C
#17 Best Private Colleges in California

California Lutheran University Admission Requirements

Thousand Oaks, California

 0 Reviews

Chances of getting into California Lutheran University

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
74%
Admission Difficulty for California Lutheran University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Challenging 
Applicant Competition Low 
How hard is it to get into California Lutheran University and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at California Lutheran University is 74%.  It ranks #61 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. California Lutheran University is a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Last year, 4,142 out of 5,568 applicants were admitted.

The school has challenging admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 48 percent (SAT 1070/1240 ACT 20/27). California Lutheran University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.73. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 12% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The California Lutheran University application fee is $25 and applications are due by Feb 1.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. California Lutheran University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

California Lutheran University SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1070-1240
Applicants Submitting SAT 
86%
SAT Scores for California Lutheran University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 540
SAT Math 25th 530
SAT Composite 25th 1070
SAT Scores for California Lutheran University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 620
SAT Math 75th 620
SAT Composite 75th 1240
Average SAT Score 1160

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to California Lutheran University?

California Lutheran University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 47 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1070 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 980. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1160 out of 1600. California Lutheran University ranks #33 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 86 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Find other colleges with similar SAT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

California Lutheran University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1240 and Above Good >84%
1155 to 1240 Avg + 74%-84%
1070 to 1155 Avg - 60%-74%
985 to 1070 Reach 44%-60%
Less than 985 Low <44%
Calculate My Chances 

California Lutheran University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
20-27 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
40%
ACT Scores for California Lutheran University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 20
ACT Math 25th 18
ACT Composite 25th 20
ACT Scores for California Lutheran University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 27
ACT Math 75th 26
ACT Composite 75th 27
Average ACT Score 23

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into California Lutheran University?

Admission data indicates that California Lutheran University regularly accepts students with ACT's of 20 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 49 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 16 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. The school ranks #33 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 40 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to California Lutheran University.

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

California Lutheran University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
27 and Above Good >86%
23 to 27 Avg + 74%-86%
20 to 23 Avg - 62%-74%
17 to 20 Reach 49%-62%
Less than 17 Low <49%
Calculate My Chances 

California Lutheran University GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.73
Typical High School Grades 
A-

What GPA do you need to get into California Lutheran University?

Applicants require 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 3.73 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #24 in California for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as California Lutheran University accepts 74% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

Explore more colleges with similar GPA requirements

High School GPA's for admitted California Lutheran University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 29.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 24.0% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 21.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 13.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 7.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 5.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 1.0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

Other Colleges to Consider 

High School Class Rank

69% of California Lutheran University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted California Lutheran University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 21%
Top 25% of class 69%
Top 50% of class 93%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

California Lutheran University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,191 2,377 5,568
Accepted 2,413 1,729 4,142
Acceptance Rate 76% 73% 74%
Enrolled 281 235 516
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 12% 14% 12%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Feb 1, 2023
Days left to Apply
119

Applicants have 119 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Feb 1, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to California Lutheran University is $25.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to California Lutheran University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

California Lutheran University Application Requirements
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

High School Credits Accepted at California Lutheran University
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.

FAQs

Does California Lutheran University prefer SAT or ACT?

86% of students submit their SAT scores to California Lutheran University. 40% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into California Lutheran University?

74% of those who apply are granted admission to California Lutheran University. Admission competition is low and the college has challenging admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for California Lutheran University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1070 and 1240. 86% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for California Lutheran University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 20 and 27. 40% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.