The mission of the California Institute of Technology is to expand human knowledge and benefit society through research integrated with education. We investigate the most challenging, fundamental problems in science and technology in a singularly collegial, interdisciplinary atmosphere, while educating outstanding students to become creative members of society.
Student Affairs at Caltech
complements and enhances the Institute's educational mission by
ensuring a healthy and supportive environment that enables students
to grow academically and personally in preparation for meeting
current and future challenges.
Independently and in collaboration with students, faculty and staff, we serve our community by responding to the issues, ideas and needs of all students. Utilizing diverse approaches, we provide programs and services of the highest quality.
Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation
The mission of the Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation is to develop the physical, social, and emotional skills of Caltech students necessary for the cultivation of a sound mind in a sound body. The Department seeks to encourage participation in a balanced program of individual and group activities through a variety of intercollegiate, physical education, club, intramural, and informal recreation activities intended to meet the needs of all members of the community.
NCAA Intercollegiate Athletics
As an enhancement to, and extension of, the complete education of a Caltech student, the intercollegiate athletics program instills leadership, promotes perseverance, and teaches resilience in each student-athlete within the spirit and letter of all rules of the game and with utmost respect for competition and opponents. With support and collaboration from their coaches, student-athletes strive for personal and collective excellence and contribute to the positive community spirit of the Institute. Student-athletes are representative of the entire Caltech student body and, as such, are fully integrated into the comprehensive educational, social, and residential experience.
As a proud NCAA DIII member of the SCIAC, Caltech contributes to the principals of amateurism, fair play, sportsmanship, and the ethical and equitable treatment of all student-athletes, while maintaining the health and well being of individuals as a top priority in the operation of seventeen teams. Intercollegiate athletics provide the opportunity for student-athletes to learn life lessons that translate into the persons’ overall development as thoughtful citizens, scholars and leaders. The intercollegiate athletic program contributes to the mission of the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation which is committed to the philosophy that a sound mind resides in a sound body.