Thousand Oaks, CA
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4 College Freshman

Facilities: The dorms are great; they are not your traditional dorms which is great! The athletic center is great also. I am glad they are adding a new dining commons.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The faculty and students are very friendly and helpful. I was very surprised to find Exercise Science and learned how helpful it was to reach my career goals and future. The campus is clean and easy to get around.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: The athletic facilities are great here, they are only three years old and they offer great facilities for athletes and non athletes. Also the trainers are great!

3 College Freshman

Facilities: There is a great study abroad program. You can choose to participate in a semester at sea or a semester in a different country.

5 College Junior

Facilities: We have one of the best Student Life groups I have seen on any campus. Every incoming student is linked with at least one upperclassmen student who will help them transition into CLU. We also have so many different ways to get involved, and if there is nothing you are interested in, you can create your own clubs!


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 125th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 147th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 999th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 1027th
    Best Student Centers
  • 1043rd
    Best Library

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Nicole Mangona
West Hills, CA
Communication and Political Science
Grad Year
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Set in the beautiful and serene backdrop of Thousand Oaks, Calif., CLU stands as a well-kept and up-to-date campus. All buildings are inspected and checked out by the maintenance team, which ensures that equipment and systems run properly. The push for more “green” buildings enables architects to design floor-to-ceiling glass windows, gleaming solar panels, and strong pillars, creating a modern feel. William Rolland Stadium, completed in fall 2011, boasts a sleek state-of-the-art art gallery and soaring stadium seats. Right next door is the Samuelson Aquatics Center, a 50-meter pool that is a second home to CLU’s swim, diving, and water polo teams and the U.S. Olympic men’s water polo team. The Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center holds two gyms, an events center, exercise science and sports medicine facilities, a dance studio, classrooms and labs, CLU Alumni Association Athletic Hall of Fame, and the Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame.

The residence halls are clean and maintained well, due to the great cleaning service and maintenance workers. Most halls do not need renovations, but it would certainly be nice for the freshman halls and the Old and New West complexes to be modernized, like Grace and Trinity. The most recent renovations include Old West Complex in the early 2000s, New West in the mid 2000s, and Thompson in 2011. Pearson Library is a small, somewhat cramped facility that needs more space. The library is often packed with students, and it becomes hard to find a free desk or table to work on. Though a small school, CLU does its best to provide for students. The library contains thousands of books on any subject, a writing center, study rooms, labs, two atriums, and a help desk.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
225 acres
Student Centers
Student Union Building
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Pearson Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Centrum Café
  • Jamba Juice
  • Kingsmen Park
  • Student Union Building
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Yes-Starbucks at the Centrum Café and the coffee station in the Student Union Building
Movie Theater on Campus
"Green" Initiatives
The Swenson Center for the Social and Behavioral Sciences is CLU's first LEED-certified building. Swenson contains high-quality indoor air, provides natural daylight through windows and glass walls, reduces electricity usage, and saves thousands of gallons of water. Trinity Hall also promotes sustainability through its classrooms, permeable paved parking lot, and heating and air conditioning systems. In 2010, students built a solar-powered fountain near the Ahmanson Science Center. This is CLU's first water fountain powered by solar energy.
School Slang
  • Caf: Nickname for the University Dining Commons (also known as the cafeteria, which is more commonly known as "the caf")
  • Gumby: Nickname for the "Enormous Luther" statue located in front of Pearson Library
  • Lu vine: CLU is a small school. Naturally, gossip and news gets to everyone through the "Lu vine."
  • MOGO: Mogen and Old West Complex
  • PA: Peer adviser (upperclassmen who help freshmen and transfer students transition into CLU)
  • Purple pit: This refers to a section of CLU students decked out in purple and gold to show pride and to support Kingsmen and Regals athletic teams (mainly at football games).
  • SBET: Spies-Bornemann Center for Education and Technology
  • The Spine: The long, paved walkway leading from the Pearson Library to Memorial Parkway (right across from the flagpole)
  • SUB: Student Union Building
  • Tabling: Helping out as a member of a CLU program or club at the flagpole and reaching out to students about events or what the program/club offers; called "tabling" because students sit behind tables.
  • TO: Thousand Oaks
  • Convocation ringing the bell: Freshmen and transfer students ring a bell during the convocation ceremony of orientation week. This begins their start at CLU. Upon graduation, students ring the bell a second time to commence their time at CLU.
  • Midnight Madness: To kick off the Kingsmen and Regal basketball season, CLU's Community Service Center hosts Midnight Madness, an event that combines CLU basketball pride and donations to charity. Attendees must bring either $2 or two canned food items to get into the event. The event is full of great prizes, routines by the cheer and dance teams, music, and games.
  • Painting the rocks: During orientation week, freshmen hike up to the CLU rocks and paint them. However, it's not just the rocks that get painted.
  • Rock the Campus: About once a semester, ASCLUG (Associated Student California Lutheran University Government) holds a music event in which musicians and bands come out to perform on campus. JetStream, Capra, and Black Party Politics are some of the various bands that have rocked out at CLU.
  • Undie Run: Every year, around October or November, CLU holds an Undie Run. Students meet up at Gumby dressed in clothes they wish to donate to charity. Clothes get taken off and students run around campus in their underwear. Beverages and pizza are served in the pavilion after the run.
Urban Legends
The upper 300s side of Mount Clef is haunted. Most stories say the hall is haunted by a small boy who roams around with a ball. He has been known to randomly shut doors, take blankets off students while they sleep, and turn lights on and off.
Favorite Things To Do
Students often hang out and relax in their dorms or friends' dorms to escape hectic school and work schedules. Many hold movie nights in the dorm lounges and order pizza for a night in. Kingsmen Park is a great place to throw a few Frisbees around with friends or practice a few football throws.
Afton pool is a popular spot among students, to sit out in the sun and tan. It's also a cool spot to chill out at when the weather gets warm.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Echo
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Clubs and organizations are some of the best ways to become involved at CLU. Club interests range from sports to food to academic honor societies to culture to sleeping around campus (literally-the Nomads club members sleep around campus). There is an involvement fair every semester where clubs set up tables in Kingsmen Park and highlight what their club is all about. Students who wish to start a club can present their ideas to the ASCLUG (Associated Student of California Lutheran University Government), CLU's student government.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
Trinity Hall is CLU's first residence hall to feature classrooms.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 39 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 36 responses

  • 8% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 42% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 39% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 11% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 36 responses

  • 8% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 8% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 39% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 44% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.


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