In a long-anticipated move, Caltech administration announced Thursday morning that they plan to extend Undergraduate Core requirements to include graduate school, effective immediately. UG Core requirements are mandatory for every undergraduate. Administration also mentioned the possibility of phasing out introductory classes.
“Too many Caltech students have been choosing to end their schooling prematurely. Financial issues are often central to why a student begins to give up,” a spokesperson said today, referencing the famously unimpressive stipends for many graduate students. “So, in order to maintain the rigorous standards we have for undergraduates, we decided to simply require that all Caltech undergrads finish graduate school before they finish Caltech.”
The administration is working with the United States Education Department to analyze the impact of the new requirement, hoping that it will spread to other schools. Since undergraduates are currently limited to 48 units per term without an overload petition, the Office of the Registrar has developed a recommended schedule for a total of eight years, now available online.
The Torch has confirmed that students will still have to pay tuition for all eight years of attendance and that the humanities requirement will be extended from 108 to 216 units.