The largest, brightest and most diverse freshman class in California Lutheran University’s history entered classrooms this fall.
Freshman applications increased by 66 percent over 2009. CLU admitted only 47 percent of applicants, down from 63 percent the previous year. Admitting fewer than 50 percent of applicants places CLU in the selective category nationally. The average grade point average and SAT scores of the freshman class are the highest on record at CLU with 20 percent of the students ranking in the top 10 percent of their graduating class.
Even though CLU was more selective in admissions, there are 556 traditional first-year students enrolled in the freshman class, a 13 percent jump over last year. The number of new transfer students increased by 12 percent to a record 241. Transfer applications increased by 32 percent this year.
One third of the freshmen and new transfers, which come from 23 states and 26 foreign countries, are the first in their family to attend college. Of the freshmen, 43 percent come from traditionally underrepresented groups. In particular, CLU welcomed significantly more Latino and Asian American students.
The record number of new students brings CLU’s total number of undergraduates to 2,545. This includes Adult Degree Evening Program students who began classes in Thousand Oaks, Oxnard and, for the first time, Woodland Hills. The number of students enrolled in graduate programs rose to 1,386 bringing total enrollment to just below 4,000.