You've caught our attention!

Since we'd love to see an application from you for Fall 2017, we're giving you more time to apply. If you submit your application by March 15, we'll waive your application fee and automatically consider you for scholarships.

Follow the steps below to start your 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.

    Start your application
  2. Complete Your Application & Essay
    Complete The Common Application and personal essay by March 15. Please keep in mind all application documents should be submitted by your application deadline (including Official Test Scores, Official Transcripts, Letter of Recommendation and Personal Statement).
  3. Request Recommendation
    Request a letter of recommendation from one of your teachers/counselors through the Recommender Section of the Common Application. You will need your recommender's email address for this section.
  4. Waive Your Application Fee

    Because we’d really like to see your application, you can waive your fee by selecting “I qualify for a fee waiver” in the Questions section of your Cal Lutheran application.

    To access this area from your Common App account, select My Colleges, click Questions under your Cal Lutheran Application, then choose “I qualify for a fee waiver” from the school-specific fee waiver drop-down.

  5. Request Test Scores
    Arrange to have official SAT or ACT test results sent to Cal Lutheran. International 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
    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.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us at (805) 493-3135 or

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