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

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2017

Caltech is above all is a research institution. The first year of classes for Mechanical and Civil Engineers are challenging and time intensive, and you should expect to spend most of your time on class work. You will find however, that this time was not wasted because of the vast amount of material you have learned (and will relearn) for Qualifying Exams in the fall of your 2nd year. It is the policy of the department that you will not have to worry about getting funding. If you are accepted, they will make sure you have funding. Students are not generally required to TA except in rare cases. Caltech is small and students often have a limited social life, unless they are proactive about it. Within the department and within lab groups, there is not excessive competition as resources are typically plentiful and everyone is working on their own, separate project/topic. Pasadena is a nice quiet place to live, and is 30min to an hour from downtown LA. Housing can be expensive, but more reasonable apartments can be found in neighboring municipalities.
4.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Electrical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2013

It is really good program, the professors are very nice and willing to help you.
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2017

Caltech has a very high quality of education with an intense workload. The neighborhood and campus are very safe and pleasant. Quality of social life and networking is dependent on the department. Diversity is relatively low, although it also varies with the department.
4.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Aerospace Engineering
Graduation Year: 2013

Very rigorous, world class education. Difficult but rewarding.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Aerospace Engineering
Graduation Year: 2012

Pros - Extremely competitive, provides an excellent foundation in core engineering knowledge. Cons- it's tough
4.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Economics
Graduation Year: 2015

Great faculty access and support, but very limited socially
4.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Chemistry
Graduation Year: 2017

Overall, excellent place to do chemistry, though the surrounding area could be more exciting.
4.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Chemical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2015

Caltech is a great school, but you have to work hard and the professors are often too famous to be readily accessible to students.
4.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Aerospace Engineering
Graduation Year: 2013

Caltech is a great school that does care about their graduate students futures. It's also near the best surf spots in the world. So stop thinking and apply!
4.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Chemistry
Graduation Year: 2017

Pros - an education very targeted towards academic research, highly creative professors, near the beach Cons - not in exciting big city, small social network
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