Prospective Student Tours
Caltech's impact on STEM and society is beyond what is expected of an organization of its size.
The Institute is small, with 916 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.
Campus visits are 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.
A campus visit includes an admissions information session and a tour, either student-led or self-guided. All visits must be scheduled in advanced.
Activities during visits vary depending on the time of the year. Please check the schedule to see what is offered.
Campus visits for prospective undergraduate students do not include the following: tours of labs, sitting in on classes, or meetings with faculty. These activities are reserved for admitted students.
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.
Prepare for your visit
Before you register for a visit, we strongly advise that prospective undergraduate 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.
Schedule your visit
As a small, research-intensive Institute, we value the academic well-being of our students. In order to uphold the privacy and safety of our academic community, our campus visit schedule for prospective undergraduate students is limited.
Admitted students should check their Caltech Application Portal for campus visit options.
We appreciate in advance your understanding that prospective students only come to campus when a scheduled visit is offered. The campus is closed to visitors on days that we are not offering visit activities. Please do not visit the campus on your own.
If you register for a visit, please respect the spots you are occupying and only register when you are sure you will follow through on your plans to visit.
Campus visit dates are published 1-3 months in advance. Click on an available date below to register.
Due to final exams, spring break recess, and admissions committee meetings, the Admissions Office will be closed to prospective student visitors during the weekdays in March. We are offering admissions information sessions and self-guided tour booklets on Saturdays.
Due to our enhanced privacy policies, our office does not take registrations by phone. Once a visit date is at capacity, it is closed. You are advised to check our website for future availability.