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Beckman Institute

Basic Statistics

Pasadena, CA
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
Mid-sized city
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
12 %
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Tight-knit community
  • Honor Code
  • Research opportunities
  • Location and beauty of campus

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Difficulty, tough curve, and lots of work
  • Gossip on campus
  • Social awkwardness, some students are socially inept
  • Scheduling issues

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

Caltech Student Reviews

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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.


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