California Lutheran University

California Lutheran University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is California Lutheran University Ranked?

2022 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 90 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is educational administration.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked CLU as #515 out of 2,576 colleges and universities in the country on its 2022 Best Colleges list.

CLU also holds the #84 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

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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 15 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

The freshmen retention rate of 84% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like California Lutheran University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  84 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.

California Lutheran University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,078 undergraduates at CLU with 2,971 being full-time and 107 being part-time.

How Much Does California Lutheran University Cost?

The overall average net price of CLU is $26,489. 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 +
$18,173 $18,578 $22,493 $27,108 $34,092

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

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 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 1.7%. 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

California Lutheran University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Thousand Oaks, California. 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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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, 898 received undergraduate degrees and 505 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 160 $46,300
General Psychology 109 $26,800
General Biology 75 $31,100
Communication & Media Studies 55 $28,900
Criminology 53 NA
Communication & Journalism (Other) 43 $36,900
Computer Science 43 $55,600
Health & Physical Education 41 $21,800
Liberal Arts General Studies 39 NA
Accounting 36 $52,700

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 is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2018-2019, 369 students took at least one online class at California Lutheran University. This is a decrease from the 463 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 369 99
2017-2018 463 129
2016-2017 456 158
2015-2016 379 171
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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