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The UC Berkeley Visitor Center is located in 101 Sproul Hall near the intersection of Bancroft Way and Telegraph Avenue. Weekday hours are 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. – excluding holidays and special events. Please feel free to stop by the Visitor Center to pick-up a campus map and literature about the university.
|Campanile Hours Update|
|Winter Curtailment. The UC Berkeley campus will be closed December 24, 2013-January 1, 2014. No tours will be offered during this time and the Campanile will be closed. Regular operations will resume on January 2.|
Every year, thousands of people from across the nation and around the world visit the tranquil, wooded 178-acre campus of UC Berkeley. Most of them do so under the expert guidance of a Cal Campus Ambassador, one of the corps of enthusiastic and knowledgeable student tour guides employed by the Visitor Center.
Public tours are offered daily – Monday through Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Weekday public tours begin from the Visitor Center at 101 Sproul Hall while weekend and holiday tours begin from Sather Tower. For more information, and to make a reservation, please visit our Daily Public Tour Page.
Group tours are offered weekdays for visiting school groups, programs, and organizations. Group tours are available on selected dates and times during the spring, summer, and fall semester. Reservations are required; please see our Group Tour Page for more information. Fall 2013 group tours will end on December 6, 2013. Spring 2014 group tours will begin in mid February.
A limited number of engineering tours are offered during the fall and spring semesters for prospective and admitted undergraduates and their families. Led by campus ambassadors who are engineering majors, the tour covers College of Engineering buildings and includes information on teaching; research; and student projects, services, and groups. Fall 2013 engineering tours have ended. Please check back in February for the Spring 2014 schedule.
Memorial Stadium tours. In partnership with Cal Athletics, Visitor & Parent Services has begun to offer tours of California Memorial Stadium. Fall 2013 tours ended on November 17. Please check this space for information on the spring 2014 schedule.
Self-Guided tours are available for those unable to make a reservation for a campus tour. Please see our Self-Guided Tour Page for a list of possible options.
Cancelling a reservation. To cancel a group or daily public tour reservation, please visit our Reservation Cancellation page. You will need your reservation confirmation number and e-mail address.
Admissions Information Sessions
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions conducts information sessions Monday-Friday at 9:00 a.m. for prospective students who have not yet applied. These sessions conclude before the 10:00 a.m. daily public tour. There are no admissions presentations on weekends, university holidays, or for group tours.
Reservations are not required for the information sessions, but please check in at 101 Sproul Hall before the admissions presentation.
We highly recommend attending the admissions information session or exploring the online admissions resources because the Office of Undergraduate Admissions is open to the public for just a few hours each week during the application reading period (December-April). Current hours of operation and online admissions resources may be viewed on the Admissions Office Hours Web Page .
Can't attend an admissions information session? Visit Picture Yourself at Berkeley to sign up for a personalized web page offering campus information tailored to your interests.
The next Cal Day, UC Berkeley's annual open house, will be on April 12, 2014. Visit the Cal Day website for more information.
Since UC Berkeley is located in an urban area, parking is limited and can be difficult to obtain. The University recommends using public transportation whenever possible. If traveling by car, please be aware that the University does not offer any public parking, and street parking is limited by meters. To find the most convenient parking locations, please see our parking list of privately owned garages and lots near the Visitor Center. Parking rates will vary depending on the location.