California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is a private institution founded in 1891. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 997 in its campus located in Pasadena, California, approximately 11 miles northeast of Los Angeles.
Social and academic life at Caltech centers on the eight student houses, which the school calls “self-governing living groups.” Student houses incorporate an admired Caltech tradition: dinners served by student waiters. Only freshmen are obliged to live on campus, but around 80 percent of students remain in their house for all four years. The Caltech Beavers have a number of NCAA Division III teams that compete in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
In addition to its undergraduate studies, Caltech offers top graduate programs in engineering, biology, chemistry, computer science,earth sciences, mathematics and physics. Caltech participates in a significant amount of research, receiving grants from institutions such as NASA, the National Science Foundation and the Department of Health and Human Services, among others. Caltech maintains a long lasting tradition of pranking with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, another top-ranked science and technology university. Companies such as Intel, Compaq and Hotmail were founded by Caltech alumni. Famous film director Frank Capra also graduated from Caltech.
If you are an admitted student whose family has insufficient financial resources to pay for all or part of your educational expenses, Caltech will provide you with a financial aid package commensurate with your demonstrated need and make it possible for you to attend. This long-standing policy has resulted in a tradition of Caltech providing unparalleled opportunities to excellent students, regardless of their families’ economic circumstances.
For more information on Financial Aid go here.
The International Offices are ready to assist international students after they have officially accepted admission or invitation to the Institute. The International Offices cannot assist prospective students with admission or application inquiries.
For information about applying, please visit Undergraduate Admissions to learn about Caltech’s Bachelor’s degree programs or Graduate Studies to learn about Caltech’s graduate degree programs (including Master’s, Engineers, and PhD).
For more on International admissions go here.
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