California Lutheran University is a university of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, located in Thousand Oaks, California.

CLU is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The Financial Planning Program has been registered with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. CLU is one of 28 colleges and universities affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and is a member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, and Council of Independent Colleges. CLU’s intercollegiate athletic programs compete in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, NCAA Division III.

California Lutheran University claims to be a progressive liberal arts institution, which encourages diverse programs of study, well-rounded student learning outcomes, and a commitment to learning about social, economic, and political justice. CLU boasts 36 academic majors and 31 minors, and students are allowed to double-major if they have the time. Students may earn a Bachelor’s of Arts degree or a Bachelor’s of Science degree, depending on their field of study.


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California Lutheran University maintains a policy of guaranteeing on-campus housing for all four years if students elect to do so. On-campus housing or living at home is required for freshmen and sophomores; however, juniors and seniors may elect to live off campus with friends.

Cal Lutheran strives for a diverse student body of varying backgrounds, faiths, and ambitions. The current student body consists of approximately 3,931 students. CLU maintains close ties with several foreign organizations and educational institutions, and hosts exchange students from a variety of nations. Originating from 39 states and 56 countries, CLU’s student body represents a diversity of faiths and cultures. The University maintains its residential emphasis with 61 percent of traditional undergraduate students living on campus. Average class size is 16 students.

“I love Cal Lutheran. Classes are small, so you get to know your professors and classmates very well. The campus and dorms are beautiful, the food pretty good. The career services is helpful, you get your resumes edited and they have a pretty good job database.” California Lutheran University Student Review,

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