• Southern California

    Find your perfect college fit in this perfect weather paradise.

  • Southern California College Tour

    You may be surprised to find that among the beautiful beaches and weather there is quite a bit of studying that gets done in Southern California, home to some of the most prestigious colleges in the country. After touring these fine institutions, check out the action in L.A. with a stop at the Walk of Fame, hit the amusement rides on the Santa Monica Pier, or even head to Disneyland!


    Popular colleges to include on this tour include California Institute of Technology (CalTech), Claremont Colleges (Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona, Scripps), Loyola Marymount, Occidental College, Pepperdine University, University of California-Irvine, University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-San Diego, University of San Diego, University of Southern California, Whittier College.


    Recommended tour length for this area is 4-6 days but all of our tours are completely customizable to the unique needs of your school. Some schools will want a longer or shorter tour with an optional sightseeing day depending on the distance they have traveled and the interests of their students. For inspiration, here is a sample itinerary that we've done before.


    Day 0 or early Day 1: Fly into LAX, San Diego or John Wayne Airport or arrive by charter bus. Sightseeing in LA/San Diego area dependent upon arrival time.


    Day 1

    College Visit #1: University of California-San Diego

    Lunch at University of California-San Diego

    College Visit #2: University of San Diego

    Drive to LA

    Check in to hotel

    Rodeo Drive


    Hollywood Walk of Fame/Mann’s Chinese Theater


    Day 2

    Breakfast in hotel

    College Visit #3: CalTech or Whittier

    Lunch at CalTech or Whittier

    College Visit #4: University of Southern California (USC)

    Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Pier



    Day 3

    Breakfast in hotel

    College Visit #5: Occidental College

    Lunch at Occidental

    College Visit #6: UCLA

    Westwood Village



    Day 4

    Breakfast in hotel

    College Visit #7 and 8: Claremont Colleges

    Students tour two: Pomona, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Scripps, Pitzer

    In N Out Burger



    Day 5:

    Breakfast in hotel



    Starting at $999 per student, plus round-trip airfare arranged by College Exploration Tours or charter bus arrival to LA/San Diego area. Price includes all accommodations, meals, activities, transportation during the tour, gratuities and CXT tour leader.