California Institute of Technology - Caltech

Pasadena, California, United States
The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is a world-renowned science and engineering research and education institution, where extraordinary faculty and students seek answers to complex questions, discover new knowledge, lead innovation, and transform our future.

About

History

Founded as Throop University in 1891 in Pasadena, California, and renamed the California Institute of Technology in 1920.

Education

Undergraduate

  • Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
  • Engineering & Applied Science
  • Geological & Planetary Sciences
  • The Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Physics, Mathematics & Astronomy
  • Biology and Biological Engineering

Research

Caltech's researchers are known for scientific inquiry that is bold, innovative, and impactful. Because they're allowed to freely explore their best ideas, these investigators are able to further technology, theory, and both fundamental and applied science in more than 30 areas of research.

Cross-disciplinary research centers and institutes support collaborations that develop powerful ideas and move society forward.

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2018
3 -1
2017
2 -1
2016
1
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2018
4 1
2017
5
2016
5
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2018
6
2017
-
2016
-
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2017
9 -1
2016
8 -1
2015
7
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.

Services

Student services

Caltech's leadership and administrative offices work to ensure that the Institute is properly positioned to pursue its mission of research and education. While contact information for all Caltech departments and services is available in the departmental directory.

Housing services

The Housing Office furthers the goals of Caltech by providing convenient, attractive housing. To this end, the Housing Office guarantees housing for all first year undergraduate students and all first year graduate students. After these guarantees, our priority is to provide transitional housing for newly hired postdoctoral fellows and limited housing for students with families. These rentals are managed by the Housing Office in accordance with these priorities and the current needs of the Institute.

Library services

Mission Statement

  • We are a user-centered organization that provides scholarly resources and advanced information services in an adaptable environment equipped to meet the changing needs of Caltech’s research and education programs in a timely, cost-effective manner.

Medical services

The health center offers a variety of services that address the primary health care needs of college students. Some of the services provided are:

  • Medical Consultations/Referral
  • Laboratory Tests
  • Radiology Services
  • Pharmacy/Prescription Services
  • Allergy Injection Clinic
  • Women's Health Clinic
  • Sexual Health Services
  • Student Health Center Spouse Program
  • Requests for Medical Records
  • Administrative Services

Student Life

Sports facilities

The Braun Athletic Center features the main gymnasium (used for intercollegiate competition as well as recreation); a 3,500-square-foot weight room including a Cybex Circuit, free weights and various cardiovascular machines such as treadmills, ellipticals, rowing machines, cross-trainers and upright and recumbent bikes; four racquetball courts; two international squash courts; a multipurpose room with spring floor for group fitness activities and locker rooms with showers.

Student clubs

  • 300 heroes club
  • Biology Undergraduate Student Advisory Committee
  • Caltech American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE)
  • Caltech Chinese Student Association (CCSA)
  • Caltech Latino Association of Students in Engineering and Sciences
  • Engineers Without Borders Caltech Chapter
  • Graduate Christian Fellowship
  • Jewish Life at Caltech
  • Science & Engineering Policy At Caltech (SEPAC)
  • Techers for a Sustainable Future (TSF)

Accreditation

Every decade, Caltech undergoes accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Caltech's reaccreditation review included three theme-based self studies in the areas of undergraduate education, the Honor Code, and undergraduate research. Our Institutional Proposal was accepted by WASC in September 2006.

Pasadena, California, United States