How to Apply

The Common Application will be offline beginning July 15th and any submissions for the Fall 2014 semester will need to be submitted via the PDFs below. Please print, fill out, and mail to the mailing address listed at the bottom of this page.

Freshman Application (PDF)
Transfer Application (PDF)

The Common Application will be back online August 1st for any students interested in applying for Spring 2015 or Fall 2015.

The Common Application Apply Online
  1. Create Your Account
    Begin by creating an account on The Common Application website if you haven't already done so. After registering you will need to add California Lutheran University to your list of colleges from within the College Search tab.
  2. Complete Your Application & Essay
    Complete The Common Application and personal essay by the appropriate deadline. Please keep in mind all application documents must be submitted by the application deadline (including Official Test Scores, Official Transcripts, Letter of Recommendation and Personal Statement).
  3. Request Recommendations
    Request a letter of recommendation from one your teachers through the Recommender Section of the Common Application. You will need your recommenders email address for this section. We suggest that you begin the process early to give them plenty of time to respond before the deadline.
  4. Submit Application Fee
    All applicants must submit a non-refundable $25 application fee or submit a fee waiver. If the fee will present a financial hardship for you and your family, you may be eligible for a waiver of the application fee. Ask your guidance counselor to submit a Fee Waiver Request (we accept the NACAC and College Board Fee Waiver request forms).
  5. Request Test Scores
    Arrange to have official SAT or ACT test results sent to Cal Lutheran before the deadline. International students must submit proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS or PTE).
    • SAT code: 4088
    • ACT code 0183
  6. Transcripts
    Official high school transcripts must be sent to us directly from schools you have attended through. Your high school counselor may submit these via online services such as Docufide, Naviance, and The Common Application, or mail in a physical copy to the Office of Undergraduate Admission.
  7. Final Review
    Double check your work and review thoroughly to ensure you have recorded your information accurately. Once your application has been submitted, you cannot go back in and edit it.

Check out these Common App FAQ's before you begin

  1. Create Your Account
    Begin by creating an account on The Common Application website if you haven't already done so. After registering you will need to add California Lutheran University to your list of colleges from within the College Search tab.
  2. Submit Your Application & Essay
    Complete The Common Application and personal essay by the appropriate deadline. Please keep in mind all application documents must be submitted by the application deadline (including, Official Transcripts from ALL colleges attended, Letter of Recommendation, Personal Essay).

    Please note, official high school transcripts and official SAT or ACT test scores are also required if you have less than 30 transferable units at the time of application.
  3. Request an Academic Evaluator
    Request an Academic Evaluator (letter of recommendation) from one your professors through the Recommender Section of the Common Application. You will need your recommenders email address for this section. Your recommender can either submit the letter online through Common Application or can physically mail your recommendation to the Office of Admission. We suggest that you begin the process early to give them plenty of time to respond before the deadline.
  4. Registrar Report
    Invite a Registrar through the Assign Recommenders section. You will need a College Counselor, School Official or Registrar's name and email address for this section. This report is NOT a required document for Cal Lutheran; however it must be filled out in order to submit your Common Application.
  5. Application Fee
    All applicants must submit a non-refundable $25 application fee or submit a fee waiver. If the fee will present a financial hardship for you and your family, you may be eligible for a waiver of the application fee.
  6. Transcripts
    Official transcripts from all colleges attended must be sent to us directly from schools you have attended.
  7. Final Review
    Double check your work and review thoroughly to ensure you have recorded your information accurately. Once your application has been submitted, you cannot go back in and edit it.

Getting Help

For technical or logistical difficulties while completing the online application, please refer to The Common Application Help Center.

If you have questions about the content of our application and are unable to find answers within this guide, please call us at (805) 493-3135 during our regular office hours, or email us at admissions@callutheran.edu at any time.


Mailing Address

California Lutheran University
Office of Undergraduate Admission
60 W. Olsen Road #1350
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360


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