California Institute Of Technology

California Institute Of Technology

The California Institute of Technology, also known as Caltech, was established in 1891. It is a private research university and is located in Pasadena, California. Caltech manages and operates a NASA Center known as Jet Propulsion Laboratory. It has been ranked in the top 10 universities around the world by citation index, Nobel Prizes. Caltech is divided into the following academic divisions:

  • Division of Biology
  • Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
  • Division of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences
  • Division of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Division of Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy

Caltech's athletics department sponsors more than 12 sports teams. These teams are nicknamed as the Beavers. They compete in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II. The Beavers participate in sports including volleyball, basketball, swimming and tennis.

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California Institute of Technology
1200 E California Blvd
Pasadena , CA 91125
General Phone: (626) 395-6811

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Cal Tech Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Science231biology, biochem/biophysics/molecular biology, astrophysics, planetary science, chemistry, geology, geochemistry, geophysics, physics, ...
Engineering202engineering, aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, engineering mechanics, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science, ...
Mathematics35mathematics, applied mathematics
Computer Science and Engineering33computer and info science
Liberal Arts13humanities, social services, economics, economics courses, history

Number of programs and degrees for Cal Tech in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree20826
Master's degree12825
Doctor's degree18525
Post-master's certificate12

Cal Tech Student Body

In 2007-2008, Cal Tech had a total enrollment of 2,133 students (2,172 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 59%
Women 41%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 42%
Graduate 58%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 46%
Black 1%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 22%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 1%
(Foreign Students) 25%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 20%
20-21 19%
22-24 22%
25-29 30%
30-34 7%
35-39 1%
40-49 0%
50-64 0%

Cal Tech Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 98 %

Cal Tech Room and Board (2007)

Cal Tech offers campus housing for 878 of its 2,172 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Pasadena, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Cal Tech Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal700760
SAT Math770800
SAT Writing690770
ACT Verbal3335
ACT Math3436
ACT Composite3335

Application Requirements:

GPAnot required
Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT97%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT33%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)recommended
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Cal Tech Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 34,437
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 34,437
Room and board $ 10,146
Room charge $ 5,733
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,413
Books and supplies $ 1,194
Other expenses $ 3,213

Financial Aid:
Cal Tech participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 113100)

Cal Tech Faculty

Cal Tech has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year187$211,68522$200,818
Associate professorcalendar year21$157,4765$134,300
Assistant professorcalendar year28$129,58915$126,233
Instructorcalendar year24$46,9581*
All faculty totalcalendar year260$183,26043$163,500

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year2*0*
Instructoracademic year5$69,9693$54,902
Lectureracademic year5$63,0534$65,047
All faculty totalacademic year12$89,9687$60,699

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Cal Tech Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Southern California Intercoll Athletic Conference
Baseball Southern California Intercoll Athletic Conference
Track Southern California Intercoll Athletic Conference

Cal Tech Degree Programs (2007)

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Mechanics
Engineering, General
Engineering, Other
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Materials Science
Mechanical Engineering

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
Economics, Other
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Social Sciences, General

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General


Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Geophysics and Seismology
Physics, General
Physics, Other
Planetary Astronomy and Science

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