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College Facts Friday: CalTech

This week for College Facts Friday, we’re learning more about CalTech: California Institute of Technology! 


1. Caltech was Founded as Throop University in 1891 in Pasadena, California, and renamed the California Institute of Technology in 1920

2. The mission of the California Institute of Technology is to expand human knowledge and benefit society through research integrated with education

3. For the Class of 2022, CalTech had 8,208 applications and 231 members of the freshman class 

4. The college color for Caltech is orange (a great color, if we do say so ourselves!) 

5. Albert Einstein was a visiting professor at Caltech for three winter terms — 1931, 1932, and 1933

6. The InSight Mars Rover mission began at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Caltech

7. The Caltech Y is an independent organization recognized by and formally affiliated with the California Institute of Technology. Founded by students in 1916, the Caltech Y seeks to broaden students’ world-views, raise social, ethical, and cultural awareness through teamwork, community engagement, activism, and leadership. Learn more here 

8. Beginning in 2007, the campus hosted fall olive harvest festivals to collect as much as 2,600 pounds of olives from the trees along the famed Olive Walk. The olives yielded anywhere from 50 to 150 gallons of oil depending on the year

9. The Big Bang Theory, which is set at Caltech, taped an episode on campus that featured a cameo appearance by world-renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking

10. Keep up with Caltech on their social media channels! Visit Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more. 



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