California Institute of Technology

Private, Four-years School Located in Pasadena, CA

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How much is the Caltech tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, Caltech's tuition & fees is $63,255.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $85,989 when a student lives on-campus.

Caltech Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Tuition & Fees$63,255
Books & Supplies Costs$1,428
On-campus Room & Board$18,606
On-campus Expenses$2,700
Off-campus Room & Board$17,784
Off-campus Expenses$4,860
2023-2024 Projection
Tuition & Fees$60,864

How Much Does it Cost to Go to Caltech for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $278,865 at Caltech. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $381,052. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $173,254.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$65,740$88,621$39,635
Sophomore (2024-25)$68,322$92,896$41,985
Junior (2025-26)$71,006$97,397$44,486
Senior (2026-27)$73,796$102,138$47,148
4 Years Total$278,865$381,052$173,254
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$68,322$92,896$41,985
Sophomore (2025-26)$71,006$97,397$44,486
Junior (2026-27)$73,796$102,138$47,148
Senior (2027-28)$76,695$107,133$49,983
4 Years Total$289,820$399,564$183,602
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$71,006$97,397$44,486
Sophomore (2026-27)$73,796$102,138$47,148
Junior (2027-28)$76,695$107,133$49,983
Senior (2028-29)$79,708$112,396$53,001
4 Years Total$301,205$419,064$194,618
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$73,796$102,138$47,148
Sophomore (2027-28)$76,695$107,133$49,983
Junior (2028-29)$79,708$112,396$53,001
Senior (2029-30)$82,839$117,945$56,216
4 Years Total$313,038$439,612$206,349
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$76,695$107,133$49,983
Sophomore (2028-29)$79,708$112,396$53,001
Junior (2029-30)$82,839$117,945$56,216
Senior (2030-31)$86,093$123,795$59,642
4 Years Total$325,335$461,269$218,842

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, Caltech' tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $20,937. Compared to private, four-years colleges in California, its tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $23,111.
In-StateOut-of-State
California Institute of Technology$63,255
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,672
Public Schools$7,199$12,960
Private Schools$20,937
California Four-years Colleges$20,867
Public Schools$4,034$13,259
Private Schools$23,111

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between Caltech and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (private, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
LocationUndergraduateGraduate
California Institute of TechnologyPasadena, CA$63,255$63,063
Yale UniversityNew Haven, CT$64,700$48,300
University of ChicagoChicago, IL$66,939$66,543
Columbia University in the City of New YorkNew York, NY$69,045$56,279
Dartmouth CollegeHanover, NH$65,739$64,068
Duke UniversityDurham, NC$65,805$63,985
University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia, PA$66,104$46,034

Financial Aid and COA

At California Institute of Technology, 613 students (62%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $47,135.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at Caltech is $38,854 for students living on-campus and $40,192 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 193 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $59,192 and the average amount of student loans is $12,553.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
COA (on-campus)$85,989
COA (off-campus)$87,327
Tuition & Fees$63,255
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$22,734
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$24,072
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$38,854
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$40,192
Average Financial Aid$47,135
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship61362%$47,135
Pell Grants13814%$4,847
Federal Student Loan394%$6,275
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid19371%-
Grants or Scholarships15557%$59,192
Federal Grants5721%$8,089
Pell Grants5721%$5,165
Other Federal Grants4216%$3,968
State/Local Grants62%$9,220
Institutional Grants15557%$55,860
Student Loan Aid4015%$12,553
Federal Student Loans166%$5,438
Other Student Loans3312%$12,579

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

Caltech's acceptance rate is 3.92%. A total of 13,026 applicants applied to and 510 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 270 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 52.94%.
To apply to Caltech, 5 items are required - Secondary school record, Completion of college-preparatory program, Recommendations, Admission test scores and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and 2 items are recommended to submit - Secondary school GPA and Secondary school rank.
TotalMenWomen
Applicants13,0269,059$3,967
Admitted510260$250
Enrolled270149$121
Acceptance Rate3.92%2.87%6.30%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)52.94%57.31%48.40%
Secondary school GPARecommended
Secondary school rankRecommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRequired
RecommendationsRequired
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither Required Nor Recommended
Admission test scoresRequired
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

Student Population

California Institute of Technology has a total of 2,401 students including 982 undergraduate and 1,419 graduate students. By gender, there are 1,487 male students and 910 female students attending Caltech.
TotalMaleFemale
Total2,397 1,487910
Undergraduate987 546441
Graduate1,410 941469

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address1200 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA
Phone626-395-6811
WEBwww.caltech.edu
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered93 Programs
Graduate Program Offered59 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate2.69%
Yield50.00%
Student Population2,401
Graduation Rate94%
Transfer-out Rate3%
Retention Rate98%
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate3 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties357 (Full-time), 36 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs3,041 (Full-time), 227 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$187,414
Average Staff Salary$91,813