California Institute of Technology Graduate Program Reviews

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95%
of students recommend
(4.26 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 42 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Programmatic Accreditation: ABET
  • Campus Setting: City: Midsize
  • Student Population: 2,255 (1,001 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 3 to 1
  • Annual Tuition: $45,390
Source: NCES

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4.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Electrical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2018

Great materials and opportunities for you to learn and grow. It is like a bootcamp where you can focus on your studies without any distractions. But the campus is so small that there aren't really fun social activities on campus.
4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2016

Pros: small school, get a chance to know lots of people Cons: fewer labs to work with
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2016

Small group setting allows for non-competitive and informal environment.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2017

Great institute to do research and to be surrounded by other people who are also striving to make large impacts on the scientific community. Teaching is subpar, but the professors are readily available and help immensely with research.
4.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2019

A lot of coursework, but exeptional research opportunities.
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Degree: Chemistry
Graduation Year: 2017

I couldn't imagine a better chemistry graduate program for me than what Caltech provides. Although the school is small, the chemistry option is comparable in size to many larger schools; thus, providing diverse research opportunities and collaborations. The professors are inspiring as many of them are at the top of their field. The support on campus for academic and non-academic needs is the best I've ever experienced. Overall, the staff, faculty, and other students help to create a very focused and intimate atmosphere.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2015

Pro: Applied physics features a variaty of programs in studying fundamental and applied physics using experimental ways. There are atomic molecular and optics, semiconductor, plasma physics, etc. The faculty members are world class. The research facilities are up to date. The students are generally smart and hardworking. Students get a competitive yet comfortable feeling in a research oriantated environment. Staff and students organize social events frequently. The work life balance is good. Con: although considered a decent size in Caltech standard, applied physics does not have too many groups. There are only about 10 full time professors and some of their research overlap. Student may not get enough choice to decide what they want to study. However, with that being said, students are encouraged to join any physics related group in the campus: physics, geophysics, biophysics, etc. So the choice is not too limitied. The average graduation years is longer than five years. In some group it might take 6 or 7 of even more years to graduate. It is because most group are experimental and the research takes longer times.
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Degree: Chemical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2014

Every major/option is different, but chemical engineering really makes it impossible to do anything but work like a dog in your first year and still feel unsuccessful.
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Degree: Environmental Engineering
Graduation Year: 2019

Of course, Caltech is place for academic. The courses are given a very rigorous way. The homework sometimes is crazy, but it could push you to learn a lot. Environmental Science & Engineering program is really Interdisciplinary. You must find something interesting here. Another thing is that the program is relatively small, only 4 to 6 grads is accepted per year. No undergrad in this program.
4.92 out of 5.0
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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2015

It is a great program and provides a vast amount of resources. The labs are open and sharing of equipment makes any research avenue possible. Cons about the program are that the classes are a bit small, and the course requirements are not many.
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