Department Orientation

Placement exams are no longer given to new graduate students in Physics.

On Monday of general orientation week there will be a mandatory Safety Training Session followed by a department information session and lunch in East Bridge with current physics graduate students and faculty.  Please note that new graduate students who arrive at Caltech prior to Orientation Week and Official Check-In Day, are required to visit the Registrar and Dean of Graduate Studies Office upon arrival.  More information will be available at Check-In.  Your course schedule "blue card" is to be completed, signed and submitted to the Registrar's Office no later than the end of the second week of instruction.  You may attend classes before completing your registration.  Subsequent add/drop cards must be returned directly to the Registrar's Office by the add/drop dates indicated on the current academic calendar. 

Physics Graduate Program Schedule of Events Fall 2016


September 14-16
International Student Orientation
September 18
Convocation and reception - Dean's BBQ
September 19

Physics Department Orientation
10:00 am - 11:00 am: Safety Training (Mandatory) - 201 E. Bridge Lecture Hall
11:00 am - 11:30 am: Department Orientation
11:30 pm - 1:00 pm: Lunch with Physics Grads - 108 E. Bridge - seating outside

Monday to Friday
September 19-23
Official Check-in for Graduate Students
General Orientation for Graduate Students
See Orientation Information for details
September 26
Beginning of Instruction

This is a preliminary schedule, dates and times of Institute Events may be subject to change.
Check this page in mid-September for updates.