Located about 11 miles from downtown Los Angeles, Caltech is located at the base of the San Gabriel mountains in the tree-lined city of Pasadena where we enjoy about 300 days of sunshine. Pasadena, also known as the City of Roses, is medium-sized and the home to the Rose Bowl, museums, hiking trails, vast restaurants, shopping, and the annual Tournament of Roses parade.
Caltech is sprawled across 124-acres. How big is that? Small! Roughly, the size of one city block. Don't let our small size fool you: Students learn to be creative problem solvers as they pursue the most challenging problems in STEM while collaborating with faculty and peers in an interdisciplinary environment. If you're a prospective student who wants to get a feel for our playground for scientists, register for a visit.
Caltech's Office of Undergraduate Admissions offers a student-led tour for prospective students and their guest(s). On the date of your visit, we will host a campus tour and/or an information session, led by an admissions officer. The visit options available are stated in the registration form. Visitors are required to register for a tour and/or information session separately.
We publish our availability 1-3 months in advance. Check out our online calendar for availability. Before scheduling your on-campus visit, read Caltech's COVID-19 policies as they also apply to visitors.
Join us weekdays for a 60 min. student-led tour to learn about life in Pasadena, classes, research, and the extracurricular activities Techers enjoy most. Tours will not take guests into labs.
Due to limited availability and application review upon us, our office is not offering group tours. Hour-long group tours designed for high school aged students (grades 9-12) who are interested in applying to Caltech will become available in 2023. We can accommodate high school and community-based organizations interested in group tours for 10 - 49 people on a limited first-come, first-served basis.
The group tour request form must be submitted at least 3 weeks in advance of the requested tour date. If members of the group are younger than 18 years old, at least one adult chaperone is required to stay with the group for the duration of their visit to campus.
Can't join us on campus? Connect virtually or learn about students through our Techer Talks.