One Student at a Time

Retention at Cal Lutheran

Students come to Cal Lutheran expecting to earn their degree.
It is our responsibility to help them succeed.

Did you know that first-to-second year retention rate is one of the most important measures of student success? When a student leaves Cal Lutheran before graduating, they often have unpaid loans, costs for transferring to other schools, and difficulties completing their degree. It also affects Cal Lutheran's ability to maintain enrollment, which impacts university budget.

Student persistence is integral to our institution, and everyone at Cal Lutheran plays a role.

Where We're At


of Fall 2022 first-year students retained to second semester

Last updated: October 2, 2023


Stories From Our Students

Featured photo for Hoyeung Law

Dr. D is one of my favorite professors, and he serves as my mentor. He is very encouraging and helpful to students who are interested in psychology. I learned a lot from him, and I'm very thankful for all the opportunities and guidance he has given to me to be a better person.

Hoyeung Law
Testimonial for Dr. Rainer Diriwaechter, Psychology Department

Meet the Retention Working Group

The initiatives supporting Retention at Cal Lutheran are driven by a working group on limited appointment for the 2023-24 academic year.

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What Is Retention?

Discover how we look at retention as an indicator of student success.

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Purpose and Goals

Learn about the purpose and goals of this campus-wide initiative.

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Retention Data

Understand the key benchmarks of our historical retention rates.

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How You Can Help

See how everyone at Cal Lutheran plays a part in retention efforts.

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