Applying to Caltech
As you might expect, admission to Caltech is competitive. We usually welcome approximately 230 new freshman and 10 to 15 new upperclass students to campus each fall. They come to Caltech from all over the United States and all over the world. What they share is an unusual interest in and an extraordinary aptitude for science.
There are a lot of numbers and formulas at Caltech - but not in the Admissions Office. The decision-making process is much more of an art than a science here. There are no formulas
that assure success, and even for experienced application readers it is impossible to predict the outcome for a particular applicant without reading the entire application.
There are no automatic cutoffs for any criteria that we might consider, and every application submitted for admission to Caltech is read to get a good sense of who you are and whether you would be a good fit for the Caltech community.
The best advice we can offer you is to take your time on the application. Answer all the questions fully, make sure that you spend time on your writing, and be sure that the application accurately reflects your interests and accomplishments.
Caltech’s admissions process is unusual in the way in which faculty and students are involved. Caltech faculty members read applications and undergraduate students participate in our admissions commitee.
Admissions counselors read applications from the geographic regions they have visited and know well. Our counselors are available to you as you learn about Caltech and navigate the admissions process. Please feel free to contact us by phone or e-mail at any time when questions arise.
Jarrid J. Whitney, Executive Director of Admissions and Financial Aid