California Lutheran University

Private, Four-years School Located in Thousand Oaks, CA

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How much is the California Lutheran tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, California Lutheran's tuition & fees is $50,670.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $70,463 when a student lives on-campus.

California Lutheran Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Tuition & Fees$50,670
Books & Supplies Costs$1,152
On-campus Room & Board$15,490
On-campus Expenses$3,151
Off-campus Room & Board$17,784
Off-campus Expenses$4,960
2023-2024 Estimates
Tuition & Fees$55,836

How Much Does it Cost to Go to California Lutheran for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $232,328 at California Lutheran. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $313,210. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $176,775.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$53,475$72,728$41,324
Sophomore (2024-25)$56,436$76,319$43,178
Junior (2025-26)$59,560$80,096$45,119
Senior (2026-27)$62,857$84,067$47,154
4 Years Total$232,328$313,210$176,775
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$56,436$76,319$43,178
Sophomore (2025-26)$59,560$80,096$45,119
Junior (2026-27)$62,857$84,067$47,154
Senior (2027-28)$66,337$88,242$49,286
4 Years Total$245,190$328,725$184,737
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$59,560$80,096$45,119
Sophomore (2026-27)$62,857$84,067$47,154
Junior (2027-28)$66,337$88,242$49,286
Senior (2028-29)$70,010$92,633$51,520
4 Years Total$258,764$345,039$193,079
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$62,857$84,067$47,154
Sophomore (2027-28)$66,337$88,242$49,286
Junior (2028-29)$70,010$92,633$51,520
Senior (2029-30)$73,885$97,251$53,862
4 Years Total$273,089$362,194$201,822
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$66,337$88,242$49,286
Sophomore (2028-29)$70,010$92,633$51,520
Junior (2029-30)$73,885$97,251$53,862
Senior (2030-31)$77,976$102,108$56,317
4 Years Total$288,208$380,235$210,985

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, California Lutheran' tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $20,937. Compared to private, four-years colleges in California, its tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $23,111.
California Lutheran University$50,670
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,672
Public Schools$7,199$12,960
Private Schools$20,937
California Four-years Colleges$20,867
Public Schools$4,034$13,259
Private Schools$23,111

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between California Lutheran and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (private, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
California Lutheran UniversityThousand Oaks, CA$50,670$22,498
Southern Oregon UniversityAshland, OR$30,723$19,779
Tuskegee UniversityTuskegee, AL$23,440$24,224
St Catherine UniversitySaint Paul, MN$49,758$18,570
Western Governors UniversitySalt Lake City, UT$8,300$8,856
Florida Southern CollegeLakeland, FL$42,360$18,480
Saint Martin's UniversityLacey, WA$44,210$16,252
California State University-Los AngelesLos Angeles, CA$18,698$17,756
Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN$14,219$15,113
Eastern Connecticut State UniversityWillimantic, CT$16,624$19,078
University of Southern IndianaEvansville, IN$22,573$20,904

Financial Aid and COA

At California Lutheran University, 2,431 students (94%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $29,756.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at California Lutheran is $40,707 for students living on-campus and $44,810 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 490 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $30,597 and the average amount of student loans is $7,577.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
COA (on-campus)$70,463
COA (off-campus)$74,566
Tuition & Fees$50,670
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$19,793
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$23,896
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$40,707
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$44,810
Average Financial Aid$29,756
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship2,43194%$29,756
Pell Grants80831%$5,103
Federal Student Loan1,30250%$6,905
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid490100%-
Grants or Scholarships48599%$30,597
Federal Grants14630%$5,757
Pell Grants14630%$5,285
Other Federal Grants357%$1,971
State/Local Grants15331%$8,576
Institutional Grants48599%$26,159
Student Loan Aid26955%$7,577
Federal Student Loans26754%$5,466
Other Student Loans265%$22,260

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

California Lutheran's acceptance rate is 81.94%. A total of 4,041 applicants applied to and 3,311 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 492 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 14.86%.
To apply to California Lutheran, 4 items are required - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school record, Completion of college-preparatory program and Recommendations and 1 items are recommended to submit - Secondary school rank. SAT and ACT scores are considered during the admissions process but are not required to be submitted.
Acceptance Rate81.94%78.83%84.25%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)14.86%15.23%14.60%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankRecommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRequired
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither Required Nor Recommended
Admission test scoresConsidered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Considered But Not Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

SAT and ACT Scores

The SAT and ACT scores are considered but not required to apply to California Lutheran. The average SAT score of the enrolled first-time students is 1,190 and the average ACT score (ACT composite) is 26.
Its SAT score is slightly higher than the national average score of 1,168. The ACT score is higher than the national average score of 24.
SAT Total1,1901,0901,290
National Average1,168
California Average1,305
SAT EBRW595550640
SAT Math595540650
ACT Composite262328
National Average24
California Average29
ACT Math252327
ACT English252228

Student Population

California Lutheran University has a total of 3,615 students including 2,513 undergraduate and 1,102 graduate students. By gender, there are 1,662 male students and 2,104 female students attending California Lutheran. The school offers online degree programs and 157 students enrolled online exclusively (4.34% of all students).
Total3,766 1,6622,104
Undergraduate2,592 1,2121,380
Graduate1,174 450724

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address60 W Olsen Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered69 Programs
Online Program Offered4 Online Programs
Graduate Program Offered24 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate87.18%
Student Population3,615
Graduation Rate73%
Transfer-out Rate22%
Retention Rate81%
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate14 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties179 (Full-time), 286 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs569 (Full-time), 346 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$93,251
Average Staff Salary$74,013