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1 College Freshman

Athletics: Not a big part of Caltech :/

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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.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: At Caltech, we lose most of our games in every sport (except fencing), but the athletes keep working hard and having fun. It's the kind of sportsmanly behavior you don't get often with more successful teams.

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1 College Freshman

Athletics: Not Much Support – Students are generally too busy and uninterested to come to sporting events, and a perpetually losing team doesn't help. About 5 or 10 people show up for most home sporting events.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: If You Want to Be in a Sport, No One Will Stop You – If you're willing to show up and participate, a team won't turn you away. The quality is not very high, but it's a friendly environment. The gym is nice, we have a good training staff, and the coaches are quite good. Fan support is lacking. There is no women's soccer team, though women can play on the male-dominated co-ed team.

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Contrary to popular belief, Caltech does have an athletics department. Though Caltech may not have a football team, there are numerous school sports for men and women, intercollegiate and intramural. The difference here is that sports are rarely a high priority. This can be advantageous because those who are on the sports teams play for fun, and there is not much pressure to win. The school allots two hours a day when no classes are scheduled, so students who play sports do not have to choose between classes or sports. Also, it is very easy to get on a team at Caltech. Tryouts are almost nonexistent. Anyone who wants to play can do so because a lot of teams do not have enough students, and other teams don't mind having lots of backup players. The other advantage of such a low-key system is that sporting events are always free. Sports at Caltech are available for an outlet to the pressure built up from academic tension, not as another source of stress.

The downside is that sometimes students who want to win a lot of games and go to playoffs don't have the opportunity or the time. Some students who come here leave a highly competitive environment and give up their sports for the academic excellence Caltech offers. There are many students here who would devote themselves more to athletics if they had the time, but they don't. Most Caltech students wisely choose homework before practice. So, in the case of a time crunch, academics come before all else.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Southern California Intercoll Ath Conf
School Colors
Orange and white
School Nickname
The Beaver
Men Playing Varsity Sports
131 - 22%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
97 - 25%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Water polo
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Floorball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Softball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Braun and Alumni Pools and Sturtevant Memorial Spa
  • Braun Athletic Center
  • Brown Gymnasium
  • North Field
  • South Field/Fox Stanton Track
Most Overlooked Teams
Most sports are overlooked, as it's not really a "sports" school.
School Spirit
School spirit varies from time to time. In some cases, students are very enthusiastic about Caltech, and there is a lot of school pride, especially in research areas and when a professor wins the Nobel Prize. A lot of times, students will remark about something unique, and others will respond, "only at Tech." In other cases, students seem apathetic (often at athletic events). Although for the size of the school and the math-science orientation, there is a lot of school pride.
Getting Tickets
No tickets. All athletic events are free. Most athletic events do not have a high attendance rate.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 8% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 0% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 25% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 67% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 13 responses

  • 31% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 0% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 46% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 23% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 10 responses

  • 0% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 30% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 40% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 30% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
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