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3 College Junior

Local Area: I am not into night life that much. When I do stopping down their or eat out. the locals are great. Modesto has alot to offer.

4 College Junior

Local Area: I have been here for over 10 years and I love it but don't know if I will stay. I have two young children and do not want to raise them around all the crime.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Redding is beautiful and full of things to do. A friendly and safe town.

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: Pasadena is pretty little town with a surprisingly large number of diverse restaurants and shops. Students have access to a variety of stores even within walking distance of the campus. It is very safe as Pasadena is a rather small college town, hosting not only Caltech but also Pasadena City College (PCC). For more urban attractions, LA is only a 30 minute drive away and metro/public transportation is also accessible (albeit, a bit more time-consuming).

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5 College Senior

Local Area: I love the atmosphere. The staff is very friendly and are willing to help you in any way possible. They provide a lot of resources for their students in order to make sure they are a success in their field of study. The students are also very friendly and welcoming as well. I would highly recommend this school to anyone interested in furthering their education.

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Though Caltech's atmosphere is quiet and serene, it's central location allows students to visit most of LA, San Diego, Las Vegas, and more. Caltech is in the more affluent section of Pasadena, neighboring mostly large estates and expensive houses. Pasadena also has numerous coffee shops available to Caltechers to help them stay awake. The Rose Bowl, a tourist site for many, has been an American sports landmark for more than a century, and one would be hard-pressed to find a wilder celebration on New Year's Day than the Tournament of Roses Parade. PCC (Pasadena City College) is located across the street from Caltech. PCC and Caltech students do not interact on a regular basis, but students from these schools have been known to hook up and/or date on occasion.

Pasadena is also a mere 30-minute drive from the California coastline. Malibu, Puma, and Ventura beaches are all easily accessible if you have a car or the money (and patience) for public transportation. Malibu is also the home of Pepperdine University. For sports fans, the Staples Center is a must-see. Downtown LA also has the La Brea Tar Pits for all you pre-historic buffs. Downtown is the home of USC (University of Southern California) and Occidental College. USC and Caltech collaborate on research projects, and every now and then, we have mixed a cappella concerts. For more distant ventures, Pasadena is also about two hours away from Tijuana and San Diego (home of the world's greatest zoo, Sea World, and Legoland). Also, Vegas is only a four-hour drive away. Caltech students have the privilege of doing something different every weekend—that is, if they have the time!

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The Rose Bowl and New Year's Day Rose Bowl Parade both happen right here in Pasadena.
  2. NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) is situated in Pasadena.
  3. Pasadena has one of the nation's top 20 steakhouses (Arroyo Chop House).
  4. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens are located in Pasadena.
  5. Pasadena is home to several flocks of wild Yellow-headed Amazon parrots, especially on and near the Caltech campus.
Notable Natives
  • Octavia Butler – African American feminist science fiction author
  • Julia Child – television chef
  • Sally Field – award-winning actress
Points of Interest
  • Art Gallery/Gardens
  • Huntington Library
  • Norton Simon Museum
  • Old Pasadena
  • Pacific Asia Museum
  • Pasadena Playhouse
Shopping Centers
Paseo Colorado shops
Movie Theaters
Academy 6
1003 E. Colorado Blvd.
(626) 229-9400
Movie Theaters
Laemmle's Playhouse 7
673 E. Colorado Blvd.
(310) 478-3836
Major Sports Teams
  • Los Angeles Clippers: NBA
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: MLB
  • Los Angeles Kings: NHL
  • Los Angeles Lakers: NBA
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
Los Angeles: CA: 15 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 14 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 12 responses

  • 33% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 17% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 25% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 25% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 12 responses

  • 33% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 50% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 17% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 12 responses

  • 67% Totally.
  • 25% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 8% No way.
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