Offers of Admission and Acceptance
Admission selections are made by the faculty in one of the 24 individual academic graduate programs or Options. Each Option has a different schedule for considering applications and offers of admission will be made as the faculty make decisions on individual applications. Applicants may be notified at any time in the period between the deadline for submission and the deadline for accepting the offers on April 15. Offers are made as soon as possible so that students will have a chance to consider graduate study at Caltech together with opportunities at other institutions. Many Options offer admitted students the chance to visit in order learn more about the program, the campus, and community prior to making their decision. The arrangements and schedule for visiting days are set by the individual Options, and each Option will work with admitted students and faculty to coordinate visits.
Once offers of admission are approved by the Graduate Office, students will be officially notified of admission by email and letter from the Graduate Office. Informal discussions of admission with the individual Options do not constitute an offer of admission to Caltech. Students must respond in writing with a signed acceptance form by the deadline of April 15 to the Graduate Office for their acceptance of admission to be valid.
Acceptance of Admission
Caltech supports the resolution on admission acceptance from the Council of Graduate Schools and expects students to also honor these conditions for accepting an admission offer:
Acceptance of an offer of financial support (such as a graduate scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, or assistantship) for the next academic year by a prospective or enrolled graduate student completes an agreement that both student and graduate school expect to honor. In that context, the conditions affecting such offers and their acceptance must be defined carefully and understood by all parties. Students are under no obligation to respond to offers of financial support prior to April 15; earlier deadlines for acceptance of such offers violate the intent of this Resolution. In those instances in which a student accepts an offer before April 15, and subsequently desires to withdraw that acceptance, the student may submit in writing a resignation of the appointment at any time through April 15. However, an acceptance given or left in force after April 15 commits the student not to accept another offer without first obtaining a written release from the institution to which a commitment has been made. Similarly, an offer by an institution after April 15 is conditional on presentation by the student of the written release from any previously accepted offer. Council of Graduate Schools Resolution