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Colleges / California Institute of Technology

About Caltech

California Institute of Technology is a private, nonprofit school located in the suburban setting of Pasadena, CA, less than an hour from Los Angeles.

Founded in 1891, the institution currently enrolls around 2,240 students a year, including 901 undergrads. The institution runs on a quarter academic calendar.

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $2,907,002,000. The school spends $104,953 for each full-time student enrolled.

2021 Admissions Facts About Caltech

Acceptance rate: 7%

Early Decision or Early Action: No/Yes

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: January 3

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: March 15

Caltech Acceptance Rate 2021

Caltech is a extremely difficult school to get accepted to. Around 7 percent of all applicants are admitted to Caltech each year.

In 2021, 312 applicants were waitlisted and 10 students were ultimating offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is Caltech a good school?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of the 226 students who started at Caltech as first-time freshman, 194 graduate within four years.

Caltech's six-year graduation for undergrads is 92 percent. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. In 2020, students graduated with an average of $16,950 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Caltech sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is Caltech a good school for YOU?

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The deadline to apply to Caltech for Fall 2022 is January 15. All applicants will receive an admissions decision by March 15.

Read on to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics and majors and more. You can also see what others are saying about Caltech in the College Confidential forums and get personalized recommendations for more schools that might be a good fit for you.

College Info

1200 East California Boulevard Pasadena, CA 91125-0001

Campus Setting: Suburban

Caltech Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 3

Transfer Applications are Due

Feb 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Caltech is Jan 3.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Caltech is Feb 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Caltech ACT Scores


ACT Range

35 - 36

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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Caltech SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1530 - 1570


Math SAT Range

790 - 800


Reading SAT Range

740 - 760

Caltech Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Caltech is like? There are approximately 2,237 students enrolled at Caltech, including 938 undergraduate students and 1,299 graduate students. 100% percent of students attend school full-time, 36% percent are from CA and 64% percent of students are from other states.


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