Welcome to Cal Lutheran.

Founded in 1959 and formally recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution since 2016, California Lutheran University is home to 2,377 undergraduate and 1,033 graduate students. Our students come from 59 countries and represent a wide spectrum of faith and spirituality.

Our dedicated, accomplished faculty works with small classes of students who are open-minded — about ideas, about people, and about faith — and are seeking to grow as individuals.

Both in and out of the classroom, everyone at Cal Lutheran is committed to helping each student pursue their passions to discover their purpose, and by following that purpose, transform their community — and the world.

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Explore Our Academics

Degrees & Programs

Through our traditional undergraduate degrees, we offer 42 majors and 44 minors at the bachelor's level.

Our flexible Bachelor's Degree for Professionals is designed to meet the needs of returning adult students.

Our specialized graduate schools offer graduate degrees, credentials, and certificates in a range of professional fields.

Get to Know Cal Lutheran

We provide a liberal arts education that centers on serving all students.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Diversity is essential to academic rigor, decision-making, social enrichment, and spiritual growth — and these multiple perspectives are key to the fulfillment of our mission.

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Hispanic-Serving Initiatives

Hispanic-Serving Initiatives (HSI) empower Cal Lutheran students by encouraging practices that are fundamental to global leadership and integral to our university mission.

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The Arts

The visual and performing arts have been a vital part of Cal Lutheran since our university was founded in 1959. Learn about our upcoming arts events with information on how to attend.


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Facts at a Glance

From the purpose that brings our work together, to the multiple perks of living near the Pacific Ocean, this page covers the essential information about Cal Lutheran. 

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Lutheran Higher Education

Simply put, everyone is welcome here. Our students come from more than 59 countries and 30 different denominations and faith backgrounds. No one is an outsider.

President Lori Varlotta

Office of the President

Lori E. Varlotta, PhD, became California Lutheran University’s eighth president on September 1, 2020. She is the first female president since Cal Lutheran was founded.

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Campus Locations

Cal Lutheran's main 225-acre Thousand Oaks campus (located between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara) is complemented by satellite centers in Oxnard, Santa Maria and Westlake Village.

Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, located in Berkeley, California, is one of eight seminaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and a founding member of the Graduate Theological Union.

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Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that California Lutheran University resides on the traditional territory of the Chumash, Fernandeño Tataviam, and Muwekma Ohlone people, who trace their ancestry through the San Fernando Valley, Malibu, Paso Robles, and San Francisco area.

We remember their connection to this region and give thanks for the opportunity to live, work, learn and pray on their traditional homeland. In their footsteps we carry forward their tradition of coming together to grow as a community. We offer our respect to their Elders and to all Chumash, Fernandeño Tataviam, and Muwekma Ohlone people past and present.