They are future oriented students who prepare for grad school and then for working in the national labs. They socialize around research and solving problems, eating late night pizza while tackling scientific hypotheses.
Collaboration with team members who are very different from one another is the norm. Cal Tech is unusual in that approximately half of the students fall into minority categories. All students let their imaginations roam, making connections and opening floodgates of ideas from many cultures during brainstorming sessions.
Students value honesty and abide by a strong honor code whereby they can take un-proctored tests whenever they are ready. For the student who is fascinated by the uncharted areas of science and brave enough to follow their hunches, Cal Tech is perfect.