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Campus & Student Life at California Lutheran University

Home to about 2,804 undergraduates in 2020, CLU is a small, private university located in Thousand Oaks, California. This urban setting might be best suited for students who like the fast-paced city life. Should you tire of the campus however, CLU offers a “study abroad” program. Please note, some classes/degrees offered by CLU can be taken “online” so keep that in mind when reviewing this report. For more context, you might also check out our CLU Guide to Distance and Online Learning.

California Lutheran University is Affiliated With the Evangelical Lutheran Church Faith.

Some, but not all, schools with a religious affiliation may require a statement of faith or religious studies component. Contact the school to see what their requirements are. If an affinity with the Evangelical Lutheran Church faith interests you, check out our ranking of The Best Evangelical Lutheran Church Colleges and Universities.

CLU Has a Disability Services Site

Individuals with disabilities make up 6.0% of the student population at CLU. For more information on policies and accommodations that the university provides to ensure all students get the opportunity to participate, you can visit CLU Disability Services.

CLU for the Military

While not a "service academy", CLU does offer support for veterans and those seeking a career in the armed forces. Undergraduates have access to one or more ROTC programs and there is an active student veterans group on campus. For more information on policies related to veterans, you can visit CLU Veteran Services . For more information, check out our CLU for Veterans Guide.

Freshmen Living Arrangements at California Lutheran University

CLU offers on-campus housing, but freshmen are not required to take advantage of it. In the end though, most do choose to live in the dorms.

Freshmen Living Arrangements at California Lutheran University

* Data compiled from students who received financial aid, including loans.

Full-time vs. Part-time Studies at California Lutheran University

CLU has a comparatively small, student body. There were 2,804 undergraduates in 2020. Full-time attendance was 2,714 (96.8%). Part-time attendance was 90 (3.2%).


California Lutheran University is Ranked #452 for Overall Diversity

Compared to other colleges and universities across the nation, CLU receives top marks for overall diversity. We rank CLU #452 out of 3,451.

The chart below shows each element that we looked at to determine this ranking, and how that metric compares to the national average. 100 would indicate excellent diversity in each category, and 1 would mean poor diversity.

Overall Diversity at California Lutheran University

You can learn more about the diversity of the student body at CLU by looking closer at the ethnic,  genderage, and geographic diversity metrics from the CLU Diversity Guide.

California Lutheran University Competes in the NCAA

CLU has a total of 554 student athletes, 328 men and 226 women who compete in inter-collegiate athletics.

Athletics Financing

Total Revenue (all teams)$3,292,097
Total Expenses (all teams)$3,266,972

For more information about athletics including per-team sizes, coaching and scholarships check out our Guide to California Lutheran University Athletics

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