Rotation 2022 has ended! The IHC is conducting an Post-Rotation Survey for you to share how you felt Rotation went, and how you feel about the houses now. Your answers are anonymous, and we welcome both positive and negative feedback. This survey is important - it will be read by the IHC as we investigate how to improve Rotation for next year. There are two different post-Rotation surveys (frosh and upperclassmen) - please fill out the survey for your group:
Caltech Dining Services (CDS) is very accommodating when it comes to dietary restrictions. If you have any dietary restrictions, please email SpecialMeals@caltech.edu to request special meals.
The IHC will have Office Hours on the Olive Walk at the following times (with snacks)! Feel free to stop by to ask anything or just hang out:
- Wednesday Sept 21: 4:45-5:45pm
- Friday Sept 23: 4:45-5:45pm
- Sunday Sept 25: 11-12pm
- Tuesday Sept 27: 12-1pm
- Thursday Sept 29: 12-1pm
At Caltech we are committed to making sure students are connected to their peers and have the opportunities to live on campus in a community that is social, safe and fun. All our residential communities offer opportunities for leadership and involvement and all have important support structures available to residents. Houses are an academic resource and a support structure -- each house has upperclass students who are Peer Advocates, Health Advocates, Equity & Title IX Advocates, ARC representatives, SURF ambassadors, teaching assistants, and generally amazing sources of advice for succeeding at Caltech. In addition to student supports, houses also include Resident Associates and Residential Life Coordinators.
Caltech students benefit from being part of Caltech's unique House System. Our system is made up of eight distinct houses (Avery, Blacker, Dabney, Fleming, Lloyd, Page, Ricketts, Venerable) that all are part of the important social and cultural fabric of the undergraduate experience. Students also enjoy getting to create their own experiences by choosing to build community in the Bechtel residence. Bechtel is a new residential model that offers students the chance to live on campus and meet students in the house system, but also allows the community to create friendships and community experiences beyond the house system.
First year students (including transfer students and exchange students) are given the opportunity to participate in Rotation. This is the formal process for initial house affiliation. This year, Rotation will take place between September 21 - 29, 2022. House assignments will be announced on October 1, 2021, and students are projected to move into their permanent rooms on October 2, 2021.
During rotation, first year students get to meet members of each house, participate in house activities that showcase their unique cultures (dinners, desserts, and big events), and then rank the houses according to their preferences in the End-of-Rotation Form. If students do not wish to affiliate with a house, they are also able to opt out of the House System in the End-of-Rotation Form. After rotation, students may also affiliate with a house by getting to know the members and individually seeking membership through that house's membership process. Rotation is available only during the first year and cannot be deferred, whereas the individual house membership process is available throughout a student's career. Students who opt for membership in one of the houses may live in the house or may live in the Bechtel residence. If you choose not to be a member of a house, Caltech will ensure that you have housing in one of our unaffiliated housing options, most often Bechtel.
In order to ensure first year students have the best experience during Rotation, students are asked to follow Rotation Rules. Note that Rotation is a substance-free event. Additionally, there are a variety of resources available (RCC, peer, and institute) to support you during Rotation.