Fast Facts about Caltech

Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering Institute that marshals some of the world’s brightest minds and most innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions and pressing societal challenges. Caltech’s extraordinary faculty and students are expanding our understanding of the universe and inventing the technologies of the future, with research interests from quantum science and engineering to bioinformatics and the nature of life itself, from human behavior and economics to energy and sustainability.

Caltech is small but prizes excellence and ambition. The contributions of Caltech’s faculty and alumni have earned national and international recognition, including 35 Nobel Prizes. The Institute manages the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for NASA, sending probes to explore the planets of our solar system and quantify changes on our home planet; owns and operates large-scale research facilities such as the Seismological Laboratory and a global network of astronomical observatories, including the Palomar and W. M. Keck Observatories; and cofounded and comanages LIGO, which, in 2016, observed gravitational waves for the first time.

The Institute has one of the nation’s lowest student-to-faculty ratios at 3:1, with 300 professorial faculty members offering a rigorous curriculum and access to varied learning opportunities and hands-on research to approximately 1,000 undergraduates and 1,250 graduate students. Caltech is an independent, privately supported institution with a 124-acre campus located in Pasadena, California.

The mission of the California Institute of Technology is to expand human knowledge and benefit society through research integrated with education. We investigate the most challenging, fundamental problems in science and technology in a singularly collegial, interdisciplinary atmosphere, while educating outstanding students to become creative members of society.

Research and Education are conducted across 6 divisions, including the Biology & Biological Engineering division, the Chemistry & Chemical Engineering division, Engineering & Applied Science division, Geological & Planetary Sciences division, Humanities & Social Sciences division, and the Physics, Mathematics & Astronomy division.

As you can see, Caltech is one of the best places to further your academic journey into the STEM disciplines, and is even regularly featured as one of the premier places to conduct research into the sciences in media, including the “geek favourite” sitcom, The Big Bang Theory.



Admission Statistics: the SAT scores for the 25th percentile are 1530, and by the 75th percentile, reach a full 1600. The average class GPA here is over 4.0, which means you’ll need straight As and advanced course credit to qualify for admission, which registers at a rate of 8%.

Caltech does also accept transfer applicants, however applicants must have 2 college faculty evaluations, take Caltech’s Math and Physics entrance examinations, and for international students, submit TOEFL scores. Note that IELTS is not accepted.


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