Caltech offers students a robust yet challenging learning and research environment that promotes communication, collaboration, exploration, teamwork, integrity, personal growth, and respect for others. Here students benefit from having access to world-leading faculty, breakthrough research, and small classes, as well as exposure to all areas of basic science, a broad range of interdisciplinary studies, and experiential learning opportunities that can take them around the globe. At Caltech, learning happens everywhere—in the classroom, in the laboratory, over a meal, or in a late-night study group. Early on, our undergraduates build respect and appreciation for learning from one another, for creative problem solving, and for applying a broad understanding of the basic sciences to a variety of fields.

You'll start your Caltech education with our core curriculum to ensure that you have a strong base in mathematics and the natural sciences. You may decide to take a freshman seminar or two to check out the latest research in different fields. Toward the end of your freshman year, you'll choose an option (what other schools consider a major).