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California Lutheran University

Thousand Oaks, CA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate82%
Acceptance Rate82%

About California Lutheran University

California Lutheran University Overview

California Lutheran University is a private, religious school in the suburban setting of Thousand Oaks, California. California Lutheran University was founded in 1959 and the school presently has around 3,766 students per year, which includes 2,592 undergrads. California Lutheran University ensures on-campus housing for up to 1,380 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 50% of students spend their weekends on campus.

📆 Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to California Lutheran University for Fall 2023 is January 1. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should find out if they have been admitted by April 1.

There are many ways for students to get involved at California Lutheran University!

Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of California Lutheran University's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? California Lutheran University students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

There are no fraternities or sororities at California Lutheran University, so it might be a good choice if you're not interested in Greek life.

Planning to play sports? California Lutheran University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at California Lutheran University on the Student Life page.

2022 California Lutheran University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 82%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 89%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Average GPA 3.7
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 17%
Tuition $47,500
Percent of Need Met 78%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $37,218

Is California Lutheran University a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" varies. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a better idea of what California Lutheran University offers and if the college could be a good choice for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for California Lutheran University

It is moderately difficult to get into California Lutheran University. Around 82% of applicants get into California Lutheran University each year. Last year, 4,041 students applied to California Lutheran University and 3,311 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at California Lutheran University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. Retention measures how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 83% of students who start at California Lutheran University return the next year. Around 74% of students who started at California Lutheran University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for California Lutheran University Grads

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 40% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average starting salary for recent California Lutheran University grads is $46,040 a year. Average starting salaries vary by discipline, but the average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year.

California Lutheran University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

California Lutheran University's endowment was valued at $143.4 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. For each full-time student, California Lutheran University spends about $9,780 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at California Lutheran University

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

California Lutheran University meets 78% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend California Lutheran University full-time are awarded $37,218 a year in financial aid, on average.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $27,950 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at California Lutheran University.

Based on this information, does California Lutheran University seem like a good fit? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is California Lutheran University a good school for you?

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Where is California Lutheran University?

California Lutheran University is located in the suburban setting of Thousand Oaks, California, less than an hour from Los Angeles.

If you want to see California Lutheran University for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take U.S. Highway 101 to Thousand Oaks, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Los Angeles International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what California Lutheran University and Thousand Oaks are like without leaving home.

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College Info

60 West Olsen Road Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-2787

Campus Setting: Suburban

California Lutheran University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jun 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to California Lutheran University is Jan 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to California Lutheran University is Jun 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

California Lutheran University ACT Scores


ACT Range

23 - 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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28 and Above


23 to 28


23 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to California Lutheran University is 25. Students with an ACT score of 28 and above have a good chance of getting into California Lutheran University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 23 and 28 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 23 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

California Lutheran University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1100 - 1280


Math SAT Range

540 - 650


Reading SAT Range

550 - 640

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1280 and Above


1100 to 1280


1100 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for California Lutheran University students is 1190. Applicants with SAT scores of 1280 and above have a good chance of being admitted to California Lutheran University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1100 to 1280 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1100 have a low chance of being offered a spot at California Lutheran University.

California Lutheran University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at California Lutheran University is like? There are approximately 3,766 students enrolled at California Lutheran University, including 2,592 undergraduate students and 1,174 graduate students. 97% percent of students attend school full-time, 87% percent are from CA and 13% percent of students are from other states.


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