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Reviews 977 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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

3 College Junior

Parking: All schools have serious parking issues, but this is probably the best I've seen yet. UT sold 2.6 passes per spot, and Rutgers sold 1.8 per spot. So although I still get annoyed at having to park far from night classes at CLU, I have to remember it could be worse.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Much more diverse than a typical university, and they are proud of it. Diversity is over emphasized in some of the curriculum.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Marijuana and alcohol use is apparent at the university, but it very low-key and doesn't seem to interfere with anything too much.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are three places to dine on campus. The dining hall (cafeteria), the centrum (on campus restaurant), and the Mogen Mart (a miniature grocery store). For the price of the meal plan, the cafeteria food is extremely lacking. The options are repetitive and the quality isnt the best. Also if you are hungry after 7pm you are out of luck. The Centrum is open a bit later, til 11pm, but the food is the same you will find in the cafeteria and is also closed in the weekends which is very inconvenient. The Mart is open late and on weekends but mainly just contains snack-like food.

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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The Centrum Café
The Centrum Café
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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