California Institute of Technology

105 reviews
  1. Pasadena, CA
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    C
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B+
California Institute of Technology is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Address
1200 E California Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91125

California Institute of Technology Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
9%
SAT Range
1500-1600
ACT Range
34-35
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended

Cost

Net Price
$26,910/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $6,696/ year
  • $30-48k
    $4,340/ year
  • $49-75k
    $9,263/ year
  • $76-110k
    $20,077/ year
  • $110k+
    $38,799/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
3:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
75%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.8 responses
100%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.6 responses
100%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.6 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
983Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
8%
Varsity Athletes
22%
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Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
83%
of students say they don't have Greek life.6 responses
Poll
67%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.12 responses
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After California Institute of Technology

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$74,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
92%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
89%
National
83%
100%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.3 responses

Reviews

105 reviews
  • Excellent
    30
  • Very Good
    29
  • Average
    42
  • Poor
    2
  • Terrible
    2
Caltech's student life is great! As a community of undergraduate students we know how to work hard and play hard. Of course, this involves pulling pranks and doing crazy things with each other and upholding traditions that have been going on for decades. However, recently administration has been cracking down on the students' activities so that's why I wouldn't give this an A+. If we were allowed to really express ourselves then I'd give it an A+. Because who doesn't want to live in houses like in Harry Potter?
  • College Junior
  • May 21 2013
Acommodating for Vegetarians – If you live on campus, you have to eat in the dining halls. In the last couple of years, the school has been making an effort to make it vegetarian and vegan-friendly, with special chefs preparing vegan food. They have a nice balance of protein etc, though there is not much choice (usually there is one vegan entree per day). But, there is also a good selection of fruit and veggies, so if you're not picky, you really can't complain!
  • Recent Alumnus
  • Sep 29 2011
For college students, there's not much food available after 9pm on the weekdays, which is when we're studying and actually want food. Otherwise, the variety of food is not very good. If you have a car, it's much easier to find good food in neighboring cities. I do have to say that Corner Bakery has great food and caters!
  • College Junior
  • May 21 2013