Honors Day

January 31, 2020 or February 7, 2020

Honors Day is an invitation-only event designed to give admitted students in the top-tier of our applicant pool an opportunity to visit campus to experience Cal Lutheran first-hand.  Students learn about the University Honors Program, Undergraduate Research opportunities, and interview for the University's top scholarships — the Presidential Scholarships.

In addition, parents planning to accompany their student to Honors Day are invited to join the optional parent program. The parent program provides a shortened day of programming that will allow parents to see some of what their student will experience while on campus. The parent program is completely optional and will have no impact on your student's scholarship opportunities.


Students must meet the following eligibility criteria to be invited to Honors Day:

  1. Be a first-year applicant to Cal Lutheran
  2. Submit a complete Early Action Application by November 1st, and be admitted to CLU
  3. Meet GPA and Test Score qualifications (eligible students will be notified by the admission office upon review of their application)

All students invited to Honors Day are also invited to join the University Honors Program.

The program runs from 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. each day. Students RSVP to attend one of the two days; students cannot attend more than one day.  Space is limited for each event.

Important Dates and Deadlines

These are the important dates and deadlines for the 2020 Honors Day events.

November 1, 2019
  • Submit your Application for Admission and all supporting documentation by November 1st in order to be considered for Honors Day. Your application is considered complete when we have received:
    • Your application
    • Application fee
    • Essay
    • Test scores
    • Transcripts
    • Letter of recommendation
January 6, 2020
  • Registration for Honors Day opens. Eligible students will be notified how to register.
January 31, 2020
  • First Honors Day event on campus.
February 7, 2020
  • Second Honors Day event on campus.
Participant Information

Students who are invited to attend Honors Day RSVP online to let CLU know which day they would like to attend (January 31st or February 7th). Space is limited for each Honors Day and all available spaces may fill very quickly once registration opens.

Transportation to campus on the day of the event is the responsibility of the student. Limited travel grants are available; you will be able to request more information at the time of registration.

Limited on-campus housing is available on Thursday night for students who wish to stay overnight. Priority for overnight accommodations is given to students from out-of-state and then to students that must travel more than 80 miles to campus each way. We cannot accommodate families on campus; however, there are a number of hotels in the Thousand Oaks area that offer discounts if you mention CLU when booking a room. For more information, please visit the Hotels & Accommodations page.

The day begins at 8:00 a.m. with check-in and then runs through the closing, approximately 4:00 p.m. CLU will provide breakfast & lunch for students. Students must remain on campus until the program concludes at 4:15 p.m. to be eligible for the Presidential Scholarships.

Professional attire is most appropriate for Honors Day (slacks, dress shirts, skirts, etc.). If you are staying overnight, casual clothing is appropriate before the Friday event. Although average temperature for this time of year is the high 60's during the day; the evening can become cool and a jacket may be necessary.

While on campus, students will have one interview for the Presidential Scholarships. The Presidential Scholarships range up to full tuition for four years. Each interview will be with a member of our faculty or an administrator, and will last approximately 20 minutes. The interview is an effort to get to know each student a little bit better. The interviewers will not be asking questions designed to mislead or confuse students. Questions in previous years have revolved around activities and interests; books, journals, or articles read outside of the classroom; what's happening in the world today; and an inspirational person.

Other activities include a roundtable discussion with current students, sessions on the University Honors Program, and Undergraduate Research opportunities.

Sample Student Schedule
Time Activity
8:00 a.m. Check-in Opens
8:15 a.m. Breakfast, Welcome, and Orientation
9:00 a.m. Featured Lecture
10:30 a.m. Featured Lecture Response
11:45 a.m. The Honors Experience at Cal Lutheran
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m.

Interviews & Research Sessions

From 1pm to 4pm students will be participating in interviews, student and faculty research sessions, attending optional appointments, taking a campus tour and/or relaxing in our Honors Day "Rec Room."  Each student will receive a personalized schedule at check-in.

4:15 p.m. Closing


For students staying overnight on Thursday, check-in will be from 5-7 p.m. on the Thursday before the event.

Sample Parent Program Schedule (Optional)
Time Activity
8:15 a.m. Check-in and Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Welcome Session
9:30 a.m. Campus Tour
11:00 a.m. Q&A Session with Faculty
11:30 a.m. Undergraduate Research Session
12:00 p.m. Parent Program Concludes
4:15 p.m. Student Program Concludes

Please note: The parent program provides a shortened day of programming that will allow parents to see some of what their student will experience while on campus. The parent program is completely optional and will have no impact on your student's scholarship opportunities.