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Reviews 877 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Although there isn't much in the way of entertainment in Thousand Oaks, there certainly is a multitude of dining options! Just about any type of food you are in the mood for you can find. A few downsides are that all of these places are scattered across a large area, so unless you have a car they won't be accessible to you. There are a few that offer student discounts, but not many. Many of these places are also priced to serve a much older crowd and therefore can be out of a college student's price range.

1 College Sophomore

Administration: The university is a dry campus, and the RA's and campus officials are very strict in enforcing the rules. At times, their strictness and some of their rules seem a bit too excessive and often interfere when it isn't necessary.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: No place is perfect when it comes to security, but the small and secluded campus of CLU is very safe. Campus Security and RA's are very adamant about keeping the school that way. I have never felt unsafe at CLU.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are mostly chain restaurants and fast food places around CLU. Thousand Oaks is mostly known for being a "retirement city" so almost everything off campus, close by, shuts down by 10 pm. You have to travel a good distance to get into the night life. I would strongly recommend having a car on campus if you don't want to be stuck with nothing to do most nights.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is a HUGE variety of students here from all over the world. Diversity is this campus' strong suit and you'll get some exposure to a ton of different and spectacular cultures. There are tons of social events held almost every weekend and some during the week so getting to know people isn't too difficult. There is definitely no lack in attractive people on campus either... just saying...

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Varsity sports are a big deal at CLU. We recently had a new stadium and workout facilities put in so attending the games is even more enjoyable. There is a wide variety of sports offered at CLU including some pretty fun intramural sports such as inner tube water polo and sand volleyball. There is a spot for everyone to participate in sports activities here at CLU and no one is left out of this awesome experience.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: The student body is comprised of students from many cultures and religions.

3 College Senior

Majors: Most successful biology majors have internships since they've been in university. Experience is the next best thing under a high GPA. Definitely need one if the GPA isn't high. In concerning majors, we are very limited compared to big schools that offer a diversity of major opportunities. But what we lack in majors we make up in student to professor ratio in class sizes. That's the school's number 1 selling point probably the number one thing you pay so much for in their minds.

3 College Senior

Local Area: We're in the middle of a retirement community so that's a bummer for people trying to party. So expect for it to be boring. Beautiful natural landscape, and some of the best weather in cali

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Its out there but you got to work for it. If you get some financial aid you can get a lot of help. If not, school sucks because its a very expensive tutition. One of the only ways school's get money.

3 College Senior

Campus Quality: No student union building, big loss to the commuter population. Library is small not a good place for people to socialize, go figure. Fitness center pretty cool. Activities are there but student pop can be pretty complacent.

3 College Senior

Campus Quality: We're still not at the top but we're getting there. But still a pretty place to be.

3 College Senior

Administration: Its "strict" but hey you know how religious campuses go. We're just low key about it because we're a dry campus. But we're human so If you break the code just be sure to admit your wrong. Hey Jesus turned water into wine. Let the church say Amen. Amen!(everyone on campus)

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Everything closes at 9. College kids don't eat dinner until 10. Fuh.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The teachers are excellent and they want you to succeed. They are there to help you and can be very accomodating if need be. I have enjoyed every professor I have had at Cal Lutheran.

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5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Applying for financial aid is relatively easy. The financial aid department is easy to get ahold of and responds quickly to emails. They are extremely helpful.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The English department is very well developed; with many professors who are willing to help. The Career Center is very helpful in finding internships in your interest; they help put together your portfolio and prepare you for your interview.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public transportation is not really available as most students have private vehicles; however, most areas are fairly closeby that one can get there by bike or walking.

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.


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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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