What is 3/2?
Caltech invites students from a select group of liberal arts colleges to apply to transfer to Caltech after completion of their junior year. After two years in residence at Caltech and the successful completion of our requirements, 3/2 students will be granted a Bachelor of Science degree from Caltech, as well as a second bachelor's degree from their liberal arts college.
Please note that admission to the 3/2 program is not guaranteed and will be determined by the Caltech Faculty Upperclass Admissions Committee.
Students can apply to the 3/2 program by completing our 3/2 Application. Deadline for submission of 3/2 applications is April 1, 2014. Admission to the program is determined by the Caltech Upperclass Admissions Committee.
Create an account to start a new 3/2 application.
Note: To protect the privacy and security of your application, you must register your email address. Once created, you may access your account at any time, using your registered email and self-selected password.
Please note that international 3/2 Applicants (i.e., those who are neither US citizens nor permanent residents) must also complete the International Transfer & 3/2 Student Supplemental Form.
- A record of superior academic achievement at their home institutions
- Letters of recommendation from their 3/2 liaison AND from a mathematics, science, or engineering faculty member
- One year of physics (two years recomended)
- One year of mathematics (including multivariable calculus and differential equations; two years recommended)
- One year of chemistry
After two years in residence at Caltech, and the successful completion of Caltech requirements, 3/2 students will be granted a Bachelor of Science degree from Caltech and a second bachelor's degree from their liberal arts college. Students from the following institutions are eligible to apply to the 3/2 program:
- Bowdoin College (ME)
- Bryn Mawr College (PA)
- Grinnell College (IA)
- Haverford College (PA)
- Mt. Holyoke College (MA)
- Oberlin College (OH)
- Occidental College (CA)
- Ohio Wesleyan University (OH)
- Pomona College (CA)
- Reed College (OR)
- Spelman College (GA)
- Wesleyan University (CT)
- Whitman College (WA)
Areas of Study
It is expected that the colleges from which the 3/2 students come from will determine which of the options (majors) offered by Caltech are appropriate for their students. Students may transfer into any of the Caltech options.
If you have questions about the 3/2 Program, please contact Karly Barraza Brockett, Associate Director of Admissions at (626) 395-8934 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to know about what it's like to be a 3/2 student at Caltech? Read more about 3/2 student, Yuyang Fan's SURF research.