Caltech offers two rounds of admission: Early Action and Regular Decision.
Early Action is non-binding and non-restrictive. If you apply to Caltech during Early Action, you can apply to as many other schools as you wish as long as you are not violating their policies. You are not required to attend Caltech if you are accepted during the Early Action round.
Potential outcomes from Early Action include: accept, deny, and defer. If you are accepted in Early Action, you are not obligated to attend Caltech. You have until May 1 to give us your matriculation response. If you are denied in Early Action, you may not reapply during Regular Decision. If you are deferred in Early Action, you may opt-in to be reconsidered during Regular Decision. You will be given the opportunity to send in supplemental materials to support your application.
Announcement: Early Action deadline extended for fall 2020 applicants
Caltech acknowledges that recent events such as the wildfires in California, the devastating damage done by a tornado in North Dallas, and the Chicago Teachers Union strike, may affect students' ability to meet the Early Action deadline of November 1. With this in mind, Caltech Undergraduate Admissions will make accommodations such as providing application fee waivers and accepting documents after the deadline so that your application process goes as smoothly as possible.
We will keep the application open through Friday, November 8 for those students who need more time. Applicants are encouraged to email our office at email@example.com or call 626-395-6341 if there is anything we can do to support your application process to Caltech.
Potential outcomes from Regular Decision include: accept, deny, and waitlist. If you are accepted in Regular Decision, you have until May 1 to give us your matriculation response. If you are denied in Regular Decision, there is no appeals process. You may reapply for the next fall entry term if you wish. If you are waitlisted in Regular Decision, you may opt-in to be reconsidered should space become available in the class after May 1. You will be given the opportunity to send in supplemental materials to support your application.
Deadlines and Notifications
- Early Action Deadline: November 1
- Early Action Decision Notifications: Mid-December
- Regular Decision Deadline: January 3
- Regular Decision Notifications: Mid-March
- Early Action and Regular Decision Admit Reply Deadline: May 1