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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.

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.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: Great! Nearly always sunny, not to cold in the winter.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The students are CLU are really friendly and helpful. I haven't come across a mean student yet. My classmates have been great people that I always end up really missing at the end of each semester. But because the school is smaller, I get to see them around campus a lot, which is nice.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: There are plenty of great computers available to student, both Macintosh and Windows. There are also plenty of printers, and I really appreciate that their automatic function is to print double sided in an effort to save paper.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The program is great for returning students and those carrying on from their undergrad,

3 College Freshman

Majors: There are some hard majors and easy majors. Bio, History, and chem require lots of classes and are extremely challenging. Very popular here is communication, business and especially psychology. Exercise science is also fairly popular. The professor that you get decides how challenging the course it.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The athletic side of campus has an excellent set up. They are brand new and are open almost all hours of the day.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: They are pretty. They haeve interesting classes with interesting professors. Also, the four to finish program allows you to stay on task to finish and get your degree in four years.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Thousan Oaks is a very safe and secure place. The campus is just the same. You can walk throuhg the campus alone at night and feel completely safe and secure. However, health services is just a big inconvenience. They have fluctuating hours, are across campus, and are almost never available when you really need them. Just go home when you are really sick.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Things move a little bit slower in thousand oaks. However, you are close to just about everything. You can drive to the beach, the staples center, see a play, and even go to amusement parks. There are also viable and entertaining things to do on campus as well.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The classes are pretty good. As a freshmen it is really difficult to register into the core classes, but by the time you are a Junior you should have it down. The teachers are helpful, and they generally care about their students.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I have zero complaints about the policy here. It is a dry campus even if you are 21 so just a heads up as a senior.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are parties if you can find them and they don't get broken up! being low key is probably the way to go, other than that there is the mall and the beach that is relatively close.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Housing is relatively close to campus and is cheap. However the housing is pretty bad and having a roommate is a standard. If you think you can live life better off campus than on then go for it!

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Expensive in comparison to most college towns. But it is a lot nicer.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Compared to most schools this one is very good. It is costly but they have options for everyone.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Lots of people are looking forward to the new dining commons.

4 College Junior

Weather: Most days of the year are sunny. Some drizzle rain.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Upperclassmen dorms are off the charts. Very impressed.

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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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