California Lutheran University

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$43,900
4% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$29,693
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
1.76%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
71.4%
6,175 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
4,303
91.2% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
76.2%
425 Graduates

About

California Lutheran University is a higher education institution located in Ventura County, CA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at California Lutheran University were General Psychology (109 degrees awarded), General Business Administration & Management (109 degrees), and Speech Communication & Rhetoric (72 degrees).

In 2019, 1,388 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at California Lutheran University. 59.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 40.6% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (585 degrees), 1.64 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (356 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at California Lutheran University is $43,900, which is $21,874 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at California Lutheran University is $43,900, which is $21,874 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $29,693.

In 2019, 92% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 53% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$43,900
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at California Lutheran University was $43,900. The cost of tuition at California Lutheran University is $21,874 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

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Average Net Price

$29,693
2019 Value
1.04%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 California Lutheran University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $29,693. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of California Lutheran University grew by 1.04%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,715
Room and Board
$1,917
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at California Lutheran University was of $13,715 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,917. The cost of room and board increased by 3.07% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies increased by 3.4% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

92%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
53%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

92% of undergraduate students at California Lutheran University received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a decline of 1.08% with respect to 2018, when 93% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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1.76%
2017 Default Rate
19
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at California Lutheran University was 1.76%, which represents 19 out of the 1078 total borrowers.

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Admissions

California Lutheran University received 6,175 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 7.35% annual growth. Out of those 6,175 applicants, 4,410 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 71.4% acceptance rate.

There were 4,303 students enrolled at California Lutheran University in 2019, and 85% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

California Lutheran University has an overall enrollment yield of 14.7%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

71.4%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
4,410
Accepted Out of 6,175

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of California Lutheran University was 71.4% (4,410 admissions from 6,175 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 71.5%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 7.35%, while admissions grew by 7.27%.

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SAT Scores

85%
Submission Percentage
547
Scores Submitted

85% of enrolled first-time students at California Lutheran University in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

California Lutheran University has a total enrollment of 4,303 students. The full-time enrollment at California Lutheran University is 3,925 students and the part-time enrollment is 378. This means that 91.2% of students enrolled at California Lutheran University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at California Lutheran University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 40.4% White, 35.8% Hispanic or Latino, 6.27% Two or More Races, 4.55% Asian, 3.25% Black or African American, 0.488% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.209% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at California Lutheran University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (22.8%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Female (22.6%) and White Male (18.4%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (28.3%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Female (24.7%) and White Male (9.85%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

91.2%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at California Lutheran University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 4,303 students. The full-time enrollment at California Lutheran University is 3,925 and the part-time enrollment is 378. This means that 91.2% of students enrolled at California Lutheran University are enrolled full-time compared with 69.2% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

84%
2019 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at California Lutheran University was 84%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (74%), California Lutheran University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,739
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,540
  3. Two or More Races
    270

The enrolled student population at California Lutheran University is 40.4% White, 35.8% Hispanic or Latino, 6.27% Two or More Races, 4.55% Asian, 3.25% Black or African American, 0.488% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.209% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 53.3% White, 16% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.9% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 118 students (2.74%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 262 more women than men received degrees from California Lutheran University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at California Lutheran University is white (585 degrees awarded). There were 1.64 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (356 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at California Lutheran University is General Psychology (109 degrees awarded), followed by General Business Administration & Management (109 degrees) and Speech Communication & Rhetoric (72 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at California Lutheran University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Communications (104 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (58 degrees), and Psychology (136 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at California Lutheran University are Accountants & auditors (1,024,472 people), Other managers (902,439 people), Financial managers (535,397 people), Chief executives & legislators (449,845 people), and Elementary & middle school teachers (358,395 people).

The most specialized majors at California Lutheran University are Communications (104 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (58 degrees), Psychology (136 degrees), Business (444 degrees), and History (17 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at California Lutheran University are Surgeons, Agents & business managers of artists, performers, & athletes, Computer hardware engineers, Physicians, and Dentists

The most specialized majors at California Lutheran University are Communications (104 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (58 degrees), Psychology (136 degrees), Business (444 degrees), and History (17 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at California Lutheran University are Elementary & secondary schools (1,077,439 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (671,881 people), Computer Systems Design (614,841 people), Banking & related activities (544,635 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (524,461 people).

The most specialized majors at California Lutheran University are Communications (104 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (58 degrees), Psychology (136 degrees), Business (444 degrees), and History (17 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by California Lutheran University.
Most Common
  1. 109 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 109 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 72 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at California Lutheran University was General Psychology with 109 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

563
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
825
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 563 degrees were awarded to men at California Lutheran University, which is 0.682 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (825).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 116 degrees were awarded to men at California Lutheran University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.32 times more than the 88 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 88 degrees were awarded to women at California Lutheran University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.759 times less than the 116 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

62%
100% Completion Time
71%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 62% of students graduating from California Lutheran University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 71% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 71% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Two or More Races Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at California Lutheran University is Male and Two or More Races (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 2.82% of graduates (12 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    585 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    356 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    79 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at California Lutheran University is white (585 degrees awarded). There were 1.64 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (356 degrees).

3.89% of degree recipients (54 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    373 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino Female
    226 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    212 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at California Lutheran University is white female (373 degrees awarded). There were 1.65 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino female (226 degrees).

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Operations

California Lutheran University has an endowment valued at nearly $107M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $3.73M (3.48%), compared to the 4.44% average return ($1.71M on $38.5M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2019, California Lutheran University had a total salary expenditure of $124M. California Lutheran University employs 63 Professors, 52 Associate professors, and 49 Assistant professors. Most academics at California Lutheran University are Male Professors (34), Female Professors(29), and Female Associate professors (28).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at California Lutheran University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 86 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 84 employees, and Service with 57 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$107M
2019 Endowment
1.54%
decline from 2018

California Lutheran University has an endowment valued at about $107M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of California Lutheran University declined 1.54% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $68.7M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $4.13M - Federal
  2. $75k - State
  3. $8.15k - Local

As of 2019, California Lutheran University received $4.13M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $75k from state grants and contracts, and $8.15k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$58.8M
2019 Salaries
3.82%
growth from 2018

In 2019, California Lutheran University paid a median of $58.8M in salaries, which represents 47.5% of their overall expenditure ($124M) and a 3.82% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.43% growth from 2017 and a 10.6% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.1M (40.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$18.9M
Instructional Salaries
196
Number of Employees

In 2019, California Lutheran University paid a total of $18.9M to 196 employees working as instructors, which represents 32.2% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.2M (32.7%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
63 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
86 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at California Lutheran University were Professor with 63 employees; Associate professor with 52 employees; and Associate professor with 49 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at California Lutheran University were Office and Administrative Support with 86 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 84 employees; and Service with 57 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Professor
  3. Female Associate professor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at California Lutheran University was Male Professor with 34 employees, Female Professor with 29 employees, and Female Associate professor with 28 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at California Lutheran University.

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