The CLU Difference
Founded in 1959, California Lutheran University is part of a 500-year-old tradition of Lutheran higher education — a tradition that expects you to ask the big questions — and find your own answers. Encouraging critical inquiry into matters of both faith and reason, CLU is a selective institution offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in the liberal arts and sciences and professional fields. Our intimate size and beautiful location create the perfect setting for lively debate, and a learning environment that values the individual. That is why CLU welcomes a dynamic, diverse community of students, faculty and staff from all racial and ethnic backgrounds, religious and philosophical convictions, and sexual and gender orientations.
Coming from some of the top institutions in the country, our faculty members are dedicated to helping students achieve success. CLU maintains a campus environment conducive to faculty and student interaction. With small class sizes, faculty members are able to develop close mentoring relationships with students, setting CLU apart from other institutions of higher education. Our mission 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.
Since the University opened its doors to the first students, the quality of the faculty has been considered the institution's greatest asset and one of the reasons the University was awarded accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges early on. Through the years, that tradition of faculty excellence has been maintained. For the past 15 years, CLU has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the top tier of regional universities in the west.