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California Lutheran University Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into California Lutheran University? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 4,044 out of 6,569 applicants or 62% were admitted making California Lutheran University a moderately competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has difficult requirements for admission test scores. California Lutheran University typically accepts and attracts B+ average high school students. Only 15% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 3,874 2,695 6,569
Accepted 2,441 1,603 4,044
Acceptance Rate 63% 59% 62%
Enrolled 371 224 595
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 15% 14% 15%

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Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to California Lutheran University and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that California Lutheran University regularly accepts students with ACTs of 22 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 20 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 24 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 27 and above have very competitive chances. 45 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to California Lutheran University.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1090 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 990. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1190 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 81 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1090 1290
SAT Reading 550 650
SAT Math 530 620
ACT Composite 22 27
ACT English 22 27
ACT Math 21 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

 What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
27 and Above Good >76%
24 to 27 Avg + 62%-76%
22 to 24 Avg - 52%-62%
20 to 22 Reach 41%-52%
Less than 20 Low <41%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1290 and Above Good >74%
1190 to 1290 Avg + 62%-74%
1090 to 1190 Avg - 49%-62%
990 to 1090 Reach 36%-49%
Less than 990 Low <36%

Estimated GPA Requirements

You will need very good grades in high school to get into California Lutheran University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at California Lutheran University was 3.65 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as California Lutheran University accepts 62% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 45% Good
3.50 to 3.75 21% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 14% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 14% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 5% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 1% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 0% Low
2.00 to 2.25 0% Low

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to California Lutheran University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110413 IPEDS survey data for California Lutheran University.