Information for Parents

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Caltech affordable?

Our financial aid office is committed to helping your family through the financial aid process. You can contact them any time and talk to someone about your family's situation. We meet 100% of every family's demonstrated financial need. Contact the financial aid office by phone at (626) 395-6280 or by email at

Is Caltech hard?

Yes. And the students love it. They thrive on the challenges presented to them in the classrooms and labs. They are no longer bored by math and science drills, but thrilled by the prospect of participating in discovery and innovation as undergraduates.  Caltech is a collaborative, tightly knit community where students work together on their homework and in labs. In fact, many professors require students to work together!

Is Caltech fun?

Caltech is not all work and no play. Our students not only enjoy extracurricular activities and get-togethers on the weekends, they also have fun while working. Group study sessions often turn into pizza breaks or games of "Capture the Flag."

Should we visit?

Visiting campus is the best way to get to know Caltech. A campus tour will introduce you to student life, and our information session will help prepare you for the application process.  Please note that we do not consider whether a student has visited campus when we make our admissions decisions.  You can also learn more about Caltech through a webinar, regional event, or high school visit.

Which summer programs are commonly attended by students who are admitted to Caltech?

For more information, contact the admissions office by phone at (626) 395-6341 or by email at