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Reviews 849 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: I am in the graduate education program, and I have mostly good impressions of my classes so far. I do worry that there are relatively low expectations and my classmates still seem to struggle. We are learning about differentiating instruction to meet all academic levels, yet I felt completely unchallenged while others could not grasp the concepts. We are learning how to make content engaging yet the amount of busy work is daunting. These are easy subjects and the point of these classes is to learn how to teach so I was looking forward to amazing classes. Hopefully my expectations will be met as I progress further in the program.

4 College Junior

Majors: To get into the English department at California Lutheran University was very easy. I did not have to fill out any specific paperwork when applying to the school. However, because I transferred in as a junior, and am planning on studying abroad, I did have some difficulty in making sure I got all the required classes for my major. In the end I had to go through several different processes and I am now a contract English major. Everyone was very helpful in making sure I had everything I needed, but it was a bit of a hassle. My advice? Make sure that you stay on top of all of your requirements, no matter what stage of your education you are at. Make plans, and keep records of what you plan to take and how you are going to accomplish everything. Make appointments with your academic adviser to make sure you are keeping on track!

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Although I received a scholarship, paying for a private university was much harder than I anticipated. I am currently taking out loans and struggling financially to be able to afford the tuition. The financial aid office is helpful with what they can do, but I wish they could help out more. However, they do offer a great variety of scholarships to help individuals pay for college. The education I'm receiving is great, so I guess it's worth all the monetary struggles!

4 College Junior

Diversity: California Lutheran University has students from all around the world. Numerous students throughout my different classes were from various countries and one of my roommates was even from Norway! Because of the intense diversity around campus, it's very common to walk to class and hear 4 different languages being spoken. There are a lot of clubs for each nationality present on campus, and individuals are very proud and passionate about their homelands. California Lutheran University is located in Newbury Park, which is a predominately white neighborhood. However, because of the diversity present on campus, it's easy to forget you are in Newbury Park and instead you feel as if you are on a diverse island, with many cultures displayed.

4 College Junior

Academics: I transferred to California Lutheran University for my last two years of college, so although I haven't taken many general education classes, my major courses have been interesting and influential. There are a variety of courses offered, allowing most areas of the English major to be explored. The faculty are amazing, constantly available to help with different assignments (or your own personal work), or just for a friendly chat. Your professors view you and your opinions as equal to their own, often asking and considering your input on several different topics. The small class sizes, and small campus, allows students to be very involved on campus, and with their professors. Although the work load can be intense or intimidating, the professors (and other students) are always around to help you with whatever you need. Students often meet to go over work in the library or one of the many study rooms in upper class housing.

5 College Junior

Academics: Although I have always loved English, the English courses offered at California Lutheran University have been incredibly influential. The small class sizes, and very close interaction between the students and teachers have allowed me to grow and flourish as I learn more and more about English, myself, and how I want to include English in my life. I have had my mind blown time and time again, as my professors encouraged me to look at ideas from different and new perspectives. Initially, I was apprehensive about the smaller class sizes, and how involved the professors were with your work, but now I wouldn't have it any other way. My teachers know me and my work, and are available to help me improve myself every step of the way!

5 College Sophomore

Weather: Gorgeous iconic southern California weather. The sun always shines, it never gets outrageously hot, and doesn't rain much. You do not need a second wardrobe to live here. Pants and a sweater are considered winter apparel, no parka needed.

College Sophomore

Party Scene: The University is located in a quiet neighborhood in a suburban area. There is not much of ANY night life. The parties, club scene is not the point of choosing this campus.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is not much available public transportation to get to campus. Most students are forced into car pooling, walking, or driving their own vehicle. Yes, there is a public bus;however, it can get expensive, when compared to other universities or colleges. Living on campus or in the apartments in walking distance are optimal choices for those that do not own personal cars.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: CLU is probably one of the most diverse colleges in the nation. People come from all different kinds of ethnic backgrounds. Various religions are present and supported, even though CLU is a Lutheran school, which is really nice. Everyone is accepted, and there is no criticism for one's beliefs.


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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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