California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
1200 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA
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- FAFSA School Code: 001131
- Phone: (626) 395-6811
- School Homepage
- Phone: (626) 395-6341
- Admissions Page
Financial Aid Office
- Phone: (626) 395-6280
- Financial Aid Page
California Institute of Technology is a nonprofit private university that has a large selection of majors and degree programs available for students to choose from. The school is located in Pasadena, CA, in a predominately urban area. Enrollment at California Institute of Technology exceeds 2,200 yearly.
Areas of study offered at Caltech include but are not limited to:
- Physical Sciences
- Computer And Information Sciences
- Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Students applying for admission are generally required to submit an application, transcripts, standardized test scores and any requested application essays, which will then be reviewed by the admissions staff. Either the ACT or SAT exam can be taken in order to be able to apply to this school. Scores in a range of 33 to 35 on the ACT or 2160 to 2380 on the SAT are required to greatly increase the chance of admission. Only 13 percent of applicants are admitted to the school due to the high volume of applicants for the limited enrollment spots. More information from the admissions office can be found at admissions.caltech.edu.
The cost of tuition is close to $41,000 for the year. Tuition prices may change for a variety of reasons, and that is why students should use the school's price of attendance calculator to understand their personalized cost estimate of attendance. Housing is available for students and costs about $7,200 each year. This school may offer financial aid for students who qualify in the form of scholarships, grants, and loans.
The California Institute of Technology Beavers participate in several intercollegiate athletic programs, with competitions managed and overseen by the NCAA. Athletic programs available:
- Baseball (NCAA Division III)
- Basketball (NCAA Division III)
- Fencing (NCAA Division III)
Contact information, financial aid information, areas of study, and much more may be accessed on school's website at http://www.caltech.edu.
Admission Requirements & Details
The admissions information below may provide a better idea of the applicants California Institute of Technology accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of accepted students, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to see your chances of getting accepted to Caltech.
Admission Requirements & Recommendations
- High School Academic Ranking are Recommended
- Letters of Recommendation are Required
- SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
- TOEFL for ESL Students are Recommended
Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...
SAT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011
|Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)|
|SAT ® Critical Reading||700 - 790|
|SAT ® Math||760 - 800|
|SAT ® Writing||700 - 790|
|SAT ® Total Score||2160 - 2380|
ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011
|Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)|
|ACT ® English||33 - 35|
|ACT ® Math||34 - 36|
|ACT ® Composite Score||33 - 35|
Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into Caltech
The table below lists the chances for admission at California Institute of Technology.
|Granted Admissions||667 (13%)|
|Accepted Students That Enrolled||244 (37%)|
The total student enrollment at California Institute of Technology is about 2,200. The enrollment breakdown by academic level is 56% enrolling as graduate students and 44% as undergraduate students.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition is estimated to range between $38,000-$46,000 for both in-state and out-of-state students
- May offer prepaid tuition rates, allowing tuition to be purchased at current rates for future enrollment.
Financial Aid Details
The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||74%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||58%||$27,007|
|Receiving Student Loans||26%||$3,532|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo support students and graduates, California Institute of Technology may offer services to students like:
- Career path counseling
- Student employment
- Employment search assistance
- Day care for children
With a graduation rate of around 87%, Caltech is among the most successful schools in the area.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||76%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||7%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||3%|
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by California Institute of Technology by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)
- Chemistry (B, D, M)
- Physics (B, D, M)
- Geology (B, M)
- Astrophysics (B, D, M)
- Geophysics and Seismology (B, D, M)
- Planetary Astronomy and Science (B, D)
- Geochemistry (B, D)
- Mechanical Engineering (B, D, M)
- Electrical Engineering (B, D, M)
- Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (B, D, M)
- Chemical Engineering (B, D, M)
- Biomedical Engineering (B, D)
- Engineering Physics (B, D, M)
- Materials Engineering (B, D, M)
- Systems Engineering (D, M)
- Environmental and Environmental Health Engineering (B, D)
- Engineering Mechanics (M)
- Civil Engineering (D, M)
Computer and Information Sciences
- Computer (B, D, M)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
- Math (B, D, M)
- Computational Mathematics (B, D, M)
Business and Marketing Studies
- Business Economics (B)
- Interdisciplinary Studies (B)
- History (B)
- History and Philosophy of Science and Technology