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California Institute of Technology


General Information

  • The California Institute of Technology is a co-ed research university located in Pasadena, California, about twenty minutes from downtown Los Angeles. Map.
  • Caltech enrolls 983 undergraduate students. 
  • Caltech strives to keep academic-year work and student loans to manageable levels, so that the academic aspirations of students are not impacted. 
  • On average, more than 50% of Caltech undergraduate students receive need-based financial assistance.

Socio-economic Diversity

  • 17% of financial aid applicants at Caltech came from families who make less than $60,000 per year.
  • 13% of students at Caltech receive Federal Pell Grants, which typically go to students whose family incomes are below $40,000.


    Racial Diversity
    African American 2%
    Asian American 44%
    Caucasian 28%
    Hispanic 12%
    Native American <1%
    Race/ethnicity Unreported N/A


Gender Ratio
Female 36%
Male 64%


Geographic Diversity

  • 9% of the students are from outside the U.S.

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School Profile

Campus Setting

  • Suburban
  • City Population (Pasadena): 137,122
  • City Population (Los Angeles): 3.7 million


  • 1,226 graduates
  • 983 undergraduates
  • 226 freshmen


  • 9% applicants admitted
  • 100% in top 10% of HS class
  • SAT Middle 50% 2230-2390
  • SAT CR Middle 50%: 730-800
  • SAT M Middle 50%: 770-800
  • SAT W Middle 50%: 730-790
  • ACT Middle 50%: 34-35

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