The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is a world-renowned science and engineering Institute that marshals some of the world's brightest minds and most innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions and pressing societal challenges. Caltech's extraordinary faculty and students are expanding our understanding of the universe and inventing the technologies of the future, with research interests from quantum science and engineering to bioinformatics and the nature of life itself, from human behavior and economics to energy and sustainability.
At Caltech, you’ll take classes through the core curriculum and receive an interdisciplinary education that teaches both the technical and communication skills that you will need in any field you pursue. Research and education are also integrated because Caltech believes both theory-based and hands-on learning are needed to develop your inquisitive mind. Over 50% of students begin conducting research in the laboratory in their first year and over 95% of students participate in undergraduate research opportunities. Students can also conduct research at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the only NASA facility that is managed and operated by a university.
While Caltech students display strong talents in STEM, they also exhibit a diverse range of interests beyond the classroom. Students participate in 18 NCAA Division III Varsity sports teams, as well as myriad classes and clubs related to the visual and performing arts. The Caltech Y offers community service opportunities and outdoor adventures. Caltech students are perhaps infamous for the pranks they have pulled, as Caltech is the only school listed twice on The Museum of Hoaxes’ list of top 10 college pranks of all time.
Fun Fact: Caltech pranks are a key part of the institute’s history and identity. Here are just a few of the most famous ones performed throughout the decades.