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Study at California Institute of Technology

The California Institute of Technology, also known as Caltech, was established in 1891. It is a private research university and is located in Pasadena, California. Caltech manages and operates a NASA Center known as Jet Propulsion Laboratory. It has been ranked in the top 10 universities around the world by citation index, Nobel Prizes. Caltech is divided into the following academic divisions:
  • Division of Biology
  • Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
  • Division of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences
  • Division of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Division of Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy
Caltech's athletics department sponsors more than 12 sports teams. These teams are nicknamed as the Beavers. They compete in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II. The Beavers participate in sports including volleyball, basketball, swimming and tennis.

Profile of California Institute of TechnologyCal Tech is found in Pasadena, California. Pasadena is a medium-sized city. The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. Students can earn degrees up to and including the Doctoral degree at Cal Tech.

Course Topics

The range of program offerings available from the school is especially impressive compared to its number of students. Cal Tech is known for its programs in engineering, mathematics, and science.

Cal Tech Selectivity

Admission to the school is not automatic; not everyone who applies gets in. Hats off to the 17% of those who apply who get accepted. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 700. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 770 and 800. Many applicants are from out of state, an indication of the quality or special character of the school.

The school maintains a faculty/student ratio (full-time) which is better than most colleges. Cal Tech has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at the school is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

Students numbered 2, 133 in 2007 at Cal Tech. A very high share of students at the school are male.

Student Life
Full-time students are the norm at Cal Tech. The school offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. Cal Tech values student athletics, and belongs to the Southern California Intercoll Athletic Conference. The school reports its educational mission is:

"The mission of the California Institute of Technology is to expand human knowledge and benefit society through research integrated with education. We investigate the most challenging, fundamental problems in science and technology in a singularly collegial, interdisciplinary atmosphere, while educating outstanding students to become creative members of society. "

Cal Tech Programs and Degrees
General CategoryGeneral CategoryMost Common Majors
Engineering209electrical engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, materials science, various engineering courses, engineering, environmental engineering,
Science188physics, chemistry, biology, physics courses, biochem/biophysics/molecular biology, astrophysics, geology, geochemistry,
Mathematics31mathematics, applied mathematics
Liberal Arts23social services, economics, economics courses, history, humanities
Computer Science and Engineering22computer and info science
Contact: Cal TechCalifornia Institute of Technology

1200 E California Blvd

Pasadena, California 91125

General Phone: (626) 395-6811


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