Admission Requirements

You're looking for the right fit, and we're looking for dedication and passion.

Our admission staff carefully reviews each application to make sure applicants are a good match for Cal Lutheran. Decisions are largely based on high school GPA in a college-prep curriculum, standardized test scores, a personal recommendation, and a personal statement presenting your ability to effectively form and articulate thoughts in writing.



We accept both the SAT and the ACT. If you submit more than one SAT score, we use the highest individual verbal score and the highest individual math score from all tests in our evaluations.

Similarly, we use the highest subject scores from all submitted ACT score reports. Cal Lutheran also grants college credit for Advanced Placement test scores.

Minimum Required High School Coursework

  • English: 4 years
  • Math: 3 years (including Algebra II), 4 years preferred
  • Foreign Language: at least 2 years of the same language
  • Social Studies: 2 years
  • Lab Science: 2 years required, 3 years highly recommended

Other Factors

In addition to the measure of achievement and aptitude as indicated by transcripts and test scores, there are other factors which are considered in the admission process:

  • Teacher recommendations
  • Excellence in co-curricular activities
  • Maturity
  • Initiative
  • Seriousness of purpose as evidenced through work, travel experiences, and/or contributions to home, and school and community.

We are looking for students who are balanced in their pursuits, who have been successful in those pursuits, and who have proven that they are ready for the rigors of the four-year college level.



  • Completion of freshman English (college level) with a grade of "C" or better
  • Completion of a college level math course required, but for admission purposes, we will require successful completion of intermediate algebra as it is the prerequisite for all college level math courses. No credit will be given for intermediate algebra as it is not a transferable course. College level math courses include college algebra, finite math, pre-calculus, calculus, etc.
  • Completion of 30 transferable units (if you have less than 30 units, your final high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores will also be used in the admission decision)
  • A minimum 2.75 transferable GPA

Credit Evaluation

If you'd like to arrange a preliminary evaluation of your transcripts for transferable credit, please call the Office of Admission at (805) 493-3135. We generally request that you send transcripts to our office a minimum of three weeks prior to an in-person appointment so that we may have ample time to evaluate your transcripts for transfer.


Official Transcripts

Submit all high school/secondary school transcripts to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Transcripts should include grades through the most recently completed semester or quarter. If applicable, please submit transcripts from all college/university coursework attempted so they may be evaluated for transferable credit.

Note: A certified English translation must be sent with original documents.

Letter of Recommendation

Ask a teacher or academic counselor to complete and return the Academic Recommendation form. Additional letters of recommendation may be submitted but only one is required.

Official Test Scores

If you are applying as a freshman, please submit official score reports from the SAT I or ACT test.

  • The Cal Lutheran identification code for the SAT is #4088.
  • The Cal Lutheran identification code for the ACT is #0183.


The essay portion of the application allows us to learn a little more about you, as well as how you think and express yourself.

English Proficiency

Conversational and academic proficiency of English is an integral part of studying at Cal Lutheran. As a part of your application for admission at you have a variety of ways that you can provide proof of your English proficiency.

English Proficiency Tests

Students may provide official score reports with qualifying scores to any of the following English language examinations. This documentation should be submitted together with your admission application materials.

  • TOEFL: 213 on the computer-based test;  550 on paper-based; or 79 on internet-based test
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • Pearsons (PTE Academic): 58
  • Completion of ELS 112

Scores listed are minimum requirements.

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 may 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 four years of high school instruction in English.