California College Tour

Get ready for an unforgettable journey as students gather to explore the vibrant cities of California and visit some of California's top colleges and universities! You'll discover the right questions to ask campus officials, master the art of comparing schools, and uncover the key factors in your college decision-making process.  

Tour Dates: July 14-19, 2024
San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, & San Francisco, California

The tour will include visits to: 
  • University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
  • University of San Diego (USD)
  • University of California, Irvine (UCI)
  • Claremont McKenna
  • Caltech
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • University of Southern California (USC)
  • UC Santa Barbara (UCSB)
  • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (SLO)
  • Stanford University
  • University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley/ CAL)

Click the tabs below to learn more about this program and view a tour schedule.

California College Tour - Frequently Asked Questions

What cities and campuses will students visit during the tour?

Students will embark on an unforgettable journey through some of California's most vibrant cities, including San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and San Francisco. The tour includes visits to esteemed institutions such as UCSD, UCI, Claremont McKenna, Caltech, Loyola Marymount University, UCLA, USC, UCSB, Cal Poly SLO, Stanford University, and UC Berkeley.

What are the accommodation arrangements? 

Students will enjoy comfortable stays at business class hotels such as Sheraton, Westin, Marriott, or Embassy Suites. Accommodations are conveniently located near attractions, providing easy access to the best of each city's offerings. 

What is included in the tour price?

The tour price includes hotel accommodations, transportation, all meals, gratuities, full-time tour directors, guided tours and activities, and a comprehensive information packet.

Can you accommodate dietary restrictions? 

Yes, provided that we are notified in advance most dietary restrictions can be accommodated including avoiding common allergens, and providing vegetarian or vegan meal options. 

How many students are on the tour? 

The tour is capped at 20 students. 

Is the tour chaperoned? 

Yes, two experienced teachers will travel with the students keeping them safe along their journey and providing guidance regarding the college admissions process.

How can I reserve my spot?

Secure your place on the California College Tour by CLICKING HERE.

How can I ask more questions?
You can: 

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Tour pricing is all-inclusive of everything the student needs from the moment they land at San Diego airport to when they depart San Francisco including housing, meals, tours, ground transportation, site seeing and driver gratuity. Students are responsible for pocket money for personal items such as souvenirs.

Program Grades Location Start Date End Date Price Options Register
California College Tour 9 - 12 College Tours Jul 14, 2024 Jul 19, 2024 Enroll

Price Options for California College Tour

Overnight Camp $2,995
** Note: Where the schedule presents multiple schools in the same time slot, students will be able to choose which school they want to visit.  Students/chaperones will be divided into groups and dropped off to do their respective tours. 

2024 California College Tour

Day 1 Arrive in San Diego:
  • Arrive into San Diego International Airport (SAN). 
  • Greet your fellow travelers and enjoy dinner and Site Seeing in Old Town San Diego. 
Day 2 Orange County and San Diego
  • Enjoy a hot breakfast before venturing out to see Orange County and sunny San Diego.
  • Start your morning at your choice of San Diego's top public or private universities at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD)- OR -University of San Diego (USD).
  • Grab a quick a lunch as we head up the coast to beautiful Orange County
  • Spend the afternoon exploring UC Irvine.
  • Join your fellow travelers for dinner and evening fun at Downtown Disney
Day 3 Los Angeles and The Inland Empire
  • Put away your mouse ears and enjoy breakfast at the hotel before heading out for a day of SoCal College Touring.
  • In the morning, take a tour of the beautiful campus of Claremont McKenna 
  • Meet back up with the group for lunch before heading out for our afternoon tours.
  • Hop back on the bus and head out to visit Caltech 
  • Get back together with the group for dinner and some evening site seeing before heading back to the hotel for a good night's rest.
Day 4 Los Angeles
Day 5 Santa Barbara and Malibu
  • Enjoy a hearty breakfast and prepare for your visits to these stunning seaside campuses.
  • In the morning, begin your day with a tour of University of California, Santa Barbara located half way between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
  • In the afternoon, enjoy a tour of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (SLO).
  • Take in the beautiful seascape and a refreshing milkshake as we make our way to the heart of Silicon Valley for dinner and site seeing!
Day 6 Santa Cruz and Silicon Valley 
  • Enjoy a quick breakfast before heading out for the day.
  • Start your morning exploring one of the nation's top universities, UC Berkeley (CAL).
  • Enjoy lunch on the motor coach as we travel on the Peninsula
  • Complete your day with an afternoon tour of Stanford University 
  • Don't forget to thank our motor coach driver before departing the motor coach for your flight home out of San Francisco (SFO)

  • Please note: 

    • Schedule Subject to change. 
    • While rare, some universities may limit the number of students who can be on a tour. While we always try to give students their first choice, registrations are on a first come first serve basis.

    Education Unlimited believes in small-group, immersive learning with subject matter experts and experienced teachers. We strive to provide industry-leading instruction to all of our students and hold all staff to the highest possible standards. Staff assignments vary by program and location. All tours will include a minimum of two staff chaperones and will have a minimum of a 10:1 staff to student ratio.  2023/2024 California Tour leaders include: 

    Janet Willford,  - College Tour Leader

    Janet Willford is an experienced high-school teacher.  She has taught both leadership and speech and debate at San Ramon Valley High School in Danville, CA for over twenty years.  As the winner of the Eukel Teacher Trust award in 2004 one student said of Ms. Willford: “I have never known a teacher who cares so much about her students, their lives, and their school. She is truly the best asset San Ramon Valley High School has”.  As noted by one parent, “Every mother dreams of a mentor to help their daughter blossom into a young woman. I could not have chosen a better woman for the job. Janet Willford is excellence on two feet”.  Janet has been a college tour leader with Education Unlimited since 2010.

    In addition to her teaching role at San Ramon Valley High School, Janet has served as the school’s activities director since 1997.  In 2016, Janet oversaw the creation of the S.T.E.M Club on the school’s campus.  Created by the students themselves, Janet helped coordinate this effort by high school students interested in inspiring elementary age children to pursue science-based learning.  Janet has a Bachelor’s Degree in English from The University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Jennifer West, MA - College Tour Leader

    Jennifer West is an experienced high school teacher and coach. With over 30 years of experience working with students in various educational spaces, she has honed her skills in creating a positive and supportive environment that fosters inclusive and interactive college and career readiness. Mrs. West experience includes 15 years as an academy English teacher, color guard director and Cheer coach. In addition, she coaches a nationally ranked independent color guard. In addition, Jennifer is her schools Activities (ASB) Director. In this role, Mrs. West has been committed to creating a campus culture that is inclusive, supportive, and focused on college and career readiness. She understands that travel can be an essential part of personal growth and has planned and overseen multiple trips to national championships for her groups. Jennifer is also an experienced world traveler who firmly believes that experiencing life outside of your neighborhood makes for a more well-rounded individual. In recent years, her personal travels have taken her on many adventures including trips to South Africa, Poland, Jennifer holds a Masters in Educational Leadership from Point Loma University. She is passionate about helping students find their passions and the right environment in which to foster them, and her dedication to creating a positive and supportive educational space is second to none.