California Lutheran University
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-2787


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Small
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 4,174
Religious affiliation Evangelical Lutheran Church
Students with disability 5%
Student to faculty ratio 14:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 1,448 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

California Lutheran University is somewhat selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 6,013 applications and 3,860 students were granted admission. California Lutheran University is at the #62 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 48% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 79% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT993 to 1200
ACT22 to 27

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, California Lutheran University's tuition was $39,310 for all students regardless of residency (46.7% more expensive than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 97% of California Lutheran University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 27% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,546 (which is 3.3% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at California Lutheran University in 2016-2017, was 354, which is 59% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $5,782 (which is 1.9% below the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, California Lutheran University has enrolled a total of 4,174 students (3,756 students full-time and 418 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 4,174 students, 330 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 42% men and 58% women and 2,892 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 1,282 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 171 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 44%

Hispanic: 27%

Non-resident alien: 10%

Two or more races: 6%

Asian: 4%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 4%

Black/African American: 3%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at California Lutheran University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Education 23% 277
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies 9% 114
Health Professions And Related Programs 7% 82
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 6% 72
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 4% 52
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 3% 31
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 2% 20 4
Theology And Religious Vocations 1% 17
Engineering 1% 16
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 1% 14

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of California Lutheran University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of California Lutheran University graduates 6 years after enrollment is $35,400. Last year, out of the total 649 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 597 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 812 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 731 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $35,400 $52,800
Employment Rate 92% 90%
Total Graduates 649 812

Campus Location

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Nearby Colleges

Nearby 4 year colleges within 100 mile radius of California Lutheran University.

St John's Seminary
7.1 mile away
Pepperdine University
16.3 mile away
Thomas Aquinas College
18.4 mile away