California Institute of Technology Top Questions

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.


This school is ideal for someone who has made up their mind to attend graduate school in a science or engineering related field. They need to be mature and realize what they are getting themselves into.