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 209 athletes on campus, with a focus on Basketball, Water Polo, Baseball. 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
Yes

Residence hall capacity
891

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

Must all students live on campus?
No

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 2019

Sport # of Men # of Women
Baseball 22
Basketball 15 9
Fencing 18 7
Soccer 25
Swimming 12
Swimming and Diving 7
Tennis 11 8
Track and Field, Outdoor 23 9
Track and Field, X-Country 18 13
Volleyball 14
Water Polo 14 12
Data from 2016-2017
Athletic Association
Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

Athletic Classification
NCAA Division III without football

 

 

Athletic Summary
Total # athletes
209

 

Male Athletes 158
Female Athletes 79

 

Total sports revenue
$2,340,870

Total sports expenses
$2,149,419

Avg. head coach salary - Women
(# full-time equivalents)
$48,358 (5)

Avg. head coach salary - Men
(# FTE)
$59,040 (5.5)


Campus Services and Programs

Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
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?
No

 



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