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California Lutheran University

Founded in 1959, California Lutheran University is home to more than 2,892 undergraduate and 1,282 graduate students who come from more than 35 countries and represent a wide variety of faiths.



In 1954, a committee was first formed jointly by the American Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Church in America to plan a Lutheran college in California. Five churches served on the committee, dubbed the California Lutheran Education Foundation, which still owns the university.


The mission of the university is to educate leaders for a global society who are strong in character and judgment, confident in their identity and vocation, and committed to service and justice. As part of that 500-year-old Lutheran tradition, we believe that understanding our purpose as individuals will help us make our best possible contribution to the world.

We encourage students to follow their own passion to uncover their purpose. This prepares them for a life of success in which they always offer their very best to others—family, community, and the world.

This happens as part of a diverse, open-minded, and challenging academic environment.


The Office of Educational Effectiveness and Institutional Research supports program reviews, course evaluations, and research at Cal Lutheran. Cal Lutheran students across all disciplines are given opportunities to participate in research and creative scholarship, allowing them to make original contributions to their fields while they study. Faculty-mentored, self-directed work is facilitated through our research programs, which serve both our undergraduate and graduate students. Their accomplishments include all types of scholarship — traditional lab research, creative works, quantitative research and qualitative explorations.


Building a lasting career requires preparation, persistence and the occasional foot in the door. Armed with a killer resumé and the right contacts, you’ll compete on a global scale in business, communications, science, the arts, and a wide range of industries. 97% of our graduates find a job or enroll in graduate school and 57% of students participate in an intership. Our excellent career counselors in the Office of Career Services get in touch with students during their very first term on campus. They offer workshops on resume writing, interviewing, salary negotiations, applying to graduate schools, and other critical skills to help you begin your career successfully.

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Student services

The International Programs Office is dedicated to providing social support and immigration advisement for the well being of international students who attend Cal Lutheran. We offer immigration advisement, workshops, and social activities for international students. We also serve as an educational resource for students, faculty and staff. Programs and activities sponsored by the office encourage international and American students to interact in order to provide an enriched campus community for all.

Housing services

The 225-acre main campus is located in Thousand Oaks, a city in southern Ventura County,including 41 buildings, 4 fields, 2 stadiums, 2 pools, a tennis court, a botanic gardens, as well as undeveloped chaparral hillsides. The campus of CLU is primarily organized by the four cardinal directions, with the North side, located across Olsen Road and backed up against Mt. Clef Ridge, serving as the primary center for athletics. Some North side facilities include: Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center, Samuelson Aquatic Center, Ullman Baseball Stadium and George Sparky Anderson Baseball Field, Hutton Softball Field, William Rolland Stadium Facilities Building and Yard, and a community pool for the City of Thousand Oaks.

Library services

The world at your fingertips. At the Pearson Library we’ll help you succeed as a researcher and explorer of information. Our subject librarians will guide you as you gather, evaluate and synthesize information for your courses and fields of study.

ICT services

Study rooms can accommodate 2-6 people and include a white board, computer, and monitor.

Medical services

Your well-being is our top priority. In addition to providing a safe, secure environment in which to live and learn, we also offer on-campus services to ensure your time at Cal Lutheran is the best that it can be. We want you to be focused on personal and intellectual growth throughout your academic career. Services and networks are available to ensure each student is protected and supported.

Student Life

Campus life

Comfortable and community-oriented, it doesn’t take long before your residence hall feels like home. It will seem a lot like living in an apartment as you’ll share a suite with two bedrooms, a bathroom and a living room.

Our residence halls offer the following features and amenities:

  • Laundry rooms with machines that use smart cards
  • Lounges equipped with televisions and games
  • Study rooms
  • Front desk where students can purchase snack items, check out recreation equipment and borrow movies
  • Outdoor patios, basketball and volleyball courts, and a swimming pool
  • Cable TV hookups
  • Wired and Wi-Fi access to the campus network and high speed internet
  • Air conditioning and heating
  • Private bathrooms and showers

Sports facilities

Whether you want to be a NCAA athlete or just get out and have some fun, there are plenty of options to stay fit. Cal Lutheran students are active. They bike to class, hike in the hillsides, migrate to yoga classes. They play intramural football, basketball, soccer, softball and other sports. They're involved in clubs to practice fencing, lacrosse, Tang Soo Do and more. he spacious 9,500 square foot center is complete with state of the art equipment including free weights, weight machines, a resistance training circuit, and a newly updated cardio mezzanine.

Student clubs

Get involved outside of the classroom. Student clubs and organizations are a great way to get connected to life on campus. With groups ranging from academics to politics, media and diversity, there's plenty to choose from if you're looking to get involved. From iCLU campus radio to Knights Hockey to professional societies, a wide range of interests, passions and communities are represented by student clubs.


Cal Lutheran is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The Graduate School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the university is authorized by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to offer credentials. Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools. Cal Lutheran is a member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, and the Council of Independent Colleges.

Thousand Oaks, California, United States

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