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CalTech, formally known as the California Institute Of Technology, is one of the most frequently searched universities in America, according to a recent internet keyword search of American universities. 

Cal Tech is a private research university located in Pasadena, California. The college was established in 1891.

CalTech is commonly regarded as one of the world's top research universities, with a highly individualized student-faculty ratio of 3 to 1. The faculty includes numerous Nobel Laureates. 

CalTech is known for its ultra selective enrollment process, with an acceptance rate of only about 8%. The student body currently consists of about 950 undergraduate students and roughly 1,285 graduate students. More than one third of enrolled students are female. 


Notable graduates of CalTech include billionaires, Turing Award winners, and 74 Nobel laureates, including Linus Pauling, the only person ever to win TWO unshared Nobel Prizes. 

Companies founded by CalTech alumni include Compaq, Hotmail, Intel, the Exploratorium, and Varitronix (an LCD manufacturer), to name only a few. 


CalTech is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Scroll down for the answers to some frequently asked questions about CalTech.

  



Above: The location of Cal Tech on a map of Los Angeles.

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caltech Q&A

1. Where is the California Institute of Technology?

Cal Tech is located in Pasadena, California, at the following mailing address:


California Institute of Technology 

1200 East California Blvd.

Pasadena

California 

91125






2. What undergraduate majors are available at CalTech?

Here is a list of undergraduate majors offered at CalTech:


  • Applied and Computational Mathematics 
  • Applied Physics 
  • Astrophysics
  • Bioengineering
  • Biology 
  • Business, Economics and Management 
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry 
  • Computational and Neural Systems 
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering 
  • Engineering and Applied Science 
  • English
  • Geobiology 
  • Geochemistry 
  • Geology 
  • Geophysics 
  • History 
  • History and Philosophy of Science 
  • Information and Data Sciences 
  • Materials Science
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering 
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Planetary Science 
  • Political Science



Undergrad Minors include: 

  • Aerospace 
  • Chemistry 
  • Computer Science 
  • Control and Dynamical Systems 
  • English 
  • Environmental Science and Engineering 
  • Geological and Planetary Systems 
  • History 
  • History and Philosophy of Science 
  • Information and Data Sciences 
  • Philosophy 
  • Structutal Mechanics 




Above: A map of the Cal Tech Campus 

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3. What graduate programs are available at CalTech? 

The 6 academic divisions at CalTech are as follows:

  1. Biology and Biological Engineering
  2. Chemistry and Chemical Engineering 
  3. Engineering and Applied Science 
  4. Geological and Planetary Sciences 
  5. Humanities and the Social Sciences 
  6. Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy 


Within these divisions, many graduate programs of study are available. These include: 

  • Aeronautics 
  • Applied and Computational Mathematics 
  • Applied Mechanics 
  • Applied Physics 
  • Astrophysics 
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics 
  • Bioengineering
  • Biology 
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry 
  • Civil Engineering 
  • Computational and Neural Systems 
  • Computer Science 
  • Computing and Mathematical Sciences 
  • Control and Dynamical Systems 
  • Electrical Engineering 
  • Environmental Science and Engineering  
  • Geobiology 
  • Geochemistry 
  • Geology 
  • Geophysics 
  • Materials Science 
  • Mathematics 
  • Mechanical Engineering 
  • Medical Engineering 
  • NeuroBiology 
  • Physics 
  • Planetary Science 
  • Social and Decision Neuroscience  
  • Social Science 
  • Space Engineering 




CalTech's iconic "Gene Pool"

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4. How much does it cost to attend CalTech?

According to the university website, the current cost of tuition and fees for a undergraduates to attend CalTech full time is typically covered by financial aid services. CalTech is committed to making this opportunity work for whoever gets accepted into the school.  

That's why almost nobody ever actually has to pay the full cost of attendance at CalTech, due partly to the success of the school's sterling reputation and impressive fundraising efforts. Graduate aid is also available, based on funds and academic merit.

Additional fees may also apply, such as orientation fees, document fees, and others. 

That being said, the actual cost for one full year of enrollment at CalTech is roughly $75,000. This cost includes tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and personal expenses. 



The Keck Institute for space studies

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5. What is the CalTech campus like?

The main campus of CalTech spans 124 suburban acres, and features three main dining locations. The surrounding area includes many neighborhood cafes and restaurants.   

The CalTech campus and surrounding area also have abundant student housing. In fact, CalTech guarantees housing for ALL first and second-year undergraduate students, and all first year graduate students. 


The school colors are orange and white. Student athletes at CalTech are called the Beavers, and can choose from any of many varsity sports, as well as many more intramural sports. The Beavers play for the NCAA, Division III.

Varsity sports for men and women at CalTech include 

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo 


Life on campus also features many non athletic campus activities, and hundreds of student groups and organizations. 




Above: The Thomas Lab of Engineering

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Above: The Cahill Center for Astronomy 

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6. What is the CalTech neighborhood like?

The immediate surrounding neighborhood of CalTech is a quintessential "college town," replete with nearby conveniences and a diverse selection of eateries.

Public transportation is abundant, with the heart of Pasadena less than 2 miles northwest of the Cal Tech campus. 

Downtown Los Angeles is situated about 20 miles southwest of campus. 




Above: A satellite map of the campus, whose centerpiece is the circular Beckman Auditorium

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7. What are the distance learning options at CalTech?

Here is a list of current and upcoming online (distance learning) courses offered at CalTech:

  • Analog Circuit Design 
  • Big Data Analytics 
  • Circuits and Systems 
  • Cryo-EM 
  • Drugs and the Brain 
  • Economics with Calculus 
  • Evolving Universe 
  • Galaxies and Cosmology 
  • Learning from Data 
  • Pricing Options with Mathematical Models 
  • Quantum Cryptography 
  • Science of the Solar System 



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8. What is the contact information for CalTech?

To reach the general campus phone line at Cal Tech, call 626-395-6811.

To reach the financial aid office of Cal Tech, call 626-395-6280.

To reach the undergraduate admissions office, call 626-395-6341.

To reach the graduate admissions office at CalTech, call 626-395-6346. 

To contact someone about CalTech student housing, call 626-395-6176. 


For off-campus emergencies, call 626-395-5000. 




Above: Pasadena's famous Rose Bowl Stadium 

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Above: Pasadena City Hall 

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