Transfer Applicants

Caltech welcomes applications for transfer admission. Previous transfer students have contributed much to the campus community and have also been extraordinarily successful in research and in the classroom. The Admissions Committee seeks to continue this record of success by attracting an accomplished and talented group of transfer students each year.

Please download the Transfer Fact Sheet for information regarding academic preparation, admissions requirements, transfer of credits, etc.

Transfer Fact Sheet (pdf)

General Transfer Policies:

Application Deadline: February 15, 2014

Application Forms and Checklist

Caltech uses the Common Application for transfer admission. All students must submit both the Transfer Common Application and the Caltech Transfer Supplement through the Common Application website. The 2014 Transfer Application will be available in late fall 2013.  International Transfer Applicants (i.e., those who are neither US citizens nor permanent residents) must also complete the International Transfer & 3/2 Student Supplemental Form.


*The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of transfer applicants whose native language is not English and who have not been studying in an English-speaking country for two years or more. The TOEFL should be taken no later than the February application deadline.

Transfer Entrance Examinations:
All applicants are required to take Caltech Transfer Entrance Examinations in mathematics and physics. These exams are taken after candidates submit a transfer application to Caltech. Students must find a proctor at their home institution to administer the exam. The math exam is approximately four hours, and the physics exam is three hours.

All applicants are responsible for securing a proctor on their home campus. Neither the Caltech Office of Undergraduate Admissions staff nor any faculty on campus may proctor the exam. All transfer exams must be returned to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by March 21,2014.

Need help preparing for the transfer examinations? Please download our Transfer Examinations fact sheet for examples of exam topics and a list of recommended math and physics textbooks.

Transfer Admissions Profile:
Caltech admits transfer students from all regions of the world, and from diverse post-secondary institutions.  The table below gives the admission statistics of recent transfer applicant pools (Fall 2009 to Fall 2013):

Transfer Fall 2009 Fall 2010
Fall 2011 Fall 2012 Fall 2013
Applicants 129 127 143 214 161
Admits 6 9 9 5 6

This table includes applicants from 2-year, 4-year, and non-US institutions.

Transfer of Credit:
The courses for which enrolling transfer students will receive credit will be determined at the time of enrollment. Faculty members review each student's achievement on an individual basis, and after a placement examination has been taken. It is not possible, therefore, to determine in advance the acceptability of course work taken elsewhere.

Caltech housing is not guaranteed for transfer students. However, housing is available. For more information, please visit the Housing Department's website.

Visiting/Exchange Students
A limited number of students from other institutions of collegiate rank may enroll at Caltech to take classes for up to one year. These students are classified as visiting students and will not receive Caltech degrees. For more information, please contact the Dean of Students Office.

Policy on Requests for Undergradute Study at Caltech as a Visiting or Exchange Student

Caltech does not accept such visitors outside of our established bilateral exchanges. Therefore, we cannot accept or process any requests to come to Caltech as an undergraduate visiting or exchange student.

Please note we are not partners with Brazil's Science Without Borders Program and we do not accept any applicants from undergraduate students in this program.