California Lutheran University, also known as “Cal Lutheran” or CLU, is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and is located in Thousand Oaks, CA. Thousand Oaks is part of Los Angeles County, where students will enjoy a diverse and challenging setting. The University offer undergraduate and graduate in-class and online programs, and is has three divisions of higher learning: The College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, and the School of Education. Though many of the undergraduate courses can be taken online, and some of the graduate programs, they are most known for their online M.B.A. Programs. They were awarded the United States Distance Learning Association silver award for their program in Financial Planning, part of the M.B.A. program. They have a prestigious center for distance learning with all the latest, most cutting-edge technologies. They have consistently ranked within the top twenty schools for the Western division of Colleges and Universities.
The student population at Cal Lutheran is just under four-thousand, and this student body is made up of people from almost all fifty states and over fifty countries. They offer more thirty-five majors, thirty-one minors, and have very small classroom sizes. Most classrooms do not exceed sixteen students. The mission statement of the school reflects their ties with the Lutheran community, as they strive to create an educational foundation that will transform students into leaders who will then go out and serve the world in a way that demonstrates commitment to spirituality, justice, and the continual improvement of society.
Undergraduates can obtain degrees in the following areas: Accounting, Art, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Bioengineering, Biological Sciences, Business Administration, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Economics, English, Environmental Science, Exercise Science, French, Geology, German, Global Studies, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Liberal Studies, Marketing Communication, Mathematics, Multimedia, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Religion, Social Science, Socioloy, Spanish, Theatre Arts, Theology, and Christian Leadership. Minors can augment the undergraduate studies in Art, Bioengineering, Biological Science, Business Administration, Chemistry, Church Music, Communication, Computer Information, Computer Science, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, Ethnic Studies, French, Gender and Women’s Studies, Geology, German, Global Studies, History, International Business, Legal Studies, mathematics, Multimedia, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, and Ministry. The graduate division has Master and Certificate Programs in Public Policy and Administration, Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Computer Science, Economics, Information Systems and Technology, Business Administration, Financial Planning, Educaiton, Educational Leadership, School Counseling, Special Education and Education and the Deaf. They offer a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology as well, which is the school’s only doctorate level degree program.
Tuition is estimated to cost $25,990 per year for full time students. Approximately 98% of the student population qualifies for some type of financial aid. Some options for students are the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, State Cal Grants, Federal Pell Grants, Academic Competitiveness Grants, SMART Grants, low interest Federal Stafford and Federal Perkins loans, and Federal Work Study.