Founded as Throop University in 1891 in Pasadena, California, and renamed the California Institute of Technology in 1920.
Caltech scientists and engineers invent, use, and share state-of-the-art research tools, supercomputers, and advanced analytical labs, which allow them to think big and create extraordinary research programs. The tools and facilities our people have access to include
The Career Development Center is committed to assisting our students, postdocs and alumni with career planning, including career exploration, graduate and professional school advising and job search strategies for full-time employment, internships and related opportunities.
The International Offices are responsible for immigration-related matters for international students and scholars at Caltech and JPL. The International Offices are comprised of three offices, in three separate locations, that serve the international community of students, scholars, and their families at Caltech and JPL.
The Housing Office furthers the goals of Caltech by providing convenient, attractive housing. To this end, the Housing Office guarantees housing for all first year undergraduate students and all first year graduate students. After these guarantees, our priority is to provide transitional housing for newly hired postdoctoral fellows and limited housing for students with families. These rentals are managed by the Housing Office in accordance with these priorities and the current needs of the Institute.
The Caltech Library is committed to serving the teaching, research, and academic needs of its students, faculty, and staff. Access to collections, borrowing privileges, and use of computers are limited to those affiliated with Caltech.
Student Wellness Services is committed to supporting the health and emotional well-being of Caltech students. Through individualized treatment planning, consultation, and outreach, we provide direct services and community-level interventions to improve student wellness and allow students to focus on their pursuit of academic success and holistic development.
The Braun Athletic Center features the main gymnasium (used for intercollegiate competition as well as recreation); a 3,500-square-foot weight room including a Cybex Circuit, free weights and various cardiovascular machines such as treadmills, ellipticals, rowing machines, cross-trainers and upright and recumbent bikes; four racquetball courts; two international squash courts; a multipurpose room with spring floor for group fitness activities and locker rooms with showers.
Caltech receives regional accreditation from WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Caltech was chosen as part of a select group of institutions to undergo a new accreditation process called the Thematic Pathway for Reaffirmation (TPR) Review. In order to qualify for TPR Review, Caltech met requirements in fiscal responsibility, student learning and success, and sustained quality and has maintained a strong history of accreditation and interaction with WASC. This website serves as an electronic archive for documents submitted to WSCUC as well as the accreditation-related documents received from WSCUC. We invite you to explore the documents and resources available on this site.