California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, California
4-year Private university


California Institute of Technology is a private institution established in 1891 with suburban setting located at Pasadena. It is ranked 10 in National Universities in 2018 edition of Best Colleges. It practices quarter-based academic calendar. Only freshmen are required to live on campus, but around 80 percent of students remain in their house for all four years. In addition to its undergraduate studies, Caltech offers top graduate programs in engineering, biology, chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, mathematics and physics. Caltech participates in a significant amount of research, receiving grants from institutions such as NASA, the National Science Foundation and the Department of Health and Human Services, among others.

#10 in National Universities
Location Pasadena, California
Type 4-year Private
Year Founded 1891
Selectivity Very High
Size Small
961 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • 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


Cost of Attendance
Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $52,362
Outstate Tuition Fee $52,362
Room and Board Fees $15,525
$74,200 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


8% (Very High Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Most Difficult
$75 Application Fee
Application Fee Waiver Available
4.26 Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Required
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Recommended
SAT Subject Test Required
Essay or Personal Statement Required
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp
Other Applications Accepted Coalition Application

For International Students

-- Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Required
TOEFL Waived if

your native language is English or you have studied for two or more years in a school where English is the language of instruction

Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Early Action Deadline
Regular Decision Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$46,321 Average Financial Aid
Need-based Aid available for International Students

Need-based Aid

$43,675 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $72,084
100% Students with need received Financial Aid
100% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application Priority Deadline : March 2
Forms to be submitted FAFSA, CSS

Merit Scholarships

Not Available

Other Scholarships

Not Available


961 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Small
98% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
89% Students graduate within 6 years