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Reviews 877 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Cal Lu tries to incorporate diversity as much as it can, but to be honest it's mostly white people. It is a lutheran school, so there are plenty of Lutheran's, but if you aren't Lutheran or even religious it really doesn't matter because there is no required chapel or anything. I do feel like people embrace diversity here though.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is a wide variety of guys and girls. You usually just find your niche and stay there. There's pretty much a place where everyone fits in - not cliquey like high school, but friend groups are apparent.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There aren't too many local places to go out to eat, but there are plenty of chains. 3 Amigos is really a really good and close Mexican place in the Trader Joes Plaza. In n Out in Newbury Park is pretty much the only late night option.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I love living on campus! I'll probably live on for my entire 4 years. The freshman dorms are the least exciting, as are at most schools, but they get better and better. I was really hoping to live in a dorm with a kitchen my sophomore year, but that didn't happen, so sometimes the lottery is unfortunate, but you don't have to worry about that until you're an upperclassman. I'm pretty sure you get more for your money living on campus anyway, so you might as well take advantage of it.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: The rules aren't awful at Cal Lu, and the only ones I really disagree with are the 2AM visitation rule, (that's the only one I've ever been "documented" for) and sort of the dry campus. If you get on your RA's good side at the beginning of the semester you probably are going to be left alone. Respect them and they'll respect you. As for campus safety you don't have to worry about much unless you get in big trouble with your RA or park your car in the wrong place.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: For a college town, Thousand Oaks really isn't one. Most locals are wealthy quiet families, or of retirement age. They're pretty respectful towards students, but the town doesn't cater towards us, everything is closed by 9 or 10 and you have to spend A LOT of money if you're planning on ever living off campus in anything better than a sketchy apartment. There's really no nightlife but The Oaks is a really nice mall and there is a complex just down the street with Trader Joe's, Rite Aid, Fibber McGees, Liquor Store, Donut Shop etc. and Target, Ralphs, Vons, and other fast food places are within driving distance. But you're in Southern California, so LA, Malibu, Venice, Disneyland are all relatively close, you just have to venture a little bit further! Opportunities are endless.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The on campus facilities are always improving and growing, we just built a brand new cafeteria and I'm really excited to use it! I can't wait to see how the campus grows and changes throughout the rest of my college career.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I was given an amazing academic scholarship which really helped me to decide on this school, it may be expensive due to the fact that it is a private school, but the financial aid really helps out!

College Senior

Greek Life: We do not have a Greek system at Cal Lu. It would be interesting if we did though.

4 College Senior

Diversity: Growing up in Southern California, which is a very liberal state and a major melting pot, ethnic/racial diversity has never been an issue. It has never been something I have given much thought to because I grew up in such a way that everyone had their own opinions and "to he his own" was the way of life.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: The dorms are fairly expensive but to live on campus right near classes is what you are paying for; the convenience. If you are able to get in to the nice dorms, you will be happy. The older dorms can be a bit rough at times.

3 College Senior

Administration: I have not had any issue in the semester I have been at Cal Lu and living on campus.

College Junior

Greek Life: We don't have a Greek Life at our campus.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: I'm not into the party scene, because most of the parties aren't for underage students. So I'm not particularly familiar. However, I know in the past parties have taken place at Arena, which I've seen flyers about from students before.

4 College Junior

Academics: My campus stresses academics and student success. I'm very hard working so I take my studies seriously. The process of registration is long but it's something I've gotten used too. My workload is particularly average. This past year was a little heavy on work but I was able to manage.

4 College Junior

Academics: My major right now is English and I'm really enjoying it. Although I've been told English is, at times, an under-appreciated major, I'm very passionate about it and particularly creative writing. There are specific classes that focus on creative writing and more of what I'm interested in. An internship in writing in the future - it's something I would be interested in.

4 College Junior

Local Area: The atmosphere in my school's city is in a very safe and nice environment. The scenery is particularly beautiful and there are many places to go to shop. There's a mall just a small drive from campus which is convenient.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: My campus is big on the school athletics - it's very involved and there are a lot of variety with sports. The school spirit is very nice, so are the athletic facilities.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I've always had my mind set on just living on campus because it's the easiest thing to do. I've heard that living off campus is a hassle for my campus so I prefer to live on campus

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: My campus is around a park area so there are a lot of places to study. I find it easiest to study in my dorm room, it's where I feel the most comfortable. My school is big on athletics and campus activities. There are several different types of campus activities that I admire.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There are girls and guys of all types at my campus. They are both very friendly and easy to get along with. Girls dress pretty nicely at my school as do boys. The boys are also very athletic, while the girls are more social.

4 College Junior

Diversity: My campus is very diverse in terms of ethnic/racial diversity. Also, my campus is open to students of all religions so there's also a lot of diversity there.

4 College Junior

Administration: The school policies are very straightforward at my school. They stress the policies of alcohol and drug use on campus and make sure it's not being used. My campus is also very big on the social events. There are always social events on campus that are pretty fun to take part in.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Most of the restaurants around my campus are pretty average as far as cost. For the most part, it's not very easy to find places that are necessarily healthy but my friends and I are always looking for new places to dine at that aren't too far out of the way. I'd say that with the exception of not having many student discounts, the convenience of the dining places around campus are pretty nice.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: This is one of the best pros of attending here.


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The Centrum Café The Centrum Café The Centrum offers standard grill fare, salads, pizzas, sandwiches, wraps, paninis, ice cream, and drinks. Food can be purchased using cash, meal plans, credit card, munch money, or bonus points. The Centrum is a popular spot with students, faculty, and administrators. There are 11 specials that change weekly.
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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.

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