Location
Pasadena, CA
Undergrads
997
Tuition
$39,588
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 298 total reviews with an average rating of 4

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3 College Senior

Transportation: The campus is a little isolated, but there are busses that come here. Car are the best option, but there is always someone willing to give rides or carpool.

5 College Senior

Diversity: This is a very diverse and everyone is very tolerant and accepting of each other. This campus really has a family like feel to it.

5 College Senior

Computers: There are computers in almost every classroom. There are two computer labs and the staff are very knowledgable and helpful. The printing is free (even for color copies). I love the computer labs!

4 College Senior

Scholarships: Financial aid was on top of things! They were very helpful and patient. They got my paperwork finished quickly.

College Senior

Campus Housing: There is no campus housing. This is a satellite campus.

5 College Senior

Weather: The weather is beautiful, but it does get a little windy around here.

College Senior

Guys & Girls: I'm in the night program. Most of the people I go to school with are married and have children.

5 College Senior

Drug Safety: There is a very active crimal justice program on this campus. The campus is very safe and there is no drug or alcohol abuse. The school has a zero tolerance policy and will kick you out on the first offense. Since the majority of students here are older and take their education seriously, there is really not a problem with drugs and alcohol.

College Senior

Local Atmosphere: I'm not from Modesto, so I'm not very familiar with the local atmosphere. But from what I can tell, Modesto is a pretty large place with lots to do. However, the school sits pretty far out on outskirts of town.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: The staff and faculty are very friendly and helpful. The students are also very friendly and welcoming. During my first month of school I met most of the people on campus and everyone has been so nice. There is a career services here on campus that works to get the student's employed. They have also been very solicitious.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There is a restaurant on campus that is AMAZING! They are super cheap and the size portions are generous. However, they are only open from 1-3 p.m. There are some fast food and sit-down restaurants within driving distance from the campus though. The variety they offer is pretty good.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: There are people on this campus during all open hours. It is fairly well lit. I don't think I'd be hanging out after hours, but it's very safe while school is in session. There is no crime rate on the campus, probably because of the criminal justice program. There is no health center on campus, though, because this is a satellite campus.

4 College Senior

Majors: It was fairly easy to get into the program. The admissions staff were extremely helpful, as were the staff in financial aid. The whole process took about 3-4 hours, but I was enrolled in one day.

3 College Senior

Majors: I enjoy the program, but it is intensive. The whole program is only 8 months, so they pack alot of information into small courses. The books are thick and the homework load is pretty heave, but it's still a fun program. The teachers and the students are very nice and helpful.

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!

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: One of the initial things I liked about the school, on my first visit, was the zero tolerance policy. They are extremely strict about altercations between students, and don't tolerate violance, guns, alcohol, or any other possible distraction on campus. There are always instructors around if you need them, Campus directors and leaders, and security that you see periodically through out the day. They're always very friendly with students, and are always very accessable, and willing to help if there's even the slightest problem or suspicion! The parking lot is well lit, and you can view the vehicles most of the time from classrooms, along with the cameras in the parking lots. Overall, the campus is very secure, proactive in safety, and makes me feel comfortable daily, which says a lot since I am very, very picky about my personal safety!

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: My school, is a smaller campus, which I really enjoy, located on the outside edge of a city that houses over 220,000 people. I live outside of this city, but the school is very easy to get to from the highway. I love how I can drive five minutes down the road and begin to find shopping, everything from Target, and Kohl's, to Trader Joe's and Wal-mart. There's even a mini-golfing course down the road! Everyone in town, is very friendly and accommodating to students!

5 College Junior

Diversity: At my campus, we have a wide variety of cultures, backgrounds, and ethnicities. We have people from around the state, and only a few others like myself, from out of state. It was a challenge to fit in at first, since I'm from 2,300+ miles away. I didn't really know anyone, where anything was, or where some of the places they would talk about are, and a lot of the attendees here are hispanic, and or latino, whereas I'm just a caucasian girl from Ohio, living in California. It was a little difficult at first, meeting people and making friends, but as the weeks have gone on, they've really began to accept me and welcome me into their friendships. This is a big ordeal to a girl like me, who just two months ago, left all friends and family behind to start over in a new state. I've found all my classmates for the most part, to be helpful, kind, and understanding friends, and I'm very fortunate to have been placed in this class with them.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: So far it has been perfect. I am sure in my future, it will only get better and better. As I gain what I need to complete my courses.

5 College Junior

Weather: Each day is sunny and warm to me! No matter what the weather really is. I am in a great school, doing great things to change my life! What more can I want?

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Mayra Sheikh
Hometown
San Fernando Valley, Calif.
Major
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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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