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    CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY - [CalTech], PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - RANKING

    Pasadena, CaliforniaLocation
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    EStd 1920established year
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    California Institute of Technology Rankings: World Rankings, National Ranking, Subject-wise Rankings 2020

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    Established in 1891, California Institute of Technology is a private university located in Pasadena, United States. Renowned for its science and engineering courses, the institute is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 top universities in USA and globe. The University is also one of the top colleges offering a test-optional policy which makes it favorable for many international aspirants.

    Ranked 11th in its World Reputation Rankings for the year 2020 by Times Higher Education, the university has some 7 Nobel laureates and over 50 National Medal of Science winners to its credit. The institute is a coveted choice for studying in USA with an international population of nearly 6% who are enrolled at an acceptance rate of nearly 7%.

    California Institute of Technology Ranking Highlights

    • Ranked 9th in World Rank by Center for World University Rankings 2021
    • The institute has also been honored at #7 in Best Global Universities by US News
    • US News 2020 also ranked its geosciences at #1.
    • Ranked 7th in US Rankings by Times Higher Education in 2021
    • Ranked 1st in Physical Sciences by Times Higher Education in 2021

    California Institute of Technology World Rankings

    The institute is ranked globally for its excellent academic and research opportunities. There are various reputable rankings that have honored California Institute of Technology by taking into consideration various factors. Some such surveys long with their ratings over the year are as indicated below.

    Agency 2019 2020 2021
    QS World Ranking 4 5 4
    Times Higher Education 5 2 4
    ARWU 9 8 N/A
    CWUR 9 11 9

    California Institute of Technology World Ranking: QS

    QS World University Rankings considered more than 5,500 universities around the globe to rank and update us about the top 1,000. California Institute of Technology was ranked 4th in Top Universities by QS World Ranking. Following are the ranking indicators:

    Academic Reputation 97
    Employer Reputation 82.8
    Faculty Student 100
    Citations per Faculty 99.9
    International Faculty 100
    International Students 88.2
    Overall Score 97

    California Institute of Technology World Ranking: THE

    Times Higher Education takes into consideration about 1,400 universities around the globe and ranks the top universities. It ranks on the basis of various indicators such as knowledge, international outlook, teaching, and research.

    Times Higher Education has ranked California Institute of Technology 4th in the World Rankings following University of Oxford, Stanford University and Harvard University. It ranked 2nd the previous year, however its overall global score has remained intact. Following are the indicators:

    Teaching 92.5
    Research 96.9
    Citations 97.0
    Industry Income 92.7
    International Outlook 83.6
    Overall 94.5

    California Institute of Technology World Ranking: US News

    According to US News, California Institute of Technology has been ranked 7th in Best Universities.

    Global Score 86.3
    Global research reputation 10
    Regional research reputation 13
    Publications 166
    Books 425
    Conferences 89
    Normalized citation impact 19
    Total Citations 92
    Number of publications that are among the 10% most cited 76
    Percentage of total publications that are among the 10% most cited 4
    International collaboration – relative to the country 29
    International collaboration 217
    Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1% most cited 54
    Percentage of highly cited papers that are among the top 1% most cited 14

    California Institute of Technology World Ranking: CWUR

    Center for World University Ranking is a UAE initiative for global university rankings on the basis of education, faculty, research, surveys, data, etc. It has been ranked at 9th in World Rank by the institution. The rank was based on the following indicators:

    Quality of Education 1
    Alumni Employment Rank 200
    Quality of Faculty Rank 7
    Research Output Rank 127
    Quality of Publications Rank 81
    Influence Rank 13
    Citations Rank 31
    Overall Score 91.0

    California Institute of Technology World Ranking: ARWU

    The American Ranking of World Universities is one of its kind as it does not rely on the known indicators like quality of education, but instead uses criteria like publications, Nobel Prize winners, etc. The University has been ranked 8th in World Universities by ARWU for 2020.

    California Institute of Technology National Rankings

    • The University has been ranked 9th in National Universities by US News whereas the Center for World University Rankings 2020-21 ranked it 7th in the National Rank which makes it a favored choice when seeking to study abroad.
    • The institute was also honored at 7th in US Rankings by Times Higher Education 2021 with an overall score of 90.1.
    • Although it has lowered its position by 2 ranks, the difference in the overall score has been only 0.1, which shows that the university has been steady in its quality, however, other universities are raising their standards.
    • According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities, CalTech University is also nationally ranked at the 7th position.

    California Institute of Technology Subject-wise Rankings

    In the section given below we are going to witness how the departments of the institute excel in performance based on various factors. With a massive number of departments, California Institute of Technology offers a range of programs at undergraduate and graduate level.

    The ranking is usually given based on the reputation the college and department has earned globally, their rich syllabus and how much importance is offered to research. Some such surveys are as compiled below.

    California Institute of Technology Subject Ranking: QS

    Generally, QS Rankings are ranked on the basis of surveys conducted globally of alumni, employers, research citations, reputation, H-index, etc.

    Arts and Humanities 231
    Engineering and Technology 14
    Computer Science and Information Systems 29
    Engineering – Chemical 7
    Engineering – Civil and Structural 51 – 100
    Engineering – Electrical and Electronic 13
    Engineering – Mechanical 17
    Biological Sciences 9
    Medicine 101 – 150
    Chemistry 8
    Physics & Astronomy 7
    Business and Management Studies 151 – 200
    Economics and Econometrics 41
    Geology 7

    California Institute of Technology Subject Ranking: THE

    Times Higher Education evaluates rankings on the basis of research, teaching as well as the impact it has. It has given the following rankings subject-wise for the University:

    Engineering and Technology 7
    Life Sciences 7
    Physical Sciences 1
    Social Sciences 39
    Computer Science 25

    California Institute of Technology Subject Ranking: US News

    The US News rank on the basis of years of research, user feedback, discussion with education experts, deans, researchers, etc., reviews, trends, and much more. The US News has given the following subject-wise rankings:

    Biology and Biochemistry 37
    Cell Biology 51
    Chemistry 14
    Computer Science 61
    Electrical and Electronic Engineering 122
    Energy and Fuels 77
    Engineering 57
    Molecular Biology and Genetics 56
    Nanosciences and Nanotechnology 116
    Neuroscience and Behaviour 69
    Physics 6
    Space Science 1

    Apart from the global, country and subject-specific rankings discussed in the article, the institute has also received many miscellaneous awards and titles from different agencies around the world which are as listed below.

    • Ranked 18th in Best Undergraduate Teaching by US News
    • Ranked 12th in Best Value Schools by US News
    • Ranked 7th in Most Innovative Schools by US News
    • Ranked 340th in Top Performers on Social Mobility by US News
    • Ranked 1st in Hardest Colleges to get into in America by Niche
    • Ranked 8th in Best Test Optional Colleges in America by Niche
    • Ranked 25th in Best Student Life in California by Niche

    On the concluding part, though California Institute of Technology does not offer many courses as compared to its competitors, however, it focuses on quality of the education provided across the courses if offered and often excels in most of them as reflected in its dedication and rankings through the years.

    All these awards and accolades are an indicator of the strong global presence and impact the institute has over the academic world which justifies why one should study in USA and rightfully makes it a sought-after choice when seeking to study abroad.

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