California Lutheran University, located in Thousand Oaks, California, is a selective, liberal arts university. The university is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), although it enrolls students irrespective of their race, religion or nationality.
California Lutheran University began as California Lutheran College, in 1959. The first class graduated in 1964, while the first master’s degrees were offered in 1972. The college attained the university status in 1986, and acquired its present-day name of California Lutheran University. The university began its doctoral programs in 2002.
Each year about 3,200 students enroll in the undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs, which are offered through the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, and School of Education.
The university offers 36 majors, 28 minors, and a host of professional preparation programs. The master’s degree includes those in education, business administration, public policy and administration, computer science, and psychology.
California Lutheran offers a doctoral program in educational leadership through its School of Education. There is a special Adult Degree Evening Program for the part-time returning students. Apart from the 225-acre main campus, the California Lutheran University has off-campus graduate centers in Ventura and Woodland Hills.
The university has maintained a policy of keeping abreast with the latest technologies and features a huge database of full-text journals, which are available online to the students for their research works. Every building on campus, including the residence halls, is connected through the campus network service CLUnet. This network facilitates connection to the Internet and other online resources, aiding the students in their academic and research work.
California Lutheran University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The university’s School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), while the Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).