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Don't Go To this school!
1st Year Male -- Class 2011
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Individual Value: F
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Despite having some wonderful friends and lots ofBrightBiology
Despite having some wonderful friends and lots of stories, I would not go there again. Coming in, I was the typical math & science guy, and even got to skip a quarter of math based on the entrance placement exam (AP calc standards are trivial). Then, I found many people in my class who already learned the stuff - in 6th grade. That epiphany - wow, I'm not worthy, is really hard to get over. That said, most everyone is down to earth, approachable and at their core, want to help. Yeah, there are a scant few who are pathologically arrogant, shy, disinhibited, etc., but the small class size do magnify their impact. Socially, it is an awkward place - what did you expect when you put those already considered awkward in high school, together with some awfully hard academics? For the gals, the mantra - the odds are good but the goods are odd, is never more literal. For the guys, don't glom - have some self respect man!
4th Year Male -- Class 1993
Education Quality: A+, Social Life: D
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Caltech is a great school for the rightPhysics
Caltech is a great school for the right kind of person:

1) Very smart
2) Sure they want to do math, science or engineering
3) Having a quirky/geeky outlook and sense of humor
4) Willing to take on an overwhelming workloadIf you don't match all four of these, stay away at all costs. If you do, there's nowhere better.

Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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