California Institute of Technology

Match Requirements for:

Finalists who rank Caltech

Please submit these materials as soon as you are notified you are a Finalist.

Match Requirements
DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 1

1

Caltech-QuestBridge Supplement Member Questions, and all supporting documents

QuestBridge teacher recommendations should include one from a Humanities or Social Science teacher AND one from a Math or Science teacher. 

Once Caltech receives the applications from Finalists who want to participate in the Match they will be emailed with instructions on how to access their student portal where they will access, complete, and submit the Caltech-QuestBridge Supplement.  Sample questions include:

  • Have you previously applied to Caltech?
  • Though not binding, please indicate two of your proposed areas of study at Caltech.
  • Describe three experiences and/or activities that have helped you develop your passion for a possible career in a STEM field? (Each description of your experience/activity should range between 10-120 words.)
  • Much like the life of a professional scientist or engineer, the life of a “Techer” relies heavily on collaboration. Knowing this, what do you hope to explore, innovate, or create with your Caltech peers? (Your response should range between 250-400 words.)
  • The process of discovery best advances when people from various backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives come together. How do you see yourself contributing to the diversity of Caltech's community? (Your response should range between 250-400 words.)
  • Caltech students are often known for their sense of humor and creative pranks. What do you like to do for fun? (Your response should range between 250-400 words.)

2

Official Transcript(s)

Students must submit official transcripts from their high school(s) and any other institution where they have taken courses. You must have either completed the following courses or be enrolled in them at the time of your application. Students who have not completed these courses will not be properly prepared for Caltech's core curriculum.

  • 4 years of Math (including the highest level of Calculus offered at school)
  • 1 year of Physics
  • 1 year of Chemistry
  • 3 years of English (4 years recommended)
  • 1 year of U.S. History/Government

Caltech is looking for students to engage with the most advanced and rigorous coursework available at their School.

3

Test Scores

Caltech has implemented a 2-Year Moratorium on requirement and consideration of SAT and/or ACT test scores.

• As of June 2020, Caltech had enacted a two-year moratorium on both the requirement and consideration of SAT and ACT test scores as the undergraduate admissions process. This change was made in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic and its continuing impact on access to these exams for the students across the country and globe, will be in effect for all first-year students applying to Caltech for Fall 2021 and Fall 2022. 

• The Caltech Undergraduate Admissions Office will not be accepting or reviewing any standardized test submitted. 

Elimination of the requirement for SAT subject Tests

• As of January 2020, Caltech eliminated the requirement for applications to submit two SAT Subject Tests. These sections will not be considered in the application review process. This change is in effect for those students applying for the Caltech class that begins in the fall of 2021. 

4

2021-2022 FAFSA

FAFSA code: 001131
Available: Oct. 1

US Citizens and Eligible Noncitizens only.

5

2021-2022 CSS Profile

CSS code: 4034
Available Oct. 1

Please select "Early Action" as your admission application type. 

If your parents are divorced or separated:

  • Each parent will need to complete their own CSS Profile application. It is recommended that the student and custodial parent start the CSS Profile application first. To keep their financial information private, your parents should not share their College Board log-in credentials with each other.
  • Your non-custodial parent must submit the online Non-Custodial Profile after creating a separate College Board account.
  • If you do not have any contact with your non-custodial parent, then you may submit a request to waive the requirement of their financial information. Your request must include a statement from a third party who can verify your situation. Download the Non-Custodial Parent Waiver Petition and submit directly to the Financial Aid Office (See Contact Information below).

6

2019 IRS Tax Return Transcript and Forms for Custodial and Non-Custodial Parent (if applicable) 

(Only submit if you are Matched to Caltech)

Submit the following to the College Board's IDOC service:

If your parents own a business or farm:

If applicable:

Please note that the IDOC service does not become available until October 1, 2020.

7

Cal Grant GPA Verification Form

(Only submit if you are Matched to Caltech)

 For Residents of California, please submit the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form.

Options following the Match

Early Action

Finalists who do not match cannot be considered for admission through Early Action to Caltech, but instead can be considered in the Regular Decision process.

Regular Decision

Follow the instructions below to apply through Regular Decision. 

Regular Decision Requirements:

Step 1: Select Caltech on the QuestBridge Regular Decision Form on your Application Management page between November 4 - December 9. Only check the box if you fully intend to submit a complete application to Caltech (including all of the materials detailed in the table below).

Step 2: Submit all additional required application and financial materials by the applicable deadlines directly to Caltech as detailed in the table below.

Information for Non-Finalists

indicates a required material

Regular Decision Requirements: Application Materials
DEADLINE: JANUARY 3

 

Finalists who ranked Caltech and submitted all materials (but did not match to a binding college)

Finalists who did not rank Caltech

Choose one of the following to apply: QuestBridge Application with Caltech QuestBridge Supplement, Common Application, or Coalition Application

Students can use their QuestBridge application with Caltech’s QuestBridge Supplemental Application (only if Caltech was selected in the QuestBridge Regular Decision Form).

If students choose to apply through the Coalition or Common Application, select “Regular Decision” as the admission round.

 

Students can use their QuestBridge application with Caltech’s QuestBridge Supplemental Application (only if Caltech was selected in the QuestBridge Regular Decision Form).

If students choose to apply through the Coalition or Common Application, select “Regular Decision” as the admission round.

 

 

Recommendations

Caltech requires the submission of 2 teacher recommendations with your chosen application platform: 1 from a Humanities or Social Science teacher AND 1 from a Math or Science teacher.

If a student applies through the QuestBridge Application, Caltech will consider the letters of recommendation that were sent from QuestBridge. 

If a student applies through the Common Application or Coalition Application, then their recommender can submit a copy of the letter of recommendation that was submitted to QuestBridge to ugadmissions@caltech.edu. Please ask the recommender to include the applicant’s full name and date of birth in their email.

Caltech requires the submission of 2 teacher recommendations with your chosen application platform: 1 from a Humanities or Social Science teacher AND 1 from a Math or Science teacher.

If a student applies through the QuestBridge Application, Caltech will consider the letters of recommendation that were sent from QuestBridge. 

If a student applies through the Common Application or Coalition Application, then their recommender can submit a copy of the letter of recommendation that was submitted to QuestBridge to ugadmissions@caltech.edu. Please ask the recommender to include the applicant’s full name and date of birth in their email.

Midyear Report

Official Transcript(s)

Update including recent grades

Students must submit official transcripts from their high school(s) and any other institution where they have taken courses. You must have either completed the following courses or be enrolled in them at the time of your application. Students who have not completed these courses will not be properly prepared for Caltech's core curriculum.

  • We are looking for students to engage with the most advanced and rigorous coursework available at their School
  • 4 years of Math (including the highest level of Calculus offered) 
  • 1 year of Physics 
  • 1 year of Chemistry 
  • 3 years of English (4 years recommended) 
  • 1 year of U.S. History/Government

Whenever possible, electronic submissions are preferred and should be directed to ugadmissions@caltech.edu.  Please ask a school official to include the applicant’s full name and date of birth in their email. Caltech does not accept transcript submissions from applicants.

Regular Decision Requirements: Financial Aid Materials
DEADLINES: SEE BELOW
(Please note: All Financial Aid deadlines are tentative. Please reference the Caltech Financial Aid website to confirm deadline dates)

 

Finalists who ranked Caltech and submitted all materials (but did not match to a binding college)

Finalists who did not rank Caltech

2021-2022 FAFSA

FAFSA code: 001131
Available: Oct. 1
Deadline: Mar. 2

 

US Citizens and Eligible Noncitizens

2021-2022 CSS Profile

CSS code: 4034
Available: Oct. 1
Deadline: Feb. 1



 

Non-Custodial Parent Profile
(if applicable)
Deadline: Mar. 16



2019 IRS Tax Return Transcript and Forms
Deadline: Mar. 16

(Submit the following materials once you are admitted to Caltech)

 

 

Submit the following to IDOC. Please note that the IDOC service does not become available until October 1, 2019.

If your parents own a business or farm:

If applicable:

Cal Grant GPA Verification Form
Deadline: Mar. 2


(Submit once you are admitted to Caltech)

 

For Residents of California only

Contact Information 

Contact Information (for mailing/faxing materials and general questions):
Mail or email official transcripts to:
California Institute of Technology
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
1200 E. California Blvd.
Mail Code 10-90
Pasadena, CA 91125
ugadmissions@caltech.edu

Mail or fax federal income tax returns to:
California Institute of Technology
Financial Aid Office
Mail Code 20-90
Pasadena, CA 91125
Fax: (626) 683-3026

General Admissions or Application Questions:
Email: ugadmissions@caltech.edu

Caltech Contacts (regarding QuestBridge applications):
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Office of Financial Aid

More information about applying to Caltech
More information about applying for financial aid at Caltech