California Institute of Technology

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California Institute of Technology (www.caltech.edu) is on top of the ranking in world’s best Universities. It was founded in 1891. It is a private research university located in Pasadena, California, United States.Caltech has six academic divisions with strong emphases on science and engineering.

The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is a world-renowned science and engineering research andeducation institution, where extraordinary faculty and students seek answers to complex questions, discover new knowledge, lead innovation, and transform our future. 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.

It has following academic divisions:
Biology & Biological Engineering
Chemistry & Chemical Engineering
Engineering & Applied Science
Geological & Planetary Sciences
Humanities & Social Sciences
Physics, Mathematics & Astronomy

How to Apply
As you might expect, admission to Caltech is competitive. The University usually welcome approximately 230 new freshman and 10 to 15 new upper-class students to campus each fall. They come to Caltech from all over the United States and all over the world. What they share is an unusual interest in and an extraordinary aptitude for science.

There are a lot of numbers and formulas at Caltech – but not in the Admissions Office. The decision-making process is much more of an art than a science here.  There are no formulas that assure success, and even for experienced application readers it is impossible to predict the outcome for a particular applicant without reading the entire application. There are no automatic cutoffs for any criteria that we might consider, and every application submitted for admission to Caltech is read to get a good sense of who you are and whether you would be a good fit for the Caltech community. Applications can be made online using the website www.caltech.edu.

Courses
The full-time, four-year undergraduate program emphasizes instruction in the arts and sciences and has high graduate coexistence. Caltech offers 24 majors (called “options”) and six minors across all six academic divisions. Caltech also offers interdisciplinary programs in Applied Physics, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Computation and Neural Systems, Control and Dynamical Systems, Environmental Science and Engineering, Geobiology and Astrobiology, Geochemistry, and Planetary Astronomy. The most popular options are Chemical Engineering, Computer Science,

Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Physics.
The graduate instructional programs emphasize doctoral studies and are dominated by science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.  The Institute offers graduate degree programs for the Master of Science, Engineer’s Degree, Doctor of Philosophy, BS/MS and MD/PhD, with the majority of students in the PhD program. The most popular options are Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Electrical Engineering and Chemical Engineering.

Applicants for graduate studies are required to take the GRE. GRE Subject scores are either required or strongly recommended by several options. A joint program between Caltech and the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine grants MD/PhD degrees. Students in this program do their preclinical and clinical work at UCLA, and their PhD work with any member of the Caltech faculty, including the Biology, Chemistry, and Engineering and Applied Sciences Divisions. The MD degree would be from UCLA and the PhD would be awarded from Caltech.

Application Procedure
Caltech typically enrolls 235 outstanding freshmen each fall term. Students who have not yet earned a high school diploma (including students enrolled in high school/college dual enrollment programs) or who have not enrolled in college courses for credit after graduating from high school will be considered as freshman candidates.

Application Deadlines:
November 1, 2013: Early Action
January 3, 2014: Regular Decision
Applying Early Action or Regular Decision?
Students should consider applying Early Action if they can demonstrate strong academic preparation and achievement without benefit of senior-year first semester grades, have taken all the required SAT and ACT tests by the October test date.
Applicants will be notified by mid-December whether they have been admitted, denied or held for review during the Regular Decision process. There is no strategic advantage to applying Early Action; it is non-binding in that the candidates who are admitted early need not respond to the offer of admission until May 1.

Submitting Your Application:
To apply for admission, please submit the Common Application with the Caltech Member Questions and Writing Supplement, along with the application fee of $75 or a fee waiver request and supporting documentation. Candidates must apply online by going tocommonapp.org.  Please visit our Application Forms page for additional information.

Academic Preparation:
4 years of math (including calculus)
1 year of physics
1 year of chemistry
3 years of English (4 years recommended)
1 year of U.S. history/government (waived for international students)

Testing Requirements:
SAT w/writing  OR ACT w/writing
SAT Mathematics Level 2
1 SAT Subject Test: Biology (Ecological), Biology (Molecular), Chemistry, OR Physics.

TOEFL (for international students*)
All testing must be completed prior to the application deadline.  Scores from tests taken after the deadline will not be considered.
*If your native language is not English, and you have not studied for at least two years in an English-speaking country, we require the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). All versions of the TOEFL are acceptable.

Official test scores must be sent by the testing agency. Please do not rush scores.
Caltech strongly recommends that students submit all SAT and SAT Subject test scores.

Teacher Evaluations:
One Math or Science Teacher AND
One Humanities or Social Science Teacher*
While Caltech requires one math or science teacher recommendation AND one humanities or social science teacher recommendation letter, you are also encouraged to submit one letter of evaluation from a mentor or supervisor who might know you in a different context.
Please have the recommender include your full name and date of birthso that we can match the letter to your application.
Suggested optional recommenders include (but are not limited to): arts or club Instructors, band directors, employers, research mentors, religious or community leaders, program advisors, or coaches.
* The following classes are suitable for the humanities/social sciences teacher evaluation:
English, Literature
Foreign Language
Philosophy, Religion
History, Government, Political Science, American Studies, Geography, Economics
Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology