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California College Tour

The California College Tour allows students to visit and experience life at several prominent California Colleges. For many students, the process of figuring out which school best fits their needs is an overwhelming and confusing task. The Tour transforms this experience into an enriching and exciting summer adventure in which students participate in campus tours, meet with admissions representatives, and receive materials to help evaluate each school.

Tour participants are also presented with strategies in getting the most out of their future college visits. Students learn what questions they should be asking of campus officials, how to compare schools to one another, and what factors are most important for their personal college selection process. Many tours are led by the admissions office staff, others by Education Unlimited personnel, depending on the campus and tour dates. Where available, campus tours will also include an information meeting provided by admissions office staff.

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

The California College Tour is a wonderful opportunity for students to visit numerous college campuses and evaluate their college options. Students tour a wide variety of campuses, including private and public schools in both urban and rural areas. Participants will be able to determine if a large or small school is appropriate for them, and, with the comparison materials provided, students are able to review their options once they have returned home. In less than one week, students have the opportunity to experience many great American cities.

We encourage students to enroll with friends, but even those who don’t arrive knowing someone will end up with a group of newly-found peers from across the US and often around the world. Housing is provided, and students are usually housed in double or triple rooms. Most overnight stays are at business class hotels such as Sheraton, Westin, Marriott, or Embassy Suites.  When feasible, students stay in the central areas near attractions. We may also occasionally stay in a campus dorm/residence hall to get a feel of campus living.

Meals are provided, though many students choose to bring spending money for snacks or optional food items, and souvenirs. All the essential items of room, board, and transportation are provided during the trip, so it is possible to comfortably participate in the California Tour without any added cost or expense.



Tour for rising 9th-12th graders has one option:

  • Overnight: Overnight campers check-in after lunch on the first day of camp and check out before lunch on the last day of camp. All meals and shared accommodations are provided.
Program Grades Location Start Date End Date Price Options Register
California College Tour 11 - 12 California Colleges (Tour) Jun 20, 2019 Jun 26, 2019 Enroll

Price Options for California College Tour

Overnight Day Camp $2,795.00

California College Tour

Day 1 Arrive in San Francisco:
Day 2 Berkeley, San Francisco and the South Bay
Day 3 Santa Barbara and Malibu
  • Enjoy a hearty Saturday breakfast and prepare for your visits to these stunning seaside campuses.
  • In the morning, begin your day with a tour of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo located half way between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
  • In the afternoon, enjoy a tour of the University of California, Santa Barbara before having lunch in their charming downtown and visit the beach just steps from the campus.
  • Take in the beautiful seascape and a refreshing milkshake as we make our way to the heart of Southern California for dinner and a little SoCal site seeing!
Day 4 Disneyland or California Adventure Excursion
Day 5 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 Claremont McKenna - OR - Cal Poly Pomona - OR - La Verne University.
  • 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 - OR - Occidental College.
  • 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 6 Los Angeles
  • Enjoy a quick breakfast before heading out to visit some of LA's top universities. 
  • In the morning, take a group tour of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - OR - Loyola Marymount University (LMU)
  • Gather together for lunch and tell your new friends about your morning tours.
  • Spend the afternoon on the beautiful campuses of University of Southern California (USC) - OR - CSU Los Angeles
Day 7Orange County and San Diego
  • Enjoy a hot breakfast before venturing out to see Orange County and sunny San Diego.
  • Start your morning exploring UC Irvine.
  • Grab a quick a lunch as we head down to beautiful San Diego
  • Spend the afternoon checking out San Diego's top public or private universities at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - OR - University of San Diego (USD)
  • Don't forget to thank our motor coach driver before departing the motor coach for your flight home (San Diego International Airport [SAN]). 

Please note: 

  • Schedule Subject to change. 
  • We offer an optional "Group Flight add-on." Without the Group Flight add on, families are responsible for arranging transportation to meet the tour at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), and to depart from Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA) or Washington Dulles (IAD). 
  • 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. Some of our recent staff members for this program include:

Janet Wilford - 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.