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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B
Caltech is an elite private college located in Pasadena, California in the Los Angeles Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 961 undergraduate students. Admissions is extremely competitive as the Caltech acceptance rate is only 8%. Popular majors include Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Physics. Graduating 89% of students, Caltech alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $54,500.
About California Institute of Technology...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Address
1200 E California Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91125
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California Institute of Technology Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
8%
Application Deadline
January 3
SAT Range
1530-1590
ACT Range
34-35
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$24,466/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$41,408/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
72%

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
3:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
75%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.8 responses
100%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.7 responses
86%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.7 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
961Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
0
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
13%
Varsity Athletes
23%
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Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
86%
of students say they don't have Greek life.7 responses
Poll
62%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.13 responses
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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$85,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
89%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
89%
National
83%
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I loved visiting caltech! I loved the campus, it was so beautiful. The houses each had their own personality, and cool traditions! I got to play tennis on the courts there and stay with some other girls in the houses themselves. We staying in flemming house and spent a lot of time in the common room! We also were able to tour the academic facilities and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is associated with Caltech and it was truly inspiring to see. We were given the opportunity to see current projects in JPL like the 2020 mars rover! I cannot wait to apply!
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Caltech is a very work hard play hard mentality. Academically, it has the most rigorous and intense coursework I've ever experienced. Alumni agree that any job after graduation pales in comparison to the Caltech workload. The professors are amazingly competent, and it's treated as no big deal to take a course taught by a Nobel-prize winner. I would say the classes are very theoretical with an emphasis on proofs, so it's not very industry-oriented (unless you study computer programming). Socially, although there's no Greek life, all students are sorted into one of eight dorm houses, which are essentially fraternities. There are parties, you just need to know where to look for them. The food is terrible, eating out or cooking your own is both cheaper and tastier. The dorms are old, but no major issues. Caltech isn't perfect, but it'll challenge you academically and get you a good job after graduation.
Not just 'small', intimate. Imagine a top-tier university where many classes have 15 or 20 students (or less) AND do not get cancelled. This is true of English lit (Falkner and Fitzgerald), Entrepreneurship, Poly Sci, Anthro or Macro and even science intro classes. This is simply a small but spectacular place. A student body of UNDER a thousand students, and these will be a thousand of the brightest stars you will ever hope to meet. You will personally know almost all of your classmates (there will be only ~270 TOTAL, including all majors in your class), plus your professors typically teach only one or two classes (except for freshman lectures) and are personal. Research opportunities abound. My upper division classes had 8 students. Really. Every course I took opened my eyes and inspired me. Caltech is full service: my graduating class included a business, econ and even a journalism major. I took fencing (epee) and beginning golf classes. Each had maybe 6 students(!)