#26 Best Private Colleges in California

California Lutheran University

Thousand Oaks, California

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Student Population
California Lutheran University overview
Location Thousand Oaks, California
Online callutheran.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Midsize City
Religious Affiliation Evangelical Lutheran Church
California Lutheran University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Located in Thousand Oaks, California, California Lutheran University is a mid-size four year private college offering both undergrad and graduate programs.   The school has a religious affiliation with the Evangelical Lutheran Church faith. In the most recent statistical year 6,175 prospective students applied, and 4,410 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 647 enrolled in the school.  3,961 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 422 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2019/2020, excluding room and board, is $43,900 plus fees of $482. California Lutheran University is ranked 349 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2020 U.S. Colleges Ranking.



California Lutheran University is rated within the top 39% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards
California Lutheran University overview
SAT 1070/1250
ACT 21/27
GPA 3.65
Applications Accepted
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Applications Due Feb 1, 2021
Applicant Competition Low

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Annual Cost to Attend

Costs for California Lutheran University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,971
Other Fees$482
Room and Board $14,100
Budget for Other Expenses$3,817
Total One Year Cost$64,270

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Average Salary After 10 Years
$57,900 per year
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate
64% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by California Lutheran University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 27%
Communication 13%
Social Sciences 11%
Psychology 9%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 8%

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

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