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California Institute of TechnologyPasadena, CA
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University of Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles, CA
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#7 in National Universities
#3 in World University Rankings
#2 in California Colleges
Rankings*#20 in National Universities
#66 in World University Rankings
#7 in California Colleges
Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years
Research University (very high research activity)
School TypePrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more years
Research University (very high research activity)
Offered Degrees
Bachelor's, Master's, Post-MS Certificate, Doctorate (Research)Offered DegreeBachelor's, Post-BS Certificate, Master's, Post-MS Certificate, Doctorate (Research), Doctorate (Professional Practice), Doctorate (Other)
Tuition & Fees
cheaper$56,862Undergraduate Tuitionexpensive$60,275
expensive$56,649Graduate Tuitioncheaper$48,715
More$39,500Average Financial Aid AmountLess$37,647
Admission
Higher1,545 SAT
36 ACT
Test ScoresLower1,445 SAT
33 ACT
Tighter6%Acceptance RateEasier11%
Favorable44%Yield
(Enrollment Rate)
Lower42%
High School GPA
High School Rank
High School Record (or Transcript)
Completion of College Preparatory Program
Recommendations
Admission Test Scores
TOEFL
Application Requirements
(Required or Recommended to submit)
High School GPA
High School Record (or Transcript)
Completion of College Preparatory Program
Recommendations
Formal Demonstration of Competencies
Admission Test Scores
TOEFL
Accepted CreditsAdvanced placement (AP) Credits
Credit for Military Training
Enrollment
Smaller2,233Total EnrollmentLarger47,310
Smaller948Undergraduate Student PopulationLarger19,907
Smaller1,285Graduate Student PopulationLarger27,403
-Online Student Population6,707
Completion & Outcomes
Higher94%Graduate RateLower92%
4%Transfer-out Rate-
Higher98%Retention RateLower97%
Special Learning Opportunity
ROTC
Study Abroad
Special learning OpportunityROTC
Study Abroad
✔ (Dormitory Capacity: 1,554)Campus Housing✔ (Dormitory Capacity: 8,700)
✔ (Typical Annual Charge: $6,630)Board/Meal Plan✔ (Typical Annual Charge: $6,102)
Faculties
Less Students per Faculty3 to 1Student to Faculty RatioMore Students per Faculty9 to 1
378Number of faculties3,935
Higher$179,530Average Faculty SalaryLower$133,820
*Ranking data is from College Evaluator.