California Lutheran University Graduate Program Reviews

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(4.12 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 29 respondents

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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC and CAATS
  • Programmatic Accreditation: APA
  • Campus Setting: City: Midsize
  • Student Population: 4,126 (2,810 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 15 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 24% part-time, 76% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $17,520
Source: NCES

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4.6 out of 5.0
Degree: Education Administration
Graduation Year: 2020

Cal Lutheran incorporates a thematicized STRIVE application process, which both sets the tone for future studies and allows applicants to reflect on their goals and intrinsic motivators. The program strives to create diverse doctoral cohorts , contributing to an authentic experience. Most doctoral candidates are not only employed full-time, they hold positions that require an intense level of dedication and time. Most are already in positions of educational leadership, and finding time to complete quality doctoral work is a challenge. The professors at CLU have been consistently and unflaggingly flexible and understanding, and all have gone out of their way to assist us in our progress. CLU campus is conveniently located, well-maintained, and attractive, which enhances students experience on site. I highly recommend CLU.
2.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2007

Some classes were harder than others. Other than a few business contacts, I don't think I acquired much additional knowledge that I couldn't have gotten while on the job.
4.6 out of 5.0
Degree: Economics
Graduation Year: 2006

It is possibly one of the best colleges for economics. I read recently that the college was ranked third in the nation! great college to learn!
3.6 out of 5.0
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2012

California Lutheran University is a diverse, inclusive, family oriented institution. The staff and faculty are always looking for ways to help you achieve your goals both inside and outside of the classroom. The small class sizes allow you to have one on one attention from professors; the small university feel lets you get to know the people working on campus and create lasting relationships.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2018

California Lutheran University is known for its philosophy of inclusiveness. It doesn't matter your race, religion, age, gender or socioeconomic status. Small classes and individual attention from professors is the norm. The professors get to know each and every one of the students on a personal basis. The graduate program in psychology with an emphasis on counseling allows its students to join the practicum after the first year. Students are placed in the university's clinics that serve the surrounding communities and get a lot of hands-on experience with useful supervision. This non-profit private university is one of the best in the country and highly regarded for the level of its academics and student involvement.
4.92 out of 5.0
Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2018

Overall, I can't name too many negatives worth talking about. The positives are vast - too many to discuss. I am very happy about my decision to attend CLU.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: International Business
Graduation Year: 2016

I definitely feel that I am getting much value for the cost of my education. I believe that earning my degree will open many doors that otherwise would remain closed. My career will advance in ways I can't even imagine at this time. Just the fact that I can report on my resume that my MBA is fifty percent complete has more and bigger employers interested in me. I receive more offers for employment now that I am enrolled to earn an MBA. I expect big things after graduating. Unfortunately, the cost is higher than I can comfortably afford and I am always looking for ways to make end meet, but I am committed to my education and I know I will find a way. An education is always a good investment.
4.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2016

I am currently pursuing my M.S. in Counseling as well as my PPS Credential. I have loved my experience at California Lutheran University. The faculty have real-world experience, I have had the opportunity to intern at multiple school sites, and the program is very well respected amongst professionals in the region. I cannot say enough good things about my experience!
4.08 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2017

California Lutheran University provides an all around approach to education. They feel that liberal studies is vital to the students because not only does it teach well roundedness in all areas but it teaches open mindedness and a will to accept and even learn about things one might not have thought about before. Callu has an excellent staff of educators who are all more than will to take their own time to help one achieve his or her goals.
4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2015

California Lutheran University's Counseling Program has many benefits. You are able to surround yourself with like-minded people who come from a diverse background in experiences and education. The environment is collaborative and supportive, as well as a sense of respect for others as the students share their opinions and personal reflections. The professors come from a variety of backgrounds in education as well as professional experience. Furthermore, many are working professionals, which enhances the learning environment in a practical and up to date matter. Unfortunately, not all classes are offered each semester, which can hinder some educational plans in graduating. But, the faculty and staff are very helpful in planning and supporting an individual's goals.
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