California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

1200 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA

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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
  • Engineering
  • 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 G.P.A. and School Records are Recommended
  • High School Academic Ranking are Recommended
  • Letters of Recommendation are Required
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
  • TOEFL for ESL Students are Required

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 Reading720 - 800
SAT ® Math770 - 800
SAT ® Writing720 - 790
SAT ® Total Score2210 - 2390

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English33 - 35
ACT ® Math34 - 36
ACT ® Writing8 - 10
ACT ® Composite Score33 - 35

Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into Caltech

The table below lists the chances for admission at California Institute of Technology.

 Number (Percentage)
Applicants5,535
Granted Admissions584 (11%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled249 (43%)

Student Enrollment

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 StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid74%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships58%$27,007
Receiving Student Loans26%$3,532

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To 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

Graduation Rates

With a graduation rate of around 87%, Caltech is among the most successful schools in the area.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years76%
Graduating in 5 Years7%
Graduating in 6 Years3%

Intercollegiate Athletics

Caltech is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division III (without football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Southern California Intercoll Ath Conf)
  • Basketball (Southern California Intercoll Ath Conf)
  • Fencing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field, Outdoor
  • Track and Field, X-Country
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Programs Offered

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.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Computer and Information Sciences

Engineering

English Language and Literature

History

Interdisciplinary Studies

Mathematics and Statistics

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences

Social Sciences

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