California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

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School Overview

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 school with graduates that have gone on to become award-winning scholars. Caltech also employs some of the best thinkers and brightest 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 been recipients of a National Medal of Science award. 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 other 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

Contact: Richard Bischoff

Director of Admissions
Main Address

1200 East California Boulevard

Pasadena, CA 91125

(626) 395-6811

Total undergrads: 921

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 236

Degree-seeking undergrads: 921

Graduate enrollment: 1,205


Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

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

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 and Philosophy of Science and Technology
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

Undergraduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Student Gender

Undergraduate Student Age

Undergraduate Student Residence

Graduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

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


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 – General B
History of Science/Technology B


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
Geophysics/Seismology 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.

California Institute of Technology Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (626) 395-6811
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: 1200 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91125
Setting: City: Midsize
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 2,237
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 89%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 3 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*: 2,237 (100% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $54,600
Out-of-state Tuition: $54,600
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 71%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $44,646

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

California Institute of Technology Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at California Institute of Technology.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 249
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 211
Engineering 581111
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
History 2
Mathematics and Statistics 222
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 111
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 777
Social Sciences 211
Grand total 5292732

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at California Institute of Technology and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $54,600
Out-of-state $54,600
Books and supplies $1,428

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $54,537
Out-of-state $54,537

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 163 71%
Grant or scholarship aid 127 55% $44,646
Student loan aid 50 22% $6,596

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 565 60% $41,062
Federal student loans 40 4% $6,017

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for California Institute of Technology. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled California Institute of Technology students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 8,367 6,011 2,356
Percent admitted 100% 5% 11%
Percent admitted who enrolled 3% 2% 4%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

California Institute of Technology Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 2,237
Undergraduate enrollment 938
Graduate enrollment 1,299

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

California Institute of Technology Accreditation

This institution is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does 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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