Online Admissions Information & Resources

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At Claremont Lincoln University, it’s easy to enroll in our online programs. Start with completing the free online application and our experienced support staff will walk you step-by-step to complete the next steps until you are ready for the start.

All applicants to Claremont Lincoln University will be provided an equal opportunity for admissions regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran.

The degree programs at CLU are entirely online providing students with the opportunity to engage in ubiquitous learning. Our asynchronous learning model allows students to study on the go and to complete classwork at times that work best for them.

Students build and nurture meaningful relationships with their peers and professors through collaborative assignments and stimulating and thought-provoking dialogue in discussion forums for each class. Students who are most successful in an online environment have basic computer and internet skills, are self-motivated, and can express themselves well in writing.

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At Claremont Lincoln University, we make it a priority to keep tuition at a level which we hope will allow students to complete their education without borrowing funds.

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  • Be active and engaged in the discussion boards
  • Log in regularly throughout the week, not just right before deadlines
  • Keep a study schedule and a calendar of deadlines and due dates
  • Communicate with your instructors
  • Utilize mobile technology so you can stay connected on the go
  • Take advantage of the Writing Center and other services

The application process is easy! To begin the admissions process, please complete and submit the online admissions application.

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Do you have questions about what it is like to attend Claremont Lincoln University? Ask a current student or alum about their experience in our graduate programs! Common questions and topics you may want to ask about include:

  • What students are learning in their course
  • How they are applying these skills in their professional context
  • Their experience interacting with our digital learning management system
  • Time management and completing assignments
  • Balancing their studies with personal and professional obligations

Please note that many of our students are professionals with busy schedules. We appreciate your patience as they respond to you in as timely a manner as their schedules allow.

Are you interested in only taking one or a few courses at CLU? Do you want to “test the waters” before committing to enroll in an entire master’s degree program? You can enroll in select courses at CLU for academic credit that can be applied towards a degree at CLU.

Non-degree students are defined as students who are not currently accepted into a degree program. Non-degree students are not eligible to receive federal financial aid.

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The cost of a single course at Claremont Lincoln University is $1,650 ($550 per unit for each 3-unit course). If you are interested in enrolling in a degree program, you are encouraged to apply through the Admission Office.

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Develop Leadership Skills at Home or Abroad
Claremont Lincoln University is proud to support military service members and families. We understand and respect the enormous sacrifice our veterans, military service members, and their families have made and continue to make on behalf of our country.

Claremont Lincoln University is a non-profit, WSCUC Accredited, 100% online Military Friendly University committed to honoring those who serve our country by making a quality education for military members, veterans, and their families an affordable reality.

At Claremont Lincoln University, we’re committed to ensuring that our military-affiliated students have all that they need to be successful whether they’re at home or deployed. Our 100% online programs allow you to pursue your degree at home or abroad.

Your best source for additional information about your military benefits is your branch’s Education Office or the US Department of Veterans Affairs website. However, for your convenience, below is a high-level summary of common benefits available for military personnel.

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Active-Duty personnel in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines or Navy may be eligible for Tuition Assistance (TA).

Because each branch has its own application process and criteria for eligibility, please contact your duty station’s Education Office to learn more about your available benefits.

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CLU degrees are designed to augment your existing leadership skills and get you using your new degree in a timely manner. A full-time student can earn a degree in as little as 13 months.

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Claremont Lincoln University is proud to enroll graduate students from all around the world. Our accessible, online courses allows students to complete a graduate program from their home counties without incurring the costs of securing a student visa, relocating to the United States, or leaving work and family responsibilities.

Who is an International Student?
Claremont Lincoln University determines a student’s status as “international” solely on their United States citizenship/residency status. If you do not hold citizenship or permanent residency in the US, you are considered an international student by Claremont Lincoln University.

Admission Requirements
International applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their application and supporting materials at least 2 months prior to the beginning of the term.

Contact our admissions department for more information at (909) 667-4444 or

Every learning environment expects certain aptitudes, whether these include managing deadlines, using research resources, or negotiating transportation. Online learning expects students are comfortable with computer technology. You do not have to be a computer “geek” to succeed in online learning, but you do need to have appropriate hardware and software, as well as knowledge about standard conventions associated with modern computer use.

The following technology is required to effectively participate in the online classroom environment at CLU:

  • A computer, preferably no more than two years old. We recommend a 2.4 GHZ Dual core machine (or better) with at least 4 GB RAM.
  • Word processing software that allows you to create and edit .docx files. All CLU students are provided with an Office 365 account which includes access to all MS Office products such as Word, Excel, etc.
  • Virus protection
  • Internet browser (the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer) with essential updated plugins (i.e., Flash, Java, etc.)
  • Broadband internet access such as DSL, cable, or wireless broadband. Satellite-based internet services are not recommended due to delays in transferring information that occur with this type of service.
  • Computer speakers or headphones
  • Computer microphone
  • Webcam or video recording device, such as a smartphone, to record and upload video responses (optional, but recommended)
Application deadline July 2nd
Classes begin April 23

Admitted Students

Congratulations on your admission to Claremont Lincoln University! We want to ensure your transition to becoming a CLU student is as smooth and seamless as possible. With that in mind, here is some important information for admitted students and next steps to review before you begin classes:

After being admitted, you’ll need to confirm your intent to enroll with Claremont Lincoln University by signing and returning your acceptance letter to your Enrollment Manager and by supplying all of the required documentation listed in the letter.

Students who meet eligibility requirements may apply for Federal financial aid in the form of a Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan. If you’d like to apply for financial aid please visit the Financial Aid page for instructions. CLU encourages students to borrow only the funds they need to attend school, even if they may be eligible to borrow an amount greater than that. Financial aid is disbursed on a term-by-term basis and any change in enrollment status may affect your eligibility to receive financial aid.

Tuition is billed at the beginning of each term. Students are expected to pay one-third of their total term tuition at the time that it is billed. The remaining two-thirds is due by the end of the term. Students receiving financial aid and/or scholarships may supply evidence of these awards to comply with the tuition policy. Students who need to make tuition payments may do so by mailing a check to Claremont Lincoln University or by making a credit card payment on the Student Portal. Students who drop a course in the first ten days of the term will receive a full refund of tuition. After the tenth day of the term, full tuition will be assessed, and no refund will be issued for students who drop or withdraw from courses.

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The Office of Student Services will send students the course and textbook information each term. Students can find and order books through a vendor of their choice. It is recommended to purchase books with plenty of time for delivery prior to term start.

Students will access their courses, participate in discussions, and submit assignments in CLU’s learning management system, Canvas. We use a single sign-on system for Canvas so the credentials for your CLU email address will allow you to log in to Canvas. Courses will be available in Canvas two days prior to term start.

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After confirming your intent to enroll with Claremont Lincoln University you will be provided with a CLU email address and access to Microsoft Office 365. Instructions for activating your CLU email address and Office 365 will be sent to the email address you provided for us on your Application for Admission. In order to maintain your privacy, we will begin sending ALL email correspondence to your CLU email address so it is important that you check the account regularly or have emails from your CLU account forwarded to an email you check regularly.

New students are enrolled in Orientation through the Office of Student Services. The New Student Orientation (NSO) is an Online interactive resource for students.  Students who attend the virtual orientation benefit from receiving important information about technology tools and course expectations. Students will also have an opportunity to meet and interact with other new students in the online New Student Orientation (NSO) as well as a virtual meet and greet.

New students will be enrolled in an Orientation course in Canvas. This is an ungraded, tuition-free course. The modules in the Orientation course will cover important information such as navigating in Canvas, accessing the Student Portal, library services, writing center services, program structure, copyright guidelines, and much more. Your Orientation course will remain available for your reference for the duration of your enrollment with CLU.

All new students will be provided with CLU’s New Student Handbook. This handbook is designed to provide you with answers to frequently asked questions, advice on acclimating to graduate school, and a synopsis of policies, procedures, and helpful information about getting started with CLU.


Your main point of contact for any questions or concerns you may have throughout the duration of your program will be the Office of Student Services. You will receive regular communication from the Office of Student Services and are encouraged to reach out to request assistance, provide feedback, or ask questions. The Student Services team is: 

Dean of Student Services
Karen Kraker
(909) 667-4486