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Fall 2021 Plans

We are excited to announce that we plan to return to in-person classes and further open our residence halls this fall. As we prepare to welcome more students back to campus, we are continuing to monitor and follow public health guidelines.

Read more below about what you can look forward to this fall at Cal Lutheran!

Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccinaton requirement


Traditional Undergraduate Students
  • We are planning to offer nearly all of our traditional undergraduate classes in person. 
  • Students with a documented disability that is directly impacted by COVID challenges, which would prevent in person attendance in the Fall, should contact Disability Support Services (DSS) to register for services and request an official accommodation. 
  • Student mentoring, internships, field work, and graduate school preparation have continued throughout the pandemic and will continue in the fall.
Bachelor's Degree for Professionals Students
  • Bachelor’s Degree for Professionals students will be able to attend courses in person or virtually.
Graduate Students
  • We plan to return to offering all of our graduate programs in the way they were offered before the pandemic, which for the most part is in person.
  • PLTS is planning for a return to in-person classes in the fall along with full occupancy of the Seminary Center in Berkeley including in-person worship.

Housing & Residence Life

  • Our plan for fall is to return to a shared-bedroom model in halls that had them before the pandemic. This means that there will be two students per bedroom in most residence halls for a total of four students per suite. We will not have suites of five students in shared-bedroom halls. In Grace and Trinity, our junior and senior halls, students will have single bedrooms as they are designed that way. Each residence hall suite has a full bathroom for roommates to share.
  • We plan to be at 85% capacity with about 1,200 students living on campus.
  • For first-year and transfer students, housing applications are due on May 31 and housing assignments will be released on August 2 in the MyCLU portal.
  • Once assignments are posted, if students want to request a change, they can do so by contacting the Residence Life Office. Students can also request a meal plan change anytime until the beginning of the semester.
  • Parents will be allowed to help students move in.
  • We realize that some students will be arriving on campus for the first time this fall as sophomore students. Our staff is prepared to help with this unique transition and will be providing opportunities and assistance with living on campus for the first time.
  • We will still have space for isolation and quarantine on campus if needed. We have a COVID-19 Care Coordinator who handles meal delivery and regular check-ins from Health Services and other campus resources.
  • Our scheduled move-in date for first-year and transfer students is Thursday, August 26, 2021. Continuing students can check in on any date between August 27-29, 2021.

Campus Dining

  • All campus dining, including the retail Starbucks, The Habit, and Jamba Juice operations are planned for full reopening for both retail and meal plan use.

Student Life & Activities

  • Student Life has prepared a robust on-campus calendar of programming that will be offered as state and county health guidelines permit.
  • New Student Orientation for all incoming first-year and transfer students will have a virtual pre-orientation and a three-day on-campus orientation. Cal Lutheran will also be offering a virtual family orientation.
  • All clubs and organizations are able to meet in person and host events while following all current COVID-19 protocols including physical distancing and wearing masks.
  • Please visit The HUB student calendar for further event details.


  • Our plan for the fall is to return to normal sport activities with more normal schedules and some competitive SCIAC play.
  • We expect to have all 22 sports return in the fall, and are excited to invite fans back as long as we continue to trend in the right direction.
  • We are monitoring regulations from the CDC, California Department of Public Health, Ventura County Public Health Department, NCAA, and the SCIAC for testing and vaccination requirements, and will adjust accordingly for the fall.