Planning a Campus Tour at UCLA

UCLA Campus Tour guides with Chancellor Gene Block

Thank you for your interest in visiting UCLA! We are excited to welcome you and your guests to campus to learn more about the Bruin experience first hand. If you would like to visit, be sure to reserve your spot on a campus tour! We encourage you to plan your visit early since our tours quickly fill up with visitors from across California, the United States, and the world. The tours reservation system will open dates four months in advance. 

Please ensure you are arriving at the tour date and time for which you have reserved. Note: We will not be able to accommodate groups who arrive for a different date and/or time than the one specified in their reservation. We do not offer a waitlist for campus tours nor will we be able to accommodate guests without a reservation. Guests without a reservation may still receive the UCLA self-guided tour map and other suggestions for learning more about our campus from a staff member at check-in and speak with them regarding any questions about the campus as well.

What kind of tour do I sign up for?

There are a few different options to choose from as you explore our Campus Tours website: 

  • “Individual Tours” for parties  of 1-6 people which must be reserved online through our website. We encourage you to visit if you are a prospective freshman (from high school) or transfer (from another college/university) applicant. If you would like to make a reservation for 7 or more guests in your party, please contact our Tour Coordinators at (310) 825-8764 Tours are generally offered on all weekdays and Saturdays. Special accommodations (American Sign Language interpreter, wheelchair, no steps tour route) can be provided and you can request these with your reservation. These requests need to be made 2 weeks in advance. 
  • “Group Tours” for high schools, community colleges, and community based groups where we can accommodate groups of 10-100 .
  •  “Cub Tours” for groups of students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. 

What do I do if the tours are full?

We cannot accommodate guests who do not have a reservation. If a tour is full, we encourage you to continue to check the reservation site as registered guests may cancel and this will open up spots allowing you to make a reservation. If the tour is full and you would still like to visit campus, there is a self-guided tour map available.  This will allow you to go at your own pace, to explore parts of campus you’re most interested in, and to visit the Hill, our residential community, which is not included on the official tour. We also encourage you to visit Undergraduate Admission located at 1147 Murphy Hall where you can speak with an admission advisor and pick up copies of all of our publications. Undergraduate Admission is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. 

I can’t travel to Los Angeles. How do I still explore UCLA?

If you are unable to visit us in person, we encourage you to explore our virtual tour. We will also frequently utilize our social media accounts to provide information on our campus and the application process throughout the year! Be sure to sign up for Get Connected, so you can be aware of any Facebook live events, webinars, or any additional events near where you may live! Please note, that demonstrated interest is not a factor within our review process. This means that if you are able to visit and meet with us or not, your application will not be impacted in any way. We encourage you to utilize our publication library and the resources linked above to best suit your schedule, interests, and questions! 

What else can I explore on campus?

There are many additional ways to explore our campus community! To see our residential communities, sign up for the on-campus housing tour. For students interested in one of our specialty schools (Arts and Architecture, Music, Theater, Film and Television, Nursing, or Engineering), book one of our specialty school tours and information sessions.  During the academic year, you can also experience our academic community first-hand  by sitting in on a class from the approved list of courses for our lecture series.

I’m registered for a tour: what do I do the day of my reservation?

Upon arriving to campus, please proceed to the parking kiosk located at Westwood Plaza and Strathmore Place. A parking attendant will direct you to the nearest available parking structure. Please note, parking for the day is $13. 

For registered guests, you will begin your tour in the Bruin Viewpoint Lounge in Ackerman Student Union. This building is located in Bruin Plaza with some close landmarks including the Luskin Conference Center and the Bruin Bear (great for photos if you arrive early!). You will go to the A Level of Ackerman (above the UCLA Store) and a sign will direct you to where you may check-in. We are located across from the Bruin Pharmacy and next to the Photo Center.

Your campus visit will last approximately two hours, including a 30-minute admission presentation and 90-minute walking tour, guided by a current undergraduate student. The tour includes hills and stairs so comfortable shoes are highly encouraged. Please allow ample time for Los Angeles traffic and parking to arrive at the time specified with your tour confirmation. For more assistance, including visuals on where to park and check-in for your tour, view our Campus Tour highlight on our Instagram!

We hope you are excited to visit our campus! We look forward to welcoming you to campus and answering your questions regarding academic programs, resources, student life, and admissions!