California Institute of Technology

Academic Highlights

  • Students declare an academic option, or major, at the end of their freshman year.

  • The student-to-faculty ratio is 3:1. 

  • The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program introduces students to research under the guidance of seasoned research mentors at Caltech and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

  • Students are allowed to take classes that Caltech doesn’t offer at 2 nearby institutions, Occidental College and Art Center College of Design.

  • Every freshman is assigned a faculty advisor who will stay with them throughout their first year. Students are assigned an option-specific faculty advisor once they have declared an option/major. 

  • Caltech offers 6 study abroad programs in Cambridge, London, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Paris, and Melbourne.