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Reviews 856 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Freshman

Parking: Free parking, but get there in the off times to get a spot

2 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There is never anything going on at school because it is such a small school.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The campus would not be good to live on. It is dead a lot of the times.

2 College Junior

Party Scene: There are very few good parties, and even when they do happen, the host can be an asshole and not let you in. Your best best is small kickbacks at friend's houses

3 College Junior

Local Area: It is very quiet, and a lot of older people live here. But there are a lot of shopping centers, cafes, and great restaurants to choose from which is awesome. Also it isnt too far from LA so you can always head down there for a good time

2 College Junior

Campus Food: The food here is okay. You find what you like, but definitely get sick of it REALLY quick.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The girls are typically 7 and above. There are a couple girls that are hard to look at, but for the most part, every where you look theres a lovely lady in sight.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are so numerous restaurants within 10 minutes off campus, several of them offering discounts for students. Any price range, any style, it's easily available for you.

4 College Junior

Majors: Numerous academic programs are offered at the school with great classes for every type of major

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: The campus is a pretty place, the buildings are more modern looking they do not have very intricate architecture. The sports facilities are nice the baseball field is good and the gym is nice the volleyball net actually hangs from the ceiling and they just lower it on game nights and raise it after. If you like a very nice small town then Thousand Oaks is a great place to be. Plus its only like 30 minutes from Malibu beach.

College Junior

Party Scene: I am a commuter to campus and I have not yet attended any parties at California Lutheran. I am more focused on getting my degree than hitting the night life.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't tried looking, but I assume that since its smack in the middle of a residential area apartments are going to be further away and most likely on the expensive side.

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College Junior

Party Scene: I haven't participated yet so I have nothing to contribute to this section.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Close to major shopping and dining areas. A 10 minute drive will get you to most places. Great variety of food and range of prices too.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: Start the process early as possible. There are various forms to fill out before the semester starts but I'm not sure if that is a campus specific thing or not. The point is get your FAFSA, Cal Grant, ect. taken care of ahead of time to help facilitate the process. The financial aid and business departments on campus are extremely helpful and willing to go out of their way to suit your personal needs. Don't be afraid to go to them with questions!

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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: The racial diversity is mostly white in our school but it is fair really. There is latino, afro decent and asians just not in large quantities.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: The parking is not that big there is times when we cannot find any parking if class is not in the morning.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Biochemistry is a very difficult subject, but the resources that Cal Lu provides aids the student in a very positive way and the professors are extremely knowledgeable.

5 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is free on campus. As an on-campus resident, I do not own a car, but of the people I know that have cars on campus, they easily find parking, both during school and after.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics at Cal Lutheran are phenomenal! Because Cal Lu is such a small campus, the students can easily connect with professors, resulting in better classroom performance and a better learning environment.

4 College Senior

Diversity: Our school seems to have a great deal of international students. Since I transferred over a year ago, I have had at least one international student and every class. (Being that classes are around 20 students, this is an impressive number)
It is really helpful meeting these international students, because it always brings up a lively topic of debate and discussion in our classes. We learn about other cultures and their religions, political atmospheres and social views.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: The drug scene at CLU is really not that noticeable or prominent, but it depends on what group you hang out with.

3 College Senior

Administration: My campus is extremely strict, in that because we are a 100% dry campus, alcohol isn't even sold at football games. I think since these games are open to the public, alcohol should be able to be sold at the games. Response from the administration usually has to do with CLU being a religious school, but we really do not have a "Lutheran" identity. We are a school that promotes interfaith efforts, and we have recently accepted secular views. I think an interfaith identity is wonderful, but it also means that our "religious" or "Lutheran" identity should no longer be a reason to promote 100% dry campus rules.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: There are many different races and religions at Cal Lu, and we celebrate our differences with socials, clubs and other events. I find that everyone is very accepting of the personal beliefs and preferences of everyone else. I've found the student body as a whole to be laid back and friendly

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4 College Junior

Local Area: Thousand Oaks is a bedroom community of Los Angeles. There are many many attractions, activities, cultural events, shopping and sports activities to enjoy. The town is really great in regards to students, sponsoring student nights at local clubs and offering many discounts with student ID. Not a big party school, but definitely a socially active school. While sports aren't a huge priority like some of the other local colleges they are offered and they do take them seriously


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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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