California Lutheran University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate, & More

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California Lutheran University Admissions Overview:

CLU is an accessible school, admitting 64% of those who apply each year. Students with good test scores (SAT or ACT) and good grades, with a varied academic background, have a good chance of getting in. Interested students can visit CLU's website for information about applying and admissions requirements.

Admissions Data (2016):

California Lutheran University Description:

California Lutheran University occupies a 225-acre campus in Thousand Oaks, California, a city located between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. The school was founded in 1959 and in 2002 launched its first doctoral program. Students come from 39 states and 56 countries. As the name suggests, the university is affiliated with the Lutheran Church, but students come from a wide range of faiths and cultures. Undergraduates can choose from 37 majors and 31 minors; business is the most popular area of study. Athletics are supported by a 15 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 16. In athletics, the CLU Kingsmen and Regals compete in the NCAA Division III Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The university fields ten men's and ten women's intercollegiate teams.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 4,174 (2,892 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 43% Male / 57% Female
  • 96% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $39,793
  • Books: $1,791 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,060
  • Other Expenses: $3,268
  • Total Cost: $57,912

California Lutheran University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 97%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 97%
    • Loans: 61%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $25,113
    • Loans: $8,077

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Communication, Criminal Justice, Exercise Science, Liberal Studies, Management, Psychology

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 85%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 23%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 67%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 73%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Track and Field, Baseball, Soccer, Cross Country, Water Polo, Swimming and Diving, Golf, Basketball
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, Golf, Softball, Tennis, Swimming and Diving, Cross Country, Basketball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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