Chances of getting into California Institute of Technology
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. California Institute of Technology typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. 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
Applicants Submitting SAT65%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||760|
|SAT Math 25th||790|
|SAT Composite 25th||1550|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||790|
|SAT Math 75th||800|
|SAT Composite 75th||1590|
|Average SAT Score||1570|
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 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.
|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%|
Caltech ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT56%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||34|
|ACT Math 25th||35|
|ACT Composite 25th||34|
|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.
|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%|
Avg. High School GPA3.97*
Typical High School GradesA-
You will need exceptionally good grades to get into California Institute of Technology. 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.
99% of California Institute of Technology freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.
|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%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||35%||48%||41%|
Applications are DueJan 3, 2020
Days left to Apply48
Applicants have 48 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|
|Dec 7||Dec 20|
|ACT Test Date||Scores Available|
|Dec 14||Dec 24|
What are the requirements for admission to California Institute of Technology and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Neither required nor recommended|
|High School Class Rank||Neither required nor recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Required|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Neither required nor recommended|
|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.