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B+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A-
  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
    B+
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
64%
SAT Range
993-1200
ACT Range
22-27
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$29,038/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $24,949/ year
  • $30-48k
    $27,061/ year
  • $49-75k
    $29,003/ year
  • $76-110k
    $31,039/ year
  • $110k+
    $34,803/ year
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Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
87%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.69 responses
77%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.79 responses
76%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.78 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,768Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
9%
Pell Grant
27%
Varsity Athletes
20%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 45 responses
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  • Friendly
    44%
  • Involved
    27%
  • Kids who think they're cool
    16%
  • Scandinavian, international, priveleged
    7%
  • Well rounded students
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
82%
Poll
89%
of students say they don't have Greek life.65 responses
Poll
46%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.106 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 45 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    36%
  • Friendly, small & over priced
    31%
  • Small
    18%
  • Lack of classes
    4%
  • Liberal
    4%
  • A little over-priced
    2%
  • Boring
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$52,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
73%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
86%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.50 responses
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In my profession, I have heard employers and districts will only hired those from this university because they know when the students graduate, they are prepared for the workforce.

Great school and amazing professors. Excellent opportunities!
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California Lutheran University has a tremendous staff who care deeply for your success during and after your stay at the school. The small-sized campus makes for a feel-good, community-like dynamic in which everybody is accepted and celebrated for who they are. The academics are above average as each professor provides in-depth academia in which they are very passionate about. The smaller class sizes allow for a more intimate setting for students to develop relationships with not just fellow students, but also with their professors. The atmosphere of the entire campus is fresh and welcoming. Personally, it has been very easy getting to know new people whom I have built great relationships with already. Overall, California Lutheran University is a place for people who want to feel at home and feel like they can make an impact on their school.
It is a very safe campus, area being ranked the second safest city of America. It’s very small so if you are looking for an escape from the tedious lifestyle of heavily crowded city, this place is a haven. On the other hand, studies are average. The history department is the most competitive andpopular majors are biology, business and psychology. Only professors teach classes (no grads).Small teacher student ratio so personal interactions.Studies are not academically challenging. Minimum campus diversity. Student life is incredibly dull. There are not a lot of student activities and no party life. As an international student myself I find the place incredibly monotone. There is literally one shopping center in the entire city if you want to go shopping. However,LA and the beach are 45-60mins away. Dorms are small and they don’t take roommate preference into account. On the whole, I give Cal Lutheran a 3 star rating.