What we do

student programs

The list of Caltech Y programs is extensive. As a student-led organization, the Caltech Y is open to the vision and direction of the student leaders; however, programs generally fall within 5 categories: Educational ProgramsOutdoor AdventuresCommunity ServiceSocial Activities and Cultural Events.


Subscribe to our weekly announcements to keep up to date with our range of student programs. 




In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Caltech Y now offers two online tutoring programs to support public school students: The Rise Program and the Y-Tutor Program.  Both programs focus on individualized math and science tutoring.  All tutoring is provided by Caltech undergraduate and graduate students. The programs are designed to help students gain greater competency in math foundations, improve skills in math and science and prepare students for college-level math and science. 

Our programs currently have a one-to-one tutor to student ratio.  Tutors offer academic tutoring as well as mentoring.  A typical session can range from homework help or studying for a class test to preparing for the math portion of the SAT or ACT. ​


student awards

Advocating change together


(ACT) Award

The ACT Award offers students an opportunity to explore a cause and make a difference. Students determine what cause to address, propose an experience to get educated and engaged and implement a program to raise awareness in the Caltech community.


The 2019 award round is open. Applications are due no later than 12:00 noon on Friday, April 19th.


For more information on the award, please click the button below or contact us. 

Studenski award

The Studenski Memorial Award is a grant of up to $6,000 established in the memory of Paul Studenski, a Caltech student who was killed in an automobile accident while traveling across the United States in 1974.  It is awarded to a Caltech undergraduate who has reached a crossroads in life and would benefit from a period away from the academic community to obtain a better understanding of self and to explore possible directions for the future.

The 2019 award round is open. Applications are due no later than 12:00 noon on Friday, April 19th.


For more information on the award, please click the button below or contact us. 

hummel /gray travel fund 

The Patrick Hummel and Harry Gray Travel Fund was established as a joint gift from Carla and Paul Hummel, Patrick Hummel, and Shirley and Harry Gray, Arnold O. Beckman Professor of Chemistry and Founding Director of the Beckman Institute. The endowed fund supports undergraduate travel opportunities that promote professional and leadership development and broadens students' perspective as engaged, responsible citizens of the world.


The 2019 award round has closed and will re-open in late 2019. Sign up for our weekly announcements to find out when applications open. 


For more information on the award, please click the button below or contact us. 


Rentals & sales

The Caltech Y offers a wide range of rental equipment at little to no cost for Caltech and JPL community members (students, faculty, staff, alumni). So whether you are planning a day trip or a major expedition we may have what you need. Check out each category to see a complete list of equipment and charges.


Reservations can be made through email or through the website only at this time. 

Rentals are opening at limited capacity.

Reservations will only be accepted by email or through our website. 

Contactless pick-up/drop-off times are 10AM-1PM Mon., Wed., Fri.

Reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance.

Updated April 7th, 2021

outdoor equipment 

a/v equipment  

event equipment 

room rentals 

The Caltech Y has one room available for reservation for meetings or small programs. This room has access to a restroom.


Reservation Periods begin:

Fall: August 30

Winter: November 30

Spring: February 30

Summer: May 30

*Room reservations must be re-requested at the beginning of each term for continuous weekly reservations*


The Frank Dryden Multi-Purpose Room is a larger space that is versatile for a variety of functions. It is furnished with stackable chairs and is suitable for groups up to 20. It also has a TV and VCR/DVD. 

movie tickets

Due to COVID-19, all room reservations are cancelled until further notice. Updated April 7th, 2021

Our AV equipment is currently unavailable to rent.    

For the bike rack manual, please email caltechy@caltech.edu

Alpine equipment 

community events 

Friends events 

The Caltech Y's core support comes from the generous donations of its Friends. Friends contributions have provided a financial core that has allowed the Y to help students grow into responsible world citizens. A minimum contribution of $200 per person or $400 per couple automatically qualifies you to become a Friend of the Caltech Y.


Sponsorship oppportunities