About California Institute of Technology:

The California Institute of Technology (abbreviated Caltech is a private doctorate-granting research university located in Pasadena, California, United States. Known for its strength in natural science and engineering, Caltech is often ranked as one of the world's top-ten universities. Although founded as a preparatory and vocational school by Amos G. Throop in 1891, the college attracted 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 1921. 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. The university is one among a small group of institutes of technology in the United States which is primarily devoted to the instruction of pure and applied sciences. Caltech has six academic divisions with strong emphasis on science and engineering, managing $332 million in 2011 in sponsored research. 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, 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. As of March 2018, Caltech alumni, faculty and researchers include 72 Nobel Laureates (chemist Linus Pauling being the only individual in history to win two unshared prizes), 4 Fields Medalists, and 6 Turing Award winners. In addition, there are 53 non-emeritus faculty members (as well as many emeritus faculty members) who have been elected to one of the United States National Academies, 4 Chief Scientists of the U.S. Air Force and 71 have won the United States National Medal of Science or Technology. Numerous faculty members are associated with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute as well as NASA.



World University Rankings

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
World University Rankings 32 31 30 31 30 34 32 36 38 43 57 57 63

ByField

Field 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Agriculture 113 113 170 144 - 165 227 212 222 187 225 221
Engineering 20 27 41 48 38 44 46 63 70 87 95 114
Life Sciences 57 65 87 90 96 97 112 114 98 116 125 119
Medicine - - - - - 275 - - 288 301-350 301-350 301-350
Natural Sciences 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 7 6 5 7
Social Sciences 179 175 - 278 235 299 - - - 401-450 351-400 401-450

BySubject

Subject 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Agricultural Sciences - - - - - - - 451-500 451-500 -
Biology & Biochemistry - - - - - - - - - 79
Chemical Engineering 160 217 188 171 201 213 128 165 181 191
Chemistry 14 23 29 30 35 36 49 58 63 54
Civil Engineering 72 67 76 109 128 149 216 227 259 253
Clinical Medicine - - - - - - - - - 401-450
Computer Science 32 58 39 35 40 46 53 60 143 176
Economics & Business - - - - - - - - - 300
Electrical Engineering 14 25 14 19 25 34 37 36 56 87
Environment / Ecology - 140 146 103 125 121 142 116 129 133
Geosciences 3 4 4 4 2 3 3 3 2 3
Immunology - - - - - - - - - 138
Materials Science 47 51 45 52 62 73 79 94 98 96
Mathematics 19 34 45 50 47 39 45 45 76 65
Mechanical Engineering 16 20 16 27 47 54 84 82 91 115
Microbiology - - - - - - - - - 133
Molecular Biology & Genetics - - - - - - - - - 139
Neuroscience & Behavior - - - - - - - - - 102
Pharmacology & Toxicolog - - 251 209 236 285 272 260 301-350 301-350
Physics 2 2 3 3 4 5 7 7 6 17
Plant & Animal Science - 207 273 - - - - - 351-400 401-450
Psychiatry / Psychology - - - - - - - - - 175
Social Sciences, General - - - - - - - - - -
Space Science - - - - - - - - - 2