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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.
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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 also at 1:00 p.m. in April) and on Sundays at 1:00 p.m. Weekday public tours begin from the Visitor Center at 101 Sproul Hall while weekend and holiday tours begin from the Campanile (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 fall, spring, and summer semesters. Reservations are required at least 14 days in advance. Please see our Group Tour Page for more information and dates.
A limited number of engineering tours is 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. During spring 2014, engineering tours will be offered on Mondays and Fridays, through the end of April.
Memorial Stadium tours. In partnership with Cal Athletics, Visitor & Parent Services offers tours of California Memorial Stadium. Spring 2014 tours will be offered on Sundays at 3:00 pm through May 4. You may reserve online on the Daily Public Tour Page.
Campus visits for Newly Admitted Students. Look for the *tours* link on your myBerkeley app for detailed information.
Self-Guided tours are available for those unable to make a reservation for a campus tour. Please see our Self-Guided Tour Page for multiple 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. Reservations are not taken, and space is limited. Please check in at the Visitor Center in 101 Sproul Hall and you will be directed to the location of the presentation. These sessions conclude before the 10:00 a.m. daily public tour. There are no admissions presentations on weekends and university holidays. Groups interested in an admissions presentation may place a request online at http://tinyurl.com/ouarequest
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, is 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.