With an acceptance rate of 13% in 2012, Caltech is one of the country's most selective colleges. To get accepted, you're going to need grades and test scores that are well above average. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that most successful applicants had "A" averages, SAT scores of about 2100 or higher, and an ACT composite score of 32 or higher. The higher those numbers, the better your chance of an acceptance letter.
Note that there are a lot of red and yellow dots (rejected and waitlisted students) hidden behind the green and blue. Many students with high test scores and 4.0 GPAs don't get into Caltech. Caltech uses the Common Application and has holistic admissions, so the admissions officers will be looking for more than good grades and high standardized test scores. They will also want to see challenging courses, glowing letters of recommendation, a winning essay, and strong extracurricular involvement.
To learn more about Caltech, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- Caltech Admissions Profile
- What's a Good SAT Score?
- What's a Good ACT Score?
- What's Considered a Good Academic Record?
- What is a Weighted GPA?
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