Vault Rating: 4.5 out of 5


  • Located near Los Angeles, California
  • Extremely low student-teacher ratio and small class sizes


  • Most selective
  • Expensive

The Bottom Line

  • The California Institute of Technology is a world-renowned science and engineering research institution, based in Pasadena, California, with a mission to expand knowledge and help students pursue their best ideas through collaborative exploration and intensive scholarship.


Admission to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is extremely competitive. The school accepts about 13 percent of applicants. Students are usually in the top tenth of their graduating class in high school.

The admission committee's decision-making process is "much...  

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