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California Lutheran University – Tuition & Success Analysis

Thousand Oaks, CA

California Lutheran University – Snapshot


Four-Year Private University

Undergraduate Enrollment: 2,887

Average annual cost of attendance: $30,329

(National Median: $15,523)

Median student debt for loan recipients: $21,875

Campus Setting: Midsize City

Religious Affiliation: Evangelical Lutheran Church

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California Lutheran University Tuition based on Family Income


For a family income of $0 to $30,000 the average cost is $24,949

For a family income of $30,001 to $48,000 the average cost is $27,061

For a family income of $48,001 to $75,000  the average cost is $29,003

For a family income of $75,001 to $110,000  the average cost is $31,039

For a family income above $110,000 the average cost is $34,803


The “average cost” shown here is a NET cost and reflects the tuition cost after financial aid is taken into account, as reported by California Lutheran University. This average is based on the students who receive grant or scholarship aid. In-state tuition is used for public schools.

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California Lutheran University Graduate Success


Graduation rate: 70%

(National Median: 49%)

Students returning after first year: 85%

(National Median: 68%)

Median annual earnings (10 years after first attending): $54,200

(National Median: $33,028. The salary data measures salaries of students who received federal student aid. The Salary data does not break down earnings or graduation rates by major, or by state—an important consideration, since salaries can vary widely depending on geographical region. )

Percentage earning above a high school graduate (6 years after first enrolled): 68%

California Lutheran University Admissions

California Lutheran University Acceptance Rate: 64%


Half of the recent accepted students had test scores in the range of:

SAT Math: 500 to 610

SAT Critical Reading: 493 to 590

SAT Writing: 490 to 600

ACT English: 22 to 28

ACT Math: 22 to 27

ACT Writing: N/A to N/A

Twenty-five percent of students accepted to California Lutheran University actually performed better than the range reported above.  Another twenty-five percent had scores below the reported range.

California Lutheran University Student Debt


Percentage of students awarded Pell Grants: 23%

Percentage of students receiving federal student loans: 49%

Typical student debt: $21,875

Typical monthly loan payment: $233

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Majors at California Lutheran University


These are the most popular areas of study offered at California Lutheran University:

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences – 7%
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services – 26%
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs – 14%
  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services – 4%
  • Engineering – 1%
  • English Language and Literature/Letters – 3%
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics – 1%
  • History – 1%
  • Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services – 6%
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities – 4%
  • Mathematics and Statistics – 1%
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies – 2%
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies – 6%
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies – 1%
  • Physical Sciences – 2%
  • Psychology – 12%
  • Social Sciences – 7%
  • Visual and Performing Arts – 4%

For more information about the various majors at California Lutheran University, visit their website.

California Lutheran University Diversity


Overall Composition at California Lutheran University

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who attend California Lutheran University full time:  96%

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who attend California Lutheran University part time:  4%

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who are twenty-five years old, or older at California Lutheran University:  10%

Racial Diversity Composition

American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%

Asian: 5%

Black: 3%

Hispanic: 29%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%

Non-resident alien: 3%

Two or more races: 7%

Unknown: 4%

White: 48%

California Lutheran University Success Ratios

TUN ratios to help compare schools


Earnings to Debt Ratio: 2.5

The median earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the median federal debt of borrowers who graduated. TUN found an average of 2.5 based on data of 3,210 schools.

Earnings to Tuition Ratio: 1.8

The median earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the average annual cost of attendance that financial aid recipients incurred.  TUN found an average of 3.0 based on data of 3,337 schools.

Monthly Liquidity Ratio: 19.4

The median monthly gross earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the median monthly debt payment that borrowers who graduated experience with a 10-year repayment schedule. TUN found an average of 19.3 based on data of 3,210 schools.