If you are considering submitting an application to Caltech, the regular decision application deadline is January 3 and the fee for the application is $75.
Students who submit their applications to Caltech for fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than March 15.
Here is an overiew of some of Caltech's admissions stats.
|Caltech 2022||Admissions Statistics|
|Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class||90%|
|Admissions Test Policy||Not optional and are not considered|
These are the application deadlines for California Institute of Technology.
|Application Type||Offered||Application Deadline||Notification Deadline|
|Early Decision I||No||––||––|
|Early Decision II||––||––||––|
|Early Action||Yes||November 1||December 15|
|Regular Decision||Yes||January 15||March 15|
Caltech does not offer early decision but does offer early action.
🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Caltech will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.
➡️ Find a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.
Transfer student admissions is extremely difficult.
In 2022, Caltech waitlisted 268 students and 213 accepted a place on the waitlist.
Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the areas where you shine.
Wondering what factors are considered by Caltech during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.
|Character/Personal Qualities||Very Important|
|Application Essay||Very Important|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Very Important|
|Standardized Test Scores||Very Important|
Make sure to check with Caltech for more information on admission factors.
To apply to Caltech, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Caltech's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.
|Area||Required||Recommended||Required for Some||Details (If Any)|
|Transcript(S) of College Record|
|Standardized Test Scores|
|Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)|
|Letter(s) of Recommendation||2|
|Written Essay or Personal Statement||√|
|Transcript of High School Record||√|
Caltech has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.
Out of all students that were admitted, 24% submitted a class rank. At Caltech 90% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 100% were in the top 25%.
At California Institute of Technology, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.
|GPA||Percent of Students|
|3.75 and 3.99||––|
|3.50 and 3.74||––|
|3.25 and 3.49||––|
|3.00 and 3.24||––|
|2.50 and 2.9||––|
|2.00 and 2.49||––|
This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.
Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Caltech directly.
Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.
An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.
Caltech does not consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.
Caltech does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.
For transfer students, it is extremely difficult to get admitted to Caltech.
For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is February 15. Applicants should hear back by May 1.
Transfer students can enroll in Caltech during the following terms:
• Fall Term
Can I defer my acceptance to Caltech?
✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Caltech.
Does Caltech accept transfer credits?
✅ Caltech accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.
Do I have to submit test scores to Caltech?
✅ Caltech is not test optional. Test scores will not be considered during the admissions process, even if you submit them.
What is Caltech's acceptance rate?
✅ The acceptance rate for Caltech is 4%.
What is the early decision acceptance rate at Caltech?
❌ Caltech does not offer early decision.
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How hard is it to get into Caltech? Caltech is a selective institution. The Caltech acceptance rate is 4%. This means that the institution accepts 3 out of every 100 applicants.
First-Year Applications are Due
Transfer Applications are Due
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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