California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA, USA

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Key Admission Stats

Institution Type
Private
  • Coed

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Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Small city
0
100
7%
Acceptance Rate
8,208
Students Applied
2%
Transfer Acceptance Rate
6
Transfer Students Admitted

Admissions Requirements

SAT
Yes
ACT
Yes
SAT Subject Tests
Yes
AP Course Credit
No
Dual Enrollment
No
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, 2021 May 1, 2020
Fall Regular Decision January 3, 2021 May 1, 2020
Test Optional
Yes
Application Fee
$75
Fee waivers available
Rolling Admissions
No

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
38%
Out-Of-State Students
64%
US States Represented
46
Countries Represented
23
52%
Submitting ACT
68%
Submitting SAT
Average ACT Composite: 36
0
36
Average SAT Composite: 1566
0
1600
SAT Percentiles

Math
25th
790
75th
800
Reading
25th
740
75th
780
4.00
Average GPA
Students Enrolled By Class Rank

Top 10%
99
Top 25%
100
Top 50%
100

Admissions Resources

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Admissions Email: [email protected]
Admissions Telephone: 800-568-8324
For International Student Services: visit page
For Students with Disabilities: visit page
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What Students Are Saying

3.94 Average Rating
If you did a research project, make sure to get a letter of reccomendation from your mentor.
Julie from Laurel, MD
STUDY, STUDY, STUDY!!! Also, work hard, get good grades, and make sure to do well on tests, and also, take a good amount of tough classes.
Addam from Garden Grove, CA
Work hard. It isn't impossible to get in. Caltech only accepts the students who are capable of keeping up with the workload. Sometimes all it takes is a bit of enthusiasm to separate you from the nameless herd. Don't worry too much about how well prepared you are. Just come during prefrosh weekend if you get in and go to all the house events. You can tell if you belong here.
Kimberly from Bloomington, IL
If you want to be in an environment that will push you to your limits while living in a beautiful place, this is the right college for you. This place is not made so that anyone can glide through with a 4.0. This is truly a place where you learn that your amount of effort is reflected on your scores.
Mateo from Houston, TX
Yes, this school is small, but if you want the best for your money, then what this school lacks in quantity is made up for in quality. When applying, just (what I call) brain-vomit everything you've ever cared about. I wrote my essay on liposuction because it just horrified and mesmerized me that much. Anything goes.
Jianing Jenny from Plano, TX

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