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California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA
Caltech, founded in 1891, is a private institution. It conducts instruction at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and, including its off-campus facilities, is one of the world's major research institutions. Its mission to train creative scientists and engineers is achieved by conducting instruction in an atmosphere of research, accomplished by the close contacts between a relatively small group of students (approximately 900 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students) and the members of a relatively large research staff of 1,000 faculty members. Because of its size, Caltech is able to offer students the advantages of a three-to-one student/faculty ratio and participation in what has been described as "a community of scientists, a scholarly intimacy that cannot be found anywhere else." Its 124-acre campus is located in Pasadena, 10 miles from Los Angeles.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 979
   Women 400 (40.9%)
   Men 579 (59.1%)
Graduate Students 1,261
Entrance Difficulty Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate 8% of 6,855 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered Yes
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline January 3
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA Not reported
SAT Math 770-800 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 740-800 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 34-35 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA   X    
Standardized Tests X      
Essay X      
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $64,974
  Tuition and Fees $47,577
  Room and Board $14,100
Average Percent of Need Met 100%
Average Freshman Award $46,283
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Quarter
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 330
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 26% of classes
10-19 students: 36% of classes
20-29 students: 14% of classes
30-39 students: 9% of classes
40-49 students: 5% of classes
50-99 students: 7% of classes
Over 100 students: 4% of classes
Pasadena Population 138,547
Nearest Metropolitan Area Los Angeles
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 100% of freshmen
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division III
Mascot Beavers
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
47.0% Asian
1.6% Black/African-American
13.0% Hispanic/Latino
7.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
31.5% White
0.0% Unknown
International Students 9.1% from 25 countries
First-Year Students Returning 98.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 81.4%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 90%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 47.0%