After four years at Caltech, about 86% graduate, with 93% graduating in six. Most first years stay after freshman year is over, resulting in a 99%% retention rate.

With a 3 to 1 student to faculty ratio, the school has one of the lowest in the country. Professors include 34 Nobel Prize winners, 6 Turing Award winners, 71 recipients of the United States Medal of Science or Technology, and 112 members who were elected to the United States National Academies. Linus Pauling is also a teacher at the school, the only person in history to have ever won two unshared Nobel Prizes.

A huge majority of students come from Caltech’s home state of California, but many others are from New York, Texas, New Jersey, Florida, and Maryland. Students can also participate in study aboard or ROTC (Air Force and Army).

Academic Profile for 2023

Four Year Graduation Rate

Six Year Graduation Rate

Eight Year Graduation Rate

Student to Faculty Ratio
3 to 1

First Year Retention Rate

Distribution of Students per State

for the first-year class of
students in 2020

(Hover in each state to view details of distribution)

1 To 5
6 To 15
16 To 25
26 To 50
51 and Above

Student Race, Ethnicity, and Age Information

Total Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity for the 2021 school year

Students Total

Total Enrollment by Age for the 2020 school year

Students Total

Other Learning Opportunities
Distance learning
Does not offer distance education opportunities
Special learning
ROTC - Air Force
ROTC - Army
Study abroad



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Agency Period of Accreditation Status
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission
01/31/1949 - Current
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