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California Institute of Technology

Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1891
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Quarter
Undergraduate student body: 864
Environment: Suburban
Endowment: $1,624,377,000
Admissions Address

1200 E. California Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91125



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: Most Selective
Send application by: January 1
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Richard Bischoff
Admissions office telephone: (626) 395-6341
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: January 1
Decision sent by: April 1
Accept offer by: May 1
Early decision
Not offered  
Early action
Send application by: November 1
Decision sent by: December 15
Application fee: $60
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
Tuition deposit: $500 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: None
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma or equivalent is not required
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 3 4
Mathematics 4 N/A
Science 2 4
Lab 1 N/A
Foreign language N/A 3
Social studies 1 3
History 1 1
Academic electives N/A N/A
Total academic units N/A N/A

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.

Campus visit: Neither required nor recommended
Admissions interview: Neither required nor recommended
Off-campus interview: Not available
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: December 31
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing, ACT without writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: December 31
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Important
Academic GPA: Important
Standardized test scores: Important
Application essay: Important
Recommendation: Important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Not considered
Extracurricular activities: Important
Talent/ability: Considered
Character/personal qualities: Important
First generation: Considered
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Not considered
State residency: Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Not considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: Most Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 17%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: 22%
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 16%
Total applicants: 3,330
Total acceptances: 573
Total freshman enrollment: 214
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 25%
Male applicants: 2,566
Male acceptances: 392
Male freshman enrollment: 154
Female applicants: 764
Female acceptances: 181
Female freshman enrollment: 60
Out-of-state freshmen: 60%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 367
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 240
Students enrolled from waiting list: 67


2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 88%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 97%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 100%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 57%
Average high school GPA: N/A
First-year students submitting GPA: N/A
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 99%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 690 - 770
Math: 780 - 800
Combined: 1470 - 1570


Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 72.0% 100.0%
600-699 23.0% N/A
500-599 5.0% N/A
400-499 N/A N/A
300-399 N/A N/A
200-299 N/A N/A


First-year students submitting ACT scores: 16%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: N/A
Math: N/A
Composite: N/A


Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 100.0% 91.0% 100.0%
24-29 N/A 9.0% N/A
18-23 N/A N/A N/A
12-17 N/A N/A N/A
6-11 N/A N/A N/A
Below 6 N/A N/A N/A


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