California Institute of Technology

California Institute of Technology Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is California Institute of Technology Ranked?

Quality Badge

2022 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 772 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is geochemistry.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Caltech as #17 out of 2,576 colleges and universities in the country on its 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation!

Caltech is also ranked #6 out of 203 schools in California.

See all of the rankings for California Institute of Technology.

Is It Hard to Get Into Caltech?

Acceptance Rate

California Institute of Technology has a very low acceptance rate of 7%, making it one of the most selective out of all the colleges and universities in the nation. It's probably a good idea to apply to other schools in addition to Caltech just in case you don't make the cut.

Average Test Scores

About 45% 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 740 and 780. Math scores were between 790 and 800.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for California Institute of Technology  ( 740 to 780 )

SAT Math Scores for California Institute of Technology  ( 790 to 800 )
Caltech received ACT scores from 34% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 35 and 36.

ACT Composite Scores for California Institute of Technology  ( 35 to 36 )

Learn more about California Institute of Technology admissions.

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 93%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  93 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at California Institute of Technology

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 94% 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  94 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Caltech for first-time, full-time students is 81%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  81 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at California Institute of Technology.

California Institute of Technology Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 901 full-time undergraduates at Caltech.

How Much Does California Institute of Technology Cost?

The overall average net price of Caltech is $24,274. 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 +
$5,456 $3,756 $8,042 $12,788 $48,851

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 $5,059 a year. That adds up to $20,236 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Caltech is 1.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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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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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, 207 received undergraduate degrees and 247 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 72 $129,821
Physics 34 NA
Mechanical Engineering 15 $71,015
Electrical Engineering 15 NA
General Biology 12 NA
Mathematics 9 NA
Chemical Engineering 9 NA
Astronomy & Astrophysics 8 NA
Applied Mathematics 7 NA
Materials Engineering 5 NA

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

Learn more about online learning at California Institute of Technology.

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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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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