California Institute of Technology

National College Match Requirements for:

Finalists who rank California Institute of Technology

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

College Match Required Application Materials
DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 1

1

Caltech-QuestBridge Supplement Member Questions, and all supporting documents

QuestBridge teacher recommendations should include 1 from a Humanities or Social Science teacher AND 1 from a Math or Science teacher. 

2

Official Test Scores
SAT code: 4034
ACT code: 0182

The following standardized tests are required for a complete freshman application. We do not accept any substitues for these tests:

  • SAT with Essay or ACT with Writing
  • SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 2
  • 1 SAT Science Subject test: biology (ecological), biology (molecular), chemistry, or physics

QuestBridge Finalists must take all required tests in or before October to be eligible to participate in the College Match. Caltech will not accept any November testing for the College Match.

Request official scores from the College Board and/or ACT. Do NOT use the rush reporting service. Caltech strongly recommends that students submit all SAT and SAT Subject test scores. All required tests (listed above) must be completed prior to the application deadline. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to withdraw the applications of students who do not submit all of our required testing. 

3

Official Transcripts

Students must submit official transcripts from their high school(s) and any other institution where they have taken courses. If students have not taken all of the listed courses, they should at least be enrolled in them at the time of their application submission:

  • 4 years of math (including calculus) 
  • 1 year of physics 
  • 1 year of chemistry 
  • 3 years of English (4 years recommended) 
  • 1 year of U.S. history/government

4

2018-2019 CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
CSS code: 4034
Available Oct. 1

If your parents are divorced or separated:

  • Your noncustodial parent must submit the online Noncustodial PROFILE using the login ID and password that will be emailed to you when you complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.
  • If you do not have any contact with your noncustodial 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 Noncustodial Parent Waiver Petition and submit directly to the Financial Aid Office (See Contact Information below).

5

2018-2019 FAFSA
Available: Oct. 1

 

6

A copy of your parents’ 2016 federal income tax returns

(Only submit if you are Matched to Caltech)

Submit the following to the CollegeBoard'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, 2017.

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.

8

Caltech Scholarship Data Form

(Only submit if you are Matched to Caltech)

 

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

All Finalists who rank Caltech for the College Match, but did not match to a binding college can apply under Regular Decision. We do not consider the QuestBridge application for Regular Decision and students must apply through the Common Application or the Coalition Application. 

Regular Decision Requirements:

Step 1: Select Caltech on the QuestBridge Regular Decision Form on your Application Management page between November 6 - December 11. 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 to Caltech according to your status by the deadlines listed below. 

Information for Non-Finalists

indicates a required material

Regular Decision Required 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

Common Application or Coalition Application with Caltech Questions, and all supporting documents. 

Please include your Common Application ID or Coalition ID on all forms.

You are welcome to use any information and/or essays that you submit for the QuestBridge application and the Caltech-QuestBridge Supplement. Review your Supplement confirmation email to access and use any of the information and/or responses that you submitted.  If you would like to reuse content, you must cut and paste them to your Common Application or Coalition Application.  

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.

In addition to the two required teacher evaluations, students are welcome to submit an evaluation from a mentor or supervisor who knows them in a different context. If you have published a scientific research paper, you may submit the full paper to Caltech. Instructions on how to submit these papers will be included in your application confirmation email. 

You are welcome to use any information and/or essays that you submit for the QuestBridge application. If you would like to reuse content, you must cut and paste them to your Common Application or Coalition Application.

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.

In addition to the two required teacher evaluations, students are welcome to submit an evaluation from a mentor or supervisor who knows them in a different context. If you have published a scientific research paper, you may submit the full paper to Caltech. Instructions on how to submit these papers will be included in your application confirmation email. 

Official Transcripts

Update including recent grades

Students must submit official transcripts from their high schools and any other institution where they have taken courses. If students have not taken all the listed courses, they should at least be enrolled in them at the time of their application submission:

  • 4 years of math (including calculus) 
  • 1 year of physics 
  • 1 year of chemistry 
  • 3 years of English (4 years recommended) 
  • 1 year of U.S. history/government 

 

Official Test Scores
SAT code: 4034
ACT code: 0182

The following standardized tests are required for a complete freshman application. We do not accept any substitutes for these tests: 

  • SAT with Essay or ACT with Writing
  • SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 2
  • 1 SAT Science Subject Test: biology (ecological), biology (molecular), chemistry, or physics

ALL required tests (listed above) must be completed prior to the application deadline.The Admissions Committee reserves the right to withdraw the applications of students who do not submit all of our required testing. Caltech does not accept scores from exams that were taken after the application deadline. Therefore, you must take all required tests in or before December to be eligible.

If you have already sent Caltech your scores and have new scores, please submit the most recent scores.

The following standardized tests are required for a complete freshman application. We do not accept any substitutes for these tests: 

  • SAT with Essay or ACT with Writing
  • SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 2
  • 1 SAT Science Subject Test: biology (ecological), biology (molecular), chemistry, or physics

ALL required tests (listed above) must be completed prior to the application deadline.The Admissions Committee reserves the right to withdraw the applications of students who do not submit all of our required testing. Caltech does not accept scores from exams that were taken after the application deadline. Therefore, you must take all required tests in or before December to be eligible.

Midyear Report

Application Fee

Please select fee waiver by following the instructions on the Common App or Coalition Application fee waiver portion of the application by indicating "Yes" you qualify. Be sure to select QuestBridge in the CBO section. 

Please select fee waiver by following the instructions on the Common App or Coalition Application fee waiver portion of the application by indicating "Yes" you qualify. Be sure to select QuestBridge in the CBO section. 

Regular Decision Required Financial Aid Materials
DEADLINE: 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

2018-2019 CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
CSS code: 4034
Available: Oct. 1
Deadline: Feb. 1



 

2018-2019 FAFSA
Available: Oct. 1
Deadline: Mar. 2

 

Noncustodial Parent Profile (if applicable)
Deadline: Mar. 16



2016 Federal Tax Returns and W-2 Forms
Deadline: Mar. 16
Submit to IDOC

Please note that the IDOC service does not become available until October 1, 2017.

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

 

 

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

Caltech Scholarship Data Form
Deadline: July 15

(Submit once you are admitted to Caltech)

 

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) 564-8136

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

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

 

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