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International Student Orientation - September 14, 2016
All information concerning the International Student Orientation can be found here! We look forward to welcoming our international students to campus.

Convocation and Move-In Day - September 18, 2016
Stay tuned for more details about Convocation for our 2020 families. Parents are invited to an evening reception on Beckman Lawn from 6 - 7:30 pm.
2016 schedule
Campus Map

Caltech Theater Presents "Company" by Stephen Sondheim

February 24 - 26 and March 2 - 4 - Ramo Auditorium

Directed by Brian Brophy

Learn more: Company

Caltech Symphony - March 5, 2017

3:30 PM - Ramo Auditorium

Learn more: The Caltech Symphony

Noura Mint Seymali - Music of Mauritania - March 10, 2017

10:00 AM - Beckman Auditorium

Learn more: Music of Mauritania

Michael Smith, Guitar - March 11, 2017

8:00 PM - Beckman Auditorium

Learn more: Michael Smith

Banff Mountain Film Festival - March 14, 2017

7:30 PM - Beckman Auditorium


Since 2001, Caltech has been a proud host of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. Stopping at over 500 locations in 30 countries around the globe, the Tour celebrates the best films shown at that year's Festival in Banff, Alberta, Canada, one of the premier exhibitions of films about mountain culture in the world. Topics of the films include mountain sports (skiing, climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, BASE, and others) and exotic mountain communities living in remote corners of the Earth. Dramatic scenery, quirky comedy, artistic cinematography, and epic adventures are classic trademarks of the best Banff films.

The format of this year's event will be the same as in years past: about two hours of total footage divided into several films covering a wide variety of the themes mentioned above.

Check back for the selections for this year's presentation.

Join us before the event for a reception for ticket-holders. Come early to the reception to get some tasty beverages, socialize, and meet some of our great sponsors and local mountain organizations!

Learn More: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Caltech Chamber Singers - Saturday, April 15, 2017

Dabney Hall, Lounge - 7:30 PM

The concert is free, with no tickets or reservations required.

poster for Caltech Chamber Singers concert


BELLA GAIA (Beautiful Earth) - A Poetic Vision of Earth From Space - Saturday, April 15, 2017

Beckman Auditorium - 8:00 PM


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Adam Wierman - How Clean is the Cloud? - Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Beckman Auditorium - 8:00 PM

Computing "in the cloud" may seem like something ephemeral, but the cloud actually has a physical presence in the form of data centers filled with thousands of servers. The power infrastructure needed to run these servers is enormous. In fact, at this point in time, data centers lead to more carbon emissions than the airline industry, but it need not be this way, says Adam Wierman.

Wierman will describe ongoing research at Caltech aimed at building a sustainable computing infrastructure—one where data centers are powered by renewable energy and even serve as virtual energy-storage facilities for more broadly integrating renewable energy into the electrical grid.

Adam Wierman is Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Executive Officer for Computing and Mathematical Sciences, and Director, Information Science and Technology at Caltech.

This is a free event; no tickets or reservations are required.

Reserved section tickets are available to members of the Friends of Beckman Auditorium and the Caltech Associates.

Dover Quartet - Sunday, April 23, 2017

Beckman Auditorium - 3:30 PM

Our musical tour concludes with a visit to Shostakovich's Russia and a return to Beethoven's incomparable late quartets—three of which, including Op. 132, were commissioned by Prince Nikolai Galitzin in St. Petersburg. He agreed to Beethoven's requested fee of 50 ducats each… the last two finally paid to Beethoven's heirs in 1852.

The Dover Quartet won not only the Grand Prize but all three Special Prizes at the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition. The Quartet also won top prizes at the Fischoff Competition and the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, and in 2013 became the Curtis Institute of Music's inaugural quartet-in-residence. The Chicago Tribune wrote that "the Dover Quartet players have it in them to become the next Guarneri String Quartet—they're that good."

Program Information: Visit the Coleman Chamber Music Association website

Caltech Symphony - Sunday, April 23, 2017

Ramo Auditorium - 3:30 PM

poster for Caltech Symphony concert on April 23, 2017

This concert is free and open to the public, with no tickets or reservations required. Parking is also free.

For more information, call (626) 395-3295.

The Octopus Challenge - Friday, April 28, 2017

The Octopus Challenge explores the abilities of octopi. After watching the movie, you will experience what it's like to be an octopus through a few activities, and we'll use that experience to see how octopi can inspire new technology.

Justin Rolando, a graduate student in chemistry and chemical engineering at Caltech, will introduce the film and guide the post-screening discussion.

Recommended for grades 3-12.

To make a reservation or learn about more field trip opportunities, please call Mary Herrera at (626) 395-6059 or email

Presented by: Caltech Committee on Institute Programs

17th Annual Caltech Jazz Festival - Saturday, April 29, 2017

Gates Annex Patio - 1:00 PM

The Caltech Jazz Band presents its 17th Annual Jazz Festival.

The event will feature The Caltech Jazz Band, directed by Barb Catlin, and guest artists to be announced.

There will be food and snacks available for sale. Limited seating is available and the audience is welcome to bring a lawn chair or blanket, and food and beverages.

Admission is free and no tickets are required. Some seating will be provided and audience members are welcome to bring food and blankets for a picnic on the lawn. Some snacks will also be available.

For further information, please call Caltech Performing and Visual Arts at (626) 395-3295 or visit the Caltech Jazz Bands online at

The Recollective - July 8, 2017

8:00 pm - Beckman Institute Auditorium

photo of celtic group The Recollective

The Recollective, a Celtic quartet based in Ireland, consists of Calum Morrison from Glascow, Scotland, on vocals, guitar, banjo, tenor guitar, bodhran and Highland Bagpipes; Karen Hickey from County Mayo, Ireland, on fiddle; Michael Coulter, originally from Glossop, England, on traditional Irish flute and whistles; and Kieran Leonard on drums, percussion and bodhran. Although the group is less than a year old, all of the members have previously performed together as part of the Celtic Legends show, which has performed for more than a million people worldwide.

The group plays a mixture of traditional and original material, primarily from Ireland and Scotland, but also from other folk traditions. They combine songs and tunes from these traditions and weave them in with their own contemporary compositions to create an enchanting vibrant sound.

Our show kicks off The Recollective's first U.S. tour, and their initial recording will soon be released. We are very excited to be introducing The Recollective to the United States. Come join the welcome party!

More Info:

MUSE/IQUE - SOUL/TOWN - July 22, 2017

7:30 pm
Beckman Mall – Beckman Mall

Gospel, blues and the songs of the 1960s Detroit raise our spirits to musical heaven

Featuring the talents of:

Rachael Worby
The MUSE/IQUE Orchestra
Darlene Love

Event opens at 5:30 p.m. for mingling and dining.
FOOD & WINE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE. Call the Kitchen for Exploring Foods at (626) 793-7234.

At 7:30 p.m. we unleash an exhilarating, non-stop 90-minute adventure in sound.

Special Screening: "The Farthest—Voyager In Space" - July 29, 2017
7:00 pm
Beckman Auditorium

final poster for screening of "The Farthest"
Please contact the Caltech Ticket Office between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling (626) 395-4652 or visiting the Keith Spalding Building at the corner of California Blvd. and Wilson Ave.Please contact the Caltech Ticket Office between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling (626) 395-4652 or visiting the Keith Spalding Building at the corner of California Blvd. and Wilson Ave.

Caltech Parents Summer Send-Offs

Parents of the Class of 2021 are welcome to join a Summer Send-Off in the Los Angeles or Bay Area! Please check here for dates and to RSVP.

International Student Orientation - September 13-15, 2017
1:00 pm
Avery Courtyard – Building 99 on the Campus Map

International Student Orientation 

For more information, contact Registrar's Office at Ext. 6354

New Student Check-In and Orientation for Undergraduates - September 17, 2017
9:00 am Student and Parent Check-In - Center for Student Services
4:00 pm Class Picture - Parsons-Gates (front steps)
4:30 pm Convocation - Beckman Auditorium

Campus Map
For more information, contact Registrar's Office at Ext. 6354

New Student Orientation for Graduates - September 18, 2017
8:00 am
For more information, contact Registrar's Office at Ext. 6354

Beginning of Instruction for Fall term - September 25, 2017