Statement of Accreditation Status
California Institute of Technology

1200 East California Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91125
United States

The OPEID number is used by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) to identify schools that have Program Participation Agreements (PPA) for purposes of eligibility to participate in Federal Student Financial Assistance programs under Title IV.

Current Accreditation Status

Accredited- Indicates that the Commission has found that an institution has met or exceeded the expectations of the Standards and the Core Commitments to Institutional Capacity and Educational Effectiveness. Initial accreditation is for a period of five to seven years before the next comprehensive review. Reaffirmation is granted for a period of seven to ten years and may be accompanied by a request for interim reports and/or special visits, or a formal Notice of Concern.

Most Recent Commission Action: 
Friday, February 19, 2021
Granted Candidacy

Candidacy is a status of preliminary affiliation with the Senior College and University Commission, awarded for a maximum of four years following a procedure for institutional review that includes self-study and on-site visitation. Candidacy indicates that the institution meets all or nearly all the Standards at a minimum level. Candidacy is not accreditation and does not ensure eventual accreditation; it means that an institution is progressing toward accreditation. This is the date that the institution was first granted the status of Candidacy with WSCUC. Not all institutions have become accredited with WSCUC through the Candidacy process.

First Accredited

Date the institution was first accredited by WSCUC.

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Financial Structure Type

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No Related Entity
Academic Calendar

The period of time generally extending from September to June; usually equated to 2 semesters or trimesters, 3 quarters, or the period covered by a 4-1-4 calendar system.

Distributes Federal Financial Aid: 
Rolesort descending Name Title E-mail
Accreditation Liaison Officer Cindy Weinstein Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer, Eli and Edythe Broad Professor of English caw [at]
Board of Directors Chair David Lee Chair Board of Trustees dlee [at]
Chief Academic Officer David Tirrell Provost; Ross McCollum-William H. Corcoran Professor of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering; Carl & Shirley Larson Provostial Chair tirrell [at]
Chief Executive Officer Thomas Rosenbaum President, Sonja and William Davidow Presidential Chair, Professor of Physics tfr [at]
Chief Financial Officer Margo Steurbaut Vice President of Administration and Chief Financial Officer margo.steurbaut [at]
Director Institutional Research Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux Senior Institutional Research Analyst malcom [at]
Degreesort descending Degree Level Year Implemented Modality
Aeronautics Masters 1930 On-Site
Aeronautics Research Doctorate 1930 On-Site
Applied and Computational Mathematics Bachelors 1973 On-Site
Applied and Computational Mathematics Masters 1963 On-Site
Applied and Computational Mathematics Research Doctorate 1963 On-Site
Applied Mechanics Masters 1961 On-Site
Applied Mechanics Research Doctorate 1961 On-Site
Applied Physics Masters 1972 On-Site
Applied Physics Bachelors 1972 On-Site
Applied Physics Research Doctorate 1972 On-Site
Astrophysics Bachelors 1944 On-Site
Astrophysics Masters 1948 On-Site
Astrophysics Research Doctorate 1948 On-Site
Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Masters 1996 On-Site
Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Research Doctorate 1996 On-Site
Bioengineering Bachelors 2009 On-Site
Bioengineering Masters 2001 On-Site
Bioengineering Research Doctorate 2001 On-Site
Biology Bachelors 1930 On-Site
Biology Masters 1930 On-Site
Biology Research Doctorate 1930 On-Site
Business Economics & Management Bachelors 2001 On-Site
Chemical Engineering Masters 1930 On-Site
Chemical Engineering Research Doctorate 1946 On-Site
Chemical Engineering (Biomolecular) Bachelors 2003 On-Site
Chemical Engineering (Environmental) Bachelors 2003 On-Site
Chemical Engineering (Materials) Bachelors 2003 On-Site
Chemical Engineering (Process Systems) Bachelors 2003 On-Site
Chemistry Bachelors 1930 On-Site
Chemistry Masters 1930 On-Site
Chemistry Research Doctorate 1930 On-Site
Civil Engineering Masters 1930 On-Site
Civil Engineering Research Doctorate 1930 On-Site
Computation and Neural Systems Masters 1986 On-Site
Computation and Neural Systems Research Doctorate 1986 On-Site
Computer Science Bachelors 2003 On-Site
Computer Science Masters 1979 On-Site
Computer Science Research Doctorate 1979 On-Site
Computing and Mathematical Sciences Masters 2014 On-Site
Computing and Mathematical Sciences Research Doctorate 2014 On-Site
Control and Dynamical Systems Masters 1994 On-Site
Control and Dynamical Systems Research Doctorate 1994 On-Site
Economics Bachelors 1965 On-Site
Electrical Engineering Bachelors 1930 On-Site
Electrical Engineering Masters 1930 On-Site
Electrical Engineering Research Doctorate 1930 On-Site
Engineering and Applied Science Bachelors 1930 On-Site
Engineering and Applied Science(Computation and Neural Systems) Bachelors 2004 On-Site
English Bachelors 1965 On-Site
Environmental Science and Engineering Masters 1969 On-Site
Environmental Science and Engineering Research Doctorate 1969 On-Site
Geobiology Bachelors 2001 On-Site
Geobiology Masters 1956 On-Site
Geobiology Research Doctorate 1956 On-Site
Geochemistry Bachelors 1953 On-Site
Geochemistry Masters 1956 On-Site
Geochemistry Research Doctorate 1956 On-Site
Geology Bachelors 1930 On-Site
Geology Masters 1930 On-Site
Geology Research Doctorate 1930 On-Site
Geophysics Bachelors 1949 On-Site
Geophysics Masters 1956 On-Site
Geophysics Research Doctorate 1956 On-Site
History Bachelors 1965 On-Site
History and Philosophy of Science Bachelors 2003 On-Site
Information and Data Sciences Bachelors 2018 On-Site
Interdiscliplinary Studies Bachelors 1971 On-Site
Materials Science Bachelors 2017 On-Site
Materials Science Masters 1961 On-Site
Materials Science Research Doctorate 1961 On-Site
Mathematics Bachelors 1930 On-Site
Mathematics Masters 1930 On-Site
Mathematics Research Doctorate 1930 On-Site
Mechanical Engineering Bachelors 2002 On-Site
Mechanical Engineering Masters 1930 On-Site
Mechanical Engineering Research Doctorate 1930 On-Site
Medical Engineering Research Doctorate 2013 On-Site
Medical Engineering Masters 2013 On-Site
Neurobiology Research Doctorate 2013 On-Site
Neurobiology Masters 2013 On-Site
Philosophy Bachelors 2004 On-Site
Physics Bachelors 1930 On-Site
Physics Masters 1930 On-Site
Physics Research Doctorate 1930 On-Site
Planetary Science Bachelors 1974 On-Site
Planetary Science Masters 1964 On-Site
Planetary Science Research Doctorate 1964 On-Site
Political Science Bachelors 2006 On-Site
Social and Decision Neuroscience Masters 2009 On-Site
Social and Decision Neuroscience Research Doctorate 2009 On-Site
Social Science Masters 1972 On-Site
Social Science Research Doctorate 1972 On-Site
Space Engineering Research Doctorate 2009 On-Site
Space Engineering Masters 2009 On-Site
Season Year Review Type
Spring 2026 Progress Report
Spring 2030 Offsite Review
Fall 2030 Accreditation Visit

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