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Reviews 850 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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

4 College Junior

Transportation: There are several busses and taxis available for students

5 College Junior

Parking: Very Good – The parking is free and you can usually find a spot close to where you need it

5 College Senior

Campus Food: Food Is Great – Sodexo is the official provider for all our campus dining and there is always something different to try. We have a feature called My Meal My Way where you order your food on a computer monitor and a plate made especially for you comes in a window... Oh, did I mention that it is all you can eat!?

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I LOVE CLU – Everything from the amount of leadership opportunities, to the diversity, to the food, to the FREE parking and best of all the FRIENDLY community- CLU is perfect for me. I love being a kingsman and I have never regretted accepting my admission here!

5 College Senior

Weather: Beautiful Sunny So Cal – Cal Lutheran never falls far below 70 degrees. It is always nice. Close to the beach with lots of sun and a coastal breeze. I love it!

5 College Senior

Majors: Internship Opportunities – As a Communication major, you are required to have an internship to graduate. It is an amazing experience. The faculty members work really hard to help you find the right fit for your internship. I got to work in the Office of Undergraduate Admission and I did event planning, counseling, tours, mentorship and gained great transferrable skills.

4 College Senior

Majors: Can You Hear Me Now?- COMMUNICATION MAJOR – I really love my major. The professors are all so relatable and I have had nothing but amazing experiences with them. They are always offering themselves as resources and they really care about each student individually. Dr. Docter is one of the best professors I have ever had! Dr. Stockard is now a personal mentor and Dr. Pagliasotti is a phenomenal professor as well!

5 College Senior

Majors: the staff is amazing, the teachers always did the best to help. classes are kept small, so you know the students. My political science classes were definitely smaller as it was a less common major, but psychology, one of the most common majors, also had fairly small classes (tops 30 students).


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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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