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Caltech Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into California Institute of Technology

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for California Institute of Technology
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionExtreme

How hard is it to get into Caltech and can I get accepted? The school has a 8% acceptance rate ranking it #2 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 568 out of 7,339 applicants were admitted making Caltech an extremely competitive school to get into with a very low chance of acceptance - even for applicants with the highest scores and grades.  Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 1 percent. Only 41% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class.

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Caltech SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for California Institute of Technology
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 760
SAT Math 25th 790
SAT Composite 25th 1550
SAT Scores for California Institute of Technology
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 790
SAT Math 75th 800
SAT Composite 75th 1590
Average SAT Score 1570

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to California Institute of Technology?

California Institute of Technology typically requires applicants to be in the top 1 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1550 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1530. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1570 out of 1600. The school ranks #1 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 65 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

California Institute of Technology admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1590 and Above Good >13%
1570 to 1590 Avg + 8%-13%
1550 to 1570 Avg - 5%-8%
1530 to 1550 Reach 3%-5%
Less than 1530 Low <3%
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Caltech ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for California Institute of Technology
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 34
ACT Math 25th 35
ACT Composite 25th 34
ACT Scores for California Institute of Technology
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 36
ACT Math 75th 36
ACT Composite 75th 35
Average ACT Score 34

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Caltech?

Admission data indicates that Caltech regularly accepts students with ACT's of 34 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 1 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 34 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 34 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 35 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #1 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 56 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to California Institute of Technology.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

California Institute of Technology admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
35 and Above Good >20%
34 to 35 Avg + 8%-20%
34 to 34 Avg - 8%-8%
34 to 34 Reach 8%-8%
Less than 34 Low <8%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

California Institute of Technology has not reported high school GPA data for its accepted students.

High School Class Rank

99% of California Institute of Technology freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted California Institute of Technology students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 99%
Top 25% of class 100%
Top 50% of class 100%
Bottom 50% of class 0%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

California Institute of Technology admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,958 5,381 7,339
Accepted 306 262 568
Acceptance Rate 16% 5% 8%
Enrolled 108 127 235
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 35% 48% 41%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 3, 2020
Days left to Apply

Applicants have 101 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Jan 3, 2020.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to Caltech before the Jan 3 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Oct 5 Oct 18
Nov 2 Nov 15
Dec 7 Dec 20
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Oct 26 Nov 14
Dec 14 Dec 24

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to California Institute of Technology and what considerations affect admission decisions?

California Institute of Technology Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Neither required nor recommended
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at California Institute of Technology
AP Credit No
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110404 IPEDS survey data for California Institute of Technology.