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Thomas Broderick

Caltech ACT Scores

“The truth shall make you free,” is the motto of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). In that spirit, let’s take a look at the truth about Caltech ACT scores and Caltech admissions more generally!

A private university in Pasadena, California, Caltech undergraduates follow a Core Curriculum in addition to courses relating to their major. The Core Curriculum ensures that students receive a holistic education in the arts as well as the sciences.

Another benefit of attending Caltech? Graduates can expect one of the highest median starting salaries in the United States. Also, if your dream is to one-day work for NASA (astronaut or otherwise), Caltech has been the springboard for many men and women who revolutionized space sciences.


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A fictional (and mildly humorous) representation of Caltech faculty and researchers.

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ACT Scores

As statistics is a class you’ll probably have to take at Caltech, let me throw some numbers at you:

  • Overall, Caltech has a 9% admissions rate.
  • 99% of accepted students graduated in the top 10% of their high school class.
  • The middle 50% of composite ACT Scores for accepted students was 34-35.
    • Like with many other ultra-competitive schools, that means 25% of applicants who submitted ACT scores made a perfect 36!

That’s one tall order if you hope to become a Caltech Beaver. But though admissions are competitive, it’s not impossible to get a fat envelope from Caltech! Let’s look at a few factors that might help you along the way.

The Perfect 36

Though plenty students accepted to Caltech didn’t score a perfect 36 on the ACT, it’s something to strive for if Caltech is your top choice. Magoosh has lots of great resources to point you in the right direction, including tutorials to get you started. The main thing to focus on? Your weaknesses.If you’re going for perfection, make sure to cover topics that you’ve missed in the past.


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If you do get in to Caltech, you’ll get to pull some epic pranks!

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Final Thoughts

As with all competitive universities, it makes sense to apply to a selection of schools that you’d be happy attending. Don’t forget to explore other universities that offer similar opportunities. At the end of the day, though, if you’re interested in science, mathematics, and/or technology, Caltech is a great choice!

Good luck, future scientists. And if you should get in, start planning your pranks against MIT right away!

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About Thomas Broderick

Thomas spent four years teaching high school English, social studies, and ACT preparation in Middle Tennessee. Now living in Northern California, he is excited to share his knowledge and experience with Magoosh's readers. In his spare time Thomas enjoys writing short fiction and hiking in the Sonoma foothills.

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