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Reviews 877 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Transportation: There are buses that run to campus and to major stores for shopping like Target and The Oaks. Because the majority of people live on campus and the campus is so small to get from one end of campus to the other most people walk or ride skateboards. You can walk to a lot of places so, it's convenient and economical. Getting to LAX or Burbank costs $30 through Shuttle Runner and will get you there on time, no need to even ask a friend and worry about them beating traffic.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Directly down Moorpark, there are a variety of options including big chains like McDonald's, 5 Guys, and TGIFriday's and also smaller mom and pop shops like my favorite, Lucky's Dogs. The majority of restaurants in the immediate vicinity close by 11 or midnight but Taco Bell, Jack in the Box and others are of course open either 24 hours or at least until 2am. Right around the corner from school is 3 Amigos which has really good student specials and you can call ahead so when you get there it's ready to eat there or take away. Overall, it's pretty convenient and if you want to drive for about 10 minutes there's even more possibilities.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The school is very active in ensuring the safety of the students. There are always people on campus that can help you if anything goes wrong. I have never felt unsafe, even when walking alone very late at night. There are also emergency call centers every so often that will alert the police or campus security if needed.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: This town is not remote but it does have a small town feel. Also, there is a lot of activities to do outside of school and I am never bored. The only downside is that many stores close early during the week but besides that is great! The school has weekly events going on that get a lot of the students involved and people all get along pretty well.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I'm in the Psychology program and I absolutely love it. The emphasis programs they offer for Psychology really do help with future goals (I plan on attending med school and so I have a Biopsychology emphasis). The elective Psych courses on campus are very interesting too, and will msotly likely help me in becoming a Psychiatrist.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Psychology is one of the more popular majors, there are a lot of opportunities to do independent research as a an undergrad as well as assisst professors with their research.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: So it is a dry campus but if people come back drunk and you aren't crazy usually it's not a big deal. People have drinks in there rooms too.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: I personally received enough to get myself to school. I know the next couple years will be tight with money; however, I felt that Cal Lutheran was worth more than I could afford. To save some money since I live close I just commute and they have commuter events to make everyone feel apart of the school.They are very helpful and always get back to you right away.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The facilities are amazing. All/most are brand new, state of the art facilities.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: Its Southern California, so the weather is amazing. Can get a little warm in the summer, however, the area stays a little coller than surrounding cities. Only 2 seasons; summer and a very short winter.

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.

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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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