For the Record

Curious, ambitious, and rigorous are words commonly used to describe Caltech. Ramruthwick “Ruthwick” Pathireddy (BS ’17) has another word to add: varied.

As a high school student who wanted to study computer science, Ruthwick sought a college that would be academically challenging but would not confine his interests to coursework and coding. He found that flexibility at Caltech and, together with his twin brother, Ramsathwick “Sathwick” Pathireddy (BS ’17), went on to make his mark outside of the classroom by breaking Caltech’s athletics records.

Ruthwick started garnering recognition during his freshman year, when he was named co-MVP for the Caltech men’s tennis team. By the close of his senior year, he was Caltech’s all-time leader in singles wins—even besting some nationally ranked players. With Sathwick, he also set a new record for the most wins from a Caltech doubles team. But helping to invigorate the tennis program was just an added benefit for Ruthwick—what he cherished most was the camaraderie among his teammates.

“When people talk about Caltech, they think of students studying really hard,” Ruthwick says. “While we do study hard, there’s more to it than that. I don’t think people realize the social opportunities that are available here, how enriching the activities are, and how close the entire undergraduate community is. It’s really like a family.”

In addition to competing athletically, Ruthwick pursued experiences outside of his classwork by serving as a tutor and teaching assistant and interning at startup companies.

Now a software engineer at Two Sigma Investments, Ruthwick appreciates the way Caltech’s need-blind admissions policy helped give him the freedom to explore his diverse interests. Caltech, with the support of donors, meets 100 percent of domestic students’ demonstrated financial need and is among the 6 percent of private institutions in the country to make such a commitment. Ruthwick’s education was partially funded by the Chloe Curtis Scholarship, which was endowed by John Curtis (BS ’62)—another Caltech athletics achiever—and his wife, Anne.

“My time at Caltech was an amazing experience, and I’m grateful that I was able to do what mattered most to me. My time here would not have been possible without financial support and the generosity of others.”
- Ruthwick Pathireddy

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