California Lutheran University

California Lutheran University


At California Lutheran University, helping students achieve academic excellence is the beginning of what we do to create outstanding graduates. Our dedicated, accomplished faculty works with small classes of undergraduate and graduate students who are open-minded about ideas, people, and faith, and who are seeking to grow as individuals while they excel academically. Both in the classroom and outside of it, everyone at Cal Lutheran is committed to helping each student pursue their passions to discover their purpose and follow that purpose to transform their community and the world.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Upward Bound

The Upward Bound program is dedicated to providing quality academic and personal development services to high school students from low-income and/or first- generation families. Beyond increasing the rate at which high school graduates pursue post secondary education, the Cal Lutheran Upward Bound program strives to increase participants’ competency in English, mathematics, science, social science and foreign language. Participants receive tutoring, counseling and mentoring, as well as opportunities to attend cultural enrichment events. Learn more about Upward Bound

First-Year Experience & Transition Summer Orientation to Academic Resources

Incoming first-generation college freshmen are invited to attend this orientation program. The program gives participants an orientation to the college environment and provides them with opportunities to connect with other first-generation students. In addition, the program assists participants in the process of academic exploration by introducing them to relevant resources, challenging them to examine their values and interests and facilitating their transition to Cal Lutheran. During the academic year, students participate in the Student Support Services program that offers a holistic range of services including academic counseling and personal support to assist first-generation students in successfully completing their degree. Learn more about Summer Orientation to Academic Resources

Student Diversity

  • 2,892
  • 43/57
  • 29%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 5%
  • 3%
    Black or African American
  • 29%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 48%
  • 7%
    Two or more races
  • 4%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 4%

Student Success

  • 85%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 73%
    Six-year graduation
  • n/a
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 80%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 53%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 199
    Full-time faculty
  • 43
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 14:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Business, Psychology, Biology, Communications, Exercise Science

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Asian Club and Friends, Black Student Union, Club Italia, Latin American Student Organization, Mecha, United Students of the World, Chinese Students Association, Saudi Student Club


Cost of Attendance

  • $39,310
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $483
    Required Fees
  • $13,060
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $49,466,750
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $30,415
    Average aid package
  • $20,000
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 28%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 69%
    Students with financial need
  • 99%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 99%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 14%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 6,013
    # of applicants
  • 64%
  • 3.70
    Average HS GPA
  • 24
    ACT Composite
  • 490—590
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 500—610
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • yes
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 1/1
    Regular application closing date
  • $25
    Application Fee
  • $25
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • yes
    Early action plan
  • 11/1
    Early action application closing date