Rank: 19

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CAwww.caltech.edu
Median SAT/ACT
1550/35
Enrollment
1,034
Even by the demanding standards of elite schools, California Institute of Technology is tough. Exhibit A: A quarter of recently admitted students scored about 1600 on their SATs-higher than at MIT or Stanford. Freshmen take their first-year courses pass-fail to ease into the school, but after that, professors are notoriously hard graders. No easy A's here. Along with the challenging...
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costs
Est. Full Price 2017-2018
$67,000
% of students who get any grants
60%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$25,100
Average price for low-income students
$10,100
Financial Aid from the College
% of students with need who get grants
100%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
N/A
Average merit grant
$10,600
student success
Graduation rate
91%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$10,750
Average salary within 5 years
$79,800
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
66%
admissions
Acceptance rate
9%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1550/35
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
3-Jan

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

See what students are saying on Niche.com

As a freshman in the second term, the experience here has been pretty positive. The coursework is definitely challenging, but it keeps me motivated to pursue higher goals. I am extremely grateful for finding such a like-minded community of scholars who are supportive and caring....
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Good school for science - but just that. It is a technical school. The House System is good - IF you get into the house you want. There are a few students who are placed into houses they rated very poorly; for these individuals, House Life is poor....
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Academics are tough most of the time, but I have been told that people appreciate the education they received, many years after they graduate. Registration usually goes smoothly because it's a small school. Come prepared to work hard....
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* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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