Caltech is on a 124-acre campus in the suburban setting of Pasadena, California, not far from Los Angeles.
Caltech has many clubs, organizations, and activities for students to join – including chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, and more.
Interested in Greek life? Caltech does not have fraternities or sororities.
Caltech has several thriving Instrumental music groups. In fact, more students participate in the Instrumental music groups than any other on-campus activity.
Other popular student organizations at Caltech include Entrepreneur's Club, Glee Club, Theater Arts and Ultimate Disc Club.
Caltech students' favorite campus events are Ditch Day, International Day and Pre-Frosh Weekend.
This table offers information on housing at Caltech.
|On-Campus Housing||Yes||Required for freshman|
|Guaranteed Housing||Yes||Guaranteed for freshman|
|Co-ed Housing Available||Yes|
|Housing for Students with Disabilities||Yes|
|Percentage of Students Living On-Campus||––||93%|
|Spots Available in On-Campus Housing||––|
|Number of Students Living On-Campus||––|
|Percentage of Students Living Off-Campus||––||7%|
Caltech offers on-campus housing. Students are required to live on campus through freshman year. First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.
The majority of Caltech students live on campus. In 2022, 93% of undergrads at Caltech lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 7% of students lived off-campus or commuted to Caltech. First year students are allowed to park a car on campus.
Caltech offers coed housing and housing for students with disabilities.
At Caltech there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.
Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the university, funding, and competition level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.
Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.
Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.
Let's take a look at the athletic options available at Caltech:
|Sport||Men's Intramural||Women's Intramural||Men's Division||Women's Division||Men's Scholarships||Women's Scholarships|
|Basketball||√||√||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
|Soccer||√||√||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
|Swimming And Diving||√||√||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
|Tennis||√||√||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
|Track And Field||√||√||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
|Water Polo||√||√||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
|Cross Country Running||√||√||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
|Indoor Track||√||√||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.
California Institute of Technology is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The Caltech campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night.
Caltech offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards so that students can feel confident that they are safe in on-campus housing.
Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit Caltech, take Interstate 210 to Pasadena, CA. If you need to fly, book your flight to Burbank Bob Hope airport.
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