STEM Education

Scientific exploration clearly excites you (otherwise you wouldn’t be applying to Caltech). What is it about Caltech’s opportunities and resources that will best fuel your intellectual curiosity and develop your passion for science, technology, math or engineering? (500 words max) “It focuses 201 precise beams of radiation directly on the tumor. Scary isn’t it?” As … Read moreSTEM Education


Interest in math, science, or engineering manifests itself in many forms. Caltech professor and Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman(1918-1988) explained, ‘I’d make a motor, I’d make a gadget that would go off when something passed a photocell, I’d play around with selenium’; he was exploring his interest in science, as he put it, by ‘piddling around … Read moreHerpetology

Hulahooping in Humanities

Caltech students have long been known for their quirky sense of humor and creative pranks and for finding unusual ways to have fun. What is something that you find fun or humorous? While my classmates conversed in hushed tones about philosophy, I stood alone in the back corner of the room—hula hooping.My Humanities teacher had … Read moreHulahooping in Humanities

Curing All Cases of Moodiness

Caltech students have long been known for their quirky sense of humor, whether it be through planning creative pranks, building elaborate party sets, or even the year-long preparation that goes into our annual Ditch Day. Please describe an unusual way in which you have fun. (200 word max) Is she moody… or just broody? An … Read moreCuring All Cases of Moodiness