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California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CA, USA
3.94 Average Rating

The California Institute of Technology is a 4-year private science and engineering university in Pasadena. Caltech confers undergraduate degrees in 28 scientific fields of study. In addition to classroom space, Caltech is home to several research centers including the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the International Observatory Network, and the Caltech Seismological Laboratory. For students interested in the performing arts, the Caltech campus features two auditoriums and an outdoor athenaeum.

Admissions

Key Admissions Stats

Institution Type
Private
  • Not for Profit
  • Coed

Need Aware

This school may consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Small city

0
100
7%
Acceptance Rate

Admissions Requirements

SAT
Yes
ACT
Yes
Transcript
Yes

Important Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Reply Deadline
Early Action Acceptance is not binding, but student will receive admissions decision earlier. November 1, 2019 May 1, 2020
Fall Regular Decision January 3, 2020 May 1, 2020

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
38%
Out-Of-State Students
54%
52%
Submitting ACT
68%
Submitting SAT
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Academics

Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
Doctorate
Total Number of Students
2,233
Total Number of Undergrads
948
Academic Calendar

Quarter

Classroom Sizes

2-19 Students
67%
20-39 Students
21%
40-99 Students
6%
100+ Students
3%
0
100
81%
Graduate in 4 Years US National: 28%
0
100
92%
Graduate in 6 Years US National: 52%
Student:Faculty Ratio
3:1
US National: 21:1
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Tuition, Cost & Aid

Key Financial Stats

Average Net Price
$26,361
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Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$54,600
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$54,600
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$16,644
Books and Supplies
$1428

Aid & Grants

0
100
100%
Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
49%
Average Aid Per Year
$42,540
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
49%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$7,014
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$39,970

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
21%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$4,766
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$12,179
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$129
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Campus Life

Key Campus Stats

Student Gender
Male
Female
55%
45%
Student Organizations
100
Size of Town
Small city
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
Yes
On Campus Women's Center
No

Housing

0
100
86%
Undergrads Living on Campus
On-campus living required of freshman
Yes

Athletics

Divisional Sports Nickname
Beavers
School Colors
Orange/White
Varsity Athletics Association
NCAA
Varsity Athletics Conference Primary
Not applicable

Campus Safety

24-HR security patrol
Yes
Campus emergency phones
Yes
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After Graduation

Post Grad Stats

Top 5 Cities
Los Angeles
San Francisco
New York
Boston
San Diego
Employed
6 mos. after graduation
60%
Average Salary
6 years after graduation
$85,900
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What Students Are Saying

3.94 Average Rating
Even from my brief experience at Caltech for Pre-Frosh Weekend, I was impressed at how seriously my future upperclassmen work hard and play hard. Most amazing was how they respected each other and the Honor Code, which dictates the way the Caltech community operates. They're incredibly inspiring and each super passionate, and I look forward to the next four years with them.
Jianing Jenny from Plano, TX
California Institute of Technology is an amazing school. Of all the colleges that I looked at, Caltech is definitely my top choice. If I get accepted, I am sure to go.
Julie from Laurel, MD

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