California Institute of Technology | Caltech's Admission Requirements

Admissions Rate

7%
Your Chancing: Phase 1

SAT

Average SAT

1555

SAT 25th-75th

1530 - 1580

Students Submitting SAT

68%

Math

Average (25th - 75th)
790 - 800

Reading and Writing

Average (25th - 75th)
740 - 780

Recommendation

You should work toward getting your SAT score at or above the average score. However, if you’re making a tradeoff on what to improve – remember that SAT scores are important, but carry less weight than GPA and coursework.

Read about how to increase your SAT score.

ACT

Average ACT

35

ACT 25th-75th

35 - 36

Students Submitting ACT

52%

Math

Average (25th - 75th)
35 - 36

English

Average (25th - 75th)
35 - 36

Recommendation

You should work toward getting your ACT score at or above the average score. However, if you’re making a tradeoff on what to improve – remember that ACT scores are important, but carry less weight than GPA and coursework.

SAT II

Recommendation

If you are applying to selective colleges and if it is safe to do so, you should consider taking 2–3 SAT II exams.

Learn about COVID-19 test policies

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Your Chancing: Phase 2

Extracurriculars

Your extracurriculars can have a big impact on your admissions chances. Add in your activities to our Chancing Calculator to see their impact.

Recommendation letters

Having a great recommendation sometimes improves your chances, but it’s most important to make sure that you’re not disqualified because one is missing.

Application requirements

Accepts Common App
Yes

Considers class rank
Yes

Recommendation letters
Required

TOEFL Policy (International Applicants)
Required

SAT/ACT Testing policy
Required

Which tests students typically submit

SAT: 68%
ACT: 52%
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