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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.

Institution TypePrivate
Undergraduate Students1,001
   Women391 (39.1%)
   Men610 (60.9%)
Graduate Students1,254


Entrance DifficultyMost difficult
Overall Admission Rate9% of 6,506 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedYes
Early Decision OfferedNo
Regular Admission DeadlineJanuary 3
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPANot reported
SAT Math770-800 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading730-800 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing730-790 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite34-35 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance$64,974
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met100%
Average Freshman Award$40,377
Average Indebtedness of
2015 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemQuarter
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 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 Population138,547
Nearest Metropolitan AreaLos Angeles
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 100% of freshmen
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division III


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
49.5% Asian
1.6% Black/African-American
13.0% Hispanic/Latino
5.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
29.8% White
0.2% Unknown
International Students8.3% from 25 countries
First-Year Students Returning97.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
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CLASS OF 2021 Profile of Students on COLLEGEdata
Interested in This College
Average 3.83 4.31 758 708 32
Low 2.70 2.90 680 580 17
High 4.00 5.00 800 800 36
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