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California Lutheran University Overview

California Lutheran University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Thousand Oaks, California. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is California Lutheran University Known For?

0 Undergraduate Awards
$41,330 Avg Cost After Aid
82% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at CLU have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 1%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at CLU.
  • In <nil>, 100% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from CLU makes roughly $65,401 a year. This is 60% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • It takes the average CLU student 4.1 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

Where Is California Lutheran University?


Contact details for CLU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 60 W Olsen Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-2787
Phone: 805-492-2411

How Do I Get Into CLU?

You can apply to CLU online at:

Admission Requirements for CLU

Submission Required?
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcript Required
College Prep Program Required
Recommendations Required
SAT or ACT Scores Considered but not required
TOEFL Considered but not required

How Hard Is It To Get Into CLU?

82% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
17% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at California Lutheran University is 82%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 41% of accepted students are men and 59% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 79%, and the acceptance rate for women is 84%.

Average Test Scores

About 17% of students accepted to CLU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 640. Math scores were between 540 and 650.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for California Lutheran University  ( 550 to 640 )

SAT Math Scores for California Lutheran University  ( 540 to 650 )
CLU received ACT scores from 5% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 28. Math scores were between 23 and 27. Composite scores were between 23 and 28.

ACT English Scores for California Lutheran University  ( 22 to 28 )
ACT Math Scores for California Lutheran University  ( 23 to 27 )
ACT Composite Scores for California Lutheran University  ( 23 to 28 )

Can I Afford California Lutheran University?

$41,330 Net Price
54% Take Out Loans
1.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of CLU is $41,330. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At CLU, approximately 54% of students took out student loans averaging $7,524 a year. That adds up to $30,096 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CLU is 1.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

California Lutheran University Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,517 Full-Time Undergraduates
53% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,592 undergraduate students at CLU, with 2,517 being full-time and 75 being part-time.


There are also 1,174 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,517 full-time undergraduates at CLU, 47% are male and 53% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of California Lutheran University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 136
Black or African American 101
Hispanic or Latino 989
White 988
International Students 72
Other Races/Ethnicities 231

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at California Lutheran University. At this time, 26 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 52 countries are represented at CLU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Saudi Arabia, and Taiwan.

Online Learning at California Lutheran University

181 Took All Classes Online
558 Took At Least One Class Online
904.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 3 bachelor’s degree and 6 master’s degree programs available online at CLU. In 2020-2021, 558 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at CLU has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 97th most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2020-2021.

Online Growth Rankings of CLU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at California Lutheran University was 904.6%. This is the #117 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at CLU regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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