California Lutheran University

Thousand Oaks, California
4-year Private university


California Lutheran University is a private institution established in 1959 with suburban setting located at Thousand Oaks. It is ranked 14 in Regional Universities West. It practices semester-based academic calendar.

#14 in Regional Universities West
Location Thousand Oaks, California
Type 4-year Private
Year Founded 1959
Selectivity Low
Size Small
2,963 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services
    Program offered through an exclusively distance-education program
  • Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • Engineering
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
  • History
  • Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Natural Resources And Conservation
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies
  • Philosophy And Religious Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual And Performing Arts


Cost of Attendance
Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $42,693
Outstate Tuition Fee $42,693
Room and Board Fees $13,779
$52,800 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


64% (Low Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Difficult
$25 Application Fee
Application Fee Waiver Available
3.65 Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Required
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Recommended
SAT Subject Test Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement Required
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp

For International Students

79 Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Required
IELTS , PTE Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of TOEFL)
TOEFL Waived if

Completion of ELS 112 or, Completion of freshman English (college level) with a grade of "C" or better at an accredited community college or university or, Applicants who attend secondary school where English is the language of instruction for a minimum of three years

Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Early Action Deadline
Regular Decision Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$3,196 Average Financial Aid
Need-based Aid available for International Students

Need-based Aid

$2,944 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $61,729
100% Students with need received Financial Aid
72% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application July 1
Forms to be submitted FAFSA

Merit Scholarships

Academic Scholarship (Freshmen)
Total Worth $5,000 to $25,000
Eligibility Incoming freshmen students
Minimum Criteria based on their academic records including grades and standardized testing
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed No
Application deadline N/A
Presidential Scholarship
Total Worth $25,000 to full tuition
Eligibility Incoming freshmen students
Minimum Criteria based on academic achievements
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed No
Application deadline November 1
Transfer Achievement Scholarship
Total Worth Up to full tuition
Eligibility transfer students
Minimum Criteria based on academic achievements
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed No
Application deadline March 15

Other Scholarships

Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Scholarship
Total Worth up to $30,000
Details Incoming freshman and transfer applicants with superior creative-talent in the areas of Music, Theatre Arts, or Visual Art can apply and audition for a VAPA Scholarship prior to enrolling at Cal Lutheran.
Alumni Scholarship
Total Worth $1,000 per academic year
Details Awarded to the child or grandchild of a Cal Lutheran graduate


2,963 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Small
85% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
71% Students graduate within 6 years