California Institute of Technology, shortly known as Caltech, is a private research university situated in Pasadena, California, United States. It was established in 1891 by Amos G. Throop, a local businessman and politician, as a preparatory and vocational school. Later in 1921, the school got its current name. With the time, the university established its divisions.
Caltech is a member of the Association of American Universities and a group of Institutes of Technology in the United States.
Divisions & Departments
Caltech is categorized into six academic divisions and a number of departments.
Divisions - Biology & Biological Engineering; Chemistry & Chemical Engineering; Engineering & Applied Science; Geological & Planetary Sciences; Humanities & Social Sciences; Physics, Mathematics & Astronomy
Departments - Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering, Aerospace, Chemistry, Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Economics, Medical Engineering, Mathematics, Applied Mechanics and others
Programs & Degrees
Caltech offers a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programs in various disciplines.
Bioengineering, Chemistry, Engineering & Applied Science, Geochemistry, Political Science, Mathematics, Astronomy, Economics, Computer Science, Biology, Planetary Science, History, Physics and others
Neurobiology, Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Aeronautics, Applied Mechanics, Computation and Neural Systems, Materials Science, Geobiology, Social Science, Astrophysics and others
Social Sciences, Geological and Planetary Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Behavioral and Social Neuroscience and others
Caltech has various research centres and institutes; each provides researchers a broad range of world-class research facilities and support to bring innovative and impactful outcome. They are allowed to explore their ideas among the variety of research areas. Several programs are offered to get involved in research.
The university helps students to use, share and discover state-of-the-art research tools and advanced technologies to conduct each research effectively in order to benefit the humankind.
Caltech welcomes students from different backgrounds and countries. Applicants for undergraduate and graduate study need to check the application process, requirements and deadlines before applying. Interested candidates must go through this page for the detailed information.
The Caltech’s campus is located in Pasadena, nearly at a distance of 11 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles. It is spread over 124 acres of area. The campus provides all basic to essential academic and living facilities to the students from around the world. Several types of housing options are available for all students. It has top-notch athletic and recreation facilities, library, laboratories, eateries and other student services.
Caltech allows students, faculty and staff to work and play together. Whether it is sports, concerts, events or any activity, they collaboratively participate and enjoy. It has a number of clubs and associations that organize arts, social and cultural activities and events throughout the year.
The university sports teams are known as ‘Caltech Beavers’. It has men’s and women’s sports teams in water polo, soccer, basketball, fencing, tennis, swimming & diving etc. The Braun Athletic Center includes a gym, squash courts, racquetball courts, locker rooms, spaces for physical education classes and others.
Caltech helps students in pursuing their higher education by providing a range of need-based financial aid. Many scholarships and awards are given to the undergraduate and graduate students throughout their course of study. Nearly 60% undergraduate, 98% graduate and 99% doctoral students take benefits of financial support offered by the university. Learn more about financial aid here.
Why to join?
California Institute of Technology provides numerous opportunities to gain lifetime experiences and to develop new passions and interests in science, engineering, and technology fields. Caltech alumni have gained a great success in their fields. Some of them have received the notable awards.