California Lutheran University: Narrative Description

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60 West Olsen Rd.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-2787
Tel: (805)492-2411; 877-258-3678; Admissions: (805)493-3135; Fax: (805)493-3114; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Independent Lutheran, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1959. Setting: 290-acre suburban campus with easy access to Los Angeles. Endowment: $26.7 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $6319 per student. Total enrollment: 2,920. Faculty: 249 (122 full-time, 127 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 1,217 applied, 77% were admitted. 25% from top 10% of their high school class, 56% from top quarter, 83% from top half. Full-time: 1,715 students, 57% women, 43% men. Part-time: 205 students, 49% women, 51% men. Students come from 36 states and territories, 20 other countries, 21% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 13% Hispanic, 2% black, 4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 4% 25 or older, 65% live on campus, 9% transferred in. Retention: 82% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; liberal arts/general studies; communications/communication technologies; psychology; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Wagner College, American University (Washington Semester). Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.8 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 6/1, 11/15 for early action. Notification: continuous until 6/15, 12/1 for early action.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $45. Comprehensive fee: $27,600 includes full-time tuition ($20,200), mandatory fees ($200), and college room and board ($7200). College room only: $3550. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $665 per unit. Part-time mandatory fees: $200 per year.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 60 open to all. Most popular organizations: student government, music and drama clubs, service organizations, campus ministry organizations, multicultural organizations. Major annual events: Club Lu, The Need (student run coffeehouse), Midnight Madness. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, escort service; shuttle service. 1,078 college housing spaces available; 1,073 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Option: coed housing available. Pearson Library with 139,476 books, 22,000 microform titles, 10,600 serials, 1,457 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $688,470. 262 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Located in the Conejo Valley, Thousand Oaks has a mild pleasant climate with temperatures ranging from a mean low of 57 degrees in winter to a mean high of 77 degrees in summer. Average rainfall is 14 inches, the rainy season being between October and April. Buses, trains and airlines serve the area. Principal industries are electronics, aerospace, research, insurance and manufacturing. There are numerous shopping areas in Thousand Oaks. Recreational facilities include the community center, theatres, championship golf courses, Lake Sherwood, and the marinas in Oxnard and Ventura. Pacific Ocean Beaches are thirty minutes from The Campus.

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