Office of the Registrar - California Institute of TechnologyCalifornia Institute of Technology

 Newsletter  Spring 2010-11


Reminder: Add Day is Approaching

Just a friendly reminder that the last day for adding courses and removing incompletes is this Friday, April 15th.  Please remember to bring your add cards to the Registrar's Office by 5:00pm on Friday.

IMPORTANT!  Advising Requirement For All Undergraduates

Caltech undergraduate students are required to meet one-on-one with their advisers at least once a year. 

Advisers have been given several online tools to record meetings with their advisees and students will be able to see whether they have satisfied the requirement through an Advising Status presented on REGIS.  Students who do not satisfy this advising requirement before Add Day of spring term will be placed on hold, preventing them from enrolling during online registration for the following fall term. Students can download a form and ask your adviser to sign as a way for you to initiate contact with your adviser and fulfill the advising requirement.     

Several tools are available on REGIS to assist the faculty in helping your advisees.  Advisers you can record meeting notes from advisee meetings, view previously entered notes, set Advising Holds on students and indicate when an advisee’s advising requirement has been met within the My Advisees webpage.

The  “Advising Arena” website at describes the details of the advising policies and online functionality. This link is available within the REGIS application as well. Please check it out! If you have feedback about the content, please let the Registrar’s Office know and additional materials can be added or updated.   

Freshmen - Declare your Option

The Registrar’s Office just emailed you regarding the selection of your option. Please make sure to return the option selection form to the Registrar's Office.  Your new option adviser will be assigned prior to online registration for fall term.

Updated Office Hours

The Registrar’s Office will be closed between the hours of noon and 1:00pm for lunch. So please visit us between 8:00am and noon or between 1:00pm and 5:00pm. We will remain open during the lunch hour on the busiest days – first day of the term; Add Day; and Drop Day.

Thank you for your kind consideration and please feel free to send us any feedback that you have. If this becomes a burden to students, we will revisit our decision.

 Financial Aid Office has moved

  The Financial Aid Office has moved to the second floor of the new Undergraduate Admissions house, 383 S. Hill Avenue.

  The new campus Mail Code is: 20-90. The Financial Aid phone extensions remain the same

The Financial Aid Office encourages other offices and departments to consider hiring Federal and Caltech Work-Study students during the 2011-12 academic year.  Additional information about the Work-Study Program can be found at

TQFR Prize Winners and Excellent TAs for Winter Term

Many thanks to all of the students who evaluated their courses through the TQFR. Your feedback and comments are very helpful to the faulty and TAs. Here are the lucky prize winners of $20 gift cards to from winter term:

Sachith Dunatunga, senior

Andrew Meng, sophomore

Victor Hsu , freshman

Tatyana Sales, junior

Ryan Denlinger, senior

Alison Parisian, sophomore

Taylor Martin, junior

 We wanted to also congratulate the  outstanding TAs who really makes an impact:.

Nicholas Hoh, TA for ChE 151B – Nick is a G3 in the PhD program in Chemical Engineering and received overwhelming positive comments from the class.  He was known for going beyond the requirements of the TA position “…by essentially re-teaching parts of the class in office hours and adding new materials along the way.”  Another students claimed …”it is always darkest before the dawn, but the dawn finally came for us. The dawn was NICK HOH.”

Gemma Mason, TA for ACM95B/100B – Gemma,  a G3 in the PhD program in ACM,  received lots of praise from students who were from other sections as well as her own section! Several students remarked that she is such a great TA that she needs a bigger room – one student claimed “…Super at teaching! Deserves the auditorium…maybe even the regular lectures.” Apparently students had to stand in the back and sit on the floor. Now that’s a sign of an excellent TA!

Brandon Wadas, TA for Bi/Ch 111 – Brandon is a G3 in the PhD program in Biology.  Faculty at Caltech have indicated that is he extraordinarily good and puts in long hours.  He’s described as “especially good at bringing out the big picture during the recitations sections.”  His leadership and guidance allow students to think about the cutting edge experiments in the field.  As one undergraduate put it, “Best TA I’ve had at Caltech, Brandon Wadas!”

Thanks to Nick, Gemma, and Brandon, for making a difference in the academic lives of the undergraduates. We appreciate all of the time and effort that you put into your work with students. Again, thanks so much for doing such a great job in the classroom!

Comments on Core Curriculum Changes Sought

The Committee on Undergraduate Education (CUE) was asked to oversee the implementation of changes to the core in conjunction with the Core Curriculum Steering Committee. CUE created a webpage that contains documents relevant to the core curriculum revisions, including links to the minutes of relevant Faculty Board and Faculty meetings, samples of course syllabi, and documents that were developed from the Core Curriculum Task Force. On the left hand navigation is a link to the feedback form in case you would like to share any thoughts or concerns.

Changes in Advanced Hums for Class of 2015

Effective for the new class of 2015, the two required advanced humanities classes must be taken on grades and cannot include foreign language. Foreign language classes can still be used to fulfill the four additional HSS classes that are also required.

Grad Fair - April 20th

Stop by the Grad Fair, Wednesday, April 20th from 10am to 3pm in front of the Bookstore.  See samples of rings, frames and announcements.  Take care of all your Graduation needs!

Commencement 2011

This year's commencement ceremony will be held Friday, June 10th on Beckman Mall.  All undergraduates participating in the ceremony should be at the steps of Parsons-Gates by 8:45am that day for a group photo.  Graduate students should arrive by 9:15a.m.  For further information, please see


Important Dates

  April 15 Last day for adding courses and removing incompletes
  April 27 - May 3 Midterm examination period
  May 9 Midterm Deficiency Notices due to the Registrar’s Office & Last day for seniors to remove conditions and incompletes
  May 13 Last day for scheduling examinations for the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy and Engineer
  May 18 Last day to drop classes or to exercise your P/F option
  May 19  First day of registration for summer and fall term
  May 27 Last day of classes - seniors and graduate students                       Last day for presenting theses for the degrees for Doctor of Philosophy and Engineer
  May 30 Memorial Day (Institute Holiday)
  June 1-3 Final examinations for seniors and graduate students
  June 3 Last day of classes for undergraduates; Last day to register for summer and fall terms
  June 6 Final grades for seniors and graduate students due - 9 a.m.
  June 8-10 Final examinations for undergraduates
  June 10 Commencement
  June 15 Final grades for undergraduates due - 9 a.m.
  June 22 UASH Meeting
  September 26 Classes begin for fall term


Previous Registrar's Newsletters:


WI 2010-11

FA 2010-11

SP 2009-10

WI 2009-10

FA 2009-10

SP 2008-09

WI 2008-09

FA 2008-09
SP 2007-08
WI 2007-08


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