Caltech at a Glance
The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is a world-renowned science and engineering research and education institution, where extraordinary faculty and students seek answers to complex questions, discover new knowledge, lead innovation, and transform our future.
Caltech's 124-acre campus is located in Pasadena, California.
The mission of the California Institute of Technology is to expand human knowledge and benefit society through research integrated with education. We investigate the most challenging, fundamental problems in science and technology in a singularly collegial, interdisciplinary atmosphere, while educating outstanding students to become creative members of society.
Founded as Throop University in 1891 in Pasadena, California, and renamed the California Institute of Technology in 1920.
Research and Education
•Biology & Biological Engineering
•Chemistry & Chemical Engineering
•Engineering & Applied Science
•Geological & Planetary Sciences
•Humanities & Social Sciences
•Physics, Mathematics & Astronomy
Nobel Laureates (2): 34
National Academies Memberships (4): 128
1,001 undergraduate students
1,254 graduate students
33% female / 67% male
99% placed in the top tenth of their high school graduating class
Class of 2019:
Affording Caltech (1)
Students receiving need-based assistance: 50%
Average need-based financial-aid package: $41,669
Average need-based scholarship: $37,557
Second in the U.S. in return on investment of degree (5)
22,930 in the U.S. and around the world
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Caltech Seismological Laboratory
International Observatory Network
The FY 2014 budget, including Campus and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) totals approximately $2 billion.
Campus Budget Allocation:
Caltech endowment valued at $1.96 billion
(1) 2015–16 academic year
(2) Faculty and alumni
(3) Includes trustees
(4) Faculty only
(5) Source: Payscale.com