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  • 1200 E California Blvd
    Pasadena , CA 91125
    (626) 395-6811

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    Mission Statement

    The mission of the California Institute of Technology is to expand human knowledge and benefit society through research integrated with education. We investigate the most challenging, fundamental problems in science and technology in a singularly collegial, interdisciplinary atmosphere, while educating outstanding students to become creative members of society.

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    Type of School
    Four or more years , Private not-for-profit
    Religious affiliation
    Highest degree offered
    Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
    Distance learning opportunities

  • California Institute of Technology Admission Basics

    Admissions office phone number -
    Open admission policy No
    Undergraduate Application fee $65
    Applied 5,225
    Admitted 667
    Enrolled 244
    Admitted % 13%

    California Institute of Technology Admission factors

    Admission test scores Required
    Secondary school GPA Neither required nor recommended
    Secondary school rank Recommended
    Secondary school record Required
    TOEFL Recommended
    Completion of college preparatory program Required
    Recommendations Required
    Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended

    California Institute of Technology Admission statistics

    Students submitting SAT 91%
    SAT 1 Verbal 25th percentile score 700
    SAT 1 Verbal 75th percentile score 790
    SAT 1 Math 25th percentile score 760
    SAT 1 Math 75th percentile score 800
    Students submitting ACT 39%
    ACT Composite 25th percentile score 33
    ACT Composite 75th percentile score 35

    California Institute of Technology Diversity

    American Indian/Alaskan Native 0%
    Asian/Pacific Islander 24%
    Black/Non-Hispanic 1%
    Hispanic 5%
    White/Non-Hispanic 43%
    Non-Resident Alien 25%
    Race/ethnicity unknown 1%
  • California Institute of Technology Cost

    In-State Tuition, Full-time Undergraduates $45,846
    Out-of-state Tuition, Full-time Undergraduates $45,846
    Books and Supplies $1,323
    On-campus room and board $14,100
    Off-campus room and board $12,492

    California Institute of Technology Financial Aid

    Students Receiving Aid 71%
    Receiving Federal Grants 18% , $6,179 on average
    Receiving Institutional Aid 55% , $35,587 on average
    Receiving Student Loans 18% , $4,314 on average
  • California Institute of Technology Programs & Majors

    Graduates in 2012/2013 academic year.

    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 0 1 8
    Biology/Biological Sciences, General 14 3 5
    Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology 0 0 0
    Developmental Biology and Embryology 0 0 3
    Genetics, General 0 0 0
    Immunology 0 0 1
    Neurobiology and Neurosciences, Other 0 0 0
    Neuroscience 4 1 7
    Business/Managerial Economics 1 0 0
    Computer and Information Sciences, General 56 1 0
    ENGINEERING Bachelor Master Doctorate
    Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering 0 18 12
    Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 20 6 4
    Chemical Engineering 14 5 10
    Civil Engineering, General 0 1 3
    Electrical and Electronics Engineering 20 40 14
    Engineering Mechanics 0 1 3
    Engineering Physics/Applied Physics 6 8 5
    Engineering, General 1 0 0
    Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 2 4 5
    Materials Engineering 0 8 11
    Mechanical Engineering 29 8 17
    Systems Engineering 0 2 6
    English Language and Literature, General 1 0 0
    HISTORY Bachelor Master Doctorate
    History and Philosophy of Science and Technology 1 0 0
    History, General 0 0 0
    MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS Bachelor Master Doctorate
    Computational Mathematics 15 0 1
    Mathematics, General 20 2 5
    Mathematics and Computer Science 0 0 0
    Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 0 0 0
    Philosophy 0 0 0
    PHYSICAL SCIENCES Bachelor Master Doctorate
    Astrophysics 5 4 4
    Chemistry, General 13 7 30
    Geochemistry 0 0 1
    Geology/Earth Science, General 1 3 9
    Geophysics and Seismology 0 5 5
    Physics, General 22 6 12
    Planetary Astronomy and Science 3 1 2
    SOCIAL SCIENCES Bachelor Master Doctorate
    Economics, General 1 0 0
    Political Science and Government, General 0 0 0
    Social Sciences, General 0 5 7
  • California Institute of Technology Deadlines

    Regular Admissions

    Regular application deadline January 3
    Priority application deadline -
    Fall application deadline January 1
    SAT Reasoning / ACT scores due December 31
    SAT Subject score report due December 31
    College will notify student by April 1
    Student must reply to acceptance by May 1
    Deadline for housing deposit -

    Financial Aid

    Financial aid priority deadline March 2
    Financial aid deadline January 15
    College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about -
    Student must reply to financial aid decision by May 1

    Early Decision/Action

    Early decision deadline -
    College will notify student of early decision by -
    Early action deadline November 1
    College will notify student of early action by December 15

    Transfer Students

    Transfer priority application deadline -
    Transfer priority financial aid deadline March 1
    Transfer application closing date February 15
    Transfer deadline for filing financial aid forms -
    College will notify student of transfer decision by May 1
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Student Reviews of California Institute of Technology

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  • Andrew - Bakersfield, CA

    The typical Caltech admittee fits a general profile: the top of their class, has a passion for STEM, loves learning, is willing to push themselves academically, and many other qualities. Even for many students of high caliber who attend Caltech,… more read full review

    The typical Caltech admittee fits a general profile: the top of their class, has a passion for STEM, loves learning, is willing to push themselves academically, and many other qualities. Even for many students of high caliber who attend Caltech, the academics can be quite a shocking step up from anything previously seen in high school, so be ready for it. I had graduated first in my high school class, breezing through most of my academics, so when I came to Caltech, I didn't expect the academics to be so extremely harder than anything I'd seen. I was far from right. Be prepared to be lumped with many other students if your caliber, and surely some who've seen more math or science than you. Prepare to work the hardest you ever have before on trying to maintain the stellar grades you likely had in high school. Prepare for a completely different school experience. However, don't let that deter you: the academics are something completely new in terms of both difficulty and depth - the instructors and TA's not only know what they're talking about, they strive to go deeper below the surface to give students a solid and interested understanding in the subject matter, and they're passionate about their subjects. Tip: expect the academics to be unlike anything you've ever seen. Bigger tip: if you're the kind of student to get into Caltech, chances are that you'll enjoy the challenge and will embrace it, so don't let it deter you from attending one of the top institutions in the world. read full review

  • abbey, from nyc

    beautiful from pictures and i am sure in real life. difficult to get into, but if you put your mind to it, you'll strive for the best. read full review

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