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Reviews 867 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid has been an easy process. I did not take out under grad loans, so I was new the the process, however, the financial aid and student accounts office have been immensely helpful.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: All the professors I have had have extensive experience in the field, which allows them to bring great insight, experience and knowledge to the classroom.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors I have had are knowledgeable, passionate, engaging and create a great learning environment.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus security and police constantly making rounds. In a very nice and safe area in Thousand Oaks.

4 College Junior

Local Area: The biggest things in Thousand Oaks are the mall and the movie theater. If you're looking for something a little more exciting, you're better off hopping on the freeway and venturing to Ventura or Los Angeles. There are some pretty cool restaurants around town, though. And the movies and mall are HUGE.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Many of the students at Cal Lutheran look like typical Southern Californians. Flip flops, shorts, t-shirts, skateboards. There is diversity, as with anywhere, there. It really seems to depend on your hobbies and interest. The more artsy people tend to have a different style than those who play sports. And then there are the international students, who have a uniquely European/Asian/etc. look!

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Cal Lutheran's campus is small and generally quiet. We keep our doors locked only as a precaution, as the buildings require special key cards that only students living on campus have access to. I've heard of thefts and crimes in the past, but I have always gotten the impression that this is a pretty safe place to live.

5 College Junior

Majors: I am very happy with my program. Every class has been worthwhile. I don't feel that any class time has been wasted. I have heard from counselors who have supervised interns from various colleges that CLU interns always seem the best prepared to be counselors, and I have heard from graduates that they felt well-educated and prepared for their work. My goal is to be a high school guidance counselor. I am concerned about finding a job because of the economy, but I feel that my education here will be a plus.

5 College Junior

Academics: I am in the Master's in Guidance Counseling program, and the courses are great. There is a good mix of lecture and interactive activities in each class, so you really learn to apply what you learn. All my professors have been very approachable and interested in my success. Classes are small so there is a lot of personal attention.

3 College Junior

Parking: Parking is free, but you must have a permit. There is parking near the class buildings, but sometimes it's pretty full. It's not a huge campus, so you still don't have to walk too far.

3 College Junior

Transportation: I live off campus and drive 30 miles each way to my evening classes. I am now aware of any express bus that could take me there, and I'm certain it would not be available to take me home at 10:00.

Parking permits are free, which is a plus after paying for tuition and books.

5 College Junior

Weather: We're in Southern California. On average it's about 75 degrees. We wear flip flops all year round. It doesn't rain all that often and it's moderately chilly during the fall and winter. We don't typically have any frost at all during the winter.

4 College Junior

Academics: I'm in the school of education and I've been very happy with my experience. I appreciate that all of the instructors have a varied background and are real in the sense that they do encourage a sense of balance. CLU has been one of the best academic choices I've made. I feel very at home here and feel like I stand on a solid academic foundation.

4 College Junior

Majors: CLU staff are very helpful in coordinating internships. While they don't do arrange them FOR you, they offer some great options and suggestions in looking. I think it's a good thing that they encourage students to find their own opportunities...that's how it is in the real world.

2 College Junior

Party Scene: Campus is pretty quiet at night. There's not much nightlife in Thousand Oaks. There's a country bar type place in town that most students attend. Los Angeles is about a 45 minute drive and Santa Barbara is about an hour away. Most students head out of town to party.

3 College Junior

Athletics: CLU athletes work hard, are dedicated and hold their own academically. There was a huge remodel several years ago for the athletic and aquatic center which is a beautiful facility. They recently completed construction on the football stadium, so for them to invest in athletics shows how important it really is on our campus.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: CLU students are from all over, so you get a little bit of everything on campus. For the most part, students are really nice, helpful and friendly. Most are really involved and show a high level of spirit for the school. We wear flip flops year round here.

3 College Junior

Technology: Most have laptops and wireless access is available at all CLU locations (Oxnard, Thousand Oaks & Woodland Hills). Each classroom is equipped with at least one computer, which is generally used by the instructor; however, the library and other labs have more open access.

1 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Nightlife isn't easy to find in Thousand Oaks. Borderline is popular and so is the Arena, but those two offer pretty much the entirety of CLU nightlife.

2 College Sophomore

Local Area: Very quiet and not much going on. Not a traditional college town at all, the feel is much more suburban. However, the local community is pretty supportive of the CLU and it's not unusual to see families at athletic and other school events.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Oxnard Center is very nice. Can use more food choices, but there are a couple restaurants close by.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I am happy so far with the ADEP program at Cal Lu.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of Variety – There's a lot of variety of off campus dining in the area but you have to drive. Several restaurants offer student discounts or coupons. If you like Thai food, Fit2bThai is pretty good. Jersey Mike's is an awesome place to get sandwiches.

5 College Junior

Academics: Very Good – I always learn so much from the instructors and have great experiences in the classes

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The houses and apartments are very nice but also very expensive


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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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