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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Working with students is the bomb-diggity. Profs aren't really chosen for their teaching ability, though.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Bro, it's Caltech. Coming back here to get his PhD in physics was some kid's fallback plan.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm working at JPL for the summer. It's pretty ballin.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Most people get awarded SURF money, if they apply.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: We don't have Greek life - we have the hovse system.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: This place'll break you, but it will still be the best, most painful four years of your life.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: It's a generally tight knit community, so it is possible to keep tabs on each other.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Nightlife is a little far to get to, so I'm not sure if lot of people use them very often. We are also all very busy, so that's another limitation.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Nothing too glaring here. Ratio could definitely improve to increase number of girls in attendance.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: No glaring issues in this realm of campus life. Attendance might be helpful to be more strict with, but the standard of teaching needs to improve, first.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Handful of restaurants in the area give us decent variety. Not a lot of options late night.

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3 College Junior

Facilities: Facilities are fine. We would like more places to work together besides houses and libraries.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics are going through a revolution, so it is hard to tell at this time. There are many students who want to play competitive sports, and others who are there to have fun. This difference in attitude and motivation can be hard to deal with within a single team, as well as for coaches.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of people like living in the houses on campus, but off campus housing is cheaper and does not force you to be on the board plan, which is really good.

3 College Junior

Academics: Academics are tough most of the time, but I have been told that people appreciate the education they received, many years after they graduate. Registration usually goes smoothly because it's a small school. Come prepared to work hard.

3 College Junior

Academics: I like my major, but I think there should be more tracks, so that people can specialize. I'm hoping to go to med school, but others with the same major will go into industry, but all of us still do the same work. That should change

3 College Junior

Diversity: Diversity is not something everyone is really attentive towards, but I believe there are a lot of resources for those who desire them.

2 College Junior

Majors: You can't do solely a humanities major, so if you're interested in the humanities, you have to double major with a science or engineering degree.

3 College Junior

Majors: The curriculum is difficult and professors are often focusing on their own research too much to be of major assistance. This can get frustrating.

3 College Junior

Athletics: We really don't have any sports teams or such on campus, again just because it's a small campus. They do have a lot of information however on gyms and being healthy!

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Since the school is located just outside of town, there really isn't any bars or clubs close to it. A lot of people however live in town, and are within the walking distance of the bar/club scenes, but they aren't close enough to the school to create any problems.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The housing availability is amazing. The campus is located just off of highway 99, which makes it fantastic for not only residents that live in the city, but other cities as well! I love the fact I can live 15 minutes away, in another town, but still be conveniently located by the school! A few of my new friends live in town however, and their places are pretty cool! They have decent sized housing, that is very affordable. The locations are also in good proximity of the school as well, and if you need help finding housing, if you stop in Career services, or financial aid, they will more than happily help you look as well!

5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Being strict, is one of the things that makes the experience so great. There isn't any housing on school premises, (it's a small school) but they do not tolerate things that would disrupt students academic life. If someone was harassing another student, or impeding on their opportunity to learn, they would no longer be a student at the school. They take education very seriously, and as staff says, "We are all adults." which I very much agree with. We should behave, and respect each other like adults, and be here to learn, which is why I'm grateful that they have such strict policies.

4 College Junior

Weather: The wonderful thing about California, is of course the sun and warmth. So far, I've been able to go outside and enjoy the sun on my breaks, and in the summer the school has central air of course, so even in the summer I can still be comfortable! It's been on average around 60 degrees, perfect weather, and sunny! I love walking out of class at break and being able to enjoy the warmth and sun!

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Once again, if you drive maybe five minutes down the highway, you come across Applebee's, In And Out, Jack in the Box, Texas Roadhouse, Outback Steakhouse, Jamba Juice, Starbucks, some awesome sandwich places, and so many more! There's such a variety, and there's also a great variety in price! There's always someplace different you can go. If I could afford it, I could easily go to so many different places and not eat the same thing, in well over a month!

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Mayra Sheikh
Hometown
San Fernando Valley, Calif.
Major
Chemistry
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Every school has its pros and cons, but sometimes it feels like Caltech has more cons than pros. Even so, students who have been at Caltech for a while agree that the positives outweigh the negatives. Although students here are always complaining about the workload, the lack of girls, boys who don't shower, non-English proficient TAs, scheduling difficulties, the lack of sleep, and much more, the students here are generally happy. Students who come here know that they are getting a top-notch education for the price of a few years of insanity. They also know what they are getting themselves into before they come—a lot of hard work. Many students here do not want to be anywhere else. Where else could they find the camaraderie, traditions, research experience, opportunity to meet famous scientists, and hundreds of people who are interested in math and science?

Though many students lose sight of the future and become rather bitter for a period of time (after second-term sophomore year), most realize that they are glad they "suffered" because they have learned so much, and now they know what they want from life. Tech is a much easier place once students have finished the required core classes and are taking classes in their respective majors. By this time, most students have found their niches, know what their professors expect from them (in terms of academic performance), and have made friends and support groups. Most students look back at Tech and realize that the time spent studying hard and hardly partying was worth every penny and every hour.

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