Caltech will welcome 281 students—along with 280 family members—to campus from Thursday, April 19, through Saturday, April 21, for Prefrosh Weekend, the Institute's signature welcome event for newly admitted first-year students.
Prefrosh Weekend will feature dozens of academic and student-life panels, tours of the new Bechtel Residence, and many other events to give parents and students a feel for the Institute overall; these include the popular Caltech Club Fair, which will occur along the Olive Walk on Friday afternoon. In an effort to highlight the importance of diversity in the Caltech community, the admissions office is also sponsoring several sessions on the topic, including a few mixers at the CCD and a breakfast roundtable panel on women in STEM.
Admitted students have until May 1 to commit to Caltech; about 235 are expected to enroll.
Prefrosh Weekend represents a unique opportunity for the campus community to come together and welcome them to the Institute, says Jarrid Whitney, executive director of admissions and financial aid.
"This signature event is the culmination of our undergraduate admissions and financial aid efforts to enroll the best and brightest STEM leaders," he says. "It represents the collaborative efforts of students, faculty, and staff together to provide a representative view of Caltech's rich and distinctive undergraduate experience, and we hope that our visiting scholars will walk away with a better feel for Caltech's living and learning community."
Visitors participating in the event are being asked to park off campus or use ride-share programs to minimize the impact on on-campus parking facilities.