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Class of 2018 Senior Gift


Senior Gift is a Caltech tradition that demonstrates the impact of philanthropy on the daily lives of Techers. Though most campus news stories focus on gifts in the millions of dollars, gifts of any amount make a huge difference. Here’s why:

  • The percentage of alumni who give back at any level affects our U.S. News and World Report ranking, increasing the value of a Caltech degree.
  • Alumni participation incentivizes larger corporations and foundations to invest in Caltech.
  • If every one of our living alumni worldwide gave just $20, it would be enough to pay for tuition, room, and board for 7 current Caltech students.
  • 50-80% of MIT seniors typically give to senior gift, and Caltech generally hovers between 35-45%. We can do better than that.

Because participation is so important, Senior Gift is more about promoting the act of giving than it is about raising a huge sum. Seniors typically give $20.1X in honor of their class year. Some give $5 or $10, a few give $50 or $100, and the minimum amount is just $1.

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Progress to Goal

House Competition

($ raised)^(% participation)


For more details, please contact:

Kathleen LaManna, Assistant Director, Student Philanthropy
626-395-6286 |