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California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, California
The Millikan Library, the tallest building on campus credit: Canon.vs.nikon
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Overview
Private not-for-profit
979 Undergraduates
8% Admissions Rate
City: Midsize
Private
Expensive
Region: West
Division 3
Selective
Size: Small
Doctoral
Engineering School
California Institute of Technology
1200 E California Blvd
Pasadena, California
91125
(626) 395-6811
www.caltech.edu

Originally named Throop University, the California Institute of Technology, or Caltech, was founded in 1891 in Pasadena, California. The campus sits on 124 acres in its Southern California community. Known for its world-acclaimed engineering and science institute, the school has produced 37 Nobel Laureates, 58 National Medal of Science recipients and 13 National Medal of Technology and Innovation recipients. Notable alumni include American theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, American businessman Howard Hughes, American astronomer Amy Mainzer, American astrophysicist Alex Filippenko and American physicist Joseph Polchinski. There are over 24,000 living CalTech alumni around the world. Its global facilities include the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which the school founded in the 1930s and has managed for NASA since 1958; the Caltech Seismological Laboratory, which is recognized internationally for its geophysical research; and its International Observatory Network, in places like Hawaii, California and Chile. The school has 20 NCAA Division III varsity sports, and was one of the founders of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). The school mascot is nature’s engineer, the beaver, and the official colors are orange and white. CalTech’s motto is,”The truth shall make you free.”

Location

Pasadena is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States, located 10 miles northeast of Downtown Los Angeles. The estimated population of Pasadena was 142,059, in 2016, making it the 183rd-largest city in the United States. Pasadena is the ninth-largest city in Los Angeles County. More from Wikipedia...

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restaurants score

Students
59%

Men

41%

Women

19

Average Age of Entering Students

100%

Live On Campus

4

New Transfer Students

Admissions
8%

Acceptance Rate

42%

Enrollment Yield

1510-1600

SAT Range

6,855

Applicants in 2016

Costs
$26,839

Typical Cost

$49,908

Average Tuition

75%

Recieve Financial Aid

65%

Have Loans

$10,000

Median Debt

Academics
3.0 to 1

Student to Faculty Ratio

45

National Merit Students

Doctoral

Highest Degree Offered

182

Doctorates Awareded

Computer And Information Systems

Top Major

16

Faculty Awards

112

National Academy Members

552

Post Docs Employed

Campus Life

Dorm Food:

Standard

Clubs & Extracurriculars:

Important, more than 100 student clubs

Greek Life:

None

Party Scene:

Standard, mostly on the weekends
Athletics
Basketball Conference:

Southern California Intercoll Ath Conf

Track & Field Conference:

Southern California Intercoll Ath Conf

Social
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