Tuition & Fees

$49,908

$49,908

not including room and board

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undergraduateRatios

59%

41%

male

female

1
3

teacher

students

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Extremely Selective

8%

acceptance rate

Accepted 553
Declined + 6,302
Total Received 6,855
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Private (nonprofit)

979

undergraduate students

1,261

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Engineering/applied Science
  2. Physical Sciences
  3. Mathematics/statistics
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Codes

SAT 4034
ACT 0182

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
92%
600-699
8%
700-800
99%
600-699
1%
700-800
92%
600-699
8%
30-36
100%
30-36
97%
24-29
3%
30-36
100%
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School Facts

California Institute of Technology, founded in 1891, is a private institution focused on research-based math, science, and engineering fields. Its 124-acre campus is located in Pasadena, 10 miles from Los Angeles.

Public/private Private (nonprofit)
Campus Enrollment 2,240
Established in 1891
Coeducational Coeducational College, Became Coeducational College
Accredited by •  ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.)
•  WASC (Western Assn. of Schools and Colleges)

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Pasadena, CA

124-acre, suburban campus in Pasadena (population: 139,731), 10 miles from Los Angeles. Served by bus and train; major airport serves Los Angeles; smaller airport serves Burbank (15 miles). School operates transportation to jet propulsion lab. Public transportation serves campus.

California Institute of Technology
1200 East California Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91125

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Campus Life

yes
Housing available
86%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
100%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students are required to live in school housing
yes
Students may have cars on campus
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
97%
Top 1/4
100%
Top 1/2
0%
Bottom 1/2
0%
Bottom 1/4
0%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
92%
600-699
8%
700-800
99%
600-699
1%
700-800
92%
600-699
8%
30-36
100%
30-36
97%
24-29
3%
30-36
100%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $75
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline January 3
School has early decision program no
School has early action program yes
Early action program application deadline November 1
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Neither
SAT/ACT requirements SAT Subject Tests Required
SAT or ACT Required

Extremely Selective

8%

acceptance rate

Accepted 553
Declined + 6,302
Total Received 6,855

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Character/ personal qualities
Essay
Recommendations
Secondary school record
Standardized test scores

Important

Class rank
Extracurricular activities

Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Minority affiliation
Particular talent/ability
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

Not Considered

Geographical residence
Interview
Religious affiliation/commitment
State residency

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Admissions Contact

Jarrid J. Whitney
Executive Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
P: 800 568-8324
F: 626 683-3026
ugadmissions@caltech.edu

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Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $781,375
State $134,864
Institutional $19,064,382
Other external $295,862
Total $20,276,483

Non-need-based

Federal
State
Institutional $10,000
Other external $329,001
Total $339,001

Varsity Sports

M W
baseball
basketball
cross-country
diving
fencing
soccer
swimming
tennis
track and field (indoor)
track and field (outdoor)
volleyball
water polo

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (Division III)
Mascot
Beaver
School colors
black and orange
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Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Aeronautics
Aerospace Engineering
Applied Computational Mathematical Sciences
Applied Mechanics
Applied Physics
Applied/Computational Mathematics
Astrophysics
Biochemistry
Biochemistry/Molecular Biophysics
Bioengineering
Biology
Business Economics
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry
Civil Engineering
Computation Science
Computer Science
Economics/Management
Electrical Engineering
Engineering/Applied Science
English
Environmental Sciences/Engineering
Geobiology
Geochemistry
Geology
Geology/Planetary Science
Geophysics
History
History/Philosophy of Science
Independent Study
Materials Science
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Philosophy
Physics
Planetary Science
Political Science
Social Science
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Undergraduate

44%

979
students

Female
41%
400

Male
59%
579

Graduate

56%

1,261
students

Female
29%
361

Male
71%
900

undergraduateFull-time

%

979
students

Female
41%
400

Male
59%
579

undergraduatePart-time

Not reported

Student Break-down

9%
Nonresident aliens
1%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
43%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
12%
Hispanic/Latino
29%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
6%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

3%

Transfer applicants accepted

66%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements
High school transcript Required of All
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Required of All
Interview Not Required/Recommended
Standardized test scores Not Required/Recommended
Essay or personal statement Required of All

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: February 15

Transfer Credits

Minimum transfers must complete

216

quarter hours

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Birth control
  • Career
  • Minority student
  • Older student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Religious

Remedial services offered

Not Reported

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Career/job search classes
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Other
  • Resume assistance
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Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

Not Reported

Additional services

  • Day care
  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Women's Center

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Reader services
  • Special transportation
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors

International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 27
Countries most often represented Canada
China
South Korea
Special services offered for international applicants International student center
Special counselors/advisors
Special orientation

International Student Contact

Marjory Gooding
Director, International Scholar Services
626 395-8808
marjory.gooding@caltech.edu

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