City of Pasadena
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.
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.
These are held on Mondays and Fridays where you can join us for a one-hour session led by an Admission Officer who will present on the essence of Caltech and the application requirements in the first thirty minutes. Following the presentation, there will be a Q & A session for you to ask your most pressing questions.
Group tours are designed for high school aged students (grades 9-12) and prospective transfer students who are interested in applying to Caltech. We can accommodate high school, college/university, and community-based organizations interested in group tours for 10 - 40 students 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. Our group tour consists of a 60 minute student-led campus tour followed by a 30 minute Q&A session with an admissions officer.