California Institute of Technology
The California Institute of Technology is a private university in Pasadena, CA. Founded as a preparatory and vocational school in 1891, Caltech’s curriculum has a strong emphasis on engineering, science and math. It has six academic divisions and 27 majors. Nearly 95% of undergraduate students participate in research. Caltech has 18 varsity teams that compete in the NCAA’s Division III and 80% of students are on either intercollegiate, club, intramural or informal sports teams. There are more than 150 student clubs on campus and no Greek organizations. Two out of three undergraduates play at least one musical instrument or sing in a club. Caltech is the setting for the television show The Big Bang Theory. Faculty and alumni have won 35 Nobel Peace Prizes and one Fields Medal. Gordon Moore, cofounder and chairman emeritus of Intel Corp., Adam D’Angelo, CEO and cofounder of Quora, and Kip Thorne, Nobel laureate for physics, are notable alumni.