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California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech)

Located in Pasadena, California, the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is one of the most well-known and respected schools of engineering, science and technology in the nation. Caltech is a research oriented technology schools who graduates have gone on to become award-winning scholars. Caltech also employs some of the best thinkers and brighest minds in America. You might want to know that over 30 caltech graduates and professors have gone on to win the Nobel Prize and even more have received awards and special recognition from the Academies of Science. How many schools can boast that type of track record? Not many.

Caltech offers graduate and undergraduate programs in a variety of science and high-tech fields including Biology, Chemistry, Computer and Information Sciences, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Unlike other technology schools, research is an integral part of the Caltech experience. Student research activities are typically performed in cooperation with other well-known local, national and international technology and educational organizations.

Even though Caltech is relatively small when compared with public universities, it offers students an exceptional educational experience. Its small classes allow students to receive more personal attention, and students reap the reward of working closely with some of the nation's best college faculty.

If you want to attend Caltech, it's important that you have a strong academic record. Competition is intense and Caltech is selective. Only the most qualified, talented, and dedicated individuals are admitted.

General Information

Admission Office
1200 East California Boulevard, MC 1-94
Pasadena, CA 91125
(626) 395-6341
Fax: (626) 683-3026
ugadmissions@caltech.edu
Contact: Richard Bischoff
Director of Admissions
Main Address
1200 East California Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91125
(626) 395-6811
www.caltech.edu
Size
Total undergrads: 921
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 236
Degree-seeking undergrads: 921
Graduate enrollment: 1,205

Setting
Suburban setting
Small city (50,000 - 249,999)
Residential campus
Degrees offered:
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Annual Expenses 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
Tuition and fees $32,835 $34,437 $34,584 $36,282 +4.91%
Books and Supplies $1,165 $1,194 $1,290 $1,323 +2.56%
Living Arrangement - On Campus
Room and Board $9,540 $10,146 $10,755 $11,397 +5.97%
Other $3,020 $3,213 $3,339 $3,387 +1.44%
Living Arrangement - Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
In-state On Campus $46,560 $48,990 $49,968 $52,389 +4.85%
In-state Off Campus $34,000 $35,631 $35,874 $37,605 +4.83%
In-state with Family $34,000 $35,631 $35,874 $37,605 +4.83%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $34,989
In-state Student Fees $1,146
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $34,989
Out-of-state Fees $1,146

All Degrees and Programs

BA/BS MA/MS PhD AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 192 119 179 2
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 21 5 25 - -
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2 4 - -
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 18 3 15 - -
Neuroscience 3 - 6 - -
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 2 - - - -
Business/managerial Economics 2 - - - -
Computing and Information Sciences 19 6 1 - -
Computer and Information Sciences 19 6 1 - -
Engineering 66 74 72 - 2
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/space Engineering 1 16 6 - 1
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering - 2 13 - -
Chemical Engineering 18 6 13 - -
Civil Engineering - 2 - - -
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 21 26 9 - -
Engineering Mechanics - - - - -
Engineering Physics/applied Physics 6 5 4 - -
Engineering 1 - - - -
Environmental/environmental Health Engineering 1 3 4 - -
Materials Engineering - 8 6 - -
Mechanical Engineering 18 6 14 - 1
Systems Engineering - - 3 - -
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters - - - - -
English Language and Literature - - - - -
History - - - - -
History and Philosophy Of Science and Technology - - - - -
History - - - - -
Mathematics and Statistics 35 1 8 - -
Computational Mathematics 20 1 1 - -
Mathematics 15 - 7 - -
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies - - - - -
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other - - - - -
Physical Sciences 47 27 66 - -
Astrophysics 4 4 3 - -
Chemistry 16 3 38 - -
Geochemistry - 2 2 - -
Geology and Earth Science - 1 3 - -
Geophysics and Seismology 1 3 4 - -
Physics 25 8 11 - -
Planetary Astronomy and Science 1 6 5 - -
Social Sciences 2 6 7 - -
Economics 2 - - - -
Political Science and Government - - - - -
Social Sciences - 6 7 - -
Above data represents first majors only.
(-) Indicates that a program is not offered at this level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $60
Online application fee: $60
Enrollment Rates
Percent applicants admitted: 17%
Secondary school rank: Recommended
Secondary school record: Required
Recommendations: Required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT): Required
TOEFL: Recommended

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2011
Number of Applicants: 5,225
Percent Admitted: 13%
Percented Admitted Who Enrolled: 37%
Test Scores: Fall 2011

SAT Critical Reading
  • 700 (25th Percentile)
  • 790 (75th Percentile)
SAT Math
  • 760 (25th Percentile)
  • 800 (75th Percentile)
SAT Writing
  • 700 (25th Percentile)
  • 790 (75th Percentile)
ACT Composite
  • 33 (25th Percentile)
  • 35 (75th Percentile)
ACT English
  • 33 (25th Percentile)
  • 35 (75th Percentile)
ACT Math
  • 34 (25th Percentile)
  • 36 (75th Percentile)

Enrollment Statistics


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Retention and Graduation Rates


Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees


Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees



6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees



6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees


Undergraduate Majors

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing
Business/Managerial Economics B

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Science B

Engineering
Chemical Engineering B
Computational neural systems B
Computer Engineering - General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering - General B
Engineering Physics B
Environmental Engineering B
Materials Science B
Mechanical Engineering B

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature - General B

History
History - General B
History of Science/Technology B

Mathematics
Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics - General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Science, Technology & Society B

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy B

Physical Sciences
Astronomy B
Astrophysics B
Chemistry B
Geobiology B
Geochemistry B
Geology B
GeophysicsSeismology B
Physics B
Planetary Sciences B

Social Sciences
Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences - General B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:
    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma
*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.
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