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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    C
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    A-
About California Lutheran University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Address
60 W Olsen Rd
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
From California Lutheran University

At Cal Lutheran, our dedicated faculty works with small classes of undergraduate students who are open-minded and seeking to grow as individuals while they pursue their passions and discover their purpose. Armed with your Cal Lutheran degree, a killer resume, and the right contacts, you’ll compete on a global scale in business, science, communications, the arts, and a wide range of industries. In fact, 97% percent of our students find a job or enroll in graduate school within nine months of graduation.

California Lutheran University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
Acceptance Rate
73%
SAT Range
1060-1230
ACT Range
21-27
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$28,241/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$27,282/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
97%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
87%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.69 responses
78%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.82 responses
77%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.81 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,858Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
105
Undergrads Over 25
9%
Pell Grant
28%
Varsity Athletes
20%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 48 responses
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  • Friendly
    48%
  • Involved
    25%
  • Kids who think they're cool
    15%
  • Scandinavian, international, priveleged
    6%
  • Well rounded students
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
80%
Poll
88%
of students say they don't have Greek life.68 responses
Poll
47%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.109 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 48 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    38%
  • Friendly, small & over priced
    29%
  • Small
    19%
  • Lack of classes
    4%
  • Liberal
    4%
  • A little over-priced
    2%
  • Boring
    2%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $54,200/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    71%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    93%
    National
    83%
    86%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.50 responses
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    California Lutheran University Reviews

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    Even before college was on my brain I was comfortable with CLU! The community is so close together and everyone I have met is so friendly. After applying and being accepted to CLU, everyone I have gone to with questions were so helpful. The counselors and professors are very supportive when it comes to changing your major, which is something I was personally looking for. The average classroom size is around 17 people, so you really get to know your professor, as well as have to opportunity to ask questions!
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    I had an amazing time a Cal Lu! I am not a student but I have participated in multiple activities that have allowed me to stay there for a short while, one of which is drum major camp. I got to stay there for a week and the hospitality was great! Everyone is so friendly the food was super good. I also enjoyed how small the campus was making it so much easier for me to get to where I needed to go. I highly recommend at least paying a visit to their campus and exploring what the campus looks like.
    CLU is a great school filled with fantastic and dedicated professors, really in depth classes and opportunities on campus to meet other people, get involved and study abroad. The school is on the way of becoming more diverse and progressive and expanding, but isn't expanding in all the ways necessary to keep up. The classes are great, but more sections are needed with the growing population of admitted students. Same goes for dorms and appointments. The criteria is there, it just needs to be increased. The school helps with some programs in setting up opportunities for internships and post-grad life, but for me in particular I had very little assistance from the school itself, minus some fantastic advisors.