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Caltech Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into Caltech? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 573 out of 6,506 applicants or 9% 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. Only 42% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 1,725 4,781 6,506
Accepted 282 291 573
Acceptance Rate 16% 6% 9%
Enrolled 112 129 241
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 40% 44% 42%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to California Institute of Technology and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that Caltech regularly accepts students with ACTs of 34 and above. 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. 50 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to California Institute of Technology.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates 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 1495. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1565 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 76 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.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1530 1600
SAT Reading 750 800
SAT Math 780 800
ACT Composite 34 35
ACT English 34 35
ACT Math 34 36

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
35 and Above Good >22%
34 to 35 Avg + 9%-22%
34 to 34 Avg - 9%-9%
34 to 34 Reach 9%-9%
Less than 34 Low <9%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1600 Good >14%
1565 to 1600 Avg + 9%-14%
1530 to 1565 Avg - 5%-9%
1495 to 1530 Reach 3%-5%
Less than 1495 Low <3%

Estimated GPA Requirements

California Institute of Technology has not reported high school GPA data for its freshman class at this time.

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 3, 2017.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to California Institute of Technology and what considerations affect admission decisions?

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

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

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.



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