California Lutheran University

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60 W. Olsen Road

Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Phone: (805) 492-2411
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Mar. 15
application deadline

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#18 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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California Lutheran University is a private institution that was founded in 1959. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,804, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 290 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. California Lutheran University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 18. Its tuition and fees are $35,720 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

California Lutheran University helps students to pursue their passions, discover their purpose and follow that purpose to transform their communities and the world. Small class sizes and low faculty-student ratios enable undergraduate and graduate students to work closely with their dedicated and accomplished professors, becoming partners in learning and research.

Founded in 1959, CLU is a selective institution dedicated to academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and professional fields. Its mission is to educate leaders for a global society who are strong in character and judgment, confident in their identity and vocation, and committed to service and justice. Rooted in the Lutheran tradition, the university encourages critical inquiry into matters of both faith and reason.

CLU provides a challenging academic environment in management, education, psychology, science and the humanities. CLU offers 36 undergraduate majors as well as several master's and doctoral programs.

Members of the CLU student body come from across the nation and about 40 countries, representing a diversity of faiths and cultures. International and study abroad programs are strong. University life is active, with a majority of undergraduate students living on campus and high participation rates in intramural sports and other activities. Service is integrated throughout the curriculum and extracurricular activities.

CLU's intercollegiate athletic teams have garnered many titles competing at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III level. The university's new athletics complex includes a stadium, sports and fitness center, aquatics center, tennis courts and baseball and softball fields.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1959
Religious affiliation Lutheran
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $55,648,989


When applying to California Lutheran University, it's important to note the application deadline is March 15, and the early action deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due May 1. The application fee at California Lutheran University is $45. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 47.3 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 47.3%
Application deadline March 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by May 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at California Lutheran University is 15:1, and the school has 56.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at California Lutheran University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Psychology; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 82.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 15:1
4-year graduation rate 51%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 25%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 13%
Psychology 11%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 9%
Social Sciences 8%

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Student Life

California Lutheran University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,804, with a gender distribution of 44.3 percent male students and 55.7 percent female students. At this school, 53 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 47 percent of students live off campus. California Lutheran University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 4,205
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

California Lutheran University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. California Lutheran University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at California Lutheran University, 90 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at California Lutheran University.

Students who have cars on campus 90%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At California Lutheran University, 67.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $18,800.

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Tuition and fees $35,720 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,920 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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