California Institute of Technology

1200 E California Blvd, Pasadena, United States
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Overview of California Institute of Technology

About this school

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 Type


    Private

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:961
    • Men:532 (55.4%)
    • Women:429 (44.6%)

Location

Admission Information

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to California Institute of Technology is 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:

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
3
4
Mathematics
4
-
Science
2
4
Foreign Language
-
3
Social Studies
1
3
History
1
-
Academic Electives
-
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
-
-
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
Required
December 31
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Writing component required
Use of SAT/ACT Essay
SAT: No policy as of now ACT: No policy as of now

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
1200 East California Boulevard
City, State, Zip
Pasadena, CA  91125-0001
Phone
(626) 395-6341
Fax
(626) 683-3026
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission 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

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

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular|Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


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


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

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
Not reported
375 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 Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
780-800 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
100%
• Score 600 - 700
0%
• Score 500 - 600
0%
• Score 400 - 500
0%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
Sat Critical Reading
750-790 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
99%
• Score 600 - 700
1%
• Score 500 - 600
0%
• Score 400 - 500
0%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


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

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - $49,908 (72.43436234597466%)
  • Room & Board: - $14,796 (21.4742891975443%)
  • Other Expences: - $1,323 (1.9201462968607133%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $2,874 (4.171202159620325%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expences
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


California Institute of Technology accepts installment plan, deferred payment

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline February 1
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning March 30
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 001131
Free
Institution's own form
-

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


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 with Loans
34%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$16,777
Parents Borrowing Plus Loans
-
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
3.0%
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
4.0%

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips 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
Not reported
Creative Arts/Performance
Not reported
Special Achievements/Activities
Not reported
Special Characteristics
Not reported

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$3,305

Academics & Instruction

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Quarter

Summer Session


Not offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Not required

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & 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

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
349,257

Computing


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 Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


California Institute of Technology provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


98.3%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


79.0%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


84.4%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


89.3%

Programs & Majors

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (27)


  • 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


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


No online degree programs

Special Programs


Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Double major, English as a second language, Independent study, Study abroad

Study Abroad


Engineering, Computer and information sciences, Physical sciences

Online Degrees


Engineering

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Master of Science

Master's Programs of Study (25)


  • 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

Campus Life

Location & Geography

Population


138,547

Nearest Metropolitan Area


124 acres

Environment


Suburban environment

Campus Size


Los Angeles

Weather


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

Available Transportation


Nearest Airport
19 mile(s) from campus in Los Angeles
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 of College Housing


85% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshmen are required to live on campus

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


15%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Not offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


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

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Fencing
Soccer
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball
Water Polo

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Fencing
Soccer
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball
Water Polo

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
basketball, soccer, table tennis, volleyball

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


California Institute of Technology offers 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

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


961

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
961
Women
429
Men
532

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

Number of Graduate Students


1,277

Student Resources

Study resources