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.

Website: www.caltech.edu/

Private
Co-ed
961
Undergraduate
Students
(44.6%) 429 Women
(55.4%) 532 Men
1,277
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate
8% of 7,339 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
780-800 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
750-790 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
34-35 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$69,401
Tuition and Fees
$49,908
Room and Board
$14,796
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Freshman Award
$46,321
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$16,777
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Quarter
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
331
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
85% 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
47.3% Asian
1.5% Black/African-American
13.1% Hispanic/Latino
7.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
30.4% White
0.0% Unknown
International Students
8.5% from 23 countries
First-Year Students Returning
98.3%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
79.0%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
35.0%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Most Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT I or over 29 on the ACT; about 30% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma or equivalent is not required
High School Program
 

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 3 4
Mathematics 4  
Science 2 4
Foreign Language   3
Social Studies 1 3
History 1  
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT    
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT Required December 31
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Writing component required
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: No policy as of now
ACT: No policy as of now

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
1200 East California Boulevard
City, State, Zip
Pasadena, CA 91125-0001
Phone
(626) 395-6341
Fax
(626) 683-3026
E-mail
ugadmissions@caltech.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 3
Application Fee
$75
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
April 1
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
November 1
Early Action Notification
December 15

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
2 required for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
8% of 7,339 applicants were admitted
Women
16% of 1,958 applicants were admitted
Men
5% of 5,381 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
242 (43%) of 568 admitted students enrolled
Women
113 (37%) of 306 admitted students enrolled
Men
129 (49%) of 262 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
11% of 2359 applicants were admitted
Students Offered Wait List
376
Students Accepting Wait List Position
43
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
Not reported
3.75 and Above
Not reported
3.50 - 3.74
Not reported
3.25 - 3.49
Not reported
3.00 - 3.24
Not reported
2.50 - 2.99
Not reported
2.00 - 2.49
Not reported

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
780-800 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
100%
Score of 600 - 700
0%
Score of 500 - 600
0%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
750-790 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
99%
Score of 600 - 700
1%
Score of 500 - 600
0%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
34-35 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
100%
Score of 24 - 29
0%
Score of 18 - 23
0%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 93%
Top quarter: 100%
Top half: 100%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$69,401
Tuition and Fees
$49,908
Room and Board
$14,796
Books and Supplies
$1,323
Other Expenses
$2,874
Payment Plans
Installment plan, deferred payment

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
finaid@caltech.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline February 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning March 30
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 001131
Free
State Aid Form  
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional
Business/Farm Supplement  

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
166 (70.6%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
113 (68.1%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
113 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
113 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$46,321
Need-Based Gift
Received by 113 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $43,675
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 75 (66.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,951
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
575 (59.8%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
495 (86.1%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
495 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
495 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$49,951
Need-Based Gift
Received by 495 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $45,797
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 330 (66.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,244
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 3 (.6%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
34%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$16,777
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
3.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
4.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
College/university loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$3,305
Academic Calendar System
Quarter
Summer Session
Not offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Astrophysics
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry, General
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Economics, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
  • Engineering, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Geochemistry
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Geophysics and Seismology
  • History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
  • History, General
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Planetary Astronomy and Science
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
Most Popular Disciplines
Engineering, Computer and information sciences, Physical sciences
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Engineering
Special Programs
Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Double major, English as a second language, Independent study, Study abroad
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
331
Part-Time Faculty
43
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
87%
Regular Class Size
Not reported
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
Not reported

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Not reported
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Not accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Not available

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
349,257
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
75
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Science

Master's Programs of Study

  • Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Physics
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computational Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Geochemistry
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Materials Sciences
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics
  • Molecular Biophysics
  • Neuroscience
  • Planetary and Space Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Systems Engineering

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Philosophy

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Physics
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biophysics
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computational Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Developmental Biology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Genetics
  • Geochemistry
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Immunology
  • Materials Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Biophysics
  • Neurobiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Physics
  • Planetary and Space Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Systems Engineering

Location and Setting


Pasadena Population
138,547
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Los Angeles
Campus Size
124 acres

Weather

Temperature
48.9 average low in January, 76.6 average high in September
Rain
35 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
2 mile(s) from campus in Pasadena
Nearest Train Station
2 mile(s) from campus in Pasadena

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
85% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
15%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Beavers
School Colors
Orange and white

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Fencing x   x  
Soccer     x  
Swimming And Diving x   x  
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x      
Water Polo x   x  
Women's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Fencing x  
Soccer    
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Water Polo x  
Mens's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Fencing x  
Soccer x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball    
Water Polo x  
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, soccer, table tennis, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, student newspaper, instrumental music groups, entrepreneur's club, glee club, theater arts, ultimate disc club
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
961
Women
429 (44.6%)
Men
532 (55.4%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
961
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
47.3% Asian
1.5% Black/African-American
13.1% Hispanic/Latino
7.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
30.4% White
0.0% Unknown
International Students.
8.5% from 23 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
1,277

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
98.3%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
79.0%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
84.4%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
89.3%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
35.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Engineering 20%
Arts and Sciences 26%
Medicine 3%

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