California Lutheran University

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Evangelical Lutheran Church

California Lutheran University is a private, 4-year institution located in Thousand Oaks, CA, near Simi Valley. Founded in 1959 by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the school had some unsteady years early on; but by the end of 1970, the school was financially solvent and launched a positive growth trend through the 1970’s to be a stable and sound institution. The 225 acre campus features the Barbara Collins Arboretum; the buildings are primarily of modern architectural style. The campus also includes a premier athletic facility including a long-course swimming pool and football field, both of which have been used by others including the Dallas Cowboys and the US Olympic Water Polo team.

Academic Programs

California Lutheran University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission and offers Bachelor’s Degrees, Master’s Degrees, post-masters Certificates and Doctorates in over 35 majors. There is limited online presence for post-graduate and degree completion programs. The University is comprised of 5 colleges and schools: College of Arts and Sciences, School of Management, Graduate School of Education, Graduate School of Psychology, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary plus 7 Centers and Institutes. Noted for Psychology and Teacher Education, the largest program on campus is in Business. Per the Mission Statement, “California Lutheran University is a diverse scholarly community dedicated to excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies. Rooted in the Lutheran tradition of Christian faith, the University encourages critical inquiry into matters of both faith and reason. The mission of the University is to educate leaders for a global society who are strong in character and judgment, confident in their identity and vocation, and committed to service and justice.”

Student Life

There are over 2,800 undergraduate students enrolled in California Lutheran University, many of whom live on campus. Campus housing is guaranteed for all students; notable is Kramer Court which features more “home style” housing. The University sponsors dozens of clubs and student organizations, including club sports and intramurals. For the varsity athlete, the purple and gold Kingsmen and Regals field teams in 11 sports and participate in NCAA Division III competition. Students are taught under the stated Core Values of the University: “As a university — we are committed above all to academic excellence and the rigorous pursuit of truth. As a church-related university — we are nourished by the Christian heritage, encourage active faith, and seek to serve our neighbors. As a community — we embrace people of all faiths, value diversity and inclusiveness, practice tolerance and acceptance, and treat one another with respect, civility, and compassion. As an employer — we expect a high level of performance and nurture the professional and personal growth of our faculty, administration, and staff. As a civic organization — we actively promote the social, cultural, and economic health of our community.”

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