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MIT vs Caltech - Excellence in Science and Technology

MIT and Caltech are among the world’s top universities for Science and Technology education.

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MIT and Caltech continue to be among the most popular universities in the USA for Indian students looking to get a Science and Technology degree.

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) are two of the world’s most renowned and popular proponents of scientific and technical education.  Let us do a quick side-by-side comparison of these two institutions:


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

California Institute of Technology

The latest QS University Rankings place MIT at #1.

The latest QS University Rankings place Caltech at #5.

Based out of Cambridge, Massachusetts near Boston.

Based out of Pasadena, California.

With over 11,300 students a large and vibrant community.

Smaller focus group of students, with some of the brightest minds just around 2,200 students.

Ranked 1st in the world for Engineering & Technology.


Ranked 16th in the world for Engineering & Technology.


29% of the students are international students.

7% of the students are international students.

Average annual tuition fee is around US$47,000.

Average annual tuition fee is around US$46,000.

Scholarships available for international students.

Scholarships available for international students.


MIT – A Quick Overview

MIT focuses on scientific and technological research and is divided into five schools and one college. The School of Engineering and the Sloan School of Management are among the finest graduate schools in the USA and see a large number of international students aiming to study there every year. The most popular majors at MIT are Engineering; Computer Science; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Physical Sciences; and Mathematics


Caltech – A Quick Overview

At Caltech, innovation and excellence in technology is a way of life. Every year, teaching staff at Caltech receive over 140 patents for their inventions that cover a wide area of topics. Be it engineering, medicine or computing, Caltech works like a magnet, attracting some of the best minds from around the world. Another key point to note is that since 1995, over 130 companies have been formed by faculty and alumni of Caltech. The most popular majors at Caltech are Engineering; Physical Sciences; Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Mathematics and Statistics.


Indian Students at MIT

With a membership base of about 1000 Indians, Sangam is the cultural association of Indian students at MIT. Sangam organises a variety of events like movie screenings, Bollywood DJ nights, Indian games day, Independence Day and Dusshera celebrations to celebrate Indian culture. What makes Sangam unique is that membership is not just restricted to Indian students at MIT; but to all Indians living in Boston who wish to contribute to the association.


Indian Students at Caltech

OASIS - Organization of the Associated Students of the Indian Subcontinent is the flagship cultural association that serves students from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka who are studying at Caltech. Events organised include potluck, movie-nights, traditional dance events like dandiya, celebration of religious festivals like Diwali, etc.


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