Caltech - California Institute of Technology Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Beckman Institute at Caltech
Beckman Institute at Caltech. smerikal / Flickr

The California Institute of Technology, Caltech, is a highly selective school, one of the most selective in the country. With an acceptance rate of only 8 percent, students will need to have grades and test scores well above average to be considered. Students must submit scores from the SAT or ACT, an online application (either the Common Application or Coalition Application), transcripts, and teacher recommendations.

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Admissions Data (2016)

Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile

  • SAT Critical Reading: 740 / 800
  • SAT Math: 770 / 800
  • SAT Writing: - / -
  • ACT Composite: 34 / 36
  • ACT English: 34 / 36
  • ACT Math: 35 / 36
  • ACT Writing: - / -

About Caltech

Caltech, The California Institute of Technology, always places at or near the top of lists of the country's best engineering schools. With its high admissions standards, small size and 3:1 student-faculty ratio, it's easy to see why. The school also made the list of the country's 20 most selective colleges. Students can choose from 26 academic programs, and the school is home to 48 cross-disciplinary research centers.

Caltech is located on an attractive 124-acre campus in Pasadena, California, a short distance from Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean.

The institute's strong research programs earned it membership in the Association of American Universities.  

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 2,240 (979 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 59% Male / 41% Female
  • 100% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $47,577
  • Books: $1,323 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $14,100
  • Other Expenses: $3,774
  • Total Cost: $66,774

Caltech Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 75%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 58%
    • Loans: 22%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $36,632
    • Loans: $7,732

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Bioengineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Math, Mechanical Engineering, Physics
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Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 98%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 81%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 94%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Soccer, Track, and Field, Water Polo, Basketball, Fencing Baseball, Cross Country, Swimming and Diving, Tennis
  • Women's Sports: Tennis, Basketball, Cross Country, Water Polo, Volleyball, Fencing, Track, and Field

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Caltech and the Common Application

The California Institute of Technology uses the Common Application.