Thousand Oaks, CA
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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: An atheist could walk into the chapel here and have a rational discussion with the pastors. Very accepting environment.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Very diverse campus. People are not judgmental.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: My school is very accepting of gays and lesbians, Mormons and athiests, everyone is accepted and can find a good group of friends. Human diversity is promoted and even taught in classes.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: The campus is very diverse! Students are encouraged to express themselves, political beliefs, religion, sexual orientation, ect., and it is done so in an appropriate and comfortable environment. There are clubs for such things, too!

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: The school is very diverse.


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  • 226th
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  • 679th
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  • 722nd
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Nicole Mangona
West Hills, CA
Communication and Political Science
Grad Year
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CLU’s student population encompasses a blend of different cultures, religions, sexual orientations, economic backgrounds, and political beliefs. This diverse mixture is represented through clubs, organizations, multicultural and international programs, and campus events. Though most students come from regions up and down the coast of California, many also come from out of state, like Texas and Washington, and from out of the country, like China and Norway. Clubs like Club Italia and Midwest Appreciation Club serve to provide fun information about specific locations around the world. Other clubs—like Hillel (Jewish), Latin American Student Organization (LASO), and Gay-Straight Alliance—offer opportunities for students who wish to become more involved with their ethnicity, religious beliefs, and sexual orientation. Economics Club, College Republicans, and Pi Sigma Alpha are economically and politically-affiliated clubs in which students can express their ideas and engage in local, national, and worldwide discussions.

The Multicultural & International Programs is the main CLU center that helps to promote campus diversity and to foster a more understanding and appreciative student body. Many students are multicultural volunteers and help out at program events. Some students are also international peer mentors who help international students transition into college and life in the United States.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Arizona
  • Foreign countries
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 28%
20-21: 28%
22-24: 16%
25+: 26%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 7%
Hispanic: 6%
International: 3%
Native American: 1%
White: 81%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The Gay-Straight Alliance is an organization on campus that creates a safe environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, and ally students. GSA is pretty popular among students and holds various activities, like an annual drag show and Pride Week.
Political Activity
Politics and political-affiliated activities are not stressed and do not play that big of a role on campus; however, there are political clubs that keep students informed about politics. College Republicans and Pi Sigma Alpha are some of the several clubs that primarily focus on political issues involving CLU, local surrounding communities, and the world. These clubs hold events, like registering students to vote, to alert students of hot, current political topics.
Economic Status
CLU students come from a variety of different economic backgrounds. Most students are relying on financial aid and scholarship money to help pay for the expensive tuition, regardless of their economic status. Students are not concerned with the economic classes of others and are primarily focused on character and morals.
Most Common Religions
A majority of CLU students is Christian-though Lutheran, Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim students are fairly represented, as well. All students are required to take two religion courses, one lower division and one upper, and these courses help students understand the beliefs and teachings of other religions. There are various clubs on campus that are religion affiliated, like Hillel Club (Jewish), Lord of Life, and Secular Student Alliance. These clubs hold events, such as Common Ground and Shabbat Celebration, to encourage students to learn what other religions entail.
Minority Clubs on Campus
A majority of the organizations on campus includes minority clubs, such as Asian Club and Friends, Black Student Union, Club Italia, Latin American Student Organization (LASO), Saudi Students Club, and United Students of the World. Many of these clubs hold weekly meetings to discuss upcoming events, current issues, and share thoughts and ideas.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 39 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 8% Not sure
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 13% Conservative
  • 44% Moderate
  • 26% Liberal
  • 8% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 38 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 13% Conservative
  • 39% Moderate
  • 11% Not sure
  • 24% Liberal
  • 8% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 38 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 38 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 39 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 28% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 72% Very accepting.


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