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Caltech, California Institute of Technology, SAT Scores, Costs & Admissions Data

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Caltech's Bridge Laboratory

Caltech's Bridge Laboratory

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Photo of Caltech's Beckman Auditorium

Caltech's Beckman Auditorium

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Roses at the California Institute of Technology

Caltech Roses

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Caltech Description:

Caltech, The California Institute of Technology, always places at or near the top of lists of the country's best engineering schools. With its high admissions standards, small size and 3:1 student-faculty ratio, it's easy to see why. Caltech is located in Pasadena, California, a short distance from Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean. The institute is a member of the Association of American Universities.

Admissions Data (2013):

Enrollment (2012):

  • Total Enrollment: 2,243 (997 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 62% Male / 38% Female
  • 100% Full-time

Costs (2013 - 14):

  • Tuition and Fees: $41,538
  • Books: $1,323 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $12,507
  • Other Expenses: $3,387
  • Total Cost: $58,755

Caltech Financial Aid (2011 - 12):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 72%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 57%
    • Loans: 29%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $31,445
    • Loans: $5,525

Scholarships for Caltech (powered by Cappex.com)

Most Popular Majors at Caltech:

Biology, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Math, Mechanical Engineering, Physics

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 96%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 79%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 92%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Caltech and the Common Application

The California Institute of Technology uses the Common Application. These articles can help guide you:

Caltech Mission Statement:

"The mission of the California Institute of Technology is to expand human knowledge and benefit society through research integrated with education. We investigate the most challenging, fundamental problems in science and technology in a singularly collegial, interdisciplinary atmosphere, while educating outstanding students to become creative members of society."

mission statement from http://www.caltech.edu/at-a-glance/

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