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Colleges / California Lutheran University

About California Lutheran University

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

Founded in 1959, California Lutheran University currently enrolls around 4,027 students a year, including 2,804 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $114,114,323. For each full-time student, California Lutheran University spends about $11,445.

2021 Admissions Facts About California Lutheran University

Acceptance rate: 74%

Average GPA: 3.73

Mean ACT score: 24

Does not offer early decision.

Offers early action.

Get ready! The 2022 regular decision application deadline for California Lutheran University is January 1

All regular decision applicants should hear back April 1.

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California Lutheran University Acceptance Rate

California Lutheran University is a moderately difficult school to get accepted to. The acceptance rate at California Lutheran University is 74 percent. In 2021, California Lutheran University admitted 4,142 of the 5,568 people who applied.

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.73 out of 4.0. The mean ACT scores is 24.

Is California Lutheran University a good school?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention and graduation rates

About 79 percent of students who start at California Lutheran University return for their second year of college. Out of the 556 students who started at California Lutheran University as first-time freshman, 365 graduate within four years.

Around 71 percent 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 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 44 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent grads have an average starting salary of $47,371 a year. In 2020, students graduated with an average of $30,034 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does California Lutheran University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is California Lutheran University a good school for YOU?

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January 1 is the final deadline to submit an application for next Fall. All applicants should hear back from California Lutheran University by April 1.

Read on to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics, majors and more.

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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


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California Lutheran University ACT Scores


ACT Range

21 - 27

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to California Lutheran University is 24. Students with an ACT score of 27 and above have a good chance of getting into California Lutheran University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 21 and 27 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 21 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

California Lutheran University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

530 - 620


Reading SAT Range

540 - 630

California Lutheran University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at California Lutheran University is like? There are approximately 4,303 students enrolled at California Lutheran University, including 3,078 undergraduate students and 1,225 graduate students. 97% percent of students attend school full-time, 89% percent are from CA and 11% percent of students are from other states.


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