Common Application FAQ

Freshmen

If I apply early for your school, am I applying early for all schools?
No, you have the ability to submit your application to individual schools with the Common Application.

Can I send additional information to be reviewed with my application, example: resume, additional letters of recommendation, list of activities not on app?
Yes, you may submit additional information if you prefer; however it is not required. Please contact your admission counselor directly to submit additional documentation. Find your counselor.

Do I need to have everything in by November 1 for early action? I am taking the SATs in November.
Yes, all application materials must be received or postmarked by November 1st to meet our Early Action deadline. This includes, The Common Application, Essay, Letter of Recommendation, Official High School Transcripts, Official SAT or ACT scores.

How do I put that I am a select scholar?
Select "I'm a Select Scholar" on the Member Questions section of your Common Application

How do I send updated SAT/ACT scores once I submit?
Contact College Board or ACT to have your official scores sent to Cal Lutheran. Our school codes are:

  • SAT code: 4088
  • ACT code: 0183

I have submitted my Common Application but I don't see that Cal Lutheran has downloaded it, does that mean you don't have it?
No, just because we have not downloaded it, does not mean that it was not submitted to Cal Lutheran. During high volume periods, it takes time to process application materials. Feel free to contact our office if you have any questions regarding your application status.

Transfers

General Questions

Do I need to submit the secondary school report as a transfer?
No, the secondary school report is not a required form to complete your transfer application.

Do I have to put my parent's information on my application?
As a transfer student, you are not required to put your parent's information; however, students are encouraged to fill out as much of the application as you feel comfortable. If you choose not to enter any parent information, you must enter "Unknown" in the Parent 1 Type.

I am a transfer student who attended more than one college, where do I add my additional colleges?
In the Common Application, under the Education section, Click on Colleges & Universities. You will be asked the following question: "If you have taken a college/university course beginning with 9th grade, please indicate number of colleges". Once you select the number of additional schools attended, you will be able to enter the college information.

I have submitted my Common Application but I don't see that Cal Lutheran has downloaded it, does that mean you don't have it?
No, just because we have not downloaded it, does not mean that it was not submitted to Cal Lutheran. During high volume periods, it takes time to process application materials. Feel free to contact our office if you have any questions regarding your application status.

Registrar Section

In the Registrar Section, whose information do I put in the Invite Registrar online form?
Although Cal Lutheran does not require the Registrar’s Report, you will not be able to submit the Common Application until you complete the Invite form in this section. We recommend putting a staff member from the Registrar's Office (or Student Records Office) from your most recent/current school for this section.

I filled out the Registrar Invite section, do I still need to request official transcripts?
Yes, filling out the Registrar section does not necessarily request your official transcripts. Be sure to check with each college individually to ensure you have requested your official transcripts.

Academic Evaluator Section

What should I enter for the Academic Evaluator section?
The Academic Evaluator is someone who can provide a letter of recommendation for you. This should come from a professor or counselor.

How is my Academic Evaluator supposed to submit my letter of recommendation?
Once you add their contact information to the Academic Evaluator section, they will get an email from Common Application that will give them the opportunity to fill out the recommendation form online, submit a letter by mail or email a letter to our admission office. We do not require any specific recommendation form for this component.

If I have already sent my letter of recommendation directly to your school (or intend to do so) do I still need to fill out the Academic Evaluator section?
Yes, in order to complete your Common Application and be able to submit it, you do need to assign an Academic Evaluator. Feel free to tell your Academic Evaluator to disregard the email sent by Common Application if they have already sent one or plan to send one offline.

Additional Forms Section

Cal Lutheran does not require any of the additional forms to complete your application. This includes the Final Report, Mid-term Report, and Registrar Report. You can skip this section of the Common Application when applying to Cal Lutheran.

International

Do international students need to take the TOEFL or IELTS?
If English is not your native or primary language, you need to provide one of the following as documentation of your English proficiency:

  • English proficiency test: TOEFL (550 or higher), IELTS (6.5 or higher), Pearsons PTE (58 or higher)
  • Academic English Instruction: Students who have received a significant amount of their academic instruction in English will be required to submit their school's academic profile together with their official transcripts and will be exempt from further English proficiency requirements. This includes students who have completed 30 units (including English Composition) at a U.S. college or university and students who have attended 4 years of high school instruction in English.

Please see Admission Requirements for International Students.

Do international students studying at a U.S. high school have to submit the TOEFL or IELTS?
If you are attending a U.S. high school, you may be eligible for a waiver. Please contact the undergraduate office of admission.

What is the required TOEFL, IELTS, PTE score for admission?
Please see Admission Requirements for International Students.

What tests scores are required?
Please see Admission Requirements for International Students.

Can international students be exempt from taking SAT/ACT?
SAT/ACT test scores are admission requirements when applying to CLU. However, if you are applying as a transfer student, SAT/ACT may be waived.

Can I find out if I am eligible to be admitted to CLU before I submit an application?
Unfortunately we are not able to review your information until we have received a complete application. We base our admissions decision on more than grades alone so we review a complete file before making any admissions decisions.

Do I need to submit all the application materials together at the same time?
No, all application materials do not need to be submitted at the same time. We will collect them as they are submitted but we cannot make a decision until our office has received all documents.

Can I submit photocopies of my transcripts?
No. You must submit original copies of transcripts. If they are not in English, the original transcripts must be accompanied by a certified translation.

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