California Lutheran University is a private, liberal arts institution in the town of Thousand Oaks, California. With students hailing from more than 49 countries, Cal Lutheran features a diverse enrollment and is a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution that offers 37 majors and 39 minors. Although CLU is affiliated with the Lutheran church, it is open to students of all religions. The suburban, 225-acre campus is located midway between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, and 20 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. Off-site centers are located in Woodland Hills, Westlake Village, Oxnard and Santa Maria, while Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary is located in Berkeley.
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Evangelical Lutheran Church
This school does not consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission
In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
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(amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
+ amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
+ amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
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Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
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Average Debt at Graduation
The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
Median Monthly Loan Payment
The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
Cal Lu is a great school. It is a very friendly environment and it's easy to feel right at home on campus.
Small and active community. Lots of chances for success. Very helpful and caring professors
Sari from Thousand Oaks, CA
I absolutely love Cal Lu! I have been familiar with the campus for the past three years since my brother attended before me, and now that I am living here it as even more enjoyable! Cal Lu feels like home; lots of amazing people. dedicated professors, and living in the Residence Halls is an unforgettable experience.
Stephanie from Burbank, CA
CLU is the friendliest campus you will ever step foot on. All of the students make you feel welcome and want you to be a part of their group. The professors get to know you on a one-on-one basis, you are not just an ID number to them.
Claudia from Moorpark, CA
Cal Lu is proud to have a school that is all about diversity. Students are able to connect more with other students, professors and the community of Thousand Oaks. The small school size will help any student learn more about the subject they want to learn more of with smaller sized classes, and have more opportunities to have a better and brighter future!
Jessika from Alta Loma, CA
This school is one of the best small schools in the country. It has a killer academic program, as well as top notch D3 sports' programs. What makes this school even better, are the people that come here.