B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    A-
California Lutheran University is ...
Private not-for-profit, Lutheran
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Southern California Intercoll 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
62%
SAT Range
1000-1200
ACT Range
22-27
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes
Will You Get In?

Test Scores and GPA for California Lutheran University

Cost

Net Price
$30,266/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $23,962/ year
  • $30-48k
    $24,535/ year
  • $49-75k
    $26,328/ year
  • $76-110k
    $29,949/ year
  • $110k+
    $35,053/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
87%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.69 responses
79%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.72 responses
77%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.71 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,675Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
27%
Varsity Athletes
20%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 38 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    42%
  • Involved
    29%
  • Kids who think they're cool
    18%
  • Scandinavian, international, priveleged
    8%
  • Well rounded students
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
82%
Poll
88%
of students say they don't have Greek life.58 responses
Poll
47%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.99 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 38 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    32%
  • Friendly, small & over priced
    32%
  • Small
    21%
  • Lack of classes
    5%
  • Liberal
    5%
  • A little over-priced
    3%
  • Boring
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$52,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
66%
National
48%
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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California Lutheran University Reviews

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I recently took a summer college course at this institution and all I can say is that it is a breathtaking experience. Not only is the campus architect beautifully crafted, the professors are so passionate in their lessons that intrigue me deeper than any other school. The professors question your thinking and guide you to think of another perspective that you would have never imagined thinking about. They are helpful and willing to go up and over for any question you have. Similarly, the students encourage everyone to come together and form a family. Within this family you learn to love others and embrace each others differences regardless of their background. All in all, the institution aims for a higher education for every student that would not dare leave anyone out of this amazing experience and will help you financially.
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The academics are excellent if you're willing to take advantage of what's available to you. The campus is very nice and the region is great for hiking and stuff like that. The dorms are overpriced for what they offer and the rules are applied on an unbudging zero tolerance policy that I've seen do in a lot of students over things like having a beer in the fridge. The majority of people on campus are extremely well off and it creates a culture that's unwelcoming to poorer students. And above all, the school is exorbitantly expensive.

I say that if you are religious, passionate about sports, like a smaller more intimate campus, and can afford the school it's a good option. Otherwise explore your options for somewhere more affordable that respects its students.
Cal Lu is THE BEST private and liberal arts school in the country! The professors and the small class sizes are amazing, as is the overall atmosphere at the university. The aid and scholarships are extremely helpful.