California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

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California Institute of Technology can be found in Pasadena, CA, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Caltech has an enrollment of nearly 2,300 students.

The majority of students getting into California Institute of Technology got an SAT score in the range of 2210 to 2390, or got accepted with an ACT composite score within the range of 33 to 35. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the Caltech average GPA ranges from 4 to 4 for accepted students. The acceptance rate of this school is considered highly competitive, with only 10 percent of those who applied applicants being accepted. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Caltech Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for California Institute of Technology was reported as 10.6% in Fall 2013 with over 5,540 college applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • Caltech SAT Scores: 2210 - 2390
  • Caltech ACT Scores: 33 - 35
  • Caltech Average GPA: 4 - 4

How Hard Is It to Get into California Institute of Technology?

Applicant Selectivity: High

Caltech has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for California Institute of Technology has been on a downward trend over the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 15.3%
  • 2010-2011: 12.6%
  • 2011-2012: 12.8%
  • 2012-2013: 12.8%
  • 2013-2014: 10.6%
  • Projected Caltech Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 12.1%

How Does Caltech Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for California Institute of Technology is more than 100% lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Art Center College of Design81.7%
Occidental College42.4%
Whittier College63.3%
Woodbury University55.8%
Mount St. Mary's College74.1%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Recommended
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Caltech (Fall 2013)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading720 - 800
Math770 - 800
Writing720 - 790
Total Score2210 - 2390
ACT®Score Range
English33 - 35
Math34 - 36
Composite Score33 - 35
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