Mission Statements


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

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 shared purposes of The Department of Athletics, Physical Education, & Recreation include coaching our intercollegiate teams, teaching physical education courses, and providing recreational programming for Caltech and its community. We passionately support the philosophy that a sound mind and healthy spirit reside within a sound body.

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.