Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering research and education institution, where extraordinary people seek answers to complex questions, discover new knowledge, lead innovation, and transform our future. Caltech's mission is to expand human knowledge and benefit society through research integrated with education. The Institute's professorial, research, and other faculty 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.
Caltech's scientific, engineering, and technological contributions have earned national and international recognition, including the 32 Nobel Prizes awarded to its faculty and alumni. With one of the nation's lowest student-to-faculty ratios, Caltech offers a rigorous science and engineering curriculum for approximately 1,000 undergraduates and 1,300 graduate students. Caltech's 124-acre campus is located in Pasadena, California. The Institute also manages the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for NASA, and owns and operates large-scale research facilities such as its world-renowned seismological laboratory and a global network of astronomical observatories that includes the Palomar Observatory and the W. M. Keck Observatory. Caltech is an independent, privately supported university.