Admission to Caltech's graduate programs is granted to a select number of students of superior ability. In general, the admission process takes place once each year for enrollment starting in the fall. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible and are responsible for ensuring that all supporting documents are submitted by the posted deadline. All applications are reviewed in their entirety. There is no minimum grade point average or other quantitative metric used in the evaluation of our applications. The statement of purpose, transcripts, and letters of recommendation are all taken into consideration.
Some academic options will review an application received after the posted deadline, but such an applicant may be at a disadvantage in the allocation of financial assistance or in the priority for admission. Applicants may only apply to one academic option during each admission cycle. However, in reviewing your application, the admissions committee of the option to which you have applied may recommend that your application be reviewed by another option. If your application is referred to another option, you will not be charged any additional fees or be asked to submit a duplicate application.
For more information about the graduate programs, please see the graduate section of the Catalog.