California Institute of Technology, or “Caltech,” is a prestigious, private research based University in Pasadena, CA, approximately ten miles outside of the metropolitan downtown of Los Angeles. The Institute excels in its science and engineering divisions, and attracts some of the world’s greatest scholars. The student body consists of very studious, intelligent, aspiring professionals and researchers. Scientists such as Robert Andrews Millikan, Arthur Noyes and Ellery Hale have attended Caltech, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is managed and operated by the Institute. Thirty-one Caltech alumni have one the Nobel Prize, and sixty-seven have won the National Medal of Science or Technology. There is no distance learning at Caltech at this time.
Caltech has approximately nine hundred and fifty undergraduate and twelve hundred graduate students enrolled into its programs. A large majority of undergraduate students live on campus the entire four years of study. Student life is small, intimate and community oriented, with some students participating in Division III sports and extracurricular activities, but a primary focus on academia and research. Students enjoy the small campus which is a multi-billion research facility. More graduates of California Institute of Technology continue their education all the way to the Doctorate level than any other College or University in the country. Science and Engineering are where Caltech really excels, out of all of the departments at the school. The major academic divisions include Biology, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Geological and Planetary Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy, and Interdisciplinary Programs. The Interdisciplinary Programs include a combination of the following areas of study: Applied Physics, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Computation and Neural Systems, Control and Dynamical Systems, Environmental Science and Engineering, Geobiology and Astrobiology, Geochemistry, and Planetary Astronomy.
Caltech offers Executive and Certificate programs through the Industrial Relations Center for professionals in technology oriented career fields. The Executive public courses offered are Technology and Innovation Management, Marketing Technology Products, Business Development and Management, Leadership Development, and Project Management. Certificate programs available are the Program for Technology Management, the Program for Technology Marketing, Engineering Management, and a Project Management Certificate. The purpose of these programs include professional development, increased managerial competence, new understandings and skill sets, and increased understanding of technology and business.
Tuition for one year at California Institute of Technology is approximated at $34,989 for the classes alone, and the entire cost of tuition, fees, room, board, books and supplies is calculated to be $52,389. A variety of scholarships, loans, and grants are available, and a study in 2010 showed that most Caltech undergraduate students graduate with very little student debt. Kiplinger’s named it “Best Buy” and it has also been listed on the “Financial Aid Honor Roll.” Admissions into Caltech are extremely competitive, however, if you are able to attend and graduate, an exciting research and field based career is most likely a guarantee in your future.