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Want the scoop on California Lutheran University? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors CLU offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is California Lutheran University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

California Lutheran University was awarded 12 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is psychology.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, CLU is ranked #373 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

CLU is also ranked #34 out of 116 schools in California.

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Is It Hard to Get Into CLU?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at California Lutheran University is 73%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that CLU is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

About 70% 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 540 and 620. Math scores were between 520 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for California Lutheran University  ( 540 to 620 )

SAT Math Scores for California Lutheran University  ( 520 to 610 )
CLU received ACT scores from 41% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 21 and 27.

ACT Composite Scores for California Lutheran University  ( 21 to 27 )

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California Lutheran University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at California Lutheran University is about average at 16 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at California Lutheran University is 100%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  100 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at California Lutheran University

Freshmen Retention Rate

California Lutheran University has a freshmen retention rate of 85%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  85 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At CLU the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 60%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  60 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at California Lutheran University.

Excellent Overall Diversity at CLU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,059 undergraduates at CLU with 2,942 being full-time and 117 being part-time.

CLU Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

With an overall score of 85.68 out of 100, CLU is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  85.68 out of 100
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How Much Does California Lutheran University Cost?

The overall average net price of CLU is $27,220. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for CLU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$20,603 $19,542 $21,574 $29,414 $35,030

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of CLU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At CLU, approximately 58% of students took out student loans averaging $6,947 a year. That adds up to $27,788 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CLU is 3.0%. 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.

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How Much Money Do CLU Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from CLU with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $54,200 in their early years. That's great news for CLU students since it is 36% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at California Lutheran University make the most money.

Location of California Lutheran University

Located in Thousand Oaks, California, California Lutheran University is a private not-for-profit institution. The city atmosphere of Thousand Oaks makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Location of 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

California Lutheran University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 45 majors graduated from California Lutheran University. Of these students, 849 received undergraduate degrees and 532 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 130 $46,300
General Psychology 109 $26,800
Communication & Media Studies 72 $28,900
Health & Physical Education 58 $21,800
General Biology 53 $31,100
Criminology 40 NA
Accounting 39 $52,700
Political Science & Government 37 NA
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 35 NA
Liberal Arts General Studies 34 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at California Lutheran University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at CLU

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 463 students took at least one online class at California Lutheran University. This is an increase from the 456 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 463 129
2016-2017 456 158
2015-2016 379 171
2014-2015 290 188
2013-2014 294 210

Learn more about online learning at California Lutheran University.

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Notes and References


*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.


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