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CLU At A Glance


The University

  • California Lutheran College was founded in 1959 on a ranch donated by Richard Peterson, the son of Norwegian immigrants, to “provide youth the benefits of Christian education in a day when spiritual values can well decide the course of history.”
  • The name was changed to California Lutheran University in 1986.

Campus and Graduate Centers

  • The scenic 225-acre main campus is located in Thousand Oaks with graduate centers conveniently located in Oxnard and Woodland Hills.
  • Wireless Internet access is available to the campus community from all academic and support buildings.
  • The Pederson Ranch House is a Ventura County and City of Thousand Oaks historical landmark.
  • The Enormous Luther statue, created by former Art Department Chair Sir Bernardus Weber, anchors the main walkway through campus.
  • The Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center is home to the Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame.


  • Central to the University’s academic excellence is a dedicated teaching faculty who come from some of the finest universities in the world.
  • Average class size: 15
  • Small classes foster close faculty/student mentoring relationships.

Academic Programs

  • Graduate programs include a doctorate in educational leadership and master’s degrees in education, psychology, computer science, business administration, and public policy and administration.
  • Emphasis is placed on international programs including International MBA and expanded study abroad, internship and exchange opportunities.


  • California Lutheran University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
  • CLU is one of 28 colleges and universities affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
  • The University is a member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) and Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).
  • Additionally, the CLU School of Management is a member of the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Student Life

  • The majority of graduate students are from the vital business communities of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.
  • CLU is equally concerned for students’ intellectual and spiritual growth, and the development of personal character and civic values.


In 1959 the Pederson Ranch, nestled against the rolling hills of Thousand Oaks, began its transformation to today’s dynamic learning community of California Lutheran University. 

Richard Pederson, the son of Norwegian immigrants, donated his scenic ranch “to provide youth the benefits of a Christian education in a day when spiritual values can well decide the course of history.” Set against Mt. Clef Ridge, the ranch now forms the heart of the picturesque 225-acre campus. 

Founded jointly by the Lutheran synods that eventually became the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, California Lutheran College welcomed its first students in 1961. The young college’s early commitment to excellence led to its being granted accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) during its first academic year. 

In 1986 the name was changed from California Lutheran College to California Lutheran University to better reflect its breadth of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs.


A map of the entire campus is available here.

  • Ahmanson Science Center (ASCI) houses classrooms, faculty offices, laboratories, Richter Lecture hall and Holm Atrium.
  • Alumni Hall (ALUM) houses classrooms as well as admission offices for adult and graduate programs.
  • Centrum Café, located in the Orville Dahl Centrum adjacent to Alumni Hall, is a bustling LA-style eatery complete with espresso drinks and patio seating. Open 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, the café offers a variety of entrees, sandwiches, pizza, soup and salads.
  • George "Sparky" Anderson Baseball Field is named for the legendary Hall of Fame manager, Thousand Oaks resident and CLU supporter.
  • Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center (GFSC) houses two major gymnasiums (1,500-seat Gilbert Arena and Soiland Recreation Center), Lundring Events Center, Forrest Fitness Center, exercise science and sports medicine facilities, a dance studio, classrooms and labs, the CLU Alumni Association Athletic Hall of Fame, the Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame, and offices for faculty, staff and coaches.
  • Hutton Field is home to the Regals softball team.
  • KCLU, the area’s only National Public Radio station, was launched by the University in 1994 and broadcasts as a community service to Ventura County on 88.3 FM, Santa Barbara County on 102.3 FM and 1340 AM, and around the world online at www.kclu.org.
  • Pearson Library (LIB) adds approximately 3,000 new books each year to its core book collection of 130,000 volumes, which is complemented by approximately 450 journal subscriptions, microfilms, audiovisual software and access to electronic databases. Through WorldCat, students have access to more than 40 million records of every type of material, including manuscripts written as early as the 11th century, cataloged by OCLC member libraries. The library has access to more than 100 research databases covering every major field of inquiry and more than 15,000 full-text journals.
  • Samuelson Aquatics Center's 50-meter pool with diving well and diving boards accommodates competitions in swimming and diving and water polo at the intercollegiate and intramural levels. A community pool located next to the university pool serves as a warm-up pool during competitions and is the location for a variety of year-round classes and events.
  • Samuelson Chapel (CHAP) with its sweeping walls of stained glass, is home to CLU’s campus ministry programs and the site of numerous musical, academic, cultural and special events during the year.
  • Soiland Humanities Center (HUM) encompasses 16 classrooms, 30 faculty offices, conference rooms and the Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture. The complex includes Overton Hall, Zimmerman Music Studios and Uyeno Amphitheatre.
  • Spies-Bornemann Center for Education and Technology (SBET) incorporates a distance learning classroom, television studio, computer labs and faculty offices. The 23,000-square-foot facility, designed to afford maximum interaction between students and faculty, houses undergraduate, professional and graduate programs.
  • Ullman Stadium provides grandstand seating for more than 300 spectators at the George "Sparky" Anderson Baseball Field.
  • Planned Facilities - The Swenson Center for Academic Excellence will house classrooms and faculty offices for the social and behavioral sciences. The 20-year master plan also envisions a new student union building, performing and visual arts center, science facility, enlarged library, administrative center and additional residence halls.


As a comprehensive university rooted in the Lutheran tradition, CLU views liberal learning, professional preparation, and character development as mutually supportive pillars of its educational excellence. 

The liberal arts establish the essential foundations for defining challenges, integrating perspectives, and articulating solutions, all of which comprise the cornerstone of lifelong learning. Professional programs provide the theoretical and practical framework for students to excel in specialized careers. Finally, a CLU education must instill in students both the habits of heart and the convictions that will lead them to use their knowledge for service in their immediate communities and in society. 

With varying degrees of emphasis, these basic elements undergird all of CLU’s educational activities. They are delivered to students through academic and co-curricular programs, but also through pedagogical practices and the culture that permeates the campus. 

The success of our academic and co-curricular programs will ultimately be measured not only by what our students learn but also by how they live out what they experience at CLU. The distinction of a CLU education is that its graduates are exceptionally well prepared for meaningful lives directed by a sense of vocation, leadership and service.


Student Responsibility:  It is the responsibility of each student to take the initiative to plan his or her own program and to meet graduation requirements in accordance with the University’s policies described in the catalog. As changes occur, it is the student’s responsibility to remain current. Advisers will assist the student in the task.

Student Access to Records - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, (FERPA, also known as the Buckley Amendment) is a federal law which allows students the right to inspect their education records and provides that colleges and universities will maintain the confidentiality of those records. 

The law basically says that no one outside the institution shall have access to the student’s education records nor will the institution disclose other than Directory Information from those records without the student’s written consent, except in an emergency.

A copy of the full text of the law is available at the Registrar’s Office. The only non-directory information California Lutheran University releases to a third party is academic standing, released only to parents of dependent students placed on academic probation or suspension. 

Campus personnel who are allowed access to educational records are those who are acting in the student’s educational interest. This group is defined by the University to include personnel in the Registrar’s Office, Enrollment and Student Life, Financial Aid, Institutional Research and university officials with a legitimate educational interest as determined by the registrar. Faculty advisers are included under the latter category. 

California Lutheran University’s FERPA policy allows university employees to release Directory Information to anyone, but we will not release information on students in bulk for commercial purposes (credit card agencies, etc.). The items defined as Directory Information at California Lutheran University are the following:

    • name campus
    • residence hall
    • campus box number
    • campus telephone number
    • date/place of birth
    • dates of attendance
    • degree date
    • degrees awarded or anticipated honors
    • major
    • previous institution most recently
    • attended participation in recognized campus activities or sports
    • height and weight of members of athletic teams
    • photograph
    • e-mail address

Students have the right to have Directory Information withheld completely. This means we will not release any information from the education record, including the items listed above, without prior written consent. If a student withholds Directory Information, his or her name will not appear in the student directory. To request Directory Information be withheld, the student must complete a “Disclosure of Directory Information” form and file it with the Registrar’s Office. The form remains in effect through the end of the academic year and must be resubmitted annually.  

Statement on Academic Freedom: It is fundamental to the health of an academic institution and ultimately to the health of a society at large that individual persons and groups of persons exercise their responsibility and freedom to search for the truth and to speak the truth as it is discovered. 

In a collegial community, the corporate person of the university institution and the persons of the faculty, administration and the student body bear mutual responsibility to exercise professional competence and to extend to one another the trust and respect which foster an environment for the exercise of academic freedom. 

California Lutheran University endorses the principles of academic freedom. CLU’s complete policy on academic freedom is contained in the Faculty Handbook.  

Statement on Academic Honesty: The educational programs of California Lutheran University are designed and dedicated to achieve academic excellence, honesty and integrity at every level of student life. Part of the University’s dedication to academic excellence is its commitment to academic honesty. 

Students, faculty, staff and administration share the responsibility for maintaining high levels of scholarship. Any behavior or act which might be defined as “deceitful” or “dishonest” will meet with appropriate disciplinary sanctions, including dismissal from the University, suspension, a grade of “F” in a course or various forms of academic probation. 

Plagiarism, cheating, unethical computer use and facilitation of academic dishonesty are examples of behavior which will result in disciplinary sanctions as determined appropriate by the Provost. 

Attendance at Classes: Regular attendance at all classes is essential. Students are expected to be punctual, do the work assigned and not be absent without good cause.

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