Student Experience

Complementing and enhancing Caltech’s challenging academic and research curriculum is an array of programs that ensure a healthy, supportive, and inspiring learning environment. Your investment in the student experience fosters Caltech students’ intellectual as well as personal growth, emboldens them to think creatively, and encourages them to reach their full potential.

Caltech’s Center for Teaching, Learning, & Outreach (CTLO) helps faculty and students hone their skills in creatively teaching and learning complex material in the classroom and in the lab. The center also supports STEM education more broadly by fostering partnerships with local K-12 schools. Your investment in CTLO will inspire new generations of leaders in science and engineering.


The Process of Discovery

“Whenever I see a new student standing alone during rotation, I remember how welcoming students were to me when I got here, and how it made me feel comfortable,” says Teresa Tran, a junior biology major at Caltech. “So I think to myself, ‘That’s how people are here—and I am part of this community now.’ I’ve sometimes surprised myself by initiating conversations with people I don’t know because that’s something I never really did before coming to Caltech.”

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Caltech alumnus Peter Hung

The Giving Reflex

Peter Hung has seen Caltech from a variety of angles—as an undergraduate, a graduate student, an award-winning instructor, a research mentor, an alumnus, and a donor. His story is a case study in what Caltech gives to its community, and how that community gives back.

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