Spring Break Dates for California Colleges in 2020

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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.

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 the spring of 2020.

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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. 

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