The mission of the California Institute of Technology is to expand human knowledge and benefit society through research integrated with education. We investigate the most challenging, fundamental problems in science and technology in a singularly collegial, interdisciplinary atmosphere, while educating outstanding students to become creative members of society.
- Academic Organization
- Student Body Profile
- Degrees Awarded
- Faculty in Residence
- Other Employees
- Living Alumni
Caltech's 124-acre campus is situated in Pasadena, California, a city of 141,000 at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains, approximately 30 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean and 10 miles northeast of the Los Angeles Civic Center.
The Institute is an independent, privately supported university.
Academic Organization Top
Caltech has six academic divisions:
- Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
- Engineering and Applied Science
- Geological and Planetary Sciences
- Humanities and Social Sciences
- Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy
Beneath this apparently simple organization lie some 40 areas of concentration in science, mathematics, engineering, and the humanities and social sciences.
Fall Enrollment 2012-2013
2012 Freshman Class
BS 232 MS 122 PhD 172
Overall graduate rate: 92%
*full-time, first-time, degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates
*graduation rates are within 150% of normal time to program completion (6 years)
(as of December 2010)
Professorial faculty 330 Emeriti 100 Research faculty 74 Other faculty 57 Visiting faculty 208 Visitors 112
Caltech also employees 621 Postdoctoral scholars and 35 Senior Postdoctoral scholars who work with professors in existing research programs.
(as of December 2011)
Campus (excluding faculty and students) 3,900 JPL (excluding contractors) 5,000
Total 22,865 (as of May 2013)
BS 11,727 MS 7,781 Engineer 307
Certificate 52 PhD 7,325 Ex student 612 Total 27,804
(The total number of degrees is greater than the number of living alumni because many graduates have multiple Caltech degrees.)