California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Pasadena, CA

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Most Popular Majors

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Arts & Humanities

Major Bachelors Masters
English Language and Literature
History and Philosophy of Science/Technology


Major Bachelors Masters
Business/Managerial Economics


Major Bachelors Masters
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Mechanics
Engineering Physics
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Systems Engineering

Interdisciplinary Studies

Major Bachelors Masters
Other Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies

Life Science

Major Bachelors Masters
Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Biology/Biological Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Major Bachelors Masters
Computational Mathematics

Natural Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
Geology/Earth Science
Geophysics and Seismology
Planetary Astronomy and Science

Social Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
Political Science and Government
Social Sciences


Major Bachelors Masters
Computer and Information Sciences

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Caltech Ratings & Reviews

Overall Rating for Academics:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 4 Reviews

75% of students gave California Institute of Technology 5 stars in Academics.

Student Ratings

Alumnus - Grad Year 1997

Academics Rating

Workload is rater extreme. Typically 3 to 5 homework sets per week for around an 11 week quarter. The homework sets take the entire night to finish. Class sizes are at maximum 200 and minimum of 1 or 2.

Alumnus - Grad Year 2002

Academics Rating

The science and engineering classes are the primary focus, though there are other good programs like economics and even philosophy. The classes are small so it is almost always possible to get one-on-one time with the professors. The workload is probably heavier than any other undergraduate program in the world, so expect to spend most of your time on course-work rather than partying.

Caltech Academic Details

Academic Calendar Quarter
Average Freshman GPA 3.30
Retention Rate 96%
Carnegie Class Research Universities (very high research activity)
Orientation Month(s) Orientation for new students held in September.

Specialty Study Options

  • Double Majors
  • Independent Study
  • Distance Learning

Domestic Off-Campus Semester-Away Programs

  • Domestic Exchange Schools

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Other: medicine, medical scientist training

Class Sizes at California Institute of Technology

  • Fewer than 20 Students: 64%
  • 50 - 100 Students: 7%
  • 20 - 49 Students: 25%
  • 100+ Students: 3%
Fewer than 20 Students 64%
50 - 100 Students 7%
20 - 49 Students 25%
100+ Students 3%

Faculty Ethnic Diversity

  • Caucasian: 51
  • Unknown and Other: 35
  • Asian: 10
  • Latino: 3
  • African American: 1
Caucasian 51
Unknown and Other 35
Asian 10
Latino 3
African American 1

Faculty at California Institute of Technology

Total Faculty 872
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 3
Full-Time Professors 2,923
Male Faculty 685
Part-Time Professors 299
Women Faculty 187

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