Fall 2020 for Families

An Encouraging Look Ahead at Fall 2020

In the office of Family Relations, we understand the difficult decisions that parents and families are making right now as we move toward the start of the academic year because half of our own team members are also current Cal Lutheran parents. We have gathered the information that we think will be most important to families during this time,  and hope that the below details outlining the university’s efforts amidst COVID concerns and virtual learning possibilities will be an encouragement to families and a reminder of all that Cal Lutheran has to offer.

If you have any questions, please contact the Family Relations Team.

Health and Safety

  • Health ServicesHealth Services has remained open and are doing mostly virtual health visits.  All full-time students are eligible to use our services and visits typically cost $10. 
  • Campus Safety - Campus Safety continues to work on campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with the safety of the Cal Lutheran community as the top priority.
  • Commitment of Cal Lutheran’s campus community- Everyone on campus will commit to this “Community Compact” which places health and safety as the top priority.
  • A Safe Return to CampusKNOW that we are committed to protecting our community. NOW is the time to move forward, together.

Quality Education

  • Liberal Arts Education Even in a virtual setting, the intrinsic value of a liberal arts education rings true - strong student participation, high levels of student-teacher interaction, mentorship and collaboration.
  • Faculty Faculty are finding new and creative ways to deliver the same high quality Cal Lutheran academic and advising experience regardless of the delivery modality. All faculty members have received training and have devoted countless hours to enhancing the virtual learning experience for Fall 2020.
  • Technology - Cal Lutheran has purchased 360-degree cameras for classrooms to provide improved online learning. The university will also be supporting students who need computers, software and wi-fi access.
  • Access to In-Demand Courses - Students will have access to more in-demand courses, as well as a series of enrichment and skills-based training that will allow students to stay connected to the university beyond traditional coursework.
  • The Freshman Year Experience - This popular program is being adapted in order to maintain student connections while addressing physical distance, mental health, and preparing students to successfully transition to the university.
  • Student Support Services- The Cal Lutheran 4-year graduation rate for Student Support Services participants is 82% vs. 68% of those not in SSS.

The College Experience

  • Student Life - Student Life is committed to providing students opportunities for engagement, community building, socialization, and development.  All areas of Student Life will continue offering multiple ways for students to stay involved and connected. These areas include: Wellness Programs; Recreational Sports; The Center for Cultural Engagement and Inclusion; The Community Service Center and Interfaith; Clubs and Organizations; Associated Students of California Lutheran University Government (ASCLUG); Graduate and Professional Student Council (GSPC); Leadership Programs; and Commuter Programs. Student Life has prepared both a virtual programming calendar and an on-campus programming calendar that will be offered as state and county health guidelines permit.

    Samples of Virtual Programming Offerings

    • Esports: various leagues and tournaments will be offered throughout the semester  
    • At Home Paint Night: sign-up and have a painting kit sent to your home, then log on for a virtual DIY paint night with your classmates  
    • Curated Boxes: sign-up every month to have an identity specific box sent to you for an in-home cultural learning experience (examples include LGBTQ+, Native American, and LatinX boxes filled with food, crafts, artwork and more!)  
    • Virtual Involvement Fair: log on to learn about all the ways to get involved at Cal Lutheran 
    • Virtual Civic Engagement Fair: log on to find out more information about local organizations you can volunteer with, including Zoom meet and greets 
    • Trivia Night: join the Center for Cultural Engagement and Inclusion for monthly trivia, winning team will receive a prize  
    • Virtual Interfaith Workshop Series 
    • Various ASCLUG & GPSC sponsored programs and events  
    • Social Media Live Events, Games, and Contests  

    Samples of On-Campus Offerings

    • Grab-n-Go service projects: stop by a table to pick up a service project in a box   
    • Outdoor Movie Nights 
    • Playlist in the Park: come listen to various music genres in Kingsmen Park and grab a picnic lunch to stay or go 
    • Bi-scream Social: pick up a pint of ice cream and learn about activism from Ben & Jerry  
    • Sunset Yoga/Pilates/Zumba in the Park 
    • Commuter Curb-side Tabling Events 
    • And more!
  • Clubs and OrganizationsAll clubs and organizations are encouraged to continue meeting in a virtual format. Funding opportunities for virtual programming is available.


  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) CAPS will continue to provide free, confidential therapy services to all enrolled students. CAPS has expanded online resources and information, including mental health during COVID-19. 
  • Campus MinistriesAll worship services will take place this fall even if they must be virtual: Common Ground, University Chapel, Sunday Night Worship, Catholic Mass, and Jewish Shabbat celebration. The Wennes Interfaith Meditation Chapel will be open to visitors, and the pastoral staff will always be available to meet one-on-one with students to provide care and counseling.
  • Forrest Fitness Center - The Center is currently waiting for state/county restrictions to be lifted on fitness centers. Once that has happened and with the University’s approval, we will be able to reopen the Forrest Fitness Center with proper social distancing protocols in place. Stay tuned!