California Lutheran University Graduate Program Reviews

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(4.07 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 31 respondents

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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC and CAATS
  • Campus Setting: City: Midsize
  • Student Population: 4,174 (2,892 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 14 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 23% part-time, 77% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $18,150
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2.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Higher Education
Graduation Year: 2017

Beware. Graduated with MS higher ed student affairs. Worked at CLU as a academic advisor and interned in a different department as part of degree requirement. 8 months after graduation=no jobs. Applied for Several positions at CLU, even the advising position I worked that ended due to a lack of grant funding. Did not even get an interview from the school where I earned my MS! As a matter of fact, none of the 15 job seakers in my cohort have jobs. Similar story about CLU commitment to alumni. No interviews for them. Find a school that can get you a career start. Not happening at CLU.
4.25 out of 5.0
Degree: School Counseling
Graduation Year: 2020

My masters degree program for school counseling has prepared me exponentially for going into the field of school counseling. I feel very grateful to be able to be learning from my professors own counseling experiences in the field as well as hands-on experience through counselor observations, internships and practicums. The leaders of this program are there for us every step of the way through support and school counseling contacts. When I graduate, I will feel very much prepared and ready to face my career.
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!
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