Campus life thrives on Caltech’s 124 acres. Housing is available, with 95% of students staying on campus (the dorms can hold 891). Meal plans are available and students should be ready to use them! Every House actually has a fully stocked kitchen, holding everything from pasta to ice cream.

Although Caltech is, of course, known for its technology focus, the university is nearly as well known for its pranks and traditions. Some jokes included changing the Hollywood sign to read “Caltech” or the Great Rose Bowl Hoax, which saw the scoreboard changed to read “Caltech 38, MIT 9.” Recently, in 2011, students traveled to New York where they redesigned The Cube sculpture to resemble the companion cube from Portal.

The Caltech-MIT rivalry has gained steam in recent years, including mugs that originally read “MIT” and “The Institute of Technology.” However, when the cups became hot, they changed to the Caltech color of orange reading “Caltech The Hotter Institute of Technology.”

Traditions also weigh heavily on the campus with students attending events such as the Millikan pumpkin-drop experiment, where they hope to see the spark from the liquid nitrogen, or cookie Thursdays where physicists and students take a cookie break. Also expect the cannon! Caltech will not give warning before they set it off.

Of course, Caltech is also home to many learning opportunities including the Millikan Library, named for the school’s first Nobel Prize winner, academic/career counseling services, placement services for completers, employment services for students, and an on campus day care for parents. Students can also participate in clubs, including several in performance and visual arts.

The California Institute of Technology has approximately 202 athletes on campus, with a focus on Basketball, Water Polo, Tennis. Part of the Southern California Intercoll Ath Conf athletic conference, students can root for the Beavers, named so to honor nature’s engineer.

Campus Housing - Dorms and Meal Plans

Provides on campus housing

Residence hall capacity

Does college offer a meal plan?
Yes, number of meals per week can vary

Must all students live on campus?

Residence halls on campus:
/ S Chester, Avery House, Blacker House, Braun, Catalina, Cordova, Dabney House, E Del Mar, E Villa, Fleming House, Lloyd House, Marks, Page House, Ricketts House, Ruddock House, S Catalina, S Chester, S Hill, S Holliston, S Michigan, S Wilson

Sports Programs & Athletics

Athletic conferences
    Basketball - Southern California Intercoll Ath Conf
    Baseball - Southern California Intercoll Ath Conf
    Cross Country/Track - Southern California Intercoll Ath Conf

Number of Varsity Athletes by Sport in 2018

Sport # of Men # of Women
Baseball 17
Basketball 14 9
Fencing 15 12
Soccer 19
Swimming and Diving 17 9
Tennis 12 7
Track and Field, Outdoor 14 4
Track and Field, X-Country 17 9
Volleyball 18
Water Polo 16 13
Data from 2015-2016
Athletic Association
Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

Athletic Classification
NCAA Division III without football



Athletic Summary
Total # athletes


Male Athletes 132
Female Athletes 70


Total sports revenue

Total sports expenses

Avg. head coach salary - Women
(# full-time equivalents)
$45,526 (5)

Avg. head coach salary - Men
(# FTE)
$61,491 (5.5)

Campus Services and Programs

Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
On-campus day care for students' children
Placement services for completers
Library facilities
Access to digital/electronic resources
Access to library collections that are shared with other institutions
Established library hours
Organized collection of printed materials
Physical facilities
Staff trained to provide and interpret library materials
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Hospital on campus?


Nearby Restaurants


Miles From Campus: 0.59
Cute place! Lots of seating, outlets,and natural light. It was very peaceful and relaxing. Also, the turkey cranberry lettuce tomato sandwich was awesome...

Su Beoreg & Monta Factory

Miles From Campus: 2.1
Oh my goodness when I put that su beoreg into my mouth I was immediately in heaven and almost turned back to buy more. Think flaky top and layered pasta...

Garni Meat Market

Miles From Campus: 2.16
This place is really great. After eyeballing this place on yelp for a while, we decided to finally try it out. We got a pound each of the lemon wings and...

Fiore Market Cafe

Miles From Campus: 2.31
This place is the perfect little corner cafe in South Pasadena. The menu is small but absolutely comprehensive. There's something for everyone here and they...

Fantasy Frostings

Miles From Campus: 3.08
Let me just say that I'm so obsessed with how good my cake turned out! Inside and out! So we met Leslie about 4 months before our wedding date. She does...

Perry's Joint

Miles From Campus: 3.48
Order at the counter. Great service with friendly staffs. Clean restaurant and relaxing atmosphere. They have sandwiches, hot dogs, shakes, ice cream etc...

Galco's Soda Pop Stop

Miles From Campus: 4.12
Galco's first started off as a small Italian grocery store, but eventually became a one stop soda shop that really has it all (brews & sarsaparillas, colas,...


Miles From Campus: 4.23
Home cooked deliciousness. I would eat here several times a week if I could. You can't go wrong at Parsnip, everything is amazing. But here are my...

Fernando's Catering

Miles From Campus: 4.69
OHMYGOODNESS My friend had Fernando's Catering for her baby shower. It's definitely worth it. The food is good BUT the service is EVEN BETTER. There were...

Pho Eastern

Miles From Campus: 4.71
This is my favorite pho spot in Los Angeles. Not only is the soup absolutely delicious, the woman that owns the restaurant/makes the soup is the sweetest...

Gloria's Cuisine LA

Miles From Campus: 4.97
Amazing! I cannot wait to go back! The churro French toast! Friendly staff, coffee was great (a must), and the queso fresco was veeeery fresh.

Zweet Cafe

Miles From Campus: 5.23
I found this little gem in Eagle Rock and whenever I can get there I go. Atmosphere is chilled, laid back with WiFi. I always order the egg with turkey...

Ave 26 Taco Stand

Miles From Campus: 6.65
Went last night, not only is it good, it's cheap and quick , only 1$ tacos, where everywhere else they cost $1.50. it looks and feels like tj or rosarito,...

Corn Man

Miles From Campus: 6.86
Before I leave for New York tomorrow I had to make a 1 am run to the famous Corn man in LA. * This man has been around for over 25 years open from 10:30 to...

Spoke Bicycle Cafe

Miles From Campus: 7.14
Love this amazing little hideaway oasis in the concrete jungle. The staff are so friendly, down, and the food is (cue the female operatic singing voice)...

Wax Paper

Miles From Campus: 7.19
I have loved this sandwich shop since the week it opened its doors and it has ONLY GOTTEN BETTER. Personal favorites: Ira Glass, Terry Gross, Lakshmi...

Shea's Cakes

Miles From Campus: 7.82
You only turn 80 once, so we wanted everything to be just right for this special birthday party. The cupcakes we ordered were beautiful and delicious. Red...

Howlin' Ray's

Miles From Campus: 8.44
I've waited 30 minutes to 3 hours each time I tried their chicken, and I keep coming back. I haven't had any other fried chicken at this level. Every...

Chef Kang Food Truck

Miles From Campus: 11.6
Chef Kang and his wonderful wife are absolute gems in a very competitive market here in Korea Town. My experience with these wonderful people has renewed my...

Pico House

Miles From Campus: 15.25
GRANDMAS PORK The picture does not do it justice. The pork of the...
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Nearby Social Spots

Urth Caffe

Miles From Campus: 0.84
I have visited Urth Café a couple of times now, but my last visit was last Sunday afternoon with my girlfriend. The line to order extended onto Colorado,...

Huntington Library, Art Collections, & Botanical Gardens

Miles From Campus: 0.99
This place is a true beauty! Parking is free, which is a plus. Admission for adults is $25 (weekdays) $29 (weekends) or $21/$24 for students! This place...

Yard House

Miles From Campus: 1.11
This place has really good mac n cheese! it had chicken, mushrooms, & bree crumbles. i got the small and it was huge, so i boxed it for home. There's a lot...

Arroyo Chop House

Miles From Campus: 1.24
Beautiful restaurant. It was very busy on a Saturday night so I recommend making reservations. I loved the ambience of this place. Very dim, romantic, and...

The Luggage Room Pizzeria

Miles From Campus: 1.32
LUGGAGE ROOM PIZZERIA-- you never fail me. Seriously, every time I visit my cousin in Pasadena I have to come here. Pepperoni & Artichoke Pizza is my go-to...

Home Brewed Bar

Miles From Campus: 1.36
I LOVE this place! My boyfriend and I got the matcha pistachio milk tea and the peach oolong tea and we were blown away! They were both so delicious!!!...

Copa Vida

Miles From Campus: 1.37
Yay, finally got to try this cute little place for breakfast/brunch! Wasn't too crowded on a Friday morning. We ordered at the front and sat at any...

Amara Chocolate & Coffee

Miles From Campus: 1.39
OMG THE EMPANADA! Holy crap. I can't even write a review other than the empanada.

Intelligentsia Coffee

Miles From Campus: 1.42
Needed a quick caffeine, and Intelligentsia was near the Container Store in Pasadena. Line was a little long, but it moved faster than anticipated. The...

Mi Piace

Miles From Campus: 1.44
Two Names. Nadal and Nader. Nadal was our server. He was really attentive and genuine. We really felt at home at Mi Piace. He recommended the veal parm...

Slater's 50/50 - Pasadena

Miles From Campus: 1.44
The only negative comment I have to make about Slater's 50/500 is that I was in pain when I left. Everything was so good, and the service was more than...

King's Row Gastropub

Miles From Campus: 1.44
The Mac & cheese is ALWAYS on point! Seriously my facial expressions while I eat it say it all! Really love the atmosphere of this pub! They have live...


Miles From Campus: 1.46
Amazing and fabulous! When we finished eating, we were already planning our next visit. Note that we made a reservation almost two months beforehand so plan...

POP Champagne Bar & Restaurant

Miles From Campus: 1.47
TINY BUBBLES.... Really!!!! First, you have to try the Mumm de Cramant Champagne... It is truly unique... the bubbles are lighter and smaller than any...

Café 86

Miles From Campus: 1.51
I've stopped by a few times and Cafe 86 is a gem in Old Town. I love all of their desserts. Yesterday I happened to pop in on the right day and they had...

Waffles de Liege

Miles From Campus: 1.51
This place never disappoints me, this time I ordered the speculoos special waffle and it honestly tastes like a CHURRO.... is so scrumptiously good. I'm...

iPic Theaters

Miles From Campus: 1.56
I have been here twice already, If your pockets are empty avoid this place, but if you're looking for a nice place to impress a date or just have a great...

Bird Pick Tea & Herb

Miles From Campus: 1.56
I've been coming to Bird Pick for years and this place just never disappoints! Bird Pick is the go-to spot if I want a refreshing drink, especially on those...

White Horse Lounge

Miles From Campus: 1.58
Came here for a surprise birthday dinner my bf planned for me . Such an amazing place!!!! The furniture, ambience was just lovely . They have a bar and...

Norton Simon Museum

Miles From Campus: 1.96
I came in here specifically to look at a cast of a statue I read about in a book. I didn't know how great this museum would be When I went in, the first...
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