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Reviews 849 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Thousand Oaks is very a quiet and safe neighborhood. The main restaurants and grocery stores are all located within a few miles. It is slightly more expensive but the food is pretty good. The mall is closeby as well, as is the main bar/club, Borderline.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is free at Callu once the car is registered in the system. There are side parking by the main academic areas as well as parking lots by each dorm. Parking for commuters is much than more those living on campus, but it is possible to find a good spot; commuters might just have to leave for a class a little early.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: California Lutheran University is a dry campus, and the rules are well reinforced. The RA's check the dorms to ensure safety, yet they do not overbear their presence. The Wellness Center allows students to intern and teaches them the basics about alcohol, drugs, etc. so that they can teach other students on campus the dangers and cons of the usage.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The many clubs available at California Lutheran University provide a safe and welcoming environment. They are strategically balanced so that one can join more than one club. The Dance Team is an auditioned club, yet they also have open practices and open performances for those that do not make the performance team. This allows students who want more technique classes to have fun in dance without making a huge commitment.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial Aid at California Lutheran University went by smoothly if the documents submitted are sent on time. Scholarships are a little more tricky as they tend to give them to those excelling in athletics as well as in academics. Scholarships can be renewed each year which is also a plus.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: California Lutheran University is an extremely caring and motivational campus. All the workers and even students are very forthcoming and appear to be very passionate in their work and into involving other students on campus. The athletic center is well-maintained and clean. The workers in the Cafeteria and Centrum are very kind and maintain an even attitude even during the busiest of times. It is very apparent that the professors are dedicated towards their students and their lessons; they are always available during their office hours and portray their concern for their students.

4 College Senior

Academics: There are endless opportunities for Communication majors. The classes are wonderful and inclusive as well as thought provoking, fun and hands on. The professors are fantastic and there are tons of different things to try. I only wish there were more classes specific to the journalism emphasis in the program.

4 College Senior

Administration: It's a dry campus, meaning no drinking, regardless of age, anywhere on campus. I live in a dorm with three other people above the legal drinking age, and it's a bit of a bummer not to be able to have a beer or a glass of wine after a long day in the comfort of my room. But it's a minor gripe, and I enjoy being of campus. I don't really feel restricted in many other senses.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: It's expensive to pay up front to live off campus. The amenities of on-campus living and the cost added to tuition is more worthwhile, in my mind, than paying month by month to live off campus so you don't have to abide by dorm rules.

3 College Senior

Technology: There's usually a good amount of room in the computer labs, and printing services come with the cost of tuition. The connections for personal laptops in the dorms is somewhat lacking, though. I find that, a lot of the time, my connection drops out in my room when I'm using Skype or researching for a paper.

3 College Senior

Diversity: We are a religious institution (as well as a liberal arts school) and some of the students can be closed minded when it comes to issues of equality and diversity. This is not to discount the various clubs that have been started and supported on campus to combat this issue. It's a small percentage of students who can prejudiced, as with any school.

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5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Kristen Hansen
California Lutheran University

A multitude of students attend Cal Lu University with individuals who are local to the area, out of state, and even foreign to the United States, yet all bring a sense of uniqueness to the campus. A close-knit school and declared religious school, CLU's students are all friendly, down to earth, and willing/wanting to learn. Casual beach attire is among the most popular attire and beach cruisers are always in sight. The sexes mingle seamlessly, working together to create an inviting atmosphere where all students can feel at home and safe. Both males and females are fairly athletic and eye catching but most of all, they all bleed kindness.

4 College Senior

Majors: Kristen Hansen
California Lutheran University

Having entered Cal Lutheran as an undeclared undergraduate last fall, I'm very please to announce that the school helped me to find a major that was appropriate for me - Communications. I am a shy and timid individual but love to explore within the walls of the classroom. I began my search as a Business major but quickly found that the material was too "strict" and "a+b=c" for me. Communications provides a setting through which answers are open-ended and all can be credited by anyone who is willing to learn and understand. A Communications major allows for an intricate role in today's society and all professors are young, affluent, and motivated to not only pass down their information, but to continue learning right along with the students.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Most people have money and dress very fashion forward but there are some people who are not the top.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: At Cal Lu, academics are very important. It is a private university with a very steep tuition cost, so for the most part, the students really try to get as much out of it as they pay for. Each department has several offices and administrative positions dedicated to them, and there is good networking potential, at least from what I can see in the Criminal Justice field.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The sporting events aren't advertised very well on campus, but you can always tell when a game is going on because you can hear the cheering across campus. People who are plugged in to that sort of thing get really into it, but it's not the majority of the student population.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: The campus and surrounding Thousand Oaks, CA are gorgeous. The campus itself has a decent-sized park right in the middle and green and trees are everywhere. In the town, there is a botanical garden and a nature trial, ad it is close to Wildwood National Park. It's a beautiful, low-intensity place to explore the outdoors. However, aside from that, the town is so largely residential, it's almost eerie driving down major roads and only seeing houses. The commercial centers are sparse and secluded, which is why I would have a hard time living there.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: The WiFi connection on campus is supposed to be campus-wide, but it is definitely patchy in areas, and almost non-existent on north campus. But it is not a slow connection in most places, particularly the dorms. And the library is very much filled with computers and printers. Printers have a fee. I found it very helpful to bring my own printer to school.

4 College Senior

Weather: The weather is gorgeous here. Most days are sunny, but the campus provides lots of places to sit out of the sun if you like. The majority of students wear shorts and tshirts or tank tops to class. Classes are rarely cancelled, but you can usually find students hanging around by the pool on campus. The beach is just a short drive away, so you could easily pop there after classes if you want.

2 College Junior

Administration: I don't live on campus, but I can tell you that local police are very strict with DUI's.

3 College Junior

Academics: The education program is not impressive so far, but I have high hopes. Currently it is too easy, and there is too much work that doesn't provide any benefit for my learning.

2 College Junior

Party Scene: There is nothing close to campus, and no public transportation. I did not attend CLU for undergraduate so I don't know about campus drinking. For 21+ there are many great bars in town and nice cab drivers.

5 College Junior

Weather: The weather is why I moved to California, and the beautiful campus makes it easy to enjoy it.

2 College Junior

Academics: I can only speak for the graduate education program, but the classes are just not what they should be. We are learning how to teach, and none of my classes make effective use of the strategies we are supposed to be learning. The concepts are easy, but there was one class that required extensive repetitive assignments. There is another teacher who is supposed to be teaching us about diversity in the classroom, but she uses the class as a platform for personal reverse racist and political advocating. Hopefully, the program with improve as I go further.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The campus is beautiful. The buildings are modern and the lawns are well maintained.


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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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