California Lutheran University Summary

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Basic Statistics

Thousand Oaks, CA
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
Mid-sized city
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
47 %
Admission Difficulty
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Athletic facilities and school spirit
  • Diversity, and the school's friendly and welcoming environment
  • Endless opportunities to become involved on campus
  • Financial aid

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Campus can become dead on weekends-a lot of people go home.
  • Dry campus, zero-tolerance alcohol policy
  • Expensive school
  • High food prices

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

Located in the heart of the beautiful, secure town of Thousand Oaks, CLU is an ideal university for those who enjoy a tight-knit community that focuses on academics, diversity, and social connections. The small student population offers students more occasions to bond with fellow Kingsmen and Regals, and to connect with professors who actually know them as individuals, not just as numbers. The semester system enables students to delve into courses of their interest, and the time spent on academic studies helps students discover what they would like to do after their CLU years. With more than 35 majors and 35 minors, and a mix and match of doubling up on both, students are bound to find their perfect area of study. CLU’s close, intimate environment provides students with what other large, public schools can’t: countless opportunities to shine academically and socially, and stand out as individuals without the pressure and competition of a large student body. Clubs, organizations, academic departments, and residence halls are just some of the places in which students can become involved, contribute to their school and local communities, and bond with other students, faculty, and staff.

To briefly break away from the hectic class schedules and loads of coursework, campus events, like Club Lu, afford students with musical-, sports-, art-, and food-related events. From sports games at Dodger Stadium to catching a comedy flick in Kingsmen Park, CLU events bring students together for a night of fun. At any of these events, in class, at the caf, or just hanging out in the dorms, it’s not difficult to see the diversity of students. Coming from a variety of social, economic, ethnic, and political backgrounds, CLU students bring a great understanding and appreciation for other cultures on campus.

California Lutheran Student Reviews

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1 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: i feel as though this is a small dictatorship and we have limited freedom. a good thing though, we do not have a curfew. thank god!

2 College Freshman

Transportation: there is minimal public transportation to get around to other areas. everything is a pretty far walk if you do not have a car.

3 College Freshman

Computers: I guess there are computer labs?

College Sophomore

Scholarships: Have not received any scholarships yet. Still in the application stages.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Excellent number of options within miles of campus.


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