Caltech is proud to be part of the Pasadena and greater Los Angeles communities.
Founded in 1891, Caltech has helped keep Southern California at the forefront of innovation—from fueling the growth of the aerospace industry to creating and testing next-generation drones and autonomous vehicles.
Caltech scientists and engineers pursue research that improves lives across the region and around the world. It was a Caltech chemist who first linked smog to vehicle exhaust and Caltech seismologists who developed the scales used to measure earthquakes.
Caltech is Pasadena's largest employer, and many of our students, faculty, and staff regularly volunteer their time for tutoring and other outreach initiatives.
Rose Bowl history and Caltech football history connect. The first Rose Bowl games were played on what became Caltech's athletic fields. Later, the Rose Bowl stadium was the site of many Beaver games and two legendary Caltech pranks.