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California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CA
University Website: www.caltech.edu
Apply Online: www.admissions.caltech.edu/applying
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The California Institute of Technology (commonly referred to as Caltech) is a private research university located in Pasadena, California, United States. Caltech has six academic divisions with strong emphases on science and engineering. Its 124-acre (50 ha) primary campus is located approximately 11 mi (18 km) northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

Although founded as a preparatory and vocational school by Amos G. Throop in 1891, the college attracted influential scientists such as George Ellery Hale, Arthur Amos Noyes, and Robert Andrews Millikan in the early 20th century. The vocational and preparatory schools were disbanded and spun off in 1910, and the college assumed its present name in 1921. In 1934, Caltech was elected to the Association of American Universities, and the antecedents of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which Caltech continues to manage and operate, were established between 1936 and 1943 under Theodore von Kármán.

Despite its small size, 31 Caltech alumni and faculty have won the Nobel Prize and 66 have won the United States National Medal of Science or Technology. There are 110 faculty members who have been elected to the National Academies. In addition, numerous faculty members are associated with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute as well as NASA. Caltech managed $332 million in 2011 in sponsored research and $1.75 billion for its endowment in 2012. Caltech was ranked first in the 2012–2013 Times Higher Education World University Rankings for the second year running, as well as ranking first in Engineering & Technology and Physical Sciences. It also has a long standing rivalry with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

First year students are required to live on campus, and 95% of undergraduates remain in the on-campus house system. Although Caltech has a strong tradition of practical jokes and pranks, student life is governed by an honor code which allows faculty to assign take-home examinations. The Caltech Beavers compete in 13 intercollegiate sports in the NCAA Division III's Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

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  • Private not for profit, Four or more years
  • students
  • $36,387.00 avg tuition

1200 E California Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91125
(626) 395-6811

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Financial Aid:

Areas of Study:

  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • Engineering
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • History
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Philosophy And Religious Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Social Sciences
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California Institute of Technology

Applied 5,225
Admitted 667 13%
Enrolled total 244
Full Time: 244
Part Time 0
Test 25th % 75th %
SAT EBRW 700 790
SAT Math 760 800
SAT Written (2006-2015) Optional 700 790
ACT Composite 33 35
ACT English 33 35
ACT Math 34 36
ACT Writing 0 0
Retention / Graduation:
Retention rate 98%
4-year graduation rate 73%
6-year graduation rate 89%
Application Deadlines:
Regular Application Deadline
Early Admission Deadline
Early Decision Deadline
Financial Aid Deadline
Student Response Deadline
Transfer Student Application Deadline
Open Admissions Policy No
Secondary School GPA Neither required nor recommended
Secondary School Rank Recommended
Secondary School Record Required
Formal Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission Test Scores Required
TOEFL Recommended
Other Tests Neither required nor recommended
AP Credits Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

California Institute of Technology

Tuition In-District In-State Out-Of-State
Avg Full-Time Undergraduate Tuition $36,387.00 $36,387.00 $36,387.00
Full-Time Undergraduate Required Fees $1,317.00 $1,317.00 $1,317.00
Part-Time Undergraduate Cost Per Credit Hour $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Avg Full Time Graduate Tuition $36,387.00 $36,387.00 $36,387.00
Full Time Graduate Required Fees $1,176.00 $1,176.00 $1,176.00
Part-Full Time Graduate Cost Per Credit Hour $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Expenses On-Campus Off-Campus
(without family)
(with family)
Room and Board $11,676.00 $10,980.00 $4,185.00
Other Expenses $3,387.00 $3,933.00 $4,185.00
Additional Fees
Undergraduate Application Fee $65.00
Graduate Application Fee $80.00
Books and Supplies $1,323.00
Financial Aid
Percent receiving aid 74%
Percent receiving grant aid 58%
Avg amount of grant aid $27,007.00
Percent receiving student loan aid 26%
Avg amount of student loan aid $3,532.00

California Institute of Technology

Programs and majors Associate's Bachelor's Master's Doctorate
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology X
Biology/Biological Sciences, General X X
Neuroscience X X
Business/Managerial Economics X
Computer and Information Sciences, General X X
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering X X
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering X X
Chemical Engineering X X
Civil Engineering, General X
Electrical and Electronics Engineering X X
Engineering Mechanics X
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics X X
Engineering, General X
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering X X
Materials Engineering X X
Mechanical Engineering X X
Systems Engineering X
English Language and Literature, General X
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology X
History, General X
Computational Mathematics X X
Mathematics, General X X
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other X
Philosophy X
Astrophysics X X
Chemistry, General X X
Geochemistry X X
Geology/Earth Science, General X X
Geophysics and Seismology X X
Physics, General X X
Planetary Astronomy and Science X X
Economics, General X
Political Science and Government, General X
Social Sciences, General X

Scholarships for Students in California

Name Amount Deadline
S.P.R.O.W.T Scholarship $5,000 May 31, 2017
Robert E. Thunen Memorial Scholarship $2,500 April 01, 2017
Matt Fong Asian Americans in Public Finance Scholarship $2,500 April 03, 2017
Association for Women in Architecture Foundation Scholarship $2,500 April 12, 2017
Chen Foundation Scholarship $2,000 March 29, 2017
Thomas M. Stetson Scholarship $2,000 June 01, 2017
Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship Program $1,500 March 31, 2017
Emily M. Hewitt Memorial Scholarship $1,500 April 15, 2017
Leon Bradley Scholarship Up to $2,500 May 31, 2017

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