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California Institute of Technology Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on California Institute of Technology? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors Caltech offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is California Institute of Technology Ranked?

Quality Badge

2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

California Institute of Technology was awarded 39 badges in the 2021 rankings.

Overall Quality

Caltech landed the #4 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation!

Caltech is also ranked #1 out of 116 schools in California.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Caltech?

Acceptance Rate

Even if you have the best grades and high test scores, that may not be enough to get into Caltech since the school has one of the most selective in the country. Its acceptance rate is a mere 8%, so there's no shame if you don't get in. Be sure to apply to other schools just in case.

Average Test Scores

About 65% of students accepted to Caltech submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 750 and 790. Math scores were between 780 and 800.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for California Institute of Technology  ( 750 to 790 )

SAT Math Scores for California Institute of Technology  ( 780 to 800 )
Caltech received ACT scores from 56% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 34 and 35.

ACT Composite Scores for California Institute of Technology  ( 34 to 35 )

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California Institute of Technology Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Caltech, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 3 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at California Institute of Technology is 92%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  92 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at California Institute of Technology

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 98% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like California Institute of Technology enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  98 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Caltech the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 84%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  84 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at Caltech

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 938 full-time undergraduates at Caltech.

Caltech Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

With an overall score of 98.18 out of 100, Caltech is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  98.18 out of 100
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How Much Does California Institute of Technology Cost?

The overall average net price of Caltech is $23,820. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Caltech

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$2,714 $1,376 $14,027 $17,611 $45,404

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Caltech, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Caltech, approximately 21% of students took out student loans averaging $4,766 a year. That adds up to $19,064 over four years for those students.

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How Much Money Do Caltech Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Caltech make around $85,900 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for Caltech students since it is 116% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at California Institute of Technology make the most money.

Location of California Institute of Technology

California Institute of Technology is a private not-for-profit institution located in Pasadena, California. The city atmosphere of Pasadena makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Location of California Institute of Technology

Contact details for Caltech are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1200 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91125
Phone: 626-395-6811

California Institute of Technology Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 34 majors graduated from California Institute of Technology. Of these students, 241 received undergraduate degrees and 346 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Computer Science 64 NA
Mechanical Engineering 30 NA
Electrical Engineering 24 NA
Physics 23 NA
Mathematics 13 NA
Chemistry 13 NA
Chemical Engineering 13 NA
Applied Mathematics 12 NA
Biomedical Engineering 11 NA
Geological & Earth Sciences 10 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at California Institute of Technology along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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