3/2 programs allow students to earn two degrees in five years
- A bachelor's degree from a liberal arts college (3 years)
- A bachelor of science degree from Caltech (2 years)
Caltech partners with 13 liberal arts colleges for this program. Caltech started the program to give students with a strong liberal arts and sciences background an opportunity to earn a bachelor of science degree. Students may transfer into any of Caltech's options, though dual degrees cannot be in the same major unless the programs differ substantially.
Why do a 3/2 program?
Let's say you're studying physics at a liberal arts college, and you realize that mechanical engineering would pair nicely with it. Or you're a psychology major wanting to study geophysics or materials science. Whatever the combination, this is your opportunity to earn two bachelor's degrees in five years.
How do I start?
If you currently study at one of our partner schools (or plan to attend one), seek out the 3/2 liaison there. They can set you on the path to take our prerequisite classes:
- One year of physics (two years recommended).
- One year of mathematics (including multivariable calculus and differential equations; two years recommended).
- One year of chemistry.
These classes mirror Caltech's first-year core curriculum and reflect the idea that math is the language of science, and physics provides the rules. We want you to be ready to jump into your major when you arrive.
You'll apply to the 3/2 program in your junior year.
- Application: Apply Coalition, Powered by Scoir. Create a free account to start your application.
- Letters of Evaluation: one letter of recommendation from your college's 3/2 liaison and one from a mathematics, science, or engineering faculty member.
- You may also have a mentor or supervisor who knows you in a different context submit an extra evaluation.
- Official transcripts from our partner liberal arts college.
- Please note: all three years must be at the partner college.
- For international applicants:
- International Financial Aid Statement of Intent
- Caltech only has financial aid available to transfer students who are US citizens or permanent residents. If you are an international student, the application will prompt you to confirm your understanding that you are not eligible for need-based financial aid.
Is admission guaranteed?
No. We consider each applicant individually, and our Caltech Faculty Upperclass Admissions Committee decides who is admitted based on all the materials provided.