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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.

Website: www.caltech.edu/

Private
Co-ed
948
Undergraduate
Students
(45.4%) 430 Women
(54.6%) 518 Men
1,285
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate
7% of 8,208 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
790-800 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
740-780 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
35-36 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$75,263
Tuition and Fees
$54,600
Room and Board
$16,644
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Freshman Award
$48,783
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$16,337
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Quarter
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
332
Regular Class Size
Not reported
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Campus Life

Pasadena Population
138,547
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Los Angeles
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
86% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Beavers
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
44.3% Asian
1.6% Black/African-American
15.1% Hispanic/Latino
9.2% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
29.7% White
0.0% Unknown
International Students
8.8% from 23 countries
First-Year Students Returning
97.9%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
80.6%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
35.0%
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