What is Caltech?

Dabney HouseWith an outstanding faculty, including five Nobel laureates, and such off-campus facilities as the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the W.M. Keck and Palomar observatories, the California Institute of Technology is one of the world's preeminent institutions of science and engineering. At Caltech, 997 undergraduates, 1,246 graduate students, 322 professorial faculty, and other researchers investigate the most challenging problems in science and engineering. Students enjoy virtually unlimited research opportunities and close interaction with professors. Many go on to become key figures in academia, government, and industry. 

Caltech is located in Pasadena, a vibrant and culturally rich city of 150,000 at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains. Caltech's 124-acre campus is 10 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles and 27 miles from the ocean.