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California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, United States

Private -1891


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Chemical Engineering, Computer science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Physics

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History, Affiliations and Rankings

Established in 1891, California Institute of Technology was started as a vocational college, previously known as Throop University. In 1920, the Institute acquired its current name. Since 2000, the Einstein Papers Project has been placed at Caltech. The project was started in 1986 to assemble, preserve, translate, and publish papers chosen from the literary estate of Albert Einstein and from other collections. In 2012, Caltech started to provide classes with Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) under Coursera, and edX. California Institute of Technology has academic affiliations with AAU, URA, AITU and APRU. It is also one of the sun-grant colleges and has sporting affiliations with NCAA Division III – SCIAC. California Institute of Technology ranks #6 in QS World University Rankings 2022 and #2 in World University Rankings 2022 by Times Higher Education 2022

Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses

The California Institute of Technology campus is located in the center of Pasadena at the foot of the prestigious San Gabriel Mountains. Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at Caltech is the top research lab for robotic projects of the solar system in the United States. Its Seismological Laboratory situated on the school campus is the globally distinguished source for earthquake information. The University possesses the Kavli Nanoscience Institute for research purposes. Besides, the University has its own Center for Autonomous Systems and Technology, Bioengineering Center, Observatory, and many other on-campus research amenities. There are further than 50 student communities and sports organizations and 16 Division III varsity teams. The courses provided by the California Institute of Technology include 28 Bachelor's and 30 Master's degree programs. The College has six academic divisions. It also provides joint degree courses in partnership with UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, the USC Keck School of Medicine, and the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine.

Accomplishments and Alumni 

Caltech has been awarded regional accreditation from WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). In 2020 remote accreditation took place. The WSCUC Commission met on February 19, 2021, and reaffirmed accreditation for 10 years. Till today, Caltech alumni and faculty have won 46 Nobel prizes. The notable alumni of California Institute of Technology are Nobel Laureate Carl David Anderson, who discovered the positron and the muon, Nobel Laureate Douglas D. Osheroff, and Nobel Laureate William Shockley, co-inventor of the solid-state transistor and Father of Silicon Valley.

Student Diversity and Visiting Companies

California Institute of Technology values diversity in all its dimensions. The University has about 2,400 students enrolments out of which more than 980 are undergraduates and more than 1,400 postgraduates with more than 300 faculty members within the premises. They have more than 700 international students hailing from all over the world on the campus. The male to female ratio is 54:46 at the California Institute of Technology, making it a fairly gender-balanced university. Some of the leading recruiters at this institute are Whatsapp, McKinsey and Company, Google, Amazon, and others.

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