Chances of getting into California Institute of Technology

California Institute of Technology

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
6.6%
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 7% acceptance rate ranking it #2 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 543 out of 8,208 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 43% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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Caltech SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1530-1580
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 780
SAT Math 75th 800
SAT Composite 75th 1580
Average SAT Score 1560

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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 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 1500. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1560 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. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

California Institute of Technology admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1580 and Above Good >11%
1555 to 1580 Avg + 7%-11%
1530 to 1555 Avg - 4%-7%
1505 to 1530 Reach 3%-4%
Less than 1505 Low <3%
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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.

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 >18%
35 to 36 Avg + 7%-18%
35 to 35 Avg - 7%-7%
35 to 35 Reach 7%-7%
Less than 35 Low <7%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

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.

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Admission Statistics

California Institute of Technology admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,342 5,866 8,208
Accepted 284 259 543
Acceptance Rate 12% 4% 7%
Enrolled 107 124 231
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 38% 48% 43%

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

7% 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.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1530 and 1580. 68% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

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.