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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:  2,240 (901 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  3 to 1
Admissionswww.admissions.caltech.edu/
Apply Onlinewww.admissions.caltech.edu/apply
Financial Aidwww.finaid.caltech.edu/
Net Price Calculatorwww.finaid.caltech.edu/npc
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
6%
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 2020Full timePart time
Total faculty95736
Instructional35736
Research and public service6000
Total graduate assistants-1,093
Instructional-200
Research-893
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 year2017-20182018-20192019-20202020-2021% change 2019-2020 to 2020-2021
Tuition and fees$49,908$52,362$54,600$56,8624.1%
Books and supplies$1,323$1,323$1,428$1,4280.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$14,796$15,525$16,644$17,3374.2%
Other$2,874$2,874$2,091$2,0910.0%
Off Campus
Room and board$13,293$13,779$14,631$16,57813.3%
Other$4,248$4,248$4,311$4,6417.7%
Off Campus with Family
Other$4,383$4,365$4,698$4,164-11.4%
Total Expenses2017-20182018-20192019-20202020-2021% change 2019-2020 to 2020-2021
On Campus$68,901$72,084$74,763$77,7184.0%
Off Campus$68,772$71,712$74,970$79,5096.1%
Off Campus with Family$55,614$58,050$60,726$62,4542.8%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2020-2021
Tuition$54,570
Fees$2,079
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2019-2020
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 aid117574%————
Grant or scholarship aid13457%$6,455,026$48,172
Federal grants3816%$232,893$6,129
Pell grants2711%$124,183$4,599
Other federal grants3113%$108,710$3,507
State/local government grant or scholarships42%$36,336$9,084
Institutional grants or scholarships13457%$6,185,797$46,163
Student loan aid4921%$247,907$5,059
Federal student loans104%$55,000$5,500
Other student loans4117%$192,907$4,705
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid1558$23,797,796$42,648
Pell grants107$482,283$4,507
Federal student loans35$202,295$5,780
  • 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.
2017-20182018-20192019-2020
Average net price$26,361$27,438$26,591
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2017-20182018-20192019-2020
$0 – $30,000$2,714$5,456
$30,001 – $48,000$1,376$3,756$12,190
$48,001 – $75,000$14,027$8,042$9,755
$75,001 – $110,000$17,611$12,788$20,010
$110,001 and more$45,404$48,851$44,926
  • 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 2020
Total enrollment2,240
Undergraduate enrollment901
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment4
Graduate enrollment1,339
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 100%
Part-time: 0%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 54%
Female: 46%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 40%
Black or African American: 2%
Hispanic/Latino: 18%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 23%
Two or more races: 9%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 0%
Non-resident alien: 8%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 99%
25 and over: 1%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 41%
Out-of-state: 48%
Foreign countries: 9%
Unknown: 2%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2019.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
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 (2020-2021): $75
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2020
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants8,0075,7072,300
Percent admitted7%5%11%
Percent admitted who enrolled42%45%39%
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 2020 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
SAT10145%
ACT7734%
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
  • As of June 2020, Caltech has enacted a two-year moratorium on both the requirement and consideration of SAT and/or ACT test scores as part of the undergraduate admissions process. This change, made in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic and its continuing impact on access to these exams for students across the country and globe, will be in effect for all first-year students applying to Caltech for Fall 2021 and Fall 2022.
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: 94%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2019 and Returned in Fall 2020
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 2020.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 92%
Transfer-out rate: 4%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
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 2012]
4-year: 81%
6-year: 92%
8-year: 93%
[Began in Fall 2014]
4-year: 86%
6-year: 92%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2012 or Fall 2014
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: 91%
Female: 92%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 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: 50%
Hispanic/Latino: 76%
White: 91%
Two or more races: 100%
Non-resident alien: 95%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 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 2012-13
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 93%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 5%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 96%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 92%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 5%
FULL-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2012-13
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) 2019-2020
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-17-
Biology/Biological Sciences, General1202-
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology--0-
Developmental Biology and Embryology--0-
Genetics, General--0-
Immunology--0-
Microbiology, General--1-
Neurobiology and Neurosciences, Other-03-
Neuroscience206-
Category total14119-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business/Managerial Economics0---
Category total0---
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science7201-
Information Science/Studies1---
Category total7301-
Engineering
Aerospace, Aeronautical, and Astronautical/Space Engineering, General-1790
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering5611-
Chemical Engineering916-
Civil Engineering, General-110
Electrical and Electronics Engineering152070
Engineering Mechanics-21-
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics31015-
Engineering, General1---
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering054-
Materials Engineering5260
Mechanical Engineering151180
Systems Engineering-00-
Category total5375680
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 Mathematics703-
Mathematics, General925-
Category total1628-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Mathematics and Computer Science-04-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other1---
Category total104-
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy0---
Category total0---
Physical Sciences
Astrophysics605-
Chemistry, General5421-
Geochemistry021-
Geology/Earth Science, General262-
Geophysics and Seismology131-
Physics, General34611-
Planetary Astronomy and Science202-
Category total502143-
Social Sciences
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics-23-
Economics, General0---
Political Science and Government, General0---
Category total023-
Grand total2071011460
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, 2019-2020
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 2
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
  • Average amounts of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
2019-2020 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division III without footballMenWomen
Baseball19
Basketball1913
Soccer2127
Swimming and Diving2212
Tennis126
Track and Field, Outdoor2417
Track and Field, X-Country1612
Volleyball14
Water Polo1411
Institutional Accreditation
AccreditorStatusNext Review Date
WASC Senior College and University Commission Accredited since (01/31/1949)02/14/2031
  • 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.
On-Campus
Criminal Offenses201620172018
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Rape1163
d. Fondling22472
e. Incest000
f. Statutory Rape000
g. Robbery210
h. Aggravated assault500
i. Burglary454
j. Motor vehicle theft630
k. Arson121
VAWA Offenses201620172018
a. Domestic violence200
b. Dating violence1152
c. Stalking653
Arrests201620172018
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.100
b. Drug abuse violations200
c. Liquor law violations000
Disciplinary Actions201620172018
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.100
b. Drug abuse violations19113
c. Liquor law violations3922107
On-Campus Student Housing Facilities
  • On-campus Student Housing Facilities statistics are a subset of On-Campus statistics.
Criminal Offenses201620172018
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Rape962
d. Fondling2242
e. Incest000
f. Statutory Rape000
g. Robbery000
h. Aggravated assault100
i. Burglary022
j. Motor vehicle theft100
k. Arson021
VAWA Offenses201620172018
a. Domestic violence100
b. Dating violence951
c. Stalking130
Arrests201620172018
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.000
b. Drug abuse violations000
c. Liquor law violations000
Disciplinary Actions201620172018
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.000
b. Drug abuse violations19113
c. Liquor law violations3921106
  • 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.
  • The crime statistics displayed only includes On-Campus data associated with the main campus as listed on College Navigator. For statistics associated with each campus location, off campus data, and for additional information covering Hate Crimes, and Fire statistics see https://ope.ed.gov/campussafety.
  • The On-Campus data do not include incidents that: (a) took place on public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that is within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus; (b) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution's educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201820172016
Default rate0.0%1.0%0.0%
Number in default010
Number in repayment929440
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)