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California Institute of Technology

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.

The mission of the California Institute of Technology 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.

Research and Education

Academic Divisions

  • Biology
  • Chemistry & Chemical Engineering
  • Engineering & Applied Science
  • Geological & Planetary Sciences
  • Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Physics, Mathematics & Astronomy

Additionally, CalTech offers 26 academic options (programs) at 35 cross-disciplinary research institutes and centers.

CalTech is home to approximately 300 professorial faculty and more than 600 research scholars.  Caltech’s extraordinary scientists and engineers focus on the most difficult scientific and societal problems, forging breakthroughs, improving lives, and launching new fields, technologies, and industries.

With a 3:1 student-faculty ratio, 978 undergraduate students and 1,253 graduate students attend CalTech.  98% of CalTech’s 2011-2012 student body placed in the top tenth of their high school graduating class.

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