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California Lutheran University Admissions

If you are considering submitting an applicationto California Lutheran University, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is January 1 and the fee for the application is $25. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should hear back from California Lutheran University by April 1.

Applying Early to California Lutheran University?

California Lutheran University does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

Mark your calendar! The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast! California Lutheran University will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15. California Lutheran University accepts about 83% of early action applicants* and 74% all applicants for all deadlines.. In 2021, California Lutheran University admitted 2,132 of the 2,565 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to California Lutheran University?

California Lutheran University is amoderately difficult school to get into. California Lutheran University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, California Lutheran University **accepted 74% of students, around 4,142 of the 5,568 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like California Lutheran University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult. For applicants who are not residents of California, getting into California Lutheran University is moderately difficult. In 2021, California Lutheran University waitlisted 195 students. Of those, 171 eventually received an admissions offer.

What Does California Lutheran University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at California Lutheran University

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Important
Class Rank Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Important
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

California Lutheran University Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to California Lutheran University must submit the following items. Double check with California Lutheran University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School Gpa (On 4.0 Scale) 2.75 3
Interview
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into California Lutheran University?

Students admitted to California Lutheran University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.

Out of all students that were admitted, 44% submitted a class rank. At California Lutheran University 21% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 69% were in the top 25% and 93% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At California Lutheran University, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 44%
3.75 and 3.99 24%
3.50 and 3.74 21%
3.25 and 3.49 13%
3.00 and 3.24 7%
2.50 and 2.9 5%
2.00 and 2.49 1%
California Lutheran University does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

California Lutheran University is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 81% of California Lutheran University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 27% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for California Lutheran University?

To be competitive with other California Lutheran University applicants, you should strive to earn between 1070 and 1240 (or higher!) on the SAT. At California Lutheran University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1240 and 25% of scored lower than 1070, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of California Lutheran University students scored 620 or higher and 75% of students scored 540 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of California Lutheran University students scored 620 or higher, and 75% scored a 540 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for California Lutheran University?

To be most competitive at California Lutheran University, you should strive to earn between 20 and 27 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 27 means you fall in the 75th percentile for California Lutheran University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 27, and three out of four students scored lower than 27 on the ACT.

A 20 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for California Lutheran University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 20.

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Transferring to California Lutheran University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to California Lutheran University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is June 1. Applicants should hear back by April 1.

Transfer students can enroll in California Lutheran University during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term

California Lutheran University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to California Lutheran University?

Students who are admitted to California Lutheran University must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..

Does California Lutheran University accept transfer credits?

California Lutheran University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. California Lutheran University accepts:

Does California Lutheran University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

California Lutheran University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to California Lutheran University?

No, California Lutheran University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you may want not want to include them in your application..

What is California Lutheran University's acceptance rate?

California Lutheran University's acceptance rate is [rate]%.

What is the early action acceptance rate at California Lutheran University?

The early action acceptance rate at California Lutheran University was 83% in 2021.

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California Lutheran University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

74%

How hard is it to get into California Lutheran University? California Lutheran University is a somewhat selective institution. The California Lutheran University acceptance rate is 74%. This means that the institution accepts 74 out of every 100 applicants.

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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

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ACT Range

20 - 27

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

27 and Above

Good

20 to 27

Avg

20 and Less

Low

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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 20 and 27 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 20 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

California Lutheran University SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1070 - 1240

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Math SAT Range

530 - 620

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Reading SAT Range

540 - 620

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California Lutheran University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.73

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At California Lutheran University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.73. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

4,027

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

74%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$46,012

Out-of-State

$46,012

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 1
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