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$41,538
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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.

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.

3 College Junior

Diversity: I have never heard anyone talk about this.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: The school has a wide range of ethnic backgrounds and the student body is even more so. many people from many walks of life can be found in the students, staff, and student body.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Mostly Asian and Caucasian – Asians and white students make up over 90 percent of the student population. However, the students here are very open and accepting.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Mayra Sheikh
Hometown
San Fernando Valley, Calif.
Major
Chemistry
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Caltech is a small campus with a good amount of diversity in some respects and none in others. In one way or another, all the students at Caltech are "nerds." Everyone here likes science. Techers listen to a variety of music, ranging from classical to hard rock. They play sports (if they have time). A fair amount of the male population likes video games, and the girls get a kick out of shopping. The scientific interest of Caltech students ranges from molecular biology (cloning absurd amounts of DNA) to highly abstract math and hours upon hours writing proofs. The student personalities are very diverse considering there's such a small pool of students.

The ethnic diversity is another story. The school is populated with predominantly Caucasian students with those of Asian descent coming in at a close second. Bottom line, the school does not have many Hispanic or African American students. However, many of those minorities who do attend Caltech participate in a program called FSI (Freshman Summer Institute) the summer before starting here. FSI lets the students know what Caltech is like and helps them to adjust. Caltech does not admit students based on a quota system; rather, it admits them based on merit. Caltech is a tough school, and without a certain academic background, the students would not be able to succeed. There are a number of international students here, creating some diversity. Caltech has students from Singapore, Pakistan, Russia, and many other places. On the whole, any person who comes here will meet a wide variety of people who have different perspectives on life, different family backgrounds, different heritages, different languages, different accents, and many different interests.

Facts & Statistics

African American
2%
Asian
39%
Hispanic
10%
International
11%
Native American
0%
White
32%
Unknown
0%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
67%
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • New York
  • Texas
  • Virginia
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 21%
20-21: 20%
22-24: 23%
25+: 35%
Female Faculty
23%
Male Faculty
77%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 1%
Asian American: 9%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 39%
Native American: 0%
White: 49%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
There are several lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender groups on campus, including PRISM, a group to raise awareness and increase visibility on campus at Caltech. There are also groups such as Lambda; Gays, Lesbians, and Bisexuals of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory; the Caltech chapter of the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals Inc.; and the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Scientists group.
Political Activity
There is a Caltech voter's associaction that encourages and helps students to vote. Also, they educate students about voting issues.
Most Common Religions
The school is predominantly Christian, though there are students of other faiths. The school has a Jewish Community, a Muslim Students Association, and other religious groups. There is also a growing group of students who do not have a religion or do not participate in organized religion.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Minority clubs are available on campus, but they aren't very active. However, once or twice a year, the clubs put on presentations or shows to make students aware of other cultures. For example, the Hawaiian Club offers hula lessons, and the Latin American Club hosts a presentation during Semana Latina in May.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 5 responses

  • 0% Progressive/very liberal
  • 20% Liberal
  • 60% Moderate
  • 20% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 8 responses

  • 25% Progressive/very liberal
  • 12% Liberal
  • 12% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 12% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 38% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 6 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 5 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 5 responses

  • 100% Very accepting.
  • 0% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
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