California Institute of Technology Visit Report by KenJ'sMom
Visit to California Institute of Technology in June 2007 by KenJ'sMom(Parent of Student, HS Class of 2007)
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Admissions Interview: No - Caltech does not conduct admissions interviews. The Admissions office was extremely nice and helpful when we were there.
Information Session: No - Son is already admitted; admissions rep made the time to talk with us even though we did not have an appointment. I was quite impressed with the Admissions Office; down-to-earth and nice.
Campus Tour: Yes - Gorgeous campus; lots of trees (i.e. shade); you can easily walk from one side of the campus to the other in < 5 mins. Mostly California old-Mission-style buildings.
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Campus Visit Notes for California Institute of Technology
Caltech strikes me as a great place for students who are passionate about math and science. Because it has an excellent rep., you tend to forget just how small it is. It is small. There is a convenience store on campus (like a 7-11). I wish that the meal plan included weekends. Credit Union is what many students use to take care of finances. House system seems to foster a real sense of belonging. Social life seems to revolve around homework, but in a positive way. The focus is academics, but a student can have fun, too (just a different kind of fun). The students who do not graduate in 4 yrs. tend to be the ones who take time off (acc. to tour guide). This is a school that is about what you know and what you want to learn, not who you know or how much $ your parents make.
Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:
Not really happy with local dining options; better ones were quite far from campus.
Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):
You can fly in to BUR, but LAX is cheaper. GPS makes it a lot easier if you don't know your way around.