File format and presentation
Original source files
Abstract presentation in CaltechTHESIS
File size restrictions
Up-to-date Caltech LaTeX thesis templates can be found and used directly in Caltech's Featured Templates section of the Overleaf website.
Students are not required to have an Overleaf account to use the templates, but will have access to useful extra features if they do - for more information on using Overleaf, and to claim your free 10GB upgrade to Overleaf Pro through the Caltech institutional license, please visit the Caltech portal on Overleaf..
You can download the Overleaf files as zip files to your own computer if you prefer to use them that way. Open up a blank thesis template on the Overleaf site, then click on Project at the top of the screen. A green box labeled “Download as ZIP” will show up in the left column, and you can choose which types of files you want to download.
We also have some FAQs (frequently asked questions) about Overleaf and LaTeX. Below are some of the more popular ones:
Your thesis file names should include your own name as well as your graduation date. Please do not use "thesis.pdf" as the file name for your uploaded thesis.
Caltech has traditionally required thesis to be in textual form. In the past few years, however, graduate students and the Graduate Office have considered alternative formats for theses, including in particular multi-media, multi-form and cross-platform. After consultations, the current guidelines for students preparing theses are as follows:
Many authors have trouble replicating the appearance of their thesis' abstract in the CaltechTHESIS record. Below are some tips to get you started. While your abstract may look funny in the user mode, it should display correctly in public mode. Save your changes as you go along and check the abstract's view in the Preview mode. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call!