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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    A-
  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 979 undergraduate students. Admissions is extremely competitive as the Caltech acceptance rate is only 8%. Popular majors include Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Physics. Graduating 94% of students, Caltech alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $65,100.
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
1510-1600
ACT Range
34-36
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$26,839/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $3,544/ year
  • $30-48k
    $5,652/ year
  • $49-75k
    $6,781/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,219/ year
  • $110k+
    $42,977/ year
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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.6 responses
100%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.6 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
979Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
11%
Varsity Athletes
20%
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Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
83%
of students say they don't have Greek life.6 responses
Poll
67%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.12 responses
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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$74,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
94%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
89%
National
83%
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If you like science and tech, this is the place to go. Small school makes professors, research, work study, and other opportunities more available. You learn to work with others to get through the academics which are tough, but you ultimately come out with a great sense of accomplishment. It is not the right school for everyone but if you want to major in science or engineering, it would be hard to find a better place.
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I loved the campus when I went on my tour! The trees and greenery really draw you in and give you a feeling on inclusion. Can't wait to apply to this wonderful small university!
Great academics and opportunities, beautiful weather. Very demanding but also a very supportive community.