Based in Pasadena, California, the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is a recognized center for STEM, engineering, and science research and education. It brings together some of the world’s most brilliant minds and cutting-edge technologies to tackle major cultural and foundational problems in science. Ranked no. 6 in the QS World University Rankings, it is one of a select few technology institutes in the United States that concentrate on teaching technical arts and applied sciences, and because of its intensely tough admissions process, only a small percentage of the most talented students get admitted. 

  Although Caltech is small, it values ambition and excellence. Faculty members and graduates of Caltech have made contributions that have garnered both domestic and global attention, including 46 Nobel Prizes. Caltech has a high research output as well as many high-quality facilities such as the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (owned by NASA), the Caltech Seismological Laboratory, and the International Observatory Network. The Einstein Papers Project, a project to conserve, translate, and publish a few papers from Albert Einstein’s estate, is located there. Additionally, it has created an energy innovation center with the goal of uncovering ground-breaking strategies for producing fuels directly from sunshine.  


  • The class profile according to the class of Fall 2022-23- 
    • There are over 900 undergraduate students. 
    • The gender ratio of female: to male is 45:55. 
    • White and Asian American people made up most of the population based on race and ethnicity. 
    • The international community makes up 9% of the total population. 
Tuition$60,816 (49.7L INR)$60,816 (49.7L INR)
Fees2,439 (2L INR)2,439 (2L INR)
Housing11,247(9.3L INR)12,960(10.7L INR)
Food/Meals8,256 (6.8L INR)6,471 (5.3L INR)
Books, Course Materials, Supplies and Equipment (est.)1,428 (1.2L INR)1,428 (1.2L INR)
Living ExpensesN/AN/A
Personal Expenses (est.)2,700 (2.3L INR)4,428 (3.65L INR)
Transportation (est. local)01,764 (1.5L INR)
Total Estimated Cost of Attendance4$86,886 (71.63L INR)$90,306 (74.5L INR)
  • CALTECH required students to have studied the following classes irrespective of curriculum- 
  • 4 years of maths, including 1 year of calculus  
  • 1 year of chemistry 
  • 1 year of physics, preferably calculus-based, though not required 
  • You can apply to Caltech by submitting Common App/ Apply Coalition/ Powered by Scoir, or QuestBridge Application. 
  • There are also Required Academic and short answer questions as well as Optional Academic and short answer questions essays that need to be answered in the application form. 


  • $75 application fee is required. (6183 INR) 
  • School Report: This is a document that your high school college counselor will send to Caltech that provides context about your school. Additionally, your counselor will submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf. 
  • Teacher evaluations 
  • Official transcripts from your secondary school 
  • English Proficiency Exam scores  
  • IELTS-7.5  
  • TOEFL- 100 
  • Duolingo English Test-125 
  • International Financial Aid Statement of Intent 
  • SAT/ ACT is not required till 2025. 
  • CALTECH Career Advising & Experiential Learning offers a variety of career services and holds career fairs twice a year with over 150 recruiters from various fields. 
  • Class of 2022 by the numbers 
  • 46% went on to attend graduate or professional school 
  • 97% were accepted to one of their top-choice schools 
  • 43% accepted a full-time job 
  • 5% accepted a fellowship, internship, or similar position 
  • 6% took time to explore other professional opportunities  
  • According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the mean starting salary in the U.S. for college graduates in 2021 was $58,862.  
  • CALTECH graduates are in high demand and have a median starting salary of $120,000 which is far above the national average for all graduates and well above other STEM graduates. 
  • The average starting salary of California Institute of Technology graduates is 105,500 USD.  
  • Career fairs arranged twice a year by the university bring over 150 recruiters to employ Caltech graduates.  
  • Caltech is also recognized as the 7th best employer in America in the midsize employer category according to Forbes, 2022. 
  • You can apply for a visa after you have received the appropriate documents from Caltech. 
    • Students will receive either an I-20(F1 Visa) or a DS-2019 form(D1 Visa). 
    • The first step is scheduling an appointment at your local U.S. Embassy or Consulate. 
    • If you are applying for an F-1 or J-1 visa, you will need to pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee before you go to the visa appointment.