Welcome to California Lutheran University.

Founded in 1959 and formally recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution since 2016, Cal Lutheran is home to 2,377 undergraduate and 1,033 graduate students. Our students come from 59 countries and represent a wide spectrum of faiths and spirituality.

Our dedicated, accomplished faculty works with small classes of students who are open-minded — about ideas, about people and about faith — and are seeking to grow as individuals.

Both in and out of the classroom, everyone at Cal Lutheran is committed to helping each student pursue their passions to discover their purpose. By following that purpose, they can transform their communities — and the world.

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Schools and Colleges

Cal Lutheran is made up of six schools and colleges, which serve students across a range of academic departments and deliver the personalized classroom experience we are known for.

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Degrees and Programs

Undergraduate degrees: We offer 46 majors and 45 minors through our traditional bachelor's degree programs.

Degree-completion program: Our flexible Bachelor’s Degree for Professionals program is designed for returning adult students.

Graduate degrees: Through our specialized graduate schools, we offer degrees, credentials and certificates for professional fields.


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Campus Locations

Cal Lutheran's Thousand Oaks campus, between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, is complemented by satellite centers in Oxnard, Santa Maria and Westlake Village.

Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California, is one of eight seminaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a founding member of the Graduate Theological Union.

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Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that California Lutheran University resides on the traditional territory of the Chumash, Fernandeño Tataviam and Muwekma Ohlone people, who trace their ancestry through the San Fernando Valley, Malibu, Paso Robles and San Francisco areas. We remember their connection to this region and give thanks for the opportunity to live, work, learn and pray on their traditional homeland. In their footsteps we carry forward their tradition of coming together to grow as a community. We offer our respect to their elders and to all Chumash, Fernandeño Tataviam and Muwekma Ohlone people past and present.

Serving Our Communities

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice

Bolstered by a strategic plan, monthly signature events, and centers, offices and programs that deliver key initiatives, our campus community plays an active role in leading positive change.

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Lutheran Higher Education

As an institution of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Cal Lutheran embodies a vital educational tradition that spans more than 500 years — and everyone is welcome here.

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Hispanic-Serving Institution

Our designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution provides benefits to all Cal Lutheran students through specialized funding, programs and community support.

Happenings @ Cal Lutheran

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