Caltech offers students a robust yet challenging learning and research environment that promotes communication, collaboration, exploration, teamwork, integrity, personal growth, and respect for others. Here students benefit from having access to world-leading faculty, breakthrough research, and small classes, as well as exposure to all areas of basic science, a broad range of interdisciplinary studies, and experiential learning opportunities that can take them around the globe. At Caltech, learning happens everywhere—in the classroom, in the laboratory, over a meal, or in a late-night study group. Early on, our undergraduates build respect and appreciation for learning from one another, for creative problem solving, and for applying a broad understanding of the basic sciences to a variety of fields.
You'll start your Caltech education with our core curriculum to ensure that you have a strong base in mathematics and the natural sciences. You may decide to take a freshman seminar or two to check out the latest research in different fields. Toward the end of your freshman year, you'll choose an option (what other schools consider a major).
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.
Educational Philosophy & Learning Outcomes
Caltech provides an outstanding education that prepares students to become world leaders in science, engineering, academia, industry, and public service. The Institute aims for these educational outcomes:
Graduates can analyze, synthesize, and communicate ideas.
Graduates demonstrate integrity, personal and professional responsibility, and respect for others.
Bachelor of Science graduates can identify, analyze, and solve challenging problems within and across science and engineering disciplines.
Bachelor of Science graduates can apply their analytic skills to other areas of knowledge and understand issues important in our society.
Master of Science graduates can apply advanced knowledge in a specialized area in preparation for their professional careers.
Doctor of Philosophy graduates can independently identify, analyze, and solve fundamental research problems with breadth and depth.