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Caltech Admissions 2024: Acceptance Rate, Application Fees & Deadline

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What’s New at California Institute of Technology? 

Below are the Caltech Application deadlines for 2024 intake:

  • For undergraduate courses, the Restrictive Early Action California Institute of Technology application deadline for international students is Nov 1, 2024 (Tentative).
  • On the other hand, the Regular Decision deadline is closed. For graduate courses the application deadline might vary, however, for most of the courses, the admission deadline is from Nov 15, 2024, to Jan 1, 2025.( tentative)* 
  • Restrictive Early Action and Regular Decision admit reply deadline 1 May 2024.

 

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California Institute of Technology Admission Process 2024

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Q:   How to apply for the California Institute of Technology from India?

A: 

To apply for Caltech, Indian applicants can follow the below steps:

Below is the application process to apply for Undergraduate Caltech:

Step 1: To apply to Caltech, applicants can choose the Common application or Questbridge application.

Step 2: Check your requirements thoroughly, and see if your current qualifications are recognised. 

Step 3: You should meet the entry requirements checklist before applying: 

  • Transcripts of your high school.

  • A minimum score of 6.5 and above in IELTS

  • SOP

Step 4: Make sure your English requirements meet the standard of the University.

Step 5: You can submit your application after your requirements are ready.

Step 6: The applicant must pay the application fee of USD 75, which will not be refundable. However, if the applicant can’t afford it, they have a process to waive it. ( Check out how you can waive application fees)

Step 7:  After submitting the application, applicants can check their status by logging in with their credentials through common portal. 

Below is the application process to apply for graduate Caltech:

Step 1: To apply to Caltech applicants can choose the Caltech.com 

Step 2: Check your requirements thoroughly, and see if your current qualifications are recognised. 

Step 3: You should meet the entry requirements checklist before applying: 

  • Transcripts of your degree.

  • 6.5 and above in IELTS.

  • A minimum score of 7.5 and above in IELTS

  • SOP ( Things you need to know about  SOP)

  • LOR ( letter of recommendation)

  • Creative Portfolio ( Audition depending on your chosen course )

  • Resume/ CV

Step 4: Make sure your English requirements meet the standard of the University.

Step 5: You can submit your application after your requirements are ready.

Step 6: The applicant must pay the application fee of USD 75, which will not be refundable. However, if the applicant can’t afford it, they have a process to waive it. ( Check out how you can waive application fees)

Step 7:  After submitting the application, applicants can check their status by logging in with their credentials through the Caltech portal.

 

Q:   How much is Caltech's International student fee?

A: 

The Tution fees for international students at the California Institute of Technology can vary depending on the main factors such as course, level of study  (UG and PG) . However, International students considering this university could be a little higher than compared to US  citizens. The UG programme Academic tuition fee for international students is around  ( INR 44.8 L - 46.3 L ) per annum, depending on the course. It’s  (INR 43.1 L - 48 L) for PG programs.

to know more about Caltech courses and fees Click here. 

 

Q:   What is the application fee for international students at the California Institute of Technology

A: 

The application fee for international students at Caltech is USD 75 for UG and 100 for PG This fee helps cover the administrative costs associated with processing applications for the program. The application fee might change. However, keep checking the official Caltech website to avoid confusion before submitting your application forms. 

 

Q:   What is a good GRE score for Caltech?

A: 

GRE is not highly required for caltech but however it is in certain courses. The University has termed GRE into three segements that is R for required, O for optional and SR for strongry required. Students must read all the requirements of the courses to avoid the last minutre confusion and hassle.

Want to score good in GRE? Check out GRE preparation tips 

Note: To check out which subjects require GRE, applicants must check the admission highlights and click on the GRE pdf caltech

 

 

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  • Accepting Exams: TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, GRE

California Institute of Technology Admission FAQs

Q:   Is Caltech better than MIT?

A: 

Caltech and MIT both rank among world's top universities, with slight variations in rankings depending on criteria. Caltech excels in Science and engineeirng and has a high number of nobel winners who focu on theorectical reasearch. MIT is similarly renowened institution for it's strength in science, pratical application and enreprenurship. However the choice between Caltech and MIT depends on individual preferences, but in terms of ranking and reputation MIT takes a step higher then Caltech. But, ultimatley both the institutions focus on hand on innovation in reasearch and surely both the universities are great for students. 

 

Q:   What are the California Institute of Technology requirements for international students?

A: 

Below are the requirements for international students at the California Institute of Technology:

  • Transcripts of your high school: Transcripts include your information and performance in high school, and Caltech University wants its applicants to have the following:

  1. A four-year maths, including one year of Calculus

  2. 1 year of chemistry

  3. 1 year of physics(preferably Calcus related but not required) 

  • SOP: An SOP is essential for the application process for Caltech It helps the applicant to convey their talents, Academic excellence accomplishments and personal background of applicants.

  • Portfolio:  This depends on the course the applicant chooses, as this is not present in every program. However, having a creative and unique portfolio will help you get into Caltech. 

Click here to: Make your portfolio look better)

  • English requirements: The following table explains the minimum score for each English exam the university is excepting: 

English Language proficiency 

Minimum score 

IELTS

7.5 and above in all bands

Dulingo 

120 and above  (125 recommended) 

TOFEL

100 and above

PG Course Requirements: 

  • LOR: Some programs ask for a LOR, and with particular exceptions, who should write those letters. 

  • Statement of purpose( an SOP): An SOP is essential for the application process for Caltech. It helps the applicant to convey their talents, Academic excellence accomplishments and personal background of applicants. 

  • Transcripts and degrees: the applicant must provide the university with transcripts of their academics with degree certificates. Similarly, applying for PhD or doctoral program may require a master’s degree and transcripts from all graduate institutions of the applicant. 

  • English Language Proficiency exams: The following table explains the minimum score of each English exam the university is expecting: 

English Language proficiency 

Minimum score 

IELTS

7.5 and above in all bands

Dulingo

120 and above 

TOFEL

100 and above

  •     Entrance exam: Graduate school entrance exams are most common, but however, the programs might require different exams from the applicants depending on the course chosen by the individual. 

  • Resume/CV:  The University also might ask you for a CV or a resume depending on the course you choose for professional experience.

 

Q:   Is the University of California Institute expensive for international students?

A: 

The cost of attending the California Institute of Technology can vary depending on the main factors such as course, level of study (UG and PG) and accommodation status. However, International students considering this university could be a little higher than compared to US  citizens. The UG programme Academic tuition fee for international students is around ( INR 44.8 L - 46.3 L ) per annum, depending on the course. It’s (INR 43.1 L - 48 L) for PG programs

 

Q:   Is the MSc in Computer Science course good at the California Institute of Technology?

A: 

The Computer Science course at Caltech has consistently demonstrated its excellence in recent years according to THE rankings. In 2021 the University was in 25 positions. However, there has been a drastic climb in the ranking to 13th position in 2022. However, we could witness a small dip in 2022, but we can see the improvement. But applicants considering Caltech surely could consider it mainly because it’s in the top 20 Universities across the globe. 

Ranked By

2021

2022

2023

THE (Times Higher Education) - PG Computer Science [6]

25

13

19

 

Q:   Which one is better IIT in India or Caltech for research?

A: 

Choosing between IIT in India and Caltech for reasearch depends on individual preferences and goals. While Caltech has garnered more Nobel Prizes in Theoritical thesis, reasearch and many more. However, both the universities offer a significant reasearch opportunities.Caltech's renowed reputation in Science and Engineering, along with its small class sizes and focus on theoretical reasearch, may appeal to some. 

On the other hand, IIT provides a diverse reasearch environment with a wide range of disciplines on individual dedication, resouces and good collabs. Hence both the universities are great, depending on what the individual is looking for. 

 

Q:   Does the California Institute of Technology provide Scholarships for international students?

A: 

The California Institute of Technology does not provide scholarships or financial aid programs. However, prospective international students can explore alternatives for financial support, such as external scholarships, private foundations, and government-sponsored scholarships. While Caltech itself doesn’t offer direct scholarships for international students. Hence, it is suggested to apply to external options to cover tuition fees and living expenses

 

Q:   What is the application fee for international students at the California Institute of Technology

A: 

The application fee for international students at Caltech is USD 75 for UG and 100 for PG This fee helps cover the administrative costs associated with processing applications for the program. The application fee might change. However, keep checking the official Caltech website to avoid confusion before submitting your application forms. 

 

Q:   Does the California Institute of Technology accept IELTS?

A: 

Yes, the university also allows IELTS, Dulingo and PTE for international students. Interested applicants can give any of the above English Proficiency tests to support their requirements.check out the below table for the minimum required scores:

English Language proficiency 

Minimum score 

IELTS

7.5 and above in all bands

Dulingo

120 and above 

TOFEL

100 and above

 

Q:   What is the acceptance rate for the California Institute of Technology?

A: 

The acceptance rate of the California Institute of Technology is 4%. The university Admission process involves a thorough evaluation process, which means only 4 students are selected out of 100 applicants. This indicates Caltech is a very selective institution. Caltech also Considers academic excellence, essays, Letter of recommendation, SOP, extracurricular activities and many more. Applicants are suggested to approach the admission process with utter dedication, showcasing their strengths and talents to get into Caltech.

 

Q:   What is the application deadline for the California Institute of Technology?

A: 

International students can apply for Caltech admissions before the deadline to increase their chances of getting into the university. The application deadlines at Caltech are different for both undergraduate and graduate programs for international students. Below are California Institute of Technology admission deadlines:

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Application deadline 

Restrictive Early Action Deadline

Nov 1, 2024(Tentative)

Restrictive Early Action decision notifications

Mid December 2024

Regular Decision deadline

Jan 3, 2025(tentative)

Regular Decision notifications

Mid March 2024

Restrictive Early Action and Regular Decision admit reply deadline

1 May 2024

Postgraduation program 

Nov 15, 2024- Jan 1, 2025 (Depends on the course) 

 

Q:   What is the application fee for the MSc course Caltech?

A: 

The application fee for international students applying for MSc courses is  USD 100. This fee helps cover the administrative costs associated with processing applications for the program. The application fee might change. However, keep checking the official Caltech website to avoid confusion before submitting your application forms. 

 

Q:   What are the requirements for MSc course in Caltech?

A: 

Below are the requirements for MSc course at Caltech :

LOR: M.Sc course needs  a LOR, and with particular exceptions, who should write those letters. 

Statement of purpose ( an SOP): An SOP is essential for the application process for Caltech. It helps the applicant to convey their talents, Academic excellence accomplishments and personal background of applicants. 

Transcripts and degrees: the applicant must provide the university with transcripts of their academics with degree certificates. Similarly, applying for PhD or doctoral programme may require a master’s degree and transcripts from all graduate institutions of the applicant. 

English Language Proficiency exams: The following table explains the minimum score of each English exam the university is expecting: 

English Language proficiency 

Minimum score 

IELTS

7.5 and above in all bands

Dulingo

120 and above 

TOFEL

100 and above

  •     Entrance exam: Graduate school entrance exams are most common, but however, the programs might require different exams from the applicants depending on the course chosen by the individual. However, GRE is optional and not compulsory at Caltech but applicants can submit their scores if they have given the test. 

  • Resume/CV:  The University also might ask you for a CV or a resume depending on the course you choose for professional experience.

 

Q:   What is the application fee for a BSc course at the California Institute of Technology?

A: 

The application fee for international students applying for BSc computer Science courses is  USD 75. This fee helps cover the administrative costs associated with processing applications for the program. The application fee might change. However, keep checking the official Caltech website to avoid confusion before submitting your application forms. 

 

Q:   What are the requirements for the BSc course at California Institute of Technology?

A: 

Students applying for BSc courses at Caltech need to have the below requirements ready before applying to the Caltech. 

  • LOR:  BSc requiresLOR, and with particular exceptions, who should write those letters and the university asks faculty to write the LOR’s for high school students
  • Statement of purpose ( an SOP): An SOP is essential for the application process for Caltech. It helps the applicant to convey their talents, Academic excellence accomplishments and personal background of applicants. 
  • Transcripts of high school: the applicant must provide the university with transcripts of their academics with high school certificates. 
  • English Language Proficiency exams: The following table explains the minimum score of each English exam the university is expecting: 

English Language proficiency 

Minimum score 

IELTS

7.5 and above in all bands

Dulingo

120 and above 

TOFEL

100 and above

  • Entrance exam: Graduate school entrance exams are most common, but however, the programs might require different exams from the applicants depending on the course chosen by the individual. 

  • Resume/CV:  The University also might ask you for a CV or a resume depending on the course you choose for professional experience.



 

Q:   What experiences or resumes got you into Caltech?

A: 

To be admitted to the Caltech , it is recommended to have a strong academic profile, including competitive scores in the GMAT or GREs.  However, the admission process at Caltech takes a holistic approach, considering multiple factors in the student's profile. These factors include Leadership, Work experience, essays, LOR and interviews that the students give during their admission process. 

 

Q:   Is Caltech the most academically difficult university?

A: 

Caltech is known for being very selective about who they accept. For the academic year 2022-2023, the university received an applications of 16,000, however out of that only 448 students were accepted, which means Caltech University acceptance rate of just 2.69%. This low late shows how competatitive it is to get into Caltech. The university fouses on Engineering and Sciences making it more challenging. Hence we can conclude by saying Caltech is most academically difficult university. 

 

Q:   My goal is to pursue research in STEM field after graduation. Should I choose Caltech or Stanford University?

A: 

Choosing between Caltech and Stanford for pursuing STEM field after graduation ultimatley depends on individual preferences and goals, Stanford University ranks slightly higher in overall QS ranking for Science and Technology courses, standing at number 2 compared tp Caltech number 9 position. But, both the universities are globally renowed for STEM courses. Students are requested to consider factors like campus culture, Faculty, or specififc research interests which the student has. Overall both the universities comes under the top 10 universities in USA and surely can preffer both for STEM course. 

 

Q:   What are the interesting facts about Caltech?

A: 

Below are some cool facts about Caltech University:

  • Caltech is one of the best universities to do reasearch at as, it's a top reasearch university and has a rich history of Novel Laureates, Space exploration and famous alumni.
  • Caltech is a home for NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Caltech has the world the largest optical telescope
  • Caltech is one of the only universities which has an acceptance of just 2.6%. Hence it's known for rigorous academic and selective admisison process. 
 

Q:   Does Caltech accept Indian students?

A: 

Yes it does, Caltech welcomes international students from all over the world to study at their campus. The University has a diverse community .Caltech offers various UG and PG programs that have been redesigned to cater to the academic needs of international students. However, the university allows International students get admission based on merit no entrance exam required. Lastly, the University is an inclusive and welcoming institution as it provides a safe environment for Indian students regardless of their nationality, colour and background.

 
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