For International

How to Apply

Are you ready to apply to Cal Lutheran? Then we're ready to meet you!

Please follow the steps below to submit your Common Application. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us at (805) 493-3135 or


  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 Official 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. Request Test Scores
    Arrange to have official SAT or ACT test results sent to Cal Lutheran before the deadline. 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 through. 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.

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.


Additional Information

Other Application Forms

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

International Transfer Students

International Transfer Student Process
If you are an international student transferring from a U.S. or International college or university.

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.

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.

In addition to the Freshmen / Transfer Requirements, International Applicants Must Submit Proof of English Proficiency.

English Proficiency

Conversational and academic proficiency of English is an integral part of studying at Cal Lutheran. . International students are required to provide proof of English proficiency in one of the following ways: 

  • Minimum TOEFL score of 213 computer-based;  550 paper-based; or 79 internet-based
  • Minimum IELTS score: 6.5
  • Minimum Pearsons (PTE Academic) score: 58
  • Completion of ELS 112
  • Completion of freshman English (college level) with a grade of "C" or better at an accredited community college or university
  • Applicants who attend secondary school where English is the language of instruction for a minimum of three years may have the proof of English proficiency requirement waived on a case by case basis. Please contact
Dates & Deadlines
Date Deadline

November 1, 2016

Early Action Admission Deadline for Fall 2017, Presidential Scholarship consideration and Global Scholars Program consideration (Freshmen Applicants)

Deadline for applicants for the Spring 2017 Semester (Freshmen Applicants)

January 1, 2017

Regular Decision Application Deadline for Fall 2017 (Freshmen Applicants)

January 15, 2017

Early Action Notification (Freshmen Applicants)

March 15, 2017

Priority application deadline for Fall 2017 semester enrollment (Transfer Applicants)

April 1, 2017

Regular Decision Notification (Freshmen Applicants)

May 1, 2017

National Reply Date: all freshman applicants admitted for Fall 2017 should pay the $450 enrollment deposit to reserve their spot in the class. Students planning to live on campus should submit the housing application and deposit as soon as possible to guarantee their first choice residence hall. (Freshmen Applicants)

June 1, 2017

Regular application deadline for Fall 2017 semester enrollment (Transfer Applicants)


Do international students need to take the TOEFL or IELTS?
If English is not your native or primary language, you need to provide one of the following as documentation of your English proficiency:

  • English proficiency test: TOEFL (550 or higher), IELTS (6.5 or higher), Pearsons PTE (58 or higher)
  • 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 will 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 4 years of high school instruction in English.

Please see Admission Requirements for International Students.

Do international students studying at a U.S. high school have to submit the TOEFL or IELTS?
If you are attending a U.S. high school, you may be eligible for a waiver. Please contact the undergraduate office of admission.

What is the required TOEFL, IELTS, PTE score for admission?
Please see Admission Requirements for International Students.

What tests scores are required?
Please see Admission Requirements for International Students.

Can international students be exempt from taking SAT/ACT?
SAT/ACT test scores are admission requirements when applying to CLU. However, if you are applying as a transfer student, SAT/ACT may be waived.

Can I find out if I am eligible to be admitted to CLU before I submit an application?
Unfortunately we are not able to review your information until we have received a complete application. We base our admissions decision on more than grades alone so we review a complete file before making any admissions decisions.

Do I need to submit all the application materials together at the same time?
No, all application materials do not need to be submitted at the same time. We will collect them as they are submitted but we cannot make a decision until our office has received all documents.

Can I submit photocopies of my transcripts?
No. You must submit original copies of transcripts. If they are not in English, the original transcripts must be accompanied by a certified translation.