Enrollment rebounds at Cal Lutheran
Majority of new undergrads are students of color
(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Aug. 29, 2022) As the 2022-23 fall semester gets underway at California Lutheran University, new student enrollment numbers have nearly rebounded to pre-pandemic levels.
About 844 undergraduate students are scheduled to enter Cal Lutheran for the first time this fall. Of those, 628 are first-year students and 216 are transfer students. Around 60% are students of color; 43% are the first in their families to attend college; and 4% are international students. Total undergraduate enrollment is approximately 2,440 (numbers can shift slightly after the semester begins).
“Year-to-date our first-year numbers are up 22% and our transfer numbers are up 39%,” said Falone Serna, dean of undergraduate admission and outreach. “Housing is full, which I take as a good sign we are moving forward as we continue to return to some sense of post-pandemic normalcy.”
Cal Lutheran President Lori Varlotta said the university’s “robust scholarship strategies are doing a great job in removing some of the financial barriers that make it challenging for students from lower- and middle-income families, and those from underrepresented groups to attend a top-notch private university like Cal Lutheran.”
Cal Lutheran also has about 1,100 graduate students, in Thousand Oaks and at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley.
There are 117 new international graduate and undergraduate students from 26 countries including Iran, Spain, Peru, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe.
“The pandemic actually helped us reach more students in more countries,” said Dane Rowley, director of international admission. “We’ve integrated virtual recruitment into our outreach, which allows us to connect to countries we’ve never been to.”
All undergraduate and most graduate students begin classes Monday, Aug. 29, and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley begins classes Tuesday, Sept. 6.
The university also welcomes 26 new faculty members, including 10 visiting faculty.
New students will get to know the campus and community through a mix of activities and orientation traditions that started Friday, Aug. 26, including a group service project; a hike to paint the CLU rocks on Mount Clef Ridge; a President’s Dinner; and welcome-back socials for athletes, families, and commuter and transfer students.
Week of Welcome events starting Monday, Aug. 29, for new and returning students include the traditional “ringing of the bell” at the flagpole and an outdoor movie showing in Kingsmen Park.
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The U.S. Department of Education has awarded California Lutheran University a five-year $1.39 million grant to help lower the high school dropout rate in South Oxnard and increase the number of students who enter and graduate from college.
- Cal Lutheran starts Spanish media minor
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During the fall semester, California Lutheran University will launch a Spanish media minor — the only one at a private college in Southern California — to help fill the need for bilingual journalists who understand Latino culture.
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Cristallea K. Buchanan, the head of inclusion and diversity for American Honda Motor Co., will be the inaugural vice president for talent, culture and diversity for California Lutheran University.
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As the result of a rare interdisciplinary collaboration between undergraduate and graduate programs, California Lutheran University has become one of the first institutions in California where undergraduate students can begin earning their bilingual teaching authorization through coursework.
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A faculty member who has prompted many students to engage in advanced studies of Spanish and Latin American culture has received California Lutheran University’s highest teaching honor.
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California Lutheran University is presenting a free three-part webinar series on U.S. poets laureate that will include a reading by one of the writers.
- AmeriCorps Fellows begin county service
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California Lutheran University’s first AmeriCorps Civic Action Fellows have begun serving low-income and immigrant populations throughout Ventura County as part of a first-in-the-nation program.