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First Year Parents

Welcome to the Caltech Family!

We are excited to have you join the Caltech community. Our colleagues across campus in the Dean's Office, Housing and Dining Services are here to help your Techer with college life. We've gathered helpful resources and suggestions for our first-year Techer parents.


New Student Information, Orientation and Convocation - Sunday, Sept. 23
If you're able to travel to campus in September, stop by our booth in the morning of move-in day, to check-in and pick up your goodie bag. Click here to access the New Student Guide.

New Students' Parents Day - Saturday, Nov. 10
Our Student Affairs colleagues host new parents each November for a special day on campus. And the Caltech Fund & Parents Program will be hosting a happy hour for parents on Friday, Nov. 9.


Many students decide to come to campus with the essentials (listed below), and figure out what additional items they may need after the two-week rotation period (TV, additional seating, etc). The campus is located near Target, Bed, Bath and Beyond and several other stores.

Packing Tip: When you are packing, you might consider packing separately those items that you will be taking to Frosh Camp. This will save you the hassle of having to unpack all belongings when you first arrive.


If you want to ship items to your students BEFORE they are assigned a Mail Code, please use the following format:

Incoming Student
C/o Caltech Central Receiving
391 S. Holliston Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91126