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Incoming Undergraduate Student

Location and Hours
Center for Student Services
Room 248 & Room 105
By appointment
Closed on Institute Holidays

Questions?
Email: cass@caltech.edu

December 14, 2023

Housing accommodations are considered by the Caltech Accessibility Services for Students (CASS) for incoming undergraduate students who have diagnosed disabilities prior to matriculation. Students may also request housing accommodations outside of this pre-matriculation process, but any accommodations found to be reasonable and supported will be implemented based on availability of housing that aligns with the specified accommodations.

Process to request housing accommodations

Housing accommodations requests are made through Caltech's disability management system ("Accommodate").

Housing accommodations requests will require accompanying documentation. Documentation-related guidelines can be found here.

Timeline of process to request housing accommodations

Timeline of process to request housing accommodations
Date Event
May 1st Incoming First Year Housing Accommodation Request Period
begins
June 7th, 11:59 pm Incoming First Year Housing Accommodation Request Period
ends
September 22nd Incoming First Year Housing Accommodation Rotation Placements
released
October 5th Incoming First Year Permanent Housing Placement released

For more information about the housing rotation process please visit the Housing Website.

Frequently Asked Questions

All requests for housing accommodations must be supported by documentation from a qualified professional. CASS offers forms that can be completed by professionals to submit as documentation: Documentation for Student Disability Accommodation For more information on documentation requirements, please visit Documentation Requirements.

Documentation must be submitted by the housing accommodations request deadline. If you are unable to submit documentation by the deadline, you must still submit the request by the deadline and notify CASS that you are unable to submit documentation at that time. CASS will review whatever has been submitted in support of the housing request but cannot guarantee a decision can be made without sufficient supporting documentation.

If you do not request housing accommodations by June 7th, you can still submit your request and documentation. If you plan to request housing accommodations but will not have your documentation by the deadline, we recommend that you submit your request by the deadline and contact the Caltech Accessibility Services for Students immediately (cass@caltech.edu) to discuss the receipt of documentation.

If a student makes a late housing accommodation request after June 7th and CASS determines that they are eligible for accommodations, the University's housing department will work to assign or reassign you to an appropriate available space. Students can expect varied wait times depending on availability. If an appropriate room is not immediately available, you will be placed on a housing accommodations waitlist. While you will be prioritized for an assignment, please note that room assignments are not guaranteed and are subject to availability.

All housing accommodation assignments are made to a specific room type in accordance with CASS's assessment. A particular room on campus cannot be guaranteed through the accommodations process.

For questions or concerns about your requested accommodations, contact CASS at cass@caltech.edu

For questions relating to your housing accommodation assignment or other housing questions, contact the Housing Office at ughousing@caltech.edu