California Lutheran University

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School Overview

California Lutheran University (Cal Lutheran or “CLU”) is located in Thousand Oaks, California. It is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Part of the school’s mission is to educate students about political, economic, and social justice.

General Information

Admission Office

60 West Olsen Road #1350

Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-2787

(805) 493-3135

(877) 258-3678

Fax: (805) 493-3114

Contact: Matthew Ward

Vice President for Enrollment Management
Main Address

60 West Olsen Road

Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

(805) 492-2411

Total undergrads: 2,203

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 483

Degree-seeking undergrads: 2,199

Graduate enrollment: 1,297


Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $45

Online application fee: Reduced fee (not specified)
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 65%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 81%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $25,990 $27,850 $30,230 $31,000 +2.55%
Books and Supplies $1,355 $1,399 $1,450 $1,504 +3.72%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $9,230 $9,650 $10,090 $10,580 +4.86%
Other $2,780 $2,866 $3,010 $3,108 +3.26%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $8,658 $9,254 $9,680 $10,154 +4.90%
Other $3,617 $3,730 $3,900 $4,064 +4.21%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $39,355 $41,765 $44,780 $46,192 +3.15%
In-state Off Campus $39,620 $42,233 $45,260 $46,722 +3.23%
In-state with Family $27,345 $29,249 $31,680 $32,504 +2.60%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $15,640
In-state Student Fees $0
Out-of-state Tuition $15,640
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $0

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 467 97%
Grant or scholarship aid 463 96% $7,082,042 $15,296
• Federal grants 93 19% $432,811 $4,654
• Pell grants 93 19% $325,644 $3,502
• Other federal grants 79 16% $107,167 $1,357
State and local government grant or scholarships 81 17% $723,720 $8,935
Institutional scholarships or grants 462 96% $5,925,511 $12,826
Student loan financial aid 300 62% $2,733,162 $9,111
• Federal student loans 297 62% $2,194,564 $7,389
• Other student loans 40 8% $538,598 $13,465

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 543 423 16 3
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 35
Biochemistry 7
Biology/biological Sciences, General 28
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 166 208 3
Accounting 28
Business Administration and Management, General 80 27
Finance, General 70 1
International Business/trade/commerce 27 1
Management Information Systems, General 7
Management Science 38
Marketing, Other 32 1
Organizational Behavior Studies 20 37
Small Business Administration/management 8
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 59
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other 14
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 45
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 15 38
Computer Science 15 17
Information Science/studies 21
Education 120 16
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services 54
Curriculum and Instruction 8
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other 36 16
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 3
Special Education and Teaching, General 19
Engineering 4
Agricultural Engineering 4
English Language and Literature/letters 14
English Language and Literature, General 14
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 9
French Language and Literature 2
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1
Spanish Language and Literature 6
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences, General 34
Marriage and Family Therapy/counseling 34
History 8
History, General 8
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 23
Criminal Justice/safety Studies 23
Human Services, General 11
Public Administration 11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 34
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 34
Mathematics and Statistics 4
Mathematics, General 4
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, General 13
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 13
Natural Resources and Conservation 3
Environmental Science 3
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 35
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 35
Physical Sciences 5
Chemistry, General 3
Geology/earth Science, General 2
Psychology 42 12
Clinical Psychology 12
Psychology, General 42
Social Sciences 57
Economics, General 9
International Relations and Affairs 13
Political Science and Government, General 21
Sociology 14
Visual and Performing Arts 17
Art/art Studies, General 7
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts, General 6
Music, General 4
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Arts – General B
Commercial/Advertising Art B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B
Molecular Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Finance/Banking B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Advertising B
Broadcast Journalism B
Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B
Public Relations B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Graphics B
Computer Programming – General B
Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Information Sciences/Systems B


Art Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Education – General B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Foreign Language Teacher Education B
Junior High Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Reading Teacher Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Special Education B


Biomedical Engineering B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

Foreign Language & Literature – General B
French B
German B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Predentistry B
Premedicine B
Prepharmacy B
Preveterinary Medicine B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Prelaw B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Biological/Physical Sciences B
Mathematics/Computer Science B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Science Technologies

Biology Technician B

Security & Protective Services

Police Science B

Social Sciences

Criminology B
Economics B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Theological Studies & Religious Vocations

Religious Education B
Theology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

California Lutheran University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (805) 492-2411
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: 60 W Olsen Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-2787
Setting: City: Midsize
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 4,303
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 71%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 15 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 3,934 (91% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $44,382
Out-of-state Tuition: $44,382
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 98%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $28,930

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

California Lutheran University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at California Lutheran University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 2
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 4410
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 2
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 22
Education 3
Engineering 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 2
Health Professions and Related Programs 1
History 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 3
Psychology 11
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 41
Theology and Religious Vocations 111
Visual and Performing Arts 4
Grand total 53520

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at California Lutheran University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $44,382
Out-of-state $44,382
Books and supplies $1,971

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $19,556
Out-of-state $19,556

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 668 98%
Grant or scholarship aid 665 98% $28,930
Student loan aid 385 57% $7,567

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 2,824 92% $25,394
Federal student loans 1,613 53% $7,094

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for California Lutheran University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled California Lutheran University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 6,175 2,585 3,590
Percent admitted 100% 69% 73%
Percent admitted who enrolled 10% 12% 10%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

California Lutheran University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 4,303
Undergraduate enrollment 3,078
Graduate enrollment 1,225

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

California Lutheran University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSYD) - PsyD Doctoral programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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