How to Apply

For Transfer Students

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  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. Submit Your Application & Essay
    Complete The Common Application and personal essay by the appropriate deadline. Please keep in mind that all application documents must be submitted by the application deadline (including, official Transcripts from ALL colleges attended, Letter of Recommendation and Personal Essay).

    High school transcripts and official SAT or ACT test scores are also required if you have less than 30 transferable units at the time of application.
  3. Request an Academic Evaluator
    Request an Academic Evaluator (letter of recommendation) from one your professors through the Recommender Section of the Common Application. You will need your recommenders email address for this section. Your recommender can either submit the letter online through Common Application or can physically mail your recommendation to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. We suggest that you begin the process early to give them plenty of time to respond before the deadline.
  4. Registrar Report
    Invite a Registrar through the Assign Recommenders section. You will need a College Counselor, School Official or Registrar's name and email address for this section. This report is NOT a required document for Cal Lutheran; however it must be filled out in order to submit your Common Application.
  5. 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.
  6. Transcripts
    Official transcripts from all colleges attended must be sent to us directly from schools you have attended.
  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.