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SAT scores needed to get into California Institute of Technology

Average Score and SAT Requirements

Average SAT Score 1555

The average composite SAT score for admitted California Institute of Technology freshman is 1555 out of 1600. Caltech students have the highest average SAT score in the United States. For perspective, a 1555 is in the 99th percentile of all SAT test takers.

SAT Score Range 1530 to 1580

The middle fifty percent of incoming students have SAT composite scores ranging from 1530 to 1580. The 75th percentile score is 1580 while the 25th percentile score is 1530.

Minimum SAT score requirement

The lowest SAT score accepted is not reported by Caltech but we estimate it to be around a 1500 total composite SAT score.

Average SAT Math Score 795

The average score for Caltech students on the math portion of the SAT is 795 out of 800. The 25th percentile of students score a 790 and the 75th percentile score 800.

Average SAT Reading Score 760

The 25th and 75th percentile range for SAT reading scores range from 740 to 780 and the average score for California Institute of Technology students is 760.

Number of Students Submitting SAT Scores

68 percent of students submit SAT scores with their application to California Institute of Technology

Admission Chances by SAT Score

Below are estimated chances of being accepted at California Institute of Technology based on SAT score ranges and the overall admission rate of 6.7%. These chances assume you have an average GPA for the school, around 3.97.

Can I get into Caltech with a 1580 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Very Good

An SAT score of 1580 or higher is very competitive at Caltech and is a better score than three quarters of students who are accepted. While having an above average chance of acceptance, admission is extremely competitive. The estimated chance of being accepted is around 13% or higher.

Can I get into Caltech with a 1560 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Above Average

Scores between 1560 to 1570 are above average giving you an advantage over most applicants. While scores in this range are higher than many who apply, admission is extremely competitive. The estimated chance of being accepted is around 8% to 10%.

Can I get into Caltech with a 1530 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Below Average

SAT scores between 1530 to 1550 are still in the middle range of accepted students a but a little lower than the average. You can get in and have about a 4% to 6% percent chance of being admitted.

Can I get into Caltech with a 1500 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Reach

SAT scores from 1500 to 1520 are on the very low end of the range where students are accepted. Scores in this range are not competitive with most other applicants but you still have a chance. We estimate scores in this range have less than a 3% chance of admission to Caltech. SAT scores below 1500 likely fall out of the range where students are regularly accepted.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class
Admission chances to California Institute of Technology by SAT score
SAT Score Admission Chances
1600 19%
1590 16%
1580 13%
1570 10%
1560 8%
1550 6%
1540 5%
1530 4%
1520 3%
1510 2%
1500 2%
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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110404 IPEDS survey data for California Institute of Technology.