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The Pathway to College Campus Visit Program is hosted for K-8th grade students by trained CI LEAP (Leaders in Education Awareness Program) student volunteers.  This program consists of a college readiness workshop, CI student panel, guided campus tour, and concludes with interactive retention activities to help students understand what they have learned throughout the day. This four-hour program serves students at CI each Friday of the academic year from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and accommodates a maximum of 60 students per visit during the fall semester and 120 students during the spring semester. Space is limited so register today!

Pathway to College Campus Visit Schedule

9:30 a.m. – Elementary or middle school students arrive to the CI campus and are greeted by LEAP student volunteers in front of the Bell Tower on Los Angeles Ave.  Students are informed of the visitor expectations and then led to a classroom where they will participate in an interactive college readiness workshop.

9:45 a.m.
K-5th Grade: Students engage in an interactive college readiness workshop focused on goal setting and preparing for a bright future.  The workshop is entitled “Your Path to College” and is hosted by LEAP student volunteers.

6th-8th Grade: Students engage in an interactive college readiness workshop focused on the public and private benefits of obtaining a higher education, the college entrance requirements and financial aid. The workshop is entitled “Welcome to iCollege” and is hosted by LEAP student volunteers.

10:30 a.m. – Your students are introduced to all LEAP student volunteers in a panel setting and have the opportunity to hear about the daily lives of current college students and ask questions related to their college exploration process.  Visiting students are encouraged to come prepared with questions.

11:00 a.m. – Campus tours commence and typically include visits to the following locations: Broome Library, University Town Center, The Cove Bookstore, Bell Tower, student housing, Student Union, Recreation Center and Islands Café.  Due to on-campus construction and for the safety of your students, chaperones are asked to remain with their tour group at all times.

12:00 p.m. – Sack lunch on the South Quad (visiting schools are responsible for their own lunches).

12:45 p.m. – The “Class of 20_ _” photo opportunity takes place on the steps in front of Islands Café.  All students will be provided with a practice graduation cap to hold or wear in the picture and the first row of students will hold a banner depicting their graduation date from a four-year institution.  The picture will be emailed to the school administrator the week following their visit. It is encouraged that each child has a parent/guardian sign an Image Release Form before their visit which will release all photos to the California State University for marketing or internal use. The Image Release Form is available in both English (PDF, 39KB) and Spanish (PDF, 37KB).

Participants choose one of the following options (please select either Option A or Option B on your registration form):

A.  1:00 p.m. – Your students will participate in interactive retention activities where they will review the material they have learned throughout the day and have the opportunity to win CI prizes in the College Knowledge Bowl!

B.  1:00 p.m. -  Students engage in an interactive STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) session showcasing science demonstrations and a workshop focused on the merits of majoring in a STEM field and future potential of graduating with a STEM degree.

1:30 p.m. – Visiting students are guided back to their bus pick-up location and depart campus from the Bell Tower on Los Angeles Ave.

Assessment Type

Students will be asked to follow along in their workshop with a worksheet which allows them to visualize their college exploration and preparation process. Photo copies will be made of each student’s worksheet and will be used as an evaluation tool to assess the quality of our presentations.

Teachers and other school staff/chaperones will be asked to take a short satisfaction survey on their visit. Comments and recommendations are encouraged at this time.

Grade Level and Quantities Allowed

The Pathway to College Campus Visit Program is only available to K-8th grade students. A maximum of 60 students are allowed per visit in the fall and 120 students are allowed per visit in the spring, with one chaperone for every ten students. If you have more or less than this number please state so on the registration form and a University Outreach representative will contact you with the best solution.

Pathway to College Available Dates

First Come, First Served: Due to high demand, elementary and middle school administrators are encouraged to register for their visit as early in the academic school year as possible.  This program operates rain or shine and will be hosted for no more than two schools per date. This way we ensure that the program is focused specifically on your students on the day that you visit.

Dates Available: Pathway to College Campus Visits will occur Fridays only from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Please note: Not all dates may be available at the time your registration form is processed.  Therefore, selecting two or more dates is highly encouraged. Program does not operate during campus closure dates.

If all dates are full, please contact the University Outreach main line at 805-437-3155 or email us at in order for your school to be placed on our waitlist for K-8 visits to our campus.

Once You’ve Registered:

Please allow University Outreach staff five business days to respond to the status of your request.  You will then receive confirmation from a University Outreach staff member and a preparation packet which will include information on meals on campus, parking, visitor expectations, and a campus map. For more information on this program contact University Outreach at 805-437-3155 or by email at


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