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IPEDS ID: 110413
OPE ID: 00113300
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California Lutheran University
60 W Olsen Rd, Thousand Oaks, California 91360-2787
General information:  (805) 492-2411
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  City: Midsize
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  4,282 (2,888 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  15 to 1
Net Price
Mission Statement
  The mission of California Lutheran University is to educate leaders for a global society who are strong in character and judgment, confident in their identity and vocation, and committed to service and justice.
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Religious Affiliation
Evangelical Lutheran Church
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty167242
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees$31,000$32,860$34,360$35,7204.0%
Books and supplies$1,504$1,656$1,665$1,7102.7%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$10,580$11,070$11,510$11,9203.6%
Off Campus
Room and board$10,154$10,863$11,162$11,2680.9%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$46,192$48,782$50,753$52,5773.6%
Off Campus$46,722$49,538$51,395$52,9153.0%
Off Campus with Family$36,386$38,801$40,350$41,7553.5%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition planX
  • The CLU Guarantee Scholarship was established to provide an opportunity for eligible students to attend CLU for the average cost of specific University of California institutions: Univ. of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB); Univ. of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley); Univ. of California, Davis (UC Davis); Univ. of California, San Diego (UCSD). If a student is admitted to any of these institutions, CLU will match the average cost of attendance.
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid154898%————
Grant or scholarship aid54698%$10,247,429$18,768
Federal grants12623%$587,800$4,665
Pell grants12623%$557,800$4,427
Other federal grants254%$30,000$1,200
State/local government grant or scholarships11320%$1,018,949$9,017
Institutional grants or scholarships54497%$8,640,680$15,884
Student loan aid33259%$2,365,360$7,125
Federal student loans32959%$1,983,411$6,029
Other student loans234%$381,949$16,606
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid12,804100%$41,678,965$14,864
Pell grants72326%$3,067,725$4,243
Federal student loans1,55956%$12,060,288$7,736
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$26,580$29,347$29,718
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$19,646$20,584$22,038
$30,001 – $48,000$18,398$19,845$21,910
$48,001 – $75,000$22,736$22,813$25,621
$75,001 – $110,000$26,594$29,268$28,481
$110,001 and more$31,530$32,678$33,532
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2013
Total enrollment4,282
Undergraduate enrollment2,888
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment320
Graduate enrollment1,394
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 94%
Part-time: 6%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 45%
Female: 55%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Asian: 6%
Black or African American: 4%
Hispanic/Latino: 25%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 1%
White: 52%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 4%
Non-resident alien: 4%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 87%
25 and over: 13%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 81%
Out-of-state: 16%
Foreign countries: 3%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 73%
Part-time: 27%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 1%
Enrolled in some distance education: 2%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 98%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 10%
Enrolled in some distance education: 3%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 86%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $25
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2013
Number of applicants6,9203,1383,782
Percent admitted48%47%49%
Percent admitted who enrolled16%17%16%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2013 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading500590
SAT Math510613
ACT Composite2226
ACT English2227
ACT Math2227
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 85%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 62 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 70%
Transfer-out rate: 26%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2005]
4-year: 52%
6-year: 64%
8-year: 64%
[Began in Fall 2007]
4-year: 61%
6-year: 70%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2005 or Fall 2007
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 65%
Female: 73%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 100%
Asian: 78%
Black or African American: 86%
Hispanic/Latino: 71%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 50%
White: 70%
Two or more races: 71%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 50%
Non-resident alien: 71%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General44---
Category total50---
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General9065d-7
Finance, General-61d-1d
Information Resources Management-10--
International Business/Trade/Commerce-19--
Management Information Systems, General-13--
Management Science33---
Marketing, Other-31--
Organizational Behavior Studies-34--
Organizational Leadership37d---
Small Business Administration/Management-9--
Category total189d242d-8d
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other28---
Speech Communication and Rhetoric71---
Category total99---
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science1045--
Information Science/Studies10---
Category total2045--
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-45--
Curriculum and Instruction-1--
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other-529-
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-5--
Special Education and Teaching, General-14--
Category total-1179-
Agricultural Engineering12---
Category total12---
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General16---
Category total16---
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
German Language and Literature2---
Spanish Language and Literature2---
Category total4---
Health Professions and Related Programs
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling-46--
Category total-46--
History, General6---
Category total6---
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies33---
Category total33---
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies35---
Category total35---
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General6---
Category total6---
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other18---
Category total18---
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science7---
Category total7---
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Kinesiology and Exercise Science46---
Category total46---
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Religion/Religious Studies1---
Category total4---
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General6---
Geology/Earth Science, General2---
Physics, General4---
Category total12---
Clinical Psychology-34--
Psychology, General92---
Category total9234--
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration-47--
Category total-47--
Social Sciences
Economics, General34--
International Relations and Affairs8---
Political Science and Government, General17---
Category total444--
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General11---
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General8---
Music, General9---
Category total28---
Grand total72153598
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division III (with football) MenWomen
All Track Combined4142
Swimming and Diving2419
Water Polo1919
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission2/28/1962 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools4/1/2004 -  Accredited
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations501
Liquor law violations000
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations301
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible001
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible001
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201120102009
Default rate3.8%3.8%2.8%
Number in default333221
Number in repayment860836727
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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