Caltech, founded in 1891, is a private institution. It conducts instruction at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and, including its off-campus facilities, is one of the world's major research institutions. Its mission to train creative scientists and engineers is achieved by conducting instruction in an atmosphere of research, accomplished by the close contacts between a relatively small group of students (approximately 900 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students) and the members of a relatively large research staff of 1,000 faculty members. Because of its size, Caltech is able to offer students the advantages of a three-to-one student/faculty ratio and participation in what has been described as a community of scientists, a scholarly intimacy that cannot be found anywhere else. Its 124-acre campus is located in Pasadena, 10 miles from Los Angeles.

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collegeType
Private
studentType
Coed
987
Undergraduates
546
Men - 55.3%
442
Women - 44.7%
1,410
Graduate Students
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Entrance Difficulty
Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate
4% of 13,026 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
January 3
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA
Not reported
SAT Math
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
ACT Composite
Not reported
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Cost of Attendance
$83,598
Tuition and Fees
$60,864
Room and Board
$18,606
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Freshman Award
$61,182
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$16,787
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Academic Calendar System
Quarter
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
359
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Pasadena Population
141,045
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Los Angeles
Freshman Housing Guarantee
College offers housing to students
Students in College Housing
93% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
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Beavers
Sororities
Not reported
Fraternities
Not reported
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Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.1%
Asian
37.5%
Black/African-American
2.8%
Hispanic/Latino
24.2%
Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
10.2%
Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
0.1%
White
24.6%
Unknown
0.4%
International Students
7.9%
First-Year Students Returning
99.1%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
86.3%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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