Welcome to Cal Lutheran.

Founded in 1959 and recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution in 2016, California Lutheran University is home to more than 2,513 undergraduate and 1,102 graduate students. Our students come from more than 59 countries and represent a wide variety of faith and spiritual beliefs.

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, and by following that purpose, transform their community — and the world.

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Programs & Degrees

Through our traditional undergraduate programs, we offer 40 majors and 43 minors.

Our flexible Bachelor's Degree for Professionals program is designed to meet the needs of returning adult students.

Graduate degrees, credentials, and certificates are offered through our graduate schools.

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Cal Lutheran at a Glance

The mission of the university is to educate leaders for a global society who are strong in character and judgment, confident in their identity and vocation, and committed to service and justice.

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The Lutheran Experience

Simply put, everyone is welcome here. Our students come from more than 59 countries and 30 different denominations and faith backgrounds. No one is an outsider — this is a place for everyone.

About the Lutheran Experience

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Committed to Inclusion

We firmly believe our culture is greatly enhanced when individuals of diverse backgrounds and experiences become part of the University family and bring their talents and views to the academy.

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Campus Locations

Cal Lutheran's main 225-acre Thousand Oaks campus (located between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara) is complemented by satellite centers in Oxnard, Santa Maria and Westlake Village.

Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, located in Berkeley, California, is one of eight seminaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) 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 area.

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.