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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 am-4:30 pm. – excluding holidays and special events.  Please stop by the Visitor Center so we can help you plan your campus visit.






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Campanile Hours Update

The Campanile turns 100

Fall 2015 Class Pass Schedule
Fall 2015 Engineering Tour Schedule



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-Saturday at 10:00 am (and also at 1:00 p.m. in April) and on Sundays at 1:00 p.m.  A limited number of public walking tours will be offered at 2:00 pm on weekdays during the summer. Weekday public tours begin from the Visitor Center at 101 Sproul Hall; 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 school groups, programs, 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 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 2015 engineering tours will begin in approximately mid October. Please check back in late September for more information.

Memorial Stadium tours. In partnership with Cal Athletics, Visitor & Parent Services offers tours of California Memorial Stadium. Fall 2015 tours will be offered on Fridays and Sundays from September 25-November 29. For more information and how to make a reservation, please check the Daily Public Tour Page .


Campus visits for Newly Admitted Students  are offered in April.


Self-Guided tours are available for those unable to take a guided tour of the campus.  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 from your confirmation e-mail and the e-mail address used to make the reservation (the address the confirmation was sent to).

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. Space is limited and your reservation is appreciated. 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. 

Reception hours and online admissions resources may be viewed on the http://admissions.berkeley.edu/ .


Cal Day

Cal Day, UC Berkeley's annual open house, takes place in April. Visit the Cal Day website for more information.



As UC Berkeley is located in an urban area; parking is limited and can be difficult to find.  We recommend 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.