California Lutheran University

996 reviews
  1. Thousand Oaks, CA
  2. 4 Year
B+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    A
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    A
California Lutheran University is ...
Private not-for-profit, Lutheran
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Address
60 W Olsen Rd
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

California Lutheran University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
61%
SAT Range
1000-1200
ACT Range
22-27
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$29,614/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $21,751/ year
  • $30-48k
    $21,978/ year
  • $49-75k
    $22,850/ year
  • $76-110k
    $28,553/ year
  • $110k+
    $34,260/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
87%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.69 responses
79%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.72 responses
77%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.71 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,649Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
25%
Varsity Athletes
20%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 38 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    42%
  • Involved
    29%
  • Kids who think they're cool
    18%
  • Scandinavian, international, priveleged
    8%
  • Well rounded students
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
81%
Poll
88%
of students say they don't have Greek life.58 responses
Poll
47%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.99 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 38 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    32%
  • Friendly, small & over priced
    32%
  • Small
    21%
  • Lack of classes
    5%
  • Liberal
    5%
  • A little over-priced
    3%
  • Boring
    3%

After California Lutheran University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$52,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
66%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
86%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.50 responses

Reviews

996 reviews
  • Excellent
    239
  • Very Good
    380
  • Average
    289
  • Poor
    54
  • Terrible
    34
California Lutheran University has students from all around the world. Numerous students throughout my different classes were from various countries and one of my roommates was even from Norway! Because of the intense diversity around campus, it's very common to walk to class and hear 4 different languages being spoken. There are a lot of clubs for each nationality present on campus, and individuals are very proud and passionate about their homelands. California Lutheran University is located in Newbury Park, which is a predominately white neighborhood. However, because of the diversity present on campus, it's easy to forget you are in Newbury Park and instead you feel as if you are on a diverse island, with many cultures displayed.
  • College Junior
  • May 26 2013
For a college town, Thousand Oaks really isn't one. Most locals are wealthy quiet families, or of retirement age. They're pretty respectful towards students, but the town doesn't cater towards us, everything is closed by 9 or 10 and you have to spend A LOT of money if you're planning on ever living off campus in anything better than a sketchy apartment. There's really no nightlife but The Oaks is a really nice mall and there is a complex just down the street with Trader Joe's, Rite Aid, Fibber McGees, Liquor Store, Donut Shop etc. and Target, Ralphs, Vons, and other fast food places are within driving distance. But you're in Southern California, so LA, Malibu, Venice, Disneyland are all relatively close, you just have to venture a little bit further! Opportunities are endless.
  • College Sophomore
  • Aug 11 2014
Although I have always loved English, the English courses offered at California Lutheran University have been incredibly influential. The small class sizes, and very close interaction between the students and teachers have allowed me to grow and flourish as I learn more and more about English, myself, and how I want to include English in my life. I have had my mind blown time and time again, as my professors encouraged me to look at ideas from different and new perspectives. Initially, I was apprehensive about the smaller class sizes, and how involved the professors were with your work, but now I wouldn't have it any other way. My teachers know me and my work, and are available to help me improve myself every step of the way!
  • College Junior
  • May 26 2013