California Lutheran University (CLU)

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CLU can be found in Thousand Oaks, CA, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. CLU has an enrollment of nearly four thousand students.

The majority of students accepted into CLU earned an SAT score within the range of 1010 - 1203, or got accepted with an ACT composite score in the range of 22 - 26. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the CLU average GPA ranges from 3.23 to 3.38 for accepted students. CLU has an acceptance rate of about 48% with 16% of applicants deciding to continue on and enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall CLU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for California Lutheran University was reported as 48.0% in Fall 2013 with over 6,920 college applications submitted to California Lutheran University. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • CLU ACT Scores: 22 - 26
  • CLU Average GPA: 3.23 - 3.38

How Hard Is It to Get into California Lutheran University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into California Lutheran University, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for California Lutheran University has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 62.2%
  • 2010-2011: 47.2%
  • 2011-2012: 44.0%
  • 2012-2013: 47.3%
  • 2013-2014: 48.0%
  • Projected CLU Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 48.0%

How Does CLU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for California Lutheran University is sixteen percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Columbia College Hollywood54.8%
California Institute of the Arts29.9%
The Master's College and Seminary61.4%
Mount St. Mary's College74.1%
Woodbury University55.8%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to CLU (Fall 2013)

ACT®Score Range
English22 - 27
Math22 - 27
Composite Score22 - 26
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