Caltech at a Glance

Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering Institute that marshals some of the world's brightest minds and most innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions and pressing societal challenges.

Research and Education

Academic Divisions

Academic options (majors)

Cross-disciplinary research institutes and centers


Approximately 300 professorial faculty

More than 600 research scholars

3:1 student-faculty ratio



Nobel Laureates**: 34 

National Medal of Science Recipients**: 58

National Medal of Technology and Innovation Recipients***: 13

National Academies Memberships****: 123



979 undergraduate students

1,261 graduate students

34% female / 66% male

99% placed in the top tenth of their high school graduating class

Class of 2020:

6,855 applicants

235 members of the freshman class

44% female / 56% male


Affording Caltech*

Students receiving need-based assistance: 52%

Average need-based financial-aid package: $38,983

Average indebtedness for class of 2015: $20,677


Living Alumni

23,435 in the U.S. and around the world


Global Facilities

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

  • Founded by Caltech in the 1930s and managed for NASA since 1958
  • 19 spacecraft and ten instruments employed in active missions
  • Recently launched missions include the Mars Science Laboratory, Juno, Jason 3, and NuSTAR
  • More than 100 research and mission collaborations with Caltech faculty

Caltech Seismological Laboratory

  • Internationally recognized for excellence in geophysical research
  • Provides research centers for seismic studies, high-performance computing, and mineral physics
  • Preeminent source for earthquake information in Southern California and around the world

International Observatory Network

  • W. M. Keck Observatory, Hawaii
  • Palomar Observatory, California
  • Caltech Submillimeter Observatory, Hawaii
  • Owens Valley Radio Observatory, California
  • Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), Washington and Louisiana
  • Chajnantor Observatory, Chile





  • Caltech: 3,900
  • JPL: 5,500


The FY 2015 budget, including Campus and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) totaled approximately $2.3 billion.

  • JPL: $1.8 billion
  • Campus: $591 million

Campus Budget Allocation:


  • Contracts and grants: 54.4%
  • Endowment payout: 19.2%
  • Gifts: 11.4%
  • Student tuition and fees: 6.4%
  • Other: 11.4%


  • Instruction and Academic Support: 42.9%
  • Organized research: 39.3%
  • Institutional support: 12.7%
  • Auxiliary: 5.1%

Caltech endowment valued at $2.09 billion


*2016–17 academic year

**Faculty and alumni

***Includes trustees

****Faculty only