Opinion: Caltech Needs More Humanities, Higher Tuition

The numbers are in, and they don’t lie. According to recently released data from surveys of the outgoing Class of 2017, Caltech shamefully continues to lag behind its peer institutions in both humanities offerings and cost of tuition. It’s a common complaint, heard in houses on both sides of the Olive Walk—Caltech has long lost sight of what should be its most defining characteristics. For years we’ve maintained a lopsided focus on science and engineering, at the expense of the founding principle of Caltech: liberal arts education for the very wealthy. This publication applauds efforts to close this gap. The … Continue reading Opinion: Caltech Needs More Humanities, Higher Tuition

Opinion: Caltech Ranked #2 by Princeton Review. When Did We Start Sucking so Badly?

Dammit. Another year, another failure. Caltech still can’t get it right. Princeton gets #1, but not us? Those slimy east-coast know-it-alls sure are giving us a run for our money. We’ve really let it slip this time. I mean, just look at this graph. This defeat, it hurts. I’m not even sure what school this is that I matriculated to anymore. Like many Caltech undergraduates, I decided to attend Caltech because it was once ranked first by the Times Higher Education. Now that we’ve lost that, who even cares about our top-notch research and focus on the sciences? Every school … Continue reading Opinion: Caltech Ranked #2 by Princeton Review. When Did We Start Sucking so Badly?