from the Barn Lot to Merrill College from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There will also be a shuttle pick-up returning to the Barn Lot from Quarry Plaza from 12:00 p.m to 5:30 p.m.

WEEKEND:

  • Follow the Admitted Students Tours signs to the East Remote Parking Lot, which is on Hagar.
  • Enter at the main entrance of campus from Bay Street; follow the road to the second stoplight at the corner of Coolidge and Hagar. Turn left onto Hagar, and follow the road up the campus until you reach the East Remote Parking Lot, which will be on your right. Directional flags will mark the route to East Remote.
  • Drive to the back of the lot, park, and find the Transportation and Parking Services Kiosk.
  • Please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled session to allow for parking and check-in.
  • If you are planning to explore campus through one of our tours, please wear comfortable shoes.
  • Tours depart rain or shine unless otherwise noted.
  • Parking permits are not required on weekends in the East Remote Parking Lot. Parking Permits are required at various lots throughout campus on weekends. Please refer to signage at each lot.
  • Campus Tour Guides will be available to direct you to the Admitted Student Tour shuttle, which will take you to the tour check-in location at Quarry Plaza. Admitted Student Tour shuttle service will run from the East Remote Parking Lot to Quarry Plaza starting at 9:00 a.m. with the last shuttle departing the Quarry Plaza Flag Pole stop at 5:00 p.m.

Q: Where do I park if I do not have an Admitted Student Tour reservation and I am not an admitted student?

WEEKDAYS

  • Please check in at  the Barn Theater Lot. The Barn Theater Lot is the large, barn-like structure on your left at the main entrance to campus. Turn left into the Barn Theater Parking Lot, and a Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) attendant will sell you a $6.00 parking permit. You will be directed to your parking location by attendants.
  • Parking permits are required. You may purchase a permit for $6.00 from a parking attendant in the Barn Theater lot upon your arrival.

WEEKENDS

  • Follow the Spring Tours signs to the East Remote Parking Lot, which is on Hagar.
  • Enter at the main entrance of campus from Bay Street; follow the road to the second stoplight at the corner of Coolidge and Hagar. Turn left onto Hagar, and follow the road up the campus until you reach the East Remote Parking Lot on your right.
  • Drive to the back of the lot, park, and find the Transportation and Parking Services Kiosk.
  • Parking permits are not required on weekends in the East Remote Parking Lot. Parking Permits are required at various lots throughout campus on weekends.
  • Campus Tour Guides will be available to provide you with a self-guided tour and answer questions.

Q: I am an admitted student for fall 2019, but I can't make it to the campus April 6-19. What should I do?

We encourage you to join us online for Admitted Student Chats. Check the Virtual Events Site for more information. We'll have opportunities to participate in video and text chats with a variety of UCSC representatives!

You are also welcome to sign up for a regular campus tour at another time. Use the online campus tour reservation site. Student-led tours are offered every weekday.

Q: I am an admitted student for fall 2019, but I'm having trouble logging on to the site. What should I do?

All admitted students should be able to log on to the site. However, there may be a lag in our data or some other question about your admission status. If you are an admitted student and still can't log onto the site, please email the Help Desk. Please be sure to include your full name and UC Application ID number.

Q: What should I wear?

Because the Admitted Student Tours are all walking tours with moderate to rigorous hills and stairs, you should wear comfortable walking shoes. If you have any concerns regarding mobility issues, please be in touch with our Campus Visits Office, (831) 459-4118 or visits@ucsc.edu, 7–10 business days prior to your visit so we may make appropriate arrangements for your tour or answer any questions you may have.

Santa Cruz weather is subject to change from sunny and warm to foggy and chilly throughout the year, and often within the same day. We recommend dressing in layers. Weather Forecast

We look forward to seeing you at Admitted Student Tours!