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IPEDS ID: 110404
OPE ID: 00113100
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California Institute of Technology
1200 E California Blvd, Pasadena, California 91125
General information:  (626) 395-6811
Website:  www.caltech.edu
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Campus setting:  City: Midsize
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  2,255 (1,001 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  3 to 1
Admissionswww.admissions.caltech.edu/
Apply Onlinewww.admissions.caltech.edu/content/apply
Financial Aidwww.finaid.caltech.edu/
Net Price Calculatorwww.finaid.caltech.edu/
Tuition Policies for Servicemembers and Veteransregistrar.caltech.edu/academics/Veterans#Adding
Mission Statement
  The mission of the California Institute of Technology is to expand human knowledge and benefit society through research integrated with education. We investigate the most challenging, fundamental problems in science and technology in a singularly collegial, interdisciplinary atmosphere, while educating outstanding students to become creative members of society.
Carnegie Classification
Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Air Force)
Study abroad
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Institution does not accept dual, credit for life, or AP credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2015Full timePart time
Total faculty94428
Instructional32828
Research and public service6160
Total graduate assistants-929
Instructional-261
Research-668
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
Tuition and fees$39,588$41,538$43,362$45,3904.7%
Books and supplies$1,323$1,323$1,323$1,3230.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$12,084$12,507$12,918$13,3713.5%
Other$3,387$3,387$3,387$3,3870.0%
Off Campus
Room and board$10,962$11,268$11,493$11,9704.2%
Other$4,158$4,167$4,149$4,2211.7%
Off Campus with Family
Other$4,275$4,275$4,266$4,2840.4%
Total Expenses2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
On Campus$56,382$58,755$60,990$63,4714.1%
Off Campus$56,031$58,296$60,327$62,9044.3%
Off Campus with Family$45,186$47,136$48,951$50,9974.2%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2015-2016
Tuition$43,710
Fees$1,680
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2014-2015
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid116171%————
Grant or scholarship aid12455%$4,684,341$37,777
Federal grants4118%$253,330$6,179
Pell grants3716%$153,330$4,144
Other federal grants2511%$100,000$4,000
State/local government grant or scholarships52%$18,168$3,634
Institutional grants or scholarships12455%$4,412,843$35,587
Student loan aid4018%$172,555$4,314
Federal student loans3415%$150,684$4,432
Other student loans63%$21,871$3,645
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid158560%$18,564,119$31,734
Pell grants12713%$536,331$4,223
Federal student loans20621%$1,093,668$5,309
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2012-20132013-20142014-2015
Average net price$24,308$26,910$23,213
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2012-20132013-20142014-2015
$0 – $30,000$9,110$6,696$10,064
$30,001 – $48,000$8,225$4,340$8,328
$48,001 – $75,000$13,343$9,263$10,264
$75,001 – $110,000$24,871$20,077$31,931
$110,001 and more$37,388$38,799$42,695
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2015
Total enrollment2,255
Undergraduate enrollment1,001
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment6
Graduate enrollment1,254
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 100%
Part-time: 0%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 61%
Female: 39%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 45%
Black or African American: 1%
Hispanic/Latino: 12%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 27%
Two or more races: 5%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 0%
Non-resident alien: 8%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 100%
25 and over: 0%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 33%
Out-of-state: 60%
Foreign countries: 7%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2014.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 100%
Part-time: 0%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%
Undergraduate application fee (2015-2016): $75
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2015
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants6,5064,7811,725
Percent admitted9%6%16%
Percent admitted who enrolled42%44%40%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
RecommendationsX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2015 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
SAT18476%
ACT12150%
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
NOTES:
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading730800
SAT Math770800
SAT Writing730800
ACT Composite3435
ACT English3435
ACT Math3436
ACT Writing810
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 97%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 and Returned in Fall 2015
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 98 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2015.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 91%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2007]
4-year: 82%
6-year: 93%
8-year: 94%
[Began in Fall 2009]
4-year: 84%
6-year: 91%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2007 or Fall 2009
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 90%
Female: 92%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Asian: 99%
Black or African American: 50%
Hispanic/Latino: 81%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 100%
White: 87%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 100%
Non-resident alien: 91%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2014-2015
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
Certificate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology-19-
Biology/Biological Sciences, General1328-
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology--0-
Developmental Biology and Embryology--1-
Genetics, General--0-
Immunology--1-
Neurobiology and Neurosciences, Other-00-
Neuroscience6014-
Category total19333-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business/Managerial Economics2---
Category total2---
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General4820-
Category total4820-
Engineering
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering-1970
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering1315-
Chemical Engineering14128-
Civil Engineering, General-130
Electrical and Electronics Engineering1717150
Engineering Mechanics-02-
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics669-
Engineering, General0---
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering063-
Materials Engineering21181
Mechanical Engineering28390
Systems Engineering-10-
Category total8077691
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General0---
Category total0---
History
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology0---
History, General0---
Category total0---
Mathematics and Statistics
Computational Mathematics1202-
Mathematics, General1527-
Category total2729-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Mathematics and Computer Science-00-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other0---
Category total000-
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy0---
Category total0---
Physical Sciences
Astrophysics535-
Chemistry, General13633-
Geochemistry200-
Geology/Earth Science, General015-
Geophysics and Seismology051-
Physics, General311317-
Planetary Astronomy and Science073-
Category total513564-
Social Sciences
Economics, General1---
Political Science and Government, General0---
Social Sciences, General-47-
Category total147-
Grand total2281231821
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2014-2015
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 3
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $17,521
2014-2015 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division III (without football) MenWomen
Baseball13
Basketball1510
Fencing159
Soccer21
Swimming and Diving1912
Tennis1010
Track and Field, Indoor165
Track and Field, Outdoor165
Track and Field, X-Country1812
Volleyball10
Water Polo1514
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission1/31/1949 -  Accredited
2014 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible14
Rape2
Fondling4
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Incest0
Statutory rape0
Robbery010
Aggravated assault000
Burglary111822
Motor vehicle theft321
Arson000
  • For the year 2013, line k was changed from 16 to 18 because two burglaries were inadvertently omitted.
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible12
Rape2
Fondling2
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Incest0
Statutory rape0
Robbery000
Aggravated assault000
Burglary2410
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson000
  • For the year 2013, line k was changed from 3 to 4 because one burglary was inadvertently omitted from on-campus student housing statistics total.
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see http://ope.ed.gov/security.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201320122011
Default rate1.9%2.5%0.0%
Number in default210
Number in repayment1043936
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)