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California Institute of Technology

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The California Institute of Technology (branded as Caltech or CIT)[9] is a private research university in Pasadena, California. The university is responsible for many modern scientific advancements and is among a small group of institutes of technology in the United States which are strongly devoted to the instruction of pure and applied sciences.[10][11] Due to its history of technological innovation, Caltech is widely considered to be one of the world's most prestigious universities.[lower-alpha 1]

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California Institute of Technology
Former names
  • Throop University (1891–1907)
  • Throop Polytechnic Institute and Manual Training School (1907–1913)
  • Throop College of Technology (1913–1920)[1]
Motto"The truth shall make you free"[2]
TypePrivate research university
EstablishedSeptember 23, 1891; 131 years ago (1891-09-23)
FounderAmos G. Throop
Academic affiliations
Endowment$4.6 billion (2021)[3]
PresidentThomas F. Rosenbaum
Academic staff
300 professorial faculty[4]
Students2,397 (2021–22)
Undergraduates987 (2021–22)[5]
Postgraduates1,410 (2021–22)[5]
United States

34°08′15″N 118°07′30″W
CampusMidsize city[6], 124 acres (0.50 km2)
NewspaperThe California Tech
ColorsOrange and white[7]
Sporting affiliations
MascotBernoulli the Beaver[8]

The institution was founded as a preparatory and vocational school by Amos G. Throop in 1891 and began attracting influential scientists such as George Ellery Hale, Arthur Amos Noyes, and Robert Andrews Millikan in the early 20th century. The vocational and preparatory schools were disbanded and spun off in 1910 and the college assumed its present name in 1920. In 1934, Caltech was elected to the Association of American Universities, and the antecedents of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which Caltech continues to manage and operate, were established between 1936 and 1943 under Theodore von Kármán.[12][13]

Caltech has six academic divisions with strong emphasis on science and engineering, managing $332 million in 2011 in sponsored research.[14] Its 124-acre (50 ha) primary campus is located approximately 11 mi (18 km) northeast of downtown Los Angeles. First-year students are required to live on campus, and 95% of undergraduates remain in the on-campus House System at Caltech. Although Caltech has a strong tradition of practical jokes and pranks,[15] student life is governed by an honor code which allows faculty to assign take-home examinations. The Caltech Beavers compete in 13 intercollegiate sports in the NCAA Division III's Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC).

Scientists and engineers at or from the university have played an essential role in many modern scientific breakthroughs and innovations, including advances in sustainability science, quantum physics, earthquake monitoring, protein engineering, and soft robotics.[16][11][17] As of October 2022, there are 79 Nobel laureates who have been affiliated with Caltech, making it the institution with the highest number of Nobelists per capita in America.[18][19] This includes 46 alumni and faculty members (47 prizes, with chemist Linus Pauling being the only individual in history to win two unshared prizes). In addition, four Fields Medalists and six Turing Award winners have been affiliated with Caltech.[20]