California State College Tours


California State College Tours

Students preparing for college will want to take this tour that focuses on some of the finest state supported universities in California. These schools are well-known for specific areas of academics or sports, offer affordable in-state tuition and have a unique history. Many of California's state-supported universities began as Normal Schools to train teachers for the Western expansion. These were later absorbed into the state college system.

Students will have the opportunity to tour campus grounds and ask questions. Universities are located within urban areas such as San Francisco and San Diego, and in suburban and coastal areas, such as San Jose, Stanford and Pasadena.

Here is a brief overview of each campus on this tour.

Based in the heart of Los Angeles, with almost 40,000 students, UCLA is a large urban campus that provides housing for approximately 9,000 students on the hill. Proximity to the movie and music industry makes UCLA a lively multicultural environment, ripe with professional opportunities and exposure to contemporary arts. Students of the arts and sciences will not be disappointed. From Nanotechnology to Egyptology to the School of Theater, Film and Television - UCLA has it all. UCLA's football team has always been a top contender and is well-supported by the campus community

University of Southern California is also based in inner city Los Angeles. This university has a large international student population, complemented by study abroad programs. Out of 37,000 students, nearly 7,000 come from across the globe. USC stakes its reputation on research and offers students internship opportunities. The university is distinguished for its programs in the arts, technology and business.

University of California Berkeley (Cal)
University of California Berkley is affectionately known as "Cal." It sits on the San Francisco Bay in a particularly scenic campus setting. The student population is nearly 36,000. Cal is mainly known for outstanding and notorious professors who helped reshape politics in the sixties. Cal emphasizes the liberal arts, as well as innovation. Cal professors and students have played leading roles in contemporary advances in science and technology. Cal has an outstanding law school, Boalt Law, which has graduated many excellent attorneys.

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
Located in Pasadena, California, this well-known science and Technology University has a relatively small student body with almost 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled. There are almost 300 faculty, allowing for a close, interwoven campus community. CalTech's astronomy program and observatory are known across the globe. CalTech's professors have been Nobel Prize winners in the sciences. The famous 200 inch Hale Telescope is housed at Paolomar, and it has been recognized as the Western Hemisphere's most powerful telescope for over forty years. The university is also known for geological studies, since two of its former professors, Harry Wood and John Anderson, invented the seismograph for measuring earthquakes, and Charles Richter invented the Richter scale as a form of measurement of an earthquake's intensity.

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