California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
California Institute of Technology is a private institution which founded in 1891. It is one of the world's leading science and technology research institutions. It has a total undergraduate enrolment of 997, its setting is suburban and the campus size is 124 acres. It uses a quarter based academic calendars. California Institute of Technology's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 10. Its tuition fees are about $41,538 (2013-14).
The California Institute of Technology is a highly focused science and engineering research and education institution located in Pasadena, CA approximately 11 miles northeast of Los Angeles. It is home to around 2,300 students and 300 faculties and boasts 31 Nobel laureates among its past and current faculty and alumni. Caltech manages Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for NASA and owns also operates a global network of astronomical observatories and research facilities.
Social and academic life at Caltech centres on the eight student houses which the school describes as "self-governing living groups." The Caltech Beavers have a number of NCAA Division III teams that compete in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Integral to student life is the Honour Code which dictates that "No member of the Caltech community shall take unfair advantage of any other member of the Caltech community."
Caltech is a global centre for earthquake studies:
Caltech is a global centre for earthquake studies and is where the media turn for information when major quakes occur. Glance here for information on locations and magnitudes of the most recent big quakes around the globe for the latest research on earthquake dynamics, or for instructions on what you should do in case of a seismic event.
Caltech offers top most graduate programs:
Additional to undergraduate studies Caltech offers top graduate programs in engineering, biology, chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, mathematics and physics. Caltech participate in a considerable amount of research receiving grants from institutions such as NASA, the National Science Foundation and the Department of Health and Human Services, among others. Caltech maintains a strong tradition of pranking with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) which is another top-ranked science and Technology University. Companies like Intel, Compaq and Hotmail were founded by Caltech alumni. Most famous film director ‘Frank Capra' also graduated from Caltech.
What makes Caltech unique from other Universities?
‘What makes Caltech unique,' says President Jean-Lou Chameau, "is our focus-on education, on science and engineering however most of all on giving everyone at the Institute the means and flexibility to pursue his or her best ideas."
Caltech students are some of the brightest minds from around the world. Their students hail from 49 states and 62 different countries and 98% of our students placed in the top tenth of their graduating classes. Although the admissions process is competitive only 13% of applicants receive offers of acceptance. The Institute is committed to produce a Caltech education accessible to all students. More than 50% of students receive need based assistance, the average need-based financial aid package is more than worth of $35,000 and the average need based scholarship totals more than $30,000.
Scientific discoveries of Caltech:
On its campus the Institute operates advanced research facilities also oversees an international network of astronomical observatories, the seismological laboratory and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Caltech scientists accelerated scientific discovery also launched new fields in molecular biology, geochemistry and aerospace. Our faculty have earned 13 National Medals of Technology; 32 Nobel Prizes; 57 National Medals of Science and 112 National Academy Memberships. Caltech Office of Technology Transfer our faculty obtain nearly 140 patents yearly and our students and faculty have started more than 80 companies since 1995.
The Caltech campus is located in the city of Pasadena, just 10 miles from Los Angeles, with access to regional and commercial industrial centres, government agencies and educational and cultural institutions. Student life at Caltech revolves around the eight campus Houses, which revel in their divergent personalities also unique traditions comprising a long history of elaborate pranks carried off around the country. Students of Caltech participate in more than 150 clubs that celebrate a wide range of interests or compete in 17 NCAA Division III-level varsity sports. The Honour Code governs life at Caltech affording students such rights as take home tests, permission to collaborate on assignments and keys to campus buildings.