Pasadena, CA
California Institute of Technology


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Recent Reviews

Teresa
What is your overall opinion of this school?

It is a wonderful school. While the classes are quite challenging, the support system is incredible. Everyone collaborates t...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It is a wonderful school. While the classes are quite challenging, the support system is incredible. Everyone collaborates to find solutions to problems instead of fighting against each other to reach the top. It is a small campus, but that just makes the sense of community even stronger. Our focus may be academics, but every student has his/her own hobby that others are likely to enjoy too. We are proud of our school.

Kathleen
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Do not be so cocky. You may think you are so grown up, so mature. You aren't, I promise you. Maybe you are the top now, but c...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Do not be so cocky. You may think you are so grown up, so mature. You aren't, I promise you. Maybe you are the top now, but college is a whole new game, a lot harder game. You have leveled up in life, and you need to get yourself ready for the next level of difficulty. The point of college is to learn. Sure, colleges advertise their academics, emphasizing how rigorous and demanding your classes will be, spouting GPAs and student:professor ratios and graduate school admittance rates, but the truth is that the most important lessons will be discovered outside the classroom. You will learn how to fail and how to pick yourself up from this failure. Even if you are the absolute champion of something in high school, there will probably be someone here who is better than you. You should also realize how very naive you are. Perhaps you have had a particularly interesting life, and perhaps you have had a lot of interesting experiences. Here though, in college, you will be exposed to things whose existance you weren't even aware of. New food, crazy skills, weird regional traditions - college has it all.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Caltech is a place where the intelligent can come to play and learn together. It is a place for discovery - both scientific discovery and self-discovery. You should come here if learning and exploring drive your academics - not a desire for grades or awards. We are a small, tight knit community where everyone respect a simple honor code - No member of the Caltech community shall take unfair advantage of another. If you think you can abide by this code, which encompasses everything from cheating on the exclusively take-home tests we have to littering, you might just like it here.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

I go to a school where it isn't out of the ordinary to casually look out of my window and see any of the following things in the courtyard: - someone perfecting their gas-fueled potato cannon - some purification set-up in the corner - a group of students appearing from the industrial recycling plant with a full-sized lab bench, kitchen sink, and six cinderblocks - a laser-cut styrofoam-and-aluminum quadcopter's inaugural flight - a small huddle attempting to cause a pile of paper napkins to expand at a logarithmically decreasing rate

Kim
Describe the students at your school.

Caltech hosts the greatest wealth of brilliant, interesting, crazy, enthusiastic, welcoming and convivial scientists one coul...

Describe the students at your school.

Caltech hosts the greatest wealth of brilliant, interesting, crazy, enthusiastic, welcoming and convivial scientists one could ever hope to find building massive structures for parties once on Playboy's list of top events, creating hot tubs or LN2 ice cream on a whim, showing belligerant peace to classmates, or driving to the mountains or the sea when not working harder than they ever thought they could. We're also nerdy as hell and love it.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

You shouldn't attend caltech unless you love math or science wholly and completely. You're going to learn quantum mechanics and differential equations, you're going to spend 20+ hours on homework sets each week for at least some of the classes you have here. You'll be surrounded by brilliant peers who will help you through it and help you define your sense of identity. If you're cutthroat at all you won't be happy here- collaboration is expected and universal and breaking the honor code the only sin. Premeds, while occasionally happy, are usually not.

julie
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

i would tell myself to look into more scholarships and obtain grant money with the help of my high school counslers instead o...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

i would tell myself to look into more scholarships and obtain grant money with the help of my high school counslers instead of just putting it off. also i would advise myself to take more college classes than i did while i was in high school because they were free classes as long as i passed. if i had done these two things i could be a college sophmore by now instead of working two jobs. these two pieces of advice would have made it easier to make the transition between high school and college easier because i wouldnt have waited so long and gotten stuck working as much as i do.

Evan
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

The most academically rigorous school in the country.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

The most academically rigorous school in the country.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Arguably the most important transition that one must make upon entering college seems, at first glance, rather ancillary. While often overlooked, scheduling/time-management is one of the most important new skills that must be learned in making the transition out of high school. The majority of high school students lead rigid, structured lives, academically; class schedules are planned, home work is due relatively soon after it is assigned, and, at least in most cases, one's parents are there to assist (though some might say nag). College, on the other hand, is entirely new territory; now, often for the first time in a student's life, one is forced to approach assignments and scheduling effectively alone. This can be daunting at first, and many students suffer from taking an overly casual approach and falling behind accordingly. However, equally dangerous is overreacting to this new landscape. One must be careful not to procrastinate and put off work until the last minute, but it is equally as important to not become lost in the work. Don't fall behind, but take the time to enjoy yourself on occasion; take an hour off work and clear your mind.

What's unique about your campus?

The academics, plain and simple. Caltech is second to none when it comes to an education in the sciences. Student to faculty ratio of 3:1. The faculty and classes are amazing; opportunities for research are common. This school demands the best in you academically and you correspondingly receive an amazing education.

Eric
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Go to a school you can afford. Even if the school you want and got into is the best school you could want to go to, if you c...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Go to a school you can afford. Even if the school you want and got into is the best school you could want to go to, if you can't afford it, you may have to take time off to work, and it will take a long while. Also, you aren't going to get that scholarship if you don't work hard. Really.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

It's really hard. This sounds silly, but many students at Caltech found high school very boring and never had to work hard to do well. No matter how much you were the smartest kid in high school, you will have to work hard at Caltech and things will be confusing. If you can work hard, you get a great education that takes no shortcuts. I wish I had known what to expect, and learned to work harder in high school.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Anyone who doesn't love math and science will be lost at Caltech. The student body is very science oriented and different types of people or students may find themselves very alone. If you can't do calculus or haven't taken at least a few math and science AP's, you are already behind and may find freshman year very confusing. I personally did not take AP biology in high school, and was very lost in the required freshman biology class.

Adam
What are your classes like?

Spencer fills us in on some of the specifics of an average Wabash man's class type, workload, and academic approach to a libe...

What are your classes like?

Spencer fills us in on some of the specifics of an average Wabash man's class type, workload, and academic approach to a liberal arts education.

What are some hot-button issues on campus?

Since the past semester, there has been a lot of discussion and debate concerning the Gentleman's Rule on campus. Here are students' perspectives on how this rule should and does apply to Wabash.

Describe the dorms.

Explore the different dormitories Wabash College has available for independents. Learn which ones have been remodeled recently, and which ones are still waiting for repairs!

What are some hot-button issues on campus?

Due to the current economic recession, Wabash students have taken some necessarily "desperate" measures in an attempt to save more money.

Describe the students at your school.

How do college guys really keep themselves organized? See what kinds of things can be found among the dust and darkness...

What's the dating scene like?

Scott, Dirk and Aaron share their experiences on the Wabash social scene and tell how even an all-guys school associates with girls regularly.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Here are ten notable locations on campus where students and faculty alike interact with each other on various levels.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Theatre majors James and Tim explain who's involved with the Student One-Act plays and the importance of theatre in the Wabash culture.

Tell us about the sports scene on campus.

A brief glimpse of the most well-known football rivalry in Division III, along with clips and results from this year's Monon Bell game.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Students Russ, Josue, and Kyle talk about the importance of art and music on Wabash at the All-Campus Talent Show.

Brandt
Describe the students at your school.

Brilliant and often quirky.

Describe the students at your school.

Brilliant and often quirky.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If you want a career in scientific research, this is, by far and without a doubt, the best school for undergrad (and probably grad too). The faculty are the best in the world and since the faculty/student ratio is so good, you'll talk to them and probably do a few projects with them. Once you graduate, everyone knows your profs because they're the top in their fields. Often times companies will hire a Caltech grad regardless of GPA just because the student is likely brilliant.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The homework takes up a lot of time and it's easy to take too many classes. Taking only the required courses is ideal but rarely done.

Chaitanya
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure you understand what it is you are interested in first. Going to a small, highly focused school, I have many friends...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure you understand what it is you are interested in first. Going to a small, highly focused school, I have many friends who regretted their decision of attending Caltech. If you are not sure of what you want to do in the future, go to a place that will offer you the flexibility to move - otherwise going to a small and focused school may be the best for you in your chosen field. Such schools are great in offering you the exact tools and training you need to build an impressive resume for your area of interest. If you go to such a school and realize that you don't really like engineering (for example), college will turn out to be a nightmare, making you want to transfer, burn out and drop out.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

nothing really, i knew what i was getting myself into

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The workload and the lack of recognition that I get from all the effort I put in. The damn school has horrible brand recognition outside select areas, and it shows - its harder to get employers to look at a cold resume drop from Caltech (and your low GPA sure does not help). When people ask me where I go, they think I'm attending CalPoly or Pasadena City College (PCC)... hell the people working in fast food joints 1/4 of a mile from campus don't know a bunch of Nobel Laureates and eggheads are roaming around here.

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