How to study in one of the best Universities in the USA ?

January 01, 2018

It is known that in the best Universities of USA they are selective, and the process is competitive and expensive. BUT if you are a talented athlete, chances will look better for you.


This is the case for The California Institute of Technology, a private doctorate-granting university located in Pasadena, California, United States. Yes, we are talking about Caltech, one of the top universities of USA and the whole world. The same University where Albert Einstein arrived on in 1931 to polish up his Theory of General Relativity, and returned subsequently as a visiting professor in 1932 and 1933.


So why would I want to study in Caltech?

“ Caltech was ranked 1st internationally between 2011 and 2016 by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, in the world in two categories: Engineering & Technology and Physical Sciences. It was also found to have the highest faculty citation rate in the world”

Caltech has six academic divisions with strong emphasis on science and engineering, managing $332 million in 2011 in sponsored research. First-year students are required to live on campus and 95% of undergraduates remain in the on-campus House System at Caltech. Because of its long history, Caltech have unique traditions that makes its study environment unique and entertaining.

They are the university with the craziest pranks in all USA: 1961: Caltech students altered the University of Washington's card stunts during the Rose Bowl Game to display "Caltech".

1987: the students changed the Hollywood sign to read "Caltech."

2014: The Prank Club erected a "PASADENA" sign in the hills overlooking the Rose Bowl; at halftime during the BCS Championship game, the sign changed to read "CALTECH" in bright orange lettering.

2016: The Physics 1a pranksters strike again, this time recreating Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Although Caltech has a strong tradition of practical jokes and pranks, student life is governed by an honor code which allows faculty to assign take-home examinations. The Caltech Beavers compete in 13 intercollegiate sports in the NCAA Division III's Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Caltech is on the quarter system: the fall term starts in late September and ends before Christmas, the second term starts after New Years Day and ends in mid-March, and the third term starts in late March or early April and ends in early June.

Okay, so how I get in?

Caltech provides one of the USA best values in higher education, thanks to robust need-based financial aid and scholarship awards available to students throughout their course of study. This is the story of Tim Menninger a student of computer engineer who 

was accepted to Caltech in 2013. After being recruited for his talent in swimming, Caltech provided a scholarship that funded part of his education so he could wholeheartedly pursue his passions—both in the classroom and on the athletic field. You can read is story here. And you can also read the requirements to enter here.

So, do If I’m a student in Hong Kong and an Athlete do I have the chance to study in CALTHECH ?

“ Admissions are extremely hard to get as Caltech is a small school. But being an athlete can help you to not just get in, but even be awarded with a scholarship that founds part of your education. ”

YES your chances are high if you are in the right place at the right time. Affinity sports and education is organizing the 1st Hong Kong All-Star Soccer Games consisting of the top talents from primary and secondary schools. The players will have an opportunity to be selected into reputable secondary schools, universities with sports scholarships, Hong Kong National Team and/or even sign professional sports contracts.

If you are in Hong Kong and want to study abroad playing for the best we have all the right people to help you out. There will be an event that will bring the recruiters of Caltech directly to Hong Kong. Stay tuned for more information.

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