Founded as Throop University in 1891 in Pasadena, California, and renamed the California Institute of Technology in 1920.
Caltech's researchers are known for scientific inquiry that is bold, innovative, and impactful. Because they're allowed to freely explore their best ideas, these investigators are able to further technology, theory, and both fundamental and applied science in more than 30 areas of research.
Cross-disciplinary research centers and institutes support collaborations that develop powerful ideas and move society forward.
Caltech's leadership and administrative offices work to ensure that the Institute is properly positioned to pursue its mission of research and education. While contact information for all Caltech departments and services is available in the departmental directory.
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 health center offers a variety of services that address the primary health care needs of college students. Some of the services provided are:
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.
Every decade, Caltech undergoes accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Caltech's reaccreditation review included three theme-based self studies in the areas of undergraduate education, the Honor Code, and undergraduate research. Our Institutional Proposal was accepted by WASC in September 2006.