How to Apply

For Freshmen

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Start Your Application

Follow the steps below to submit your Common Application.

  1. Create Your Account
    Begin by creating an account on The Common Application website if you haven't already done so. After registering you will need to add California Lutheran University to your list of colleges from within the College Search tab.

  2. Complete Your Application & Essay
    Complete The Common Application and personal essay by the appropriate deadline. Please keep in mind all application documents must be submitted by the application deadline (including optional Test Scores, official Transcripts, Letter of Recommendation, and Personal Statement).
  3. Request Recommendation
    Request a letter of recommendation from one your teachers through the Recommender Section of the Common Application. You will need your recommender's email address for this section. We suggest that you begin the process early to give them plenty of time to respond before the deadline.
  4. Submit Application Fee
    All applicants must submit a non-refundable $25 application fee or submit a fee waiver. If the fee will present a financial hardship for you and your family, you may be eligible for a waiver of the application fee. Ask your guidance counselor to submit a Fee Waiver Request (we accept the NACAC and College Board Fee Waiver request forms).
  5. Optional Test Scores
    If you choose to submit standardized testing, we will require scores to be submitted directly from ACT or College Board by the application deadline. View our Test-Optional Policy for more detailsInternational students must submit proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS or PTE).
    • SAT code: 4088
    • ACT code: 0183
  6. Transcripts
    Official high school transcripts must be sent to us directly from schools you have attended. Your high school counselor may submit these via online services such as Docufide, Naviance, and The Common Application, or mail in a physical copy to the Office of Undergraduate Admission.
  7. Final Review & Submit
    Double check your work and review thoroughly to ensure you have recorded your information accurately. Once your application has been submitted, you cannot go back in and edit it.
  8. Next Steps

    Now that you've submitted your application, you may thinking "What's next?". Visit our Dates & Deadlines page for more information on key dates and when you'll be hearing from us. 

Getting Help

For technical or logistical difficulties while completing the online application, please refer to The Common Application Help Center. 

If you have questions about the content of our application and are unable to find answers within this guide, please call us at (805) 493-3135 during our regular office hours, or email us at at any time.

COMMON Questions

Additional Information

If you are returning to Cal Lutheran after an absence of two or more consecutive semesters.

Application for Readmission

California Lutheran University recognizes and values diversity in our campus community and is dedicated to providing equal access and opportunities to qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veteran status or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law. Moreover, Cal Lutheran is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with various disabilities. Any applicant in need of assistance is encouraged to contact the admission office where they will be provided with reasonable services in a manner that promotes respect and self-advocacy.