Bachelor degree
48 months
Application deadlines: January 3
Processing time: Mid March
Application fee: $75
Intakes: September 19
International tuition: $52,506
Domestic tuition: $52,506

Program overview

Mathematics combines abstract logical thought with concrete investigations into symmetry and order. It looks for patterns, makes analogies and formalizes the conclusions succinctly, in a way that they are useful in a variety of places where there is structure. Eugene Wigner spoke of the "unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in the sciences" and engineering, and an integral part of our undergraduate program at Caltech is a thorough grounding in basic mathematics. Those who major in math go much further and study, besides calculus, differential Equations and statistics, the basic structures in algebra, analysis and geometry, as well as rudiments of combinatorics and set theory. In addition, these students take advanced courses in some of these subjects, depending on their interest. They absorb the theoretical underpinnings from a critical thinking viewpoint and learn to write coherent and complete proofs of various assertions. They also learn to work out non-trivial examples and when possible use computational tools. The mission is fulfilled through course work and research opportunities, the latter primarily through our SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships) program.

Study options

This program can be done
On campus



    The following is a list of materials required for a complete application for first-year admission. If your application is missing any one of these components, it will be considered incomplete. • Common Application or the Coalition Application with the Supplemental Application Essays • Caltech does not have a preference between the Common Application or the Coalition Application. We advise that you use the best platform for your application process. • Caltech is also a QuestBridge Partner. Students may apply for Caltech through the QuestBridge National College Match. • $75 application fee or fee waiver (by request) • Standardized tests • Teacher evaluations • Secondary School Report • This is a document that is sent to Caltech by your high school college counselor. It provides context about your school that helps the Admissions Committee evaluate your application holistically. • Academic transcripts • Additional requirements of our international citizen applicants: • TOEFL scores: Required of all international citizens unless 1) your native language is English or 2) you have studied for two or more years in a school where English is the language of instruction. The latter must be completed prior to the application deadline. We do not accept the IELTS or any other substitute for the TOEFL requirement. • International Financial Aid Statement of Intent: When an international citizen applies for freshman admission, the application prompts questions to confirm their understanding of our financial aid policy and thus confirm their financial aid intent towards Caltech. Caltech is need-sensitive for international citizens because the total amount of financial aid funds is limited for these students, and we remain committed to meeting the demonstrated need of all admitted students. See our International Citizens' page to read the full extent of our financial aid policy for international citizens.

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