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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:  2,238 (961 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
Disability Servicesdisability.caltech.edu/
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: Very High 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
Credit Accepted
Institution does not accept dual, credit for life, or AP credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2017Full timePart time
Total faculty1,03841
Instructional33541
Research and public service7030
Total graduate assistants-979
Instructional-253
Research-726
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 year2015-20162016-20172017-20182018-2019% change 2017-2018 to 2018-2019
Tuition and fees$45,390$47,577$49,908$52,3624.9%
Books and supplies$1,323$1,323$1,323$1,3230.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$13,371$14,100$14,796$15,5254.9%
Other$3,387$2,874$2,874$2,8740.0%
Off Campus
Room and board$11,970$12,492$13,293$13,7793.7%
Other$4,221$4,158$4,248$4,2480.0%
Off Campus with Family
Other$4,284$4,284$4,383$4,365-0.4%
Total Expenses2015-20162016-20172017-20182018-2019% change 2017-2018 to 2018-2019
On Campus$63,471$65,874$68,901$72,0844.6%
Off Campus$62,904$65,550$68,772$71,7124.3%
Off Campus with Family$50,997$53,184$55,614$58,0504.4%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2018-2019
Tuition$50,487
Fees$1,746
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2017-2018
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 aid115064%————
Grant or scholarship aid11449%$4,849,588$42,540
Federal grants3414%$238,460$7,014
Pell grants2812%$146,460$5,231
Other federal grants2310%$92,000$4,000
State/local government grant or scholarships63%$54,504$9,084
Institutional grants or scholarships11449%$4,556,624$39,970
Student loan aid5021%$238,283$4,766
Federal student loans115%$58,000$5,273
Other student loans4519%$180,283$4,006
  • 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 aid156559%$22,317,671$39,500
Pell grants13614%$618,165$4,545
Federal student loans455%$256,551$5,701
  • 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.
2015-20162016-20172017-2018
Average net price$26,839$24,466$26,361
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2015-20162016-20172017-2018
$0 – $30,000$3,544$874$2,714
$30,001 – $48,000$5,652$10,227$1,376
$48,001 – $75,000$6,781$10,864$14,027
$75,001 – $110,000$21,219$23,078$17,611
$110,001 and more$42,977$41,579$45,404
  • 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 2017
Total enrollment2,238
Undergraduate enrollment961
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment3
Graduate enrollment1,277
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 100%
Part-time: 0%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 55%
Female: 45%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 43%
Black or African American: 1%
Hispanic/Latino: 12%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 28%
Two or more races: 7%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 0%
Non-resident alien: 9%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 99%
25 and over: 1%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 23%
Out-of-state: 64%
Foreign countries: 9%
Unknown: 3%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2016.
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: -1%
Enrolled in some distance education: -1%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: -1%
Enrolled in some distance education: -1%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%
Undergraduate application fee (2018-2019): $75
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2018
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants8,2085,8662,342
Percent admitted7%4%12%
Percent admitted who enrolled43%48%38%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommendedConsidered but not required
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 2018 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
SAT15768%
ACT12052%
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 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing740780
SAT Math790800
ACT Composite3536
ACT English3536
ACT Math3536
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: 98%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2016 and Returned in Fall 2017
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, 99 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2017.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 92%
(*) 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 2010]
4-year: 81%
6-year: 94%
8-year: 94%
[Began in Fall 2012]
4-year: 81%
6-year: 92%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2010 or Fall 2012
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: 92%
Female: 92%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 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: 96%
Black or African American: 100%
Hispanic/Latino: 79%
White: 91%
Two or more races: 95%
Non-resident alien: 88%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures are also reported for students receiving Pell grants and those students that do not receive Pell grants. These measures provide the 8-year award-completion rates by award level (certificates, associate's and bachelor degrees) after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, or subsequently transferred out of the institution. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
FULL-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2010-11
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 94%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 4%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 85%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 10%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 95%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 3%
FULL-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2010-11
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 100%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 100%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 100%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2017-2018
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-05-
Biology/Biological Sciences, General1014-
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology--0-
Developmental Biology and Embryology--1-
Genetics, General--0-
Immunology--0-
Microbiology, General--1-
Neurobiology and Neurosciences, Other-00-
Neuroscience216-
Category total12217-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business/Managerial Economics1---
Category total1---
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science5712-
Information Science/Studies0---
Category total5712-
Engineering
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering-17130
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering11510-
Chemical Engineering2194-
Civil Engineering, General-030
Electrical and Electronics Engineering313490
Engineering Mechanics-12-
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics1137-
Engineering, General0---
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering044-
Materials Engineering17130
Mechanical Engineering1915100
Systems Engineering-13-
Category total84106780
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 Mathematics200-
Mathematics, General1215-
Category total1415-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Mathematics and Computer Science-00-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other0---
Category total000-
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy0---
Category total0---
Physical Sciences
Astrophysics684-
Chemistry, General14835-
Geochemistry023-
Geology/Earth Science, General342-
Geophysics and Seismology164-
Physics, General321129-
Planetary Astronomy and Science356-
Category total594483-
Social Sciences
Economics, General1---
Political Science and Government, General0---
Social Sciences, General-76-
Category total176-
Grand total2281611910
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, 2017-2018
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 0
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
2017-2018 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division III without footballMenWomen
Baseball18
Basketball1212
Fencing1211
Soccer1821
Swimming and Diving2114
Tennis910
Track and Field, Outdoor2216
Track and Field, X-Country1911
Volleyball14
Water Polo1413
Institutional Accreditation
AccreditorStatusNext Review Date
WASC Senior College and University Commission Accredited since (01/31/1949)12/31/2020
  • For more detailed information on accreditation for this institution, including all actions and justification for actions, visit OPE's Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs: ope.ed.gov/dapip/#/institution-profile/102793.
2016 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201420152016
Illegal weapons possession001
Drug law violations002
Liquor law violations000
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201420152016
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Rape2411
Fondling402
Incest000
Statutory rape000
Robbery012
Aggravated assault005
Burglary2284
Motor vehicle theft106
Arson001
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Rape239
Fondling102
Incest000
Statutory rape000
Robbery000
Aggravated assault001
Burglary1010
Motor vehicle theft001
Arson000
  • (!) 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.
  • 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 Year201520142013
Default rate3.3%0.0%1.9%
Number in default102
Number in repayment3037104
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)