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Reviews 303 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Not sure about off-campus housing, since I am living on campus

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Decent, basically only Lake accessible without a car

4 College Freshman

Administration: The only school policy that is really prevalent is the honor code.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Some houses better known for partying than others.

College Freshman

Scholarships: I don't qualify for financial aid, but I will next year.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Lots of options in Chandler (and the South kitchen), but dinner is subpar

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The housing system is definitely unique

1 College Freshman

Athletics: Not a big part of Caltech :/

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Food in Pasadena is expensive, but good.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Caltech's honor code is great!

3 College Sophomore

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

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

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

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

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

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

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

2 people found this useful Report
College Sophomore

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

2 people found this useful Report
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 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

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

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Party Scene: 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.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

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

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Administration: 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.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

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

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

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

1 person found this useful Report
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.

2 people found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

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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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