Is Caltech fully funded?

PhD programs at Caltech are fully funded All PhD students receive a financial package that covers tuition and stipend. The minimum Institute stipend for graduate students is $37,000 for 2021-22.
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Does Caltech provide 100% scholarship?

Caltech will meet 100% of your demonstrated financial need through a combination of awards known as a financial aid package.
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Can I go to Caltech for free?

The Caltech Commitment

We meet 100% of demonstrated financial need. At Caltech, admissions is need-blind for domestic students (including undocumented and DACA students who graduate from a U.S. high school). That means we don't consider your ability to pay tuition when we're evaluating your application.
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How do I get a full scholarship to Caltech?

All scholarships and grants at Caltech are need-based, as the Institute does not have a merit aid program. Undergraduate students who fill out a financial aid application will be automatically considered for scholarships and grants from Caltech and the federal government.
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How much is the Caltech stipend for 2023?

The Caltech graduate stipend rate for the 2023-24 year is $45,000 for 12 months. Details of the financial package will differ from student to student. Packages may include university fellowships, external fellowships, department training grants, individual PI grants, and teaching assistantships.
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Which is better Caltech or MIT?

While Caltech and MIT are amongst the best places in the world to study technology-related fields, Caltech leans a tad stronger on physics, science, and astronomy. At the same time, MIT has a slightly superior computer science and engineering education.
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Does Caltech give good financial aid?

27% Have ANY Loans

It's a great sign that the loan percentage is so low at Caltech - in fact, Caltech is in the top 10% of schools in terms of how many students have to take out loans. This usually means the school has a strong financial aid program, and grants are enough to pay for the cost of college.
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How much is Caltech after aid?

California Institute of Technology costs $30,162 after scholarships and grants, with 51% of students receiving financial aid and an average aid package of $64,303.
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Is Caltech worth the cost?

California Institute of Technology is ranked #2,194 out of 2,223 for value nationwide. Based on our analysis of other colleges at similar price points, we believe California Institute of Technology is overpriced for the quality education it provides.
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Is it really hard to get into Caltech?

The acceptance rate at Caltech is 2.7%.

For every 100 applicants, only 3 are admitted. This means the school is extremely selective. Meeting their GPA requirements and SAT/ACT requirements is very important to getting past their first round of filters and proving your academic preparation.
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What is the lowest GPA accepted to Caltech?

Caltech does not have a minimum GPA requirement. However, most successful applicants have a US GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and/or are in the top 5 to 10% of their class. Are international students required to report a GPA? GPA's should only be reported for those schools attended within the United States.
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Can an average student get into Caltech?

According to U.S. News, Caltech is considered a highly competitive school with an acceptance rate of 7%. Just over 8,000 students applied for the Caltech Class of 2024. Of those applicants, the Caltech total enrollment was only 244 students. The Caltech average GPA ranges from 3.9 – 4.19.
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What is Caltech best known for?

Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering Institute that marshals some of the world's brightest minds and most innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions and pressing societal challenges.
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Is Caltech an Ivy League?

Universities like Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and CalTech are not technically Ivy League Universities but observes the same prestigious status, education quality, and higher acceptance standards.
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What salary is too high for financial aid?

There are no income limits on the FAFSA. Instead, your eligibility for federal student aid depends on how much your college costs and what your family should contribute. Learn how your FAFSA eligibility is calculated and other ways to pay for college if you don't qualify for federal student aid.
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Why is Caltech so prestigious?

Caltech has a reputation for being innovative, and its science and engineering programs are some of the best in the world.
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Who gets accepted to Caltech?

You'll need a rigorous academic record to get into Caltech. Aim for a weighted GPA of 4.19 and SAT/ACT scores of 1570 and 36. Competitive applicants also take academically challenging courses, such as AP or IB courses, and demonstrate their passion for STEM in their admission essays and extracurricular activities.
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Is Caltech more competitive than MIT?

Caltech and MIT are similarly competitive.

The average GPA of applicants is 4.19 at Caltech and 4.17 at MIT, so you will need to have all or mostly As. As for standardized test scores, Caltech averages are slightly higher than those at MIT, despite MIT's higher rankings.
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What is the hardest major at Caltech?

Chemical engineering has the most requirements so it requires a lot of work. Electrical engineering also tends to be regarded as one of the harder majors but I think this is because of a handful of especially unforgiving and time-consuming classes. Physics and math can be conceptually very hard.
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What GPA is required for Caltech?

With a GPA of 4.19, Caltech requires you to be at the top of your class. You'll need nearly straight A's in all your classes to compete with other applicants. You should also have taken plenty of AP or IB classes to show your ability to excel in academic challenge.
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Is Caltech for geniuses?

Yes, some of our applicants are extraordinary students who have already done extraordinary things. But the vast majority of students admitted to Caltech are exceptional STEM students who are at the beginning of their journey to accomplish the extraordinary.
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