Group Tours

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Let our student guides introduce you and your group to the University of California, Santa Cruz! We welcome groups of at least six students plus their chaperones from community colleges, high schools, middle schools, and community organizations.

UC Santa Cruz is located on California's Central Coast overlooking the beautiful Monterey Bay. Our student-led tours provide a vigorous, 90-minute all-walking tour of our campus. The tour covers each of the following academic areas:

  • Arts
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Physical and Biological Sciences
  • Jack Baskin School of Engineering

In addition to academic information, the guides will share information about undergraduate research opportunities, student engagement and organizations, athletics, and student support services at UC Santa Cruz.

We look forward to providing your students with the best possible college visit.

You may want to also request:

  • An admissions presentation - An admissions representative will provide a 30-minute presentation that covers UC eligibility and selection criteria for UC Santa Cruz. Please plan for an additional 30 minutes at the beginning of your tour, if requested.

  • A student panel - Current UC Santa Cruz students will be available to answer your students' questions. Please add an additional 30 minutes at the beginning of your tour, if requested.

  • Lunch on campus - While UC Santa Cruz is unable to provide funding for lunches, many groups choose to dine on campus in one of our five dining halls. If your group is interested in dining on campus, lunch arrangements can be made directly with Dining Services. When your group tour is approved, you will receive an email with contact information for Dining Services.

In order to request a campus tour, please fill out and submit the group tour request form. We offer two campus group tours every weekday, Monday through Friday, at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

From March 16 through May 1, group tours are offered at 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Please note that student panels are not available during that time, and attendance is capped at 50 students.

This site is for requests only. Please do not make other arrangements for your trip until you have been notified of approval.

Student guides are not available for group tours on weekends, academic holidays, or campus closure periods.

Campus Closure Dates

The campus is closed from December 24 through January 2.

Thank you for requesting a tour of UC Santa Cruz.

UC Santa Cruz policies and procedures for group tours

Virtual tours of residence halls

Self-Guided Tours and Map

Admissions publications

For any questions regarding UC Santa Cruz Group Tours, please contact the tours office at or call (831) 459-4118.