Admission Requirements

Candidates for admission to California Lutheran University should have demonstrated success in completing a college preparatory program at the high school level. CLU accepts both the SAT and the ACT.

If you submit more than one SAT score, we use the highest individual verbal score and the highest individual math score from all tests in our evaluations. Similarly, we use the highest subject scores from all submitted ACT score reports. CLU also grants college credit for Advanced Placement test scores.

Among admitted students for 2011, the average GPA was 3.6 and the average SAT score was 1100 (using the critical reading and math sections only). These are averages, which means that students were admitted with marks above and below those averages.

Decisions are based on high school GPA in a college-prep curriculum (see below), standardized test scores, a personal recommendation, and an essay presenting an applicant's ability to effectively form and articulate thoughts in writing.

Minimum Required High School Coursework

  • English: 4 years
  • Math: 3 years (including Algebra II), 4 years preferred
  • Foreign Language: at least 2 years of the same language
  • Social Studies: 2 years
  • Lab Science: 2 years required, 3 years highly recommended

Other Factors

In addition to the measure of achievement and aptitude as indicated by transcripts and test scores, there are other factors which are considered in the admission process:

  • Teacher recommendations
  • Excellence in co-curricular activities
  • Maturity
  • Initiative
  • Seriousness of purpose as evidenced through work, travel experiences, and/or contributions to home, and school and community.

We are looking for students who are balanced in their pursuits, who have been successful in those pursuits, and who have proven that they are ready for the rigors of the four-year college level.


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