Prospective Student Tours
Campus Visits: Designed intentionally for prospective undergraduate students
Caltech’s impact on STEM and society is beyond what is expected of an organization of its size. The Institute is small, with 949 undergraduates -- all selected for their quality and potential. Few institutions encompass such a concentration of intellectual talent, drive, and creativity in an academic environment emphasizing freedom of inquiry and fearless innovation.
HOW THE INSTITUTE'S SMALL SIZE IMPACTS A CAMPUS VISIT
As an intimately-sized, research-intensive Institute, we ask visitors to understand that the academic well-being of our students is our utmost priority. Therefore, in order to uphold the privacy and safety of our academic community, our campus visit schedule for prospective undergraduate students is limited.
You'll notice that our schedule is especially limited in March and April. While we understand the desire to utilize your own Spring Break to visit campus, we strongly urge you to consider other times to visit. In addition to the limitations of our size, our schedule is impacted by our Admissions Committee being immersed in deliberation meetings, as well as our students' mid-terms, final exams, and spring break schedules.
If you register for a visit during these months, please respect the spots you are occupying and only register when you are sure you will follow through on your plans to visit.
WHO BENEFITS FROM A CAMPUS VISIT TO CALTECH
A campus visit is intentionally designed for prospective undergraduate students who are currently in high/secondary school or are college-aged students seeking to apply for transfer admission. Students who visit should be inclined to apply to a small, STEM-focused, research-intensive undergraduate program.
Before you register for a visit, we strongly advise that prospective freshman applicants review our academic requirements in order to be eligible for admissions, and Caltech's incoming class profile. Applicants should also be aware that Caltech does not consider or track demonstrated interest; nor do we track if a student has visited campus when evaluating a candidate for admissions.
WHO SHOULD NOT REGISTER FOR A CAMPUS VISIT
Our office does not accommodate visitors on tour seeking general or historical information about Caltech, nor do we accommodate visitors seeking information about graduate studies.
Additionally, these visits are not beneficial for students who are seeking general information about a STEM education. A Caltech education is widely considered a specialized undergraduate experience for students seeking a highly rigorous STEM education.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN OUR CAMPUS VISIT
A campus visit may include an admissions information session and a student-led tour or an admissions information session and a self-guided tour booklet to explore campus at your own pace. Self-guided tour guests may only visit as part of a scheduled visit activity coupled with an admissions information session. Please do not come to campus on your own to take a self-guided tour.
The visit activities vary depending on the time of the year; please check the schedule to see what is offered on a particular day. Pay close attention to the title of the activity so that you know what to expect upon your arrival.
Campus visits do not include the following: tours of labs, sitting in on classes, or meetings with faculty. These activities are reserved for admitted students.
REGISTER FOR A CAMPUS VISIT
Campus visit dates are published 1-3 months in advance. Click on an available date below to register. We appreciate in advance your understanding that prospective students only come to campus when a scheduled visit is offered; please do not visit the campus on your own.
Orange: Campus visit activity available.
Gray: Dates the campus is closed to prospective student visitors, the date has passed, or the campus visit activity is at capacity. Please find another date; do not visit campus on your own.