CLU_Samuelson_Chapel_interiorxCalifornia Lutheran University has joined The New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U), a consortium of colleges and universities that purposefully integrate liberal education, professional studies and civic engagement.

“Cal Lutheran encourages students to find their purpose in life and commit to serving their local and global communities. They do this through meaningful experiential learning and faculty-student interactions,” said Nancy Hensel, president of NAC&U. “This approach strongly aligns with NAC&U members who, as a group, are dedicated to providing hands-on, integrative learning, access to faculty and civic engagement opportunities.”

CLU_Kingsmen_ParkxNAC&U affords its members many opportunities to collaborate on projects and share best practices through events such as its annual Summer Institute, grant-funded projects such as its recent Teagle Foundation-funded monograph, “Redefining the Paradigm: Faculty Models to Support Student Learning,” and multi-campus projects, such as its Civic Engagement Collaborative which will launch in Fall 2015.

About California Lutheran University

Founded in 1959, Cal Lutheran is a selective university based in Thousand Oaks, California, with additional locations in Oxnard, Woodland Hills, Westlake Village, Santa Maria and Berkeley. With an enrollment of about 4,200 students, Cal Lutheran offers undergraduate and graduate programs through its College of Arts and Sciences, School of Management, Graduate School of Education, Graduate School of Psychology and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. Members of the Cal Lutheran student body come from across the nation and around the world and represent a diversity of faiths and cultures. For more information, visit

Quick Facts about California Lutheran UniversityCLU-chris-kimball-2x

  • Founded: 1959
  • Leadership: Chris Kimball, Ph.D.
  • Enrollment: 4,160 students (undergraduate: 2,808; graduate: 1,352)
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III
  • School colors: Violet and gold
  • Mascot: Kingsmen (men’s) and Regals (women’s)
  • Newest programs:  Doctoral program in clinical psychology; bachelor’s degree program in music production; and bachelor’s degree program in theology and Christian leadership
  • Fastest-growing programs: Business administration, exercise science and psychology
  • Student achievements: Five undergraduate students have received Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grants in the last six years; a doctoral student received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant in 2015; two students studying to become marriage and family therapists received $18,500 stipends from the California Department of Mental Health in 2014 because of their potential to help underserved communities.