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Chances of getting into California Institute of Technology

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
6.4%
Admission Difficulty for California Institute of Technology
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionExtreme
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How hard is it to get into Caltech and can I get accepted? The school has a 6% acceptance rate ranking it #2 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 537 out of 8,367 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. California Institute of Technology typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 44% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. California Institute of Technology is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Caltech SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1530-1560
Applicants Submitting SAT
68%
SAT Scores for California Institute of Technology
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 740
SAT Math 25th 790
SAT Composite 25th 1530
SAT Scores for California Institute of Technology
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 760
SAT Math 75th 800
SAT Composite 75th 1560
Average SAT Score 1550

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

California Institute of Technology typically prefers applicants to be in the top 1 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1530 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 1510. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1550 out of 1600. The school ranks #1 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 68 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

California Institute of Technology admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1560 and Above Good >10%
1545 to 1560 Avg + 6%-10%
1530 to 1545 Avg - 4%-6%
1515 to 1530 Reach 2%-4%
Less than 1515 Low <2%
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Caltech ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
35-36 
Applicants Submitting ACT
52%
ACT Scores for California Institute of Technology
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 35
ACT Math 25th 35
ACT Composite 25th 35
ACT Scores for California Institute of Technology
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 36
ACT Math 75th 36
ACT Composite 75th 36
Average ACT Score 35

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 35 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 36 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 36 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #1 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 52 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to California Institute of Technology.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

California Institute of Technology admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
36 and Above Good >16%
35 to 36 Avg + 6%-16%
35 to 35 Avg - 6%-6%
35 to 35 Reach 6%-6%
Less than 35 Low <6%
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Caltech GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.97*
Typical High School Grades
A-

What GPA do you need to get into California Institute of Technology?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Caltech. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at California Institute of Technology was 3.97 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #5 in California for highest average GPA. Given the school's very highly selective admissions, acceptance at Caltech extremely difficult and unlikely even with a 3.97 GPA. The school should be considered a reach even if you have a 3.97 GPA.

 What do these ratings mean?

*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.97 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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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%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

California Institute of Technology admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,356 6,011 8,367
Accepted 265 272 537
Acceptance Rate 11% 5% 6%
Enrolled 103 132 235
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 39% 49% 44%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 1, 2022
Days left to Apply
77

Applicants have 77 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on Jan 1, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to California Institute of Technology is $75.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to California Institute of Technology and what student information is used for admission decisions?

California Institute of Technology Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank 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.

FAQs

Does California Institute of Technology prefer SAT or ACT?

68% of students submit their SAT scores to Caltech. 52% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into California Institute of Technology?

6% of those who apply are granted admission to Caltech. Admission competition is extreme and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for California Institute of Technology?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1530 and 1560. 68% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for California Institute of Technology?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 35 and 36. 52% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.