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The California Institute of Technology

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Your Combined ACT:
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SAT Math + Verbal:
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Your Chances at CIT
(on ACT score alone)
Your Chances at CIT
(on SAT score alone)
Men
Women
# Applicants
4,109
1,426
# Admitted
344
240
% Admitted
8.4%
16.8%
% Overall
10.6%

Students who got into CIT:

Tips mention: Interview (0), ACT/SAT (3), Grades (6), Sports/Extracurriculars (3), College Essay (4)
Work hardApr 23 2006Engineering Department
Work hard. Good SATs and high GPA are a must. Do some research or science projects or something. Do a few, like 3-4, extracurriculars, and do them well. Very well.

And write good, fun, interesting essays.
ACT: 33 SAT: 1560 Male

You don't have to be "super-smart" to get intoSep 22 2004Engineering Department
You don't have to be "super-smart" to get into Caltech. A pretty decent HS student ( 1400 SAT, A average ) will get you in no problem, especially if you are an underrepresented group. If you are female and are accepted, expect some nice financial perks in your tuition package, because they're trying pretty hard to even out the ratio. Ditto goes for Hispanic and African-Americans (us Asians will get nothing because there's "too many" of us here already).
One thing that you will have to stress in your application is your uniqueness and dedication to science. If you don't have the grades to make it in, then stress how you did an interesting experiment in high school, or how you pilot airplanes as a hobby, etc. The admissions committee loves creativity.
SAT: 1420 Male
I'm not sure how I got in, to be honestJan 04 2003Undecided
I'm not sure how I got in, to be honest. I got a 3.7 in high school; that's the lowest of anyone I know at Caltech. I got 1460 SAT's, which is also the lowest of anyone I know at Caltech. What I did do was have a real passion for math and science. I'd done a few modest research experiments, and wrote my essays with an open heart. I really wanted to get in, and I showed it. I went to a challenging high school and tried to do stuff I liked regardless of how hard it was, went to classes at a college nearby, etc. Just a pure heart devoted to math/science got me in, and I don't regret a minute of it =).
ACT: 33 SAT: 1460 Male
I don't really know why I got inAug 20 2002Undecided
I don't really know why I got in. I did really well in school and on tests, and I did a really fascinating essay and "Put something interesting here" page.
Individuality counts; I think Caltech actually discriminates against students who have come down the "good student" conveyor belt.
ACT: 35 SAT: 1460 Female
I got bloody goodJul 25 2002Physics
I got bloody good SAT scores, high grades in HS, and did 'research' at some summer programs in other universities. If someone wants to go to the Institute (for whatever reason) they should either cheat in hs and on the sat (if they aren't bright enough to do very well--i wouldn't reccommend this, because they will fail out of caltech) or be very intelligent. Also extracurricular interest in sci/math must be demonstrated.
SAT: 1540 Male
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