Spring break is one of American students' favorite times of the year, and if you are currently enrolled in a California college or university, chances are you already know when your spring break will be for the year.
For tourists visiting California's biggest college cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, and Santa Cruz, college spring break means bigger crowds and longer wait times at local restaurants. Though many students head out of their college towns for a spring break destination vacation, the bigger cities are likely to see an influx of visitors to offset the void.
In 2020, the majority of Californian colleges have spring break in late-March and early-April, which is several weeks later than the average for schools in other U.S. states. While some of these universities operate on a two-semester schedule, others operate on a four-quarter timeline, meaning their "spring break" is between spring quarter one and spring quarter two instead of in the middle of a class' semester schedule.
Spring Break Dates in 2020
For the California colleges listed below, classes will not be in session during the dates listed, but school offices may still be open. Check the full academic calendar for each school for more information on closures and other school holidays.
- Allan Hancock College: March 16 to 21, 2020
- American River College: April 13 to 19, 2020*
- Azusa Pacific University: March 2 to 8, 2020
- Bakersfield College: April 6 to 10, 2020
- Berkley City College: April 1 to 5, 2020*
- Cabrillo College: March 25 to 30, 2020
- California Christian University: March 6 to 15, 2020*
- California Institute of Technology: March 19 to 29, 2020
- California Lutheran University: April 4 to 12, 2020
- California State University - Bakersfield: April 13 to 19, 2020
- California State University - Chico: March 16 to 20, 2020
- California State University - Long Beach: March 30 to April 5, 2020
- California State University - Los Angeles: March 30 to April 5, 2020
- California State University - Sacramento: March 16 to 20, 2020
- California University of Pennsylvania: March 9 to 20, 2020
- Chapman University: March 23 to 28, 2020
- Citrus College: April 13 to 18, 2020
- City College of San Francisco: March 23 to 28, 2020*
- Fresno Pacific University: March 9 to 13, 2020
- Humphreys College: March 14 to 29, 2020*
- La Sierra University: March 20 to 29, 2020
- Life Pacific College: March 23 to 27, 2020*
- Long Beach City College: April 5 to 13, 2020
- Loyola Marymount University: March 9 to 13, 2020
- Menlo College: March 9 to 13, 2020
- Mills College: March 23 to 27, 2020
- Mount Saint Mary's College: March 16 to 20, 2020*
- Occidental College: March 10 to 14, 2020*
- Orange Coast College: March 23 to 29, 2020*
- Otis College of Art and Design: March 16 to 22, 2020
- Pacific Union College: April 6 to 11, 2020
- Pasadena City College: April 13 to 18, 2020
- Pepperdine University: March 2 to 6, 2020
- Saint Mary's College of California: February 1 to 9, 2020
- San Bernardino Valley College: March 16 to 21, 2020
- San Diego Mesa College: March 30 to April 4, 2020
- San Diego State University: March 30 to April 4, 2020*
- San Francisco State University: March 23 to 31, 2020
- San Jose State University: March 30 to April 3, 2020
- Santa Clara University: March 23 to 27, 2020*
- Simpson University: March 23 to 27, 2020*
- Stanford University: March 20 to April 1, 2020
- University of California - Berkeley: March 23 to 27, 2020*
- University of California - Davis: March 20 to 26, 2020
- University of California - Irvine: March 2 to 6, 2020
- University of California - Los Angeles: March 20 to 30, 2020
- University of California - San Diego: March 21 to 25, 2020
- University of Redlands: March 22 to 26, 2020
- University of San Diego: March 2 to 6, 2020
- University of San Francisco: March 9 to 13, 2020*
- University of Southern California: March 15 to 22, 2020
- University of the Pacific: March 9 to 13, 2020
- Whittier College: March 16 to 20, 2020
- William Jessup University: March 2 to 6, 2020
Note: Dates above marked with an asterisk indicate that the school has not yet released an Academic Calendar for the 2019 to 2020 school year. Please check the associated website for up-to-date information on when school holidays will happen in spring of 2020.
Things to Do for Spring Break
Now that you're aware of your spring break dates, it's time to start planning what to do with them. 2020 promises to be a great year for students, with party destinations throwing some of the biggest events on record, and budget destinations reducing their prices like never before.
If you're traveling on a budget, there are a number of cheap spring break destinations including spending the break on a staycation at your university or college or heading out to one of California's many beautiful beaches nearby. Or, you could drop a little extra money this year and head to one of the 10 hottest U.S. spring break destinations, from partying on a beach in Hawaii to seeing a Broadway show in New York City.
No matter what your spring break plan, book early to avoid higher rates for plane tickets and accommodations as there will be many others traveling at the same time of the year.