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SP 2017-18 Newsletter



Reminder: Add Day is Approaching


Just a friendly reminder that the last day for adding courses and removing incompletes is this Friday, April 20th. Please remember to bring your add cards to the Registrar's Office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday.  The office will be open through the noon hour on Add Day to process cards.





Caltech's 2018 Grad Fair
April 18th, 2018 from 10am to 3pm

On the Bechtel Mall In front of the Caltech Store (1st Floor Millikan Library)

Vendors for all you graduation needs will be on hand to
place orders!
• Purchase your cap and gown
• Receive 20% off diploma frames purchased that day
• Have your Graduation portrait taken
• Order your announcements & class rings
• Order your Commencement DVD
• Commencement office will be on hand to answer questions

For more information see 2018 Grad Fair



Last Day to Apply for Masters Degree for 2018

Graduate students who intend to earn a Master of Science degree this June must submit their application for the degree by May 11th.  Simply click on the Graduate Degree Progress button within REGIS, then the M.S. Candidacy tab to apply online.  Note: students who enter the Institute holding a master's degree from another institution will not normally be awarded a second master's degree in the same field. 


Excellent TAs from Winter Term    

We'd like to congratulate and recognize a few outstanding TAs from the past quarter:

Brendon McNicholas, TA for Ch 153 - Brendon is a G4 in Chemistry. Students appreciated all the help and guidance Brendon provided on the problem sets and also noted the "...he was always so happy and enthusiastic about the content!"  Another student noted that Brendon's "positivity was a large driving force in making me want to do well on the problem set."

Ellen Feldman, TA for CMS/CS/CNS/EE 155 - Ellen is a G4 in Control & Dynamical Systems. In addition to being a great help on Piazza, many students credited Ellen with not only helping them understand the material but really enjoying the class.  As one student noted, "Every question she answered resulted in multiple students sighing in relief in the future."

Thanks, Brendon and Ellen, for making a difference in the academic lives of our students. We appreciate all the time, effort and enthusiasm you put into your work with students.


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 their adviser to sign as a way for them to initiate contact with their 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 /advising 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.   

As of April 13th, only 58% of undergraduates have been recorded as meeting the advising requirement.  Go talk with your adviser today if your advising status on REGIS is not green with a message that you have satisfied your requirement!






 Commencement 2018

 This year's commencement ceremony will be held Friday, June 15th 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 on the south side of Millikan Pond.  For further information, please see




Important Dates

April 20 Last day for adding courses and removing incompletes
May 2-8 Midterm examination period
May 11 Last day for admission to candidacy for the degrees of Master of Science and Engineer and for scheduling examinations for the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy and Engineer
May 14 Midterm Deficiency Notices due - 9:00 a.m. & Last day for seniors to remove conditions and incompletes
May 23 Last day to drop classes or to exercise your P/F option
May 24 First day of registration for summer and fall term
May 28 Memorial Day (Institute Holiday)
June 1 Last day of classes - seniors and graduate students
Last day for presenting theses for the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy and Engineer
June 6-8 Final examinations for seniors and graduate students
June 8 Last day of classes for undergraduates; Last day to register for summer and fall terms
June 11 Final grades for seniors and graduate students due - 9 a.m.
June 13-15 Final examinations for undergraduates
June 15 Commencement
June 20 Final grades for undergraduates due - 9 a.m.
June 27 UASH Meeting
October 1 Classes begin for fall term