California Lutheran University, located in Thousand Oaks, California, was founded in 1959 and was originally known as California Lutheran College. The school's location was donated by the Pederson family, who were among the many Scandinavian families living in the region at the time. The Scandinavian roots are still present at the school, celebrated through cultural festival every spring. The school is considered one the best school in the west and considered a leader in developing education standards. The school is constantly reviewing its program offerings and updating its facilities to ensure that the education provided is of the highest quality for its students.
As a Lutheran institution, California Lutheran University encourages students to ask important questions and to pursue their own answers as part of the process of discovery and development. The school offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs through its three schools of study. Students in an undergraduate program will take lower and upper division courses focusing on their major alongside general education courses required to earn a bachelor's degree. Graduate programs require the student have a bachelor degree prior to applying in order to be considered for admission. Programs are also available through evening courses for those in need of a more flexible schedule.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
Students interested in enrollment at California Lutheran University must submit an application along with their standardized test scores, transcripts and letters of recommendation. Students may also supply additional personal information they feel is relevant to admission. Once submitted the provided material will be reviewed and a decision made regarding admission, which will be sent to the student shortly thereafter. Students should contact the school for additional information or to find assistance in choosing a program of study.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Students in need of financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), from which the resulting student aid report will be used to determine a student's needs, eligibility for aid programs and financial awards. Students may be required to provide additional financial documentation prior to the disbursement of funds to ensure that information on the student aid report is true and accurate.
The California Lutheran University Kingsmen participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III through the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Students participating in intercollegiate athletics will find an atmosphere of healthy competition and learn the value of good health, discipline and teamwork. Such programs allow students the opportunity to experience personal and team success as well as the support and camaraderie of others pursuing the same goal.
Athletic programs offered include:
- Cross Country
Admission Requirements & Details
The admissions information below may give you an idea of the candidates California Lutheran University accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred.
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- Life Experience Credits
- AP Course Credits
Total enrollment at California Lutheran University is around 4,100 students. The student body is made up of 68% undergraduate students and 14% graduate students.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition is estimated to range between $38,000-$46,000 for both in-state and out-of-state students
- Per unit charges are around $1,300 for part time students
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||96%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||96%||$22,199|
|Receiving Student Loans||67%||$8,317|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo help students and alumni, California Lutheran University may provide services to students including:
- Online classes
- Night and weekend classes available
- Academic counseling for students
- Work study style employment
- Assisting students to find work
California Lutheran University has a very high graduation rate when compared to other similar schools in the area.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||61%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||8%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||0.9%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) Program
- * Accredited by the American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation (since 2015)
- Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
- * Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (since 2004)
California Lutheran University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division III (with football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:
- Baseball (Southern California Intercoll Ath Conf)
- Basketball (Southern California Intercoll Ath Conf)
- Track and Field (Southern California Intercoll Ath Conf)
- Football (Southern California Intercoll Ath Conf)
- Swimming and Diving
- Water Polo
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by California Lutheran University by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural Resources and Conservation
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
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Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2010-2016. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact California Lutheran University for official up-to-date information.