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 7th in National Universities in 2024 edition of Best Colleges. It practices quarter-based academic calendar. Caltech, which focuses on science and engineering, is located in Pasadena, California, approximately 11 miles northeast of Los Angeles. Its tuition and fees are $63,255.

#7 in National Universities
Location Pasadena, California
Type 4-year Private
Year Founded 1891
Selectivity Very High
Size Small
982 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 $19,503
$86,037 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


3% (Very High Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Most Difficult
$75 Application Fee
Application Fee Waiver Available
-- 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
-- Not Reported
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
-- Not Reported

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp
Other Applications Accepted Coalition Application

For International Students

110 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

$74,950 Average Financial Aid
Need-based Aid available for International Students

Need-based Aid

$58,169 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $83,598
51% 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

Federal Pell Grant
Total Worth $7,395
Details The Federal Pell Grant is considered the "base" of a student's financial aid package. It is the first program for which a student's eligibility is determined. Students who have filled out the FAFSA will be automatically considered for a Pell Grant.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
Total Worth Up to $4,000
Details The FSEOG program is an additional federal grant program. FSEOG funds are first awarded to students with exceptional financial need, with priority given to Pell Grant recipients. Students who have filled out the FAFSA will be automatically considered for an FSEOG.
Cal Grant
Total Worth --
Details The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) awards grants to residents of California. California residents who apply for financial aid at Caltech are required to apply for a Cal Grant. There are two types of Cal Grants:
Cal Grant A: awarded based on financial need and academic achievement. The program is designed to assist with the cost of tuition and fees.
Cal Grant B: awarded to students from disadvantaged/low-income families. First year Cal Grant B recipients are awarded a monthly stipend for living expenses. In subsequent years, Cal Grant B recipients will receive tuition and fee assistance in addition to the monthly stipend.


982 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Small
98% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
81% Students graduate within 6 years