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California Institute of Technology

Biology laboratories
Motto "The truth shall make you free"[1]
Established 1891
Type Private
Endowment US $1.55 billion[2]
President Jean-Lou Chameau
Academic staff 294 professorial faculty
1207 other faculty[3]
Students 2175[4]
Undergraduates 967[4]
Postgraduates 1208[4]
Location Pasadena, California, U.S.
Campus Urban, 124 acres (50 ha)
Colors Orange and White           
Athletics NCAA Division III
Mascot Beaver

The California Institute of Technology (called "Caltech" for short) is a major American research university in the city of Pasadena in the state of California. Caltech specializes - is especially good, or especially interested - in the study of engineering, computer science, and the physical sciences (some physical sciences are physics and chemistry, as well as others). Caltech is also in charge of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, also called JPL. JPL is part of NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which is the part of the United States government that explores space. Caltech is not owned or run by the United States, or NASA, but NASA pays Caltech to run JPL for them.

Caltech's mascot is the beaver. Many schools that specialize in engineering have beavers for their mascot, because in the wild, beavers are known for making dams, and so people think that they are the animal most like engineers.

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  1. The motto is largely unused since 1990, when the logo displaying it was replaced by the Centennial logo.
  2. As of FY 2010. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2010 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2009 to FY 2010" (PDF). 2010 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved Jan 30, 2011.
  3. "Caltech: At a Glance". California Institute of Technology. Retrieved Feb 9, 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Caltech Office of the Registrar Enrollment Statistics". Retrieved 2010-12-15.
  5. (French)Jean Robieux