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Admission Process

When visiting campus, is it possible to spend the night on campus? If it is possible, how would I arrange to do so?

We do offer occasional overnight events. The Overnight Experience programs allow prospective freshmen and transfer students who have applied to CLU the opportunity to say in our residence halls. Check out our events...

Is the Early Action Application binding?

No, Early Action is non-binding.

Where should I mail my transcripts?

You can send transcripts and all other application materials to:

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

Can I transfer into the spring semester?

Yes, we do accept applications for spring terms. View our Dates and Deadlines page to find out when to apply.

Can the person who is writing my letter of recommendation post/send the letter electronically?

Yes, we accept electronic copies of letters of recommendation as long as it is clear who is sending it and which student the letter is for. Please contact your admission counselor for more details.

What qualifies one as a transfer student?

A transfer student is anyone who has graduated from high school or earned an equivalent certificate and has completed any college coursework from an accreditted college or university. Students applying with a minimum of 30 transferable units will not be required to submit high school transcripts and SAT and/or ACT scores as part of the application process.

How do I add an award to my application?

It's best to send that information directly to your admission counselor. Once your application has been submitted, you are unable to add new information. Find your counselor here.

Do IB classes count for college credit?

CLU recognizes the quality of the International Baccalaureate program and awards up to four semester hours of credits for each Higher Level exam score of 4 or higher. Subsidiary level exams will not be considered for credit.

How do you calculate my GPA for admission?

We separate students' academic courses from their extra-curricular courses and weigh IB, AP, and Honors classes.

Should I only send my best test scores?

No. It is best to send us all scores from each test you have taken. We will put your best section scored together to calculate your best overall score.

Is the ACT or SAT better?

The SAT or ACT are weighted the same. Neither is better than the other.

What is the latest date that a student can take the SAT or ACT?

At the latest, students should take the ACT/SAT at least a month and a half before the application deadline. If the SAT/ACT again after applying, they may send us the new scores and have their application re-evaluated.

What is the different between early action and regular applications?

Students must apply by the early action deadline in order to be considered for the Presidential Scholarship. By applying by the early action deadline, students will be given their admission decision by January 15th rather than March 15th for regular decision applicants. The longer students wait to apply, the harder it will be to get in and the less amount of money we will have to award in academic scholarships.

Do you use academic GPA or total GPA?

We calculate our own academic GPA from students' transcripts and weigh AP, IB, and Honors classes.

Can I still get the application fee waived if I already submit my application using the Common App but have not paid?

Yes, if they have a valid reason, by contacting their admission counselor.

Is the Select Scholar Application binding?

The Select Scholar application is non-binding (you are not committed to attend CLU).

Does your school look at the student’s freshmen year of high school?

Yes, students' grades from their first year in high school are calculated in their academic GPA.

If a student is a freshmen at another college or university and wants to apply for the Spring Semester what do they need to do? Do they apply as a freshmen or transfers student?

They can go online and apply using the transfer application. The application deadline is November 1. The student needs to submit a schedule of their current semester courses, official High School transcripts, test scores and a Letter of Recommendation. They also need to submit final grades form their college or University as soon as possible.

If I received the Select Scholar Application, can I apply using the Common Application and still receive the same benefits?

Yes, you will still receive the same benefits and your application fee will be waived.

Are Honors or AP classes weighted?

Both Honors and AP classes are weighted.