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If you want to study at one of the leading tech schools in the US, chances are you’re making a choice between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology or California Institute of Technology.  

From quantum physics to supercomputers, string theory to nuclear reactors, these are the places where the world’s best and brainiest gather to push back the frontiers of scientific and technological knowledge. 

But how do these top tech schools compare, and how can you decide whether MIT or Caltech would suit you best? Here’s a quick overview, with more detailed explanation below. 

QS World University Rankings: USA 2021 

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology performs extremely well in the QS World University Rankings: USA, ranking third this year. The California Institute of Technology falls slightly behind MIT, in 21st. 

MIT scores better than Caltech across three of the four indicators in the USA rankings: research, diversity and internationalisation, and employability. However, Caltech outperforms MIT in learning experience, claiming the title of the best school in the USA for learning experience.  

In the latest USA rankings, the biggest gap between the two is in the diversity and internationalisation, where MIT has a sizeable lead.  

Subject strengths  

Both MIT and Caltech are well known as leading tech schools and are particularly strong in the science and technology fields. Thanks to its prestigious Sloan School of Management, MIT also has a strong international reputation for social sciences and business-related courses. 

These strengths are reflected in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021, which is based upon academic reputation, employer reputation and research citations. Despite its specialised focus, MIT features in the top 15 of each broad subject area in the subject rankings, including arts and humanities where it ranks joint 13th. 

Caltech doesn’t have quite such a strong all-round performance, though it still places within the world’s top 270 for every broad subject area – no small feat. Its strongest areas by far are natural sciences (seventh) and engineering and technology (14th). 

As you can see in the table below, MIT boasts many first-place rankings (12 in all), especially in engineering and technology subjects, and features in 34 of the 51 different subject rankings. By comparison, Caltech only features in 19 subjects. 

MIT and Caltech in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 

 
 

MIT 

Caltech 

Accounting & finance 

2nd 

— 

Anthropology 

Joint 41st 

— 

Architecture 

1st 

— 

Art & design 

4th 

— 

Biological sciences 

2nd 

11th 

Business & management 

4th 

201-250 

Chemistry 

1st 

11th 

Communication & media studies 

13th 

— 

Computer science & information systems 

1st 

22nd 

Earth & marine sciences 

2nd 

Joint 5th 

Economics 

1st 

Joint 38th 

Engineering (chemical) 

1st 

9th 

Engineering (civil) 

1st 

51-100 

Engineering (electrical) 

1st 

13th 

Engineering (mechanical) 

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1st 

17th 

English language & literature 

26th 

201-250 

Environmental sciences 

3rd 

27th 

Geology 

3rd 

6th 

Geophysics 

Joint 3rd 

3rd 

History 

51-100 

— 

Linguistics 

1st 

— 

Mathematics 

1st 

15th 

Materials science 

2nd 

Joint 25th 

Medicine 

11th 

Joint 122nd 

Modern languages 

12th 

— 

Performing arts 

51-100 

— 

Philosophy 

Joint 41st 

151-200 

Physics & astronomy 

1st 

7th 

Politics 

Joint 14th 

— 

Psychology 

9th 

— 

Social policy & administration 

8th 

— 

Sociology 

43rd 

— 

Sports-related subjects 

51-100 

— 

Statistics 

1st 

— 

See the full QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 

Location  

Both top tech schools are in small university towns within easy reach of a major city. MIT is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a university town of under 150,000 inhabitants. This town is also home to Harvard University – making it one of the world’s most prestigious hubs of academic tuition and research. Cambridge is close to Boston, one of the most culturally vibrant and historic cities in the Northeast US, which was ranked in the top 15 of the latest QS Best Student Cities ranking. 

Around 3,000 miles away, Caltech is in the Californian city of Pasadena, a university town of a similar size to Cambridge, and a stone’s throw from the second-largest city in the US, Los Angeles, which was ranked 25th in the Best Student Cities ranking. 

One of the major bragging points for Caltech students over their north-eastern rivals is the climate – southern California enjoys sunshine and warmth all year round, while MIT students get hot summers but freezing winters. Then again, a little seasonal variation is not necessarily a bad thing, and the New England region is famed worldwide for its beautiful autumn colours. 

Student community 

Though both top tech schools are on the smaller side for world-class universities, MIT’s 11,520-strong student body makes it roughly five times the size of Caltech’s 2,231. Both institutions have a greater number of postgraduates than undergraduates, reflecting their research-intensive focus. 

Well-established among the world’s top tech schools, both attract applications from talented students all around the world, leading to highly diverse student bodies. International students account for around 29 percent of enrolments at both MIT and Caltech.  

At Caltech, the proportion of international students is much higher among graduate students, with 41 percent coming from outside the US, whereas only seven percent of undergraduates are international. 

Tuition fees and financial support  

US private universities charge some of the highest tuition fees in the world. At either MIT or Caltech, annual fees for most students (undergraduate and postgraduate, domestic and international) amount to around $54,000-$57,000 (approximately £38,000-£40,000). 

When accommodation, living expenses, health insurance, extra fees, transport and study supplies are added on, the total figure for the year is likely to exceed US$79,900 (approx. £57,000). 

However, there is a substantial silver lining: MIT and Caltech offer some of the most generous financial aid packages among US universities – so, in reality, many students pay far less than these initial figures would suggest. 

MIT says 38 percent of its undergraduates receive scholarships or grants equal to or greater than the cost of their tuition, with 26 percent of students graduating debt-free.  

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MIT is one of a handful of elite US institutions which offer need-blind admission for all undergraduate candidates, including those from outside the US. This means students’ ability to pay is not considered during the application process, and, once a place has been offered, the university pledges to contribute enough to make attendance possible. 

Caltech reports that almost 60 percent of undergraduates receive financial aid and approximately 98 percent of graduate students and 99 percent of doctoral students receive full financial support, in the form of fellowships and assistantships.  

While Caltech’s need-blind policy does not extend to international students, it does have a commitment to help all US citizens and permanent residents meet the cost of attendance. 

Browse a range of scholarships to study in the US

This article was originally published in July 2013. It was last updated in May 2021 to include the latest data from the QS World University Rankings and other sources. 

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Watson Lecture Promo – Oct. 20, 2021: Julia Kornfield


The events of 9/11 spurred Julia Kornfield’s research team to begin researching polymers that, when added to fuels like gasoline, minimize the risk of explosion when ignited. These polymers, known as megasupramolecules, change the way liquid fuels flow and could help reduce fatalities and injuries from plane crashes, auto accidents, and IED attacks on the battlefield.
Join Julia A. Kornfield (BS ’83, MS ’84), Elizabeth W. Gilloon Professor of Chemical Engineering, for her Watson Lecture, \”Megasupramolecules: From Disaster to Discovery\” on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 5:00p.m. by registering here:
https://events.caltech.edu/calendar/watsonlecturemegasupramoleculesfromdisastertodiscovery

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Episode 1: Introduction – The Mechanical Universe


Episode 1. Introduction: This preview introduces revolutionary ideas and heroes from Copernicus to Newton, and links the physics of the heavens and the earth.
“The Mechanical Universe,” is a criticallyacclaimed series of 52 thirtyminute videos covering the basic topics of an introductory university physics course.
Each program in the series opens and closes with Caltech Professor David Goodstein providing philosophical, historical and often humorous insight into the subject at hand while lecturing to his freshman physics class. The series contains hundreds of computer animation segments, created by Dr. James F. Blinn, as the primary tool of instruction. Dynamic location footage and historical recreations are also used to stress the fact that science is a human endeavor. 
The series was originally produced as a broadcast telecourse in 1985 by Caltech and Intelecom, Inc. with program funding from the Annenberg/CPB Project.
The online version of the series is sponsored by the Information Science and Technology initiative at Caltech. http://ist.caltech.edu
©1985 California Institute of Technology, The Corporation for Community College Television, and The Annenberg/CPB Project

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Episode 1: Introduction - The Mechanical Universe

Leonardo: The Skateboarding, Slacklining Robot


Researchers at Caltech have built a bipedal robot that combines walking with flying to create a new type of locomotion, making it exceptionally nimble and capable of complex movements.
Part walking robot, part flying drone, the newly developed LEONARDO (short for LEgs ONboARD drOne, or LEO for short) can walk a slackline, hop, and even ride a skateboard. Developed by a team at Caltech’s Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies (CAST), LEO is the first robot that uses multijoint legs and propellerbased thrusters to achieve a fine degree of control over its balance.
A paper about the LEO robot was published online on October 6 and is featured on the October 2021 cover of Science Robotics.
More info: https://www.caltech.edu/about/news/leonardothebipedalrobotcanrideaskateboardandwalkaslackline

Leonardo: The Skateboarding, Slacklining Robot

A Day in the Life: Caltech PhD Student


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Shreyas is studying the chemistry and physics of planetary and preplanetary systems at the California Institute of Technology, after graduating from Columbia University and being awarded the prestigious P. D. Soros Fellowship for his work. Follow a day in Shreyas’ life and learn about his groundbreaking research, the structure of a PhD program at Caltech, the P. D. Soros Fellowship and Shreyas’ experiences working with other fellows, and Shreyas’ advice for younger STEM students thinking of studying at Caltech!

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Perseverance Rover’s new Mars driving video and Strange Sound recording by Insight Lander


On October 20, 2021 NASA’s Perseverance Rover transmitted latest video from Mars after Solar Conjunction and Strange Mars Sounds recorded by Insight Lander. Video shows NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover using its autonavigation, or AutoNav, technology to drive 548 feet (167 meters) on Sept. 12, 2021, the 200th Martian day, or sol, of the mission. AutoNav allows the rover to autonomously replan its route around rocks or other obstacles on its way to a preestablished destination. Video was recorded by the rover’s navigation cameras; they are capable of color, but blackandwhite images are better for navigation. Final footage has been sped up by roughly 200 times with roughly 30 seconds between frames.
Sounds of Mars in the end of the video are dinks and donks recorded just after sundown on July 16, 2019 (Sol 226). Listen carefully and you can also pick out an eerie whistling that the team thinks may be caused by interference in the seismometer’s electronics on Mars Insight Lander.
Credit: nasa.gov, NASA/JPLCaltech, NASA/JPLCaltech/ASU
Source for Perseverance Drive Video: https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/multimedia/videos/?v=495
Source for NASA’s Insight Lander Mars Sound set: https://mars.nasa.gov/news/8517/nasasinsighthearspeculiarsoundsonmars/?site=insight
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Perseverance Rover's new Mars driving video and Strange Sound recording by Insight Lander

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