California Institute of Technology.
College

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CA4 year degree
$49,908
Tuition
8%
Acceptance rate

About California Institute of Technology

The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is a private research university in Pasadena, California. The university is known for its strength in science and engineering, and is one among a small group of institutes of technology in the United States which is primarily devoted to the instruction of pure and applied sciences. Caltech was founded as a preparatory and vocational school by Amos G. Throop in 1891 and began attracting influential scientists such as George Ellery Hale, Arthur Amos Noyes and Robert Andrews Millikan in the early 20th century. The vocational and preparatory schools were disbanded and spun off in 1910 and the college assumed its present name in 1920. In 1934, Caltech was elected to the Association of American Universities, and the antecedents of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which Caltech continues to manage and operate, were established between 1936 and 1943 under Theodore von Kármán.Caltech has six academic divisions with strong emphasis on science and engineering, managing $332 million in 2011 in sponsored research. Its 124-acre (50 ha) primary campus is located approximately 11 mi (18 km) northeast of downtown Los Angeles. First-year students are required to live on campus, and 95% of undergraduates remain in the on-campus House System at Caltech. Although Caltech has a strong tradition of practical jokes and pranks, student life is governed by an honor code which allows faculty to assign take-home examinations. The Caltech Beavers compete in 13 intercollegiate sports in the NCAA Division III's Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). As of October 2020, there are 76 Nobel laureates who have been affiliated with Caltech, including 40 alumni and faculty members (41 prizes, with chemist Linus Pauling being the only individual in history to win two unshared prizes); in addition, 4 Fields Medalists and 6 Turing Award winners have been affiliated with Caltech. There are 8 Crafoord Laureates and 56 non-emeritus faculty members (as well as many emeritus faculty members) who have been elected to one of the United States National Academies, 4 Chief Scientists of the U.S. Air Force and 71 have won the United States National Medal of Science or Technology. Numerous faculty members are associated with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute as well as NASA. According to a 2015 Pomona College study, Caltech ranked number one in the U.S. for the percentage of its graduates who go on to earn a PhD.

Highlights

  • Offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 961 students
  • 3.47 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available
  • www.caltech.edu

Notable programs at California Institute of Technology

Biology
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Biology, Genetics, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering.

Acceptance Rates

8%
Acceptance Rate in 2017
1558
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

568 students out of 7,339 applicants were accepted into California Institute of Technology. They had an average SAT score of 1558. 65% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 56% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

$49,908
Undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the cost of tuition at California Institute of Technology was $49,908. After taking into account the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for students was $68,901.

Financial aid available at California Institute of Technology

61%
Of undergrads receive grants
4%
Of undergrads receive federal loans

61% of undergraduate students at California Institute of Technology received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at California Institute of Technology

$14,796
Room & board
$1,323
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at California Institute of Technology was of $14,796 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,323.

Diversity at California Institute of Technology

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017