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California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

California, United States
  • 1 THE World University Rankings 2013-2014
  • 1 THE World University Rankings 2014-2015
  • 8 QS World University Rankings 2014
  • 10 QS World University Rankings 2013
  • 5 QS World University Rankings 2015
  • 1 THE World University Rankings 2015-2016
  • 4 QS World University Rankings 2018
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About California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Caltech is located in Pasadena, California, approximately 11 miles northeast of Los Angeles. Highly regarded as one of the world's premiere institutions of science and engineering, the California Institute of Technology is home to some of the world's brightest students and faculty, who share the mission of investigating "the most challenging fundamental problems in science and technology."  Caltech, a small, focused institution, provides one of the best student-to-faculty ratios (3:1) and has long promoted innovative interdisciplinary collaboration. Researchers here investigate some of the world's most challenging problems, and students enjoy virtually unlimited research opportunities and close interaction with faculty. The Institute's faculty and alumni have received 32 Nobel Prizes.

Caltech's mission is to expand human knowledge and benefit society through research integrated with education. We investigate the most challenging, fundamental problems in science and technology in a singularly collegial, interdisciplinary atmosphere, while educating outstanding students to become creative members of society.

For students with a passion for science and engineering, Caltech offers an unsurpassed learning experience on a quiet, residential campus nestled in the heart of Pasadena and enjoying a year-round pleasant Southern California climate. Caltech also operates comprehensive off-campus facilities including the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the Palomar and Keck Observatories.

Campus information

Caltech's primary campus is located in Pasadena, California. At 1917 Bertram Goodhue had  produced a master plan for the campus. Goodhue conceived the overall layout of the campus and designed the physics building, Dabney Hall, and several other structures. New additions to the campus include the Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Center for Information Science and Technology, which opened in 2009, and the Warren and Katherine Schlinger Laboratory for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering followed in March 2010.The Institute also concluded an upgrading of the south houses in 2006.

Location of the Caltech campus are easily to reach via public transporation

From Los Angeles International Airport

-Shuttle service: To get a shuttle, exit the baggage claim area and look for the ORANGE overhead "SHARED RIDE VANS" sign. Tell the driver you are going to Caltech

Downtown Los Angeles to Pasadena

-The MTA 401 Express bus can be boarded on Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles, approximately three blocks west of Union Station. Exit in Pasadena at Colorado and Wilson; Caltech is approximately three blocks south.

-The MTA 485 bus boards at the Busway off of Alameda, in front of Union Station. Exit at Lake and California in Pasadena and walk east to Caltech.






There is a full range of housing available for Caltech Undergraduate students, from dormitories to apartments to single family homes. 


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 2 Applied, Pure Sciences 3 Business, Management 1 Engineering 3 English Language 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 2


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