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California Institute of TechnologyPasadena, CA
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University of Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles, CA
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Rankings*
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$42,648Average Financial Aid AmountLess$39,909
Admission
Higher1,555 SAT
36 ACT
Test ScoresLower1,435 SAT
32 ACT
Tighter7%Acceptance RateEasier16%
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
Smaller2,240Total EnrollmentLarger46,287
Smaller901Undergraduate Student PopulationLarger19,786
Smaller1,339Graduate Student PopulationLarger26,501
-Online Student Population37,923
Completion & Outcomes
92%Graduate Rate92%
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
393Number of faculties3,708
Higher$181,321Average Faculty SalaryLower$139,069
*Ranking data is from College Evaluator.