If you've got your sights set on a career in science, this is the school for you. I'm Shayna [assumed spelling] for YouniversityTV. Welcome to the California Institute of Technology. Students here get to use these optical telescopes as part of their coursework, and if you think that's cool, you haven't seen anything yet. The California Institute of Technology is located in the picturesque suburban area of Pasadena, California; only minutes from old town Pasadena. About an hour from campus, you can ski in the San Gabriel Mountains or hit the beaches of the Pacific. Cal Tech is on 124 acres of quaint, relaxing, and beautifully landscaped campus with plenty of lush, open lawns, cool ponds, and winding pathways.
14, 15, 16, 17; yeah, only 17 students. [Inaudible], your classes will be very close knit. 74 percent of classes have fewer than 20 students. Cal Tech also has one of the best student to faculty ratios, with three students to every professor. Cal Tech is one of the most selective universities in the country. 99 percent of admitted students rank in the top tenth of their high school graduating class.
We know that students applying to Cal Tech are very good, but I think what makes the difference is that we're looking for people who will be engaged in our campus; who demonstrate enthusiasm for math and science.
Looking for a solid investment? Kiplinger's magazine has ranked Cal Tech as the best value of all universities in the U.S. five years in a row. Students will pay about $45,000 a year in tuition, room and board. Cal Tech offers 25 majors and programs, organized into strict academic divisions. A few favorites are engineering, physical sciences, biology, mathematics and astronomy, computer and information sciences and social sciences.
Twice a year we have an on campus job fair. There are over 200 companies that were here, you know, talking to Cal Tech students; everybody from Google and Yahoo and Microsoft. Lucas Films was here, DreamWorks was here. So, yeah; students have the opportunity to talk with representatives from those companies and, you know, see if they can work for them during the summer, and maybe start a relationship that way.
No matter what your major is, Cal Tech puts your honor to the test. As part of the school's honor code, tests aren't proctored and most are take home. So, it's up to you to keep your text closed and stay within your time limit. Ten minutes!
The honor code is; well, verbatim is no member of the Cal Tech community shall take advantage of any other member of the Cal Tech community. And, that's really important because due to that statement or that clause, we're able to access a lot of the buildings around campus with our own key cards. So, if you need to go into a lab really late at night, you know, you can do that.
Tests are a small part of what your Cal Tech experience is all about. The goal here is to actively engage you in the classroom. SURF, a.k.a. the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, is just one option. You can apply to SURF, [inaudible] to $6,000 to do research over the summer with a professor. R.J., can you hand me the [inaudible]? Thank you.
It is the easiest way to get involved. There are other ways. Again, I always tell students just, you know, look at the faculty member's websites; see what they're doing, see what's interesting, go knock on the door. Sometimes that works as well.
Cal Tech employs a total of about 300 full time faculty members, with the majority holding their doctorate degree. Cal Tech has had 31 Nobel Prize winners amongst faculty and alumni. 15 professors were named California Scientist of the Year. The Cal Tech [inaudible] have 18 NCAA Division III teams, including men's and women's fencing. At Cal Tech, only freshmen are required to live on campus in one of the co-ed single, double or suite style dorms. Also, Cal Tech offers single unit houses or apartments for married students, and special housing for disabled students. The eight undergrad houses are where the Cal Tech social scene is at. Much like a co-ed fraternity-sorority, freshmen visit each house, meet with the members, and then rank their top places to live. All students get in and there are year round activities and competitions between houses. Let's check out Fleming House. Hey, do you guys need any new members?
Yeah, sure! Come on in.
I'm a member of Fleming House and I basically got put into the house my second, third week of freshman year after a process called rotation. So, it's kind of like Harry Potter where they sort you, but instead of using a hat, they send you to a whole bunch of different houses every night for dinner and you get to meet the people and talk to them and decide if this is the house for you.
We've heard that MIT came to your campus one year and stole, like the.
The cannon, yes.
So, as part of a prank war between us and MIT; we started it. And so, we flew over there during the pre-[inaudible] weekend and we gave out free t-shirts that said MIT on the front and on the back it said, because not everyone can go to Cal Tech.
Well, you're looking at the newest member of the Fleming House, and the vegetarian club. I bet you didn't know that I love veggie burgers. But if you're more of a meat and potatoes type of person, don't worry. There's over 90 organizations here at Cal Tech, so there's bound to be a club for you. At Cal Tech, all four years are guaranteed to be a great time, but being a senior is even sweeter. This [inaudible] is all about you. First, you barricade the door. And then, you leave your room and head off campus, but not before leaving a few notes for the underclassmen so they can try to figure out how to get into your room. No way. Once a Techer, always a Techer. And what better place to love your science than the California Institute of Technology. Before we hit the road, we're back in Pasadena for a Cal Tech bake. I don't eat meat, but for those of you that do, you cannot beat the two dollar Cal Tech specials here at Burger Continental. For two dollars, you get a drink, fries and a burger. I'm going to head inside and get a taste of life as a Techer. Well, I'm going to try the fries, anyway. And if you're interested in cutting edge scientific research, come get a taste of Tech, too.