Inventor of algorithm analysis Donald Knuth, numerous Nobel prize winners, astronauts and inventors
California Institute of Technology – generally referred to as Caltech – is an engineering-focused and research-intensive university located just northeast of Los Angeles. Regarded as one of the world’s foremost technical universities (amongst the likes of MIT, Georgia Tech and ETH Zurich), Caltech is the birthplace of many technical innovations as well as companies like Hotmail, Intel and Compaq. This school is a real campus bubble; only first-year students are required to live on campus, but around 80% of undergraduates remain in the on-campus House System throughout their academic career. Another great feature of the student life is the escalating pranking game they have going with MIT.