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4 College Sophomore

Academics: It Is What It Is – Academics are based on how one goes into it. The workload and measure of demands is pretty standard in the academic world. Every institution has that Professor/ Instructor that students say is horribly inconsistent in their grading and that no one should take their class. Thats goes without saying across the board, that students everywhere will judge the value of the professor's ability based on how well they personally end up doing in the class. There are the cases where the professor may be unprepared, but that usually is remedied by the department and the board that oversees the employment of faculty. The education here is substantially what it needs to be across the board. If we look at what is available to students, taking away the prestige and the name recognition of a university, Cal Lu is doing what it should be doing. It is rated among the best in the western region for a reason

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Up and Coming – Students at CLU I feel are all coming from different areas, not just within California, but from different states and different countries. The issue of diversity does not lie in there being a lack of it on campus. If anything Cal LU does its best to promote it through its multi-cultural department. I would say the issue of diversity is it not being regarded enough and explored by as many students. College being what it is, takes the amount and time and focus you have each day and stretches it depending on your agenda. For what it is worth I have never felt that any one belief dominates the campus. (Chapel services, for it being California LUTHERAN university are not only non-denominational but are not required).

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: Overall Good but Not Much Variety – The food itself is good but after awhile it can get boring eating the same thing over and over. The good thing for people who eat a lot is the caf is all you can eat, you use a meal to get in then you can eat all you want.

4 College Junior

Parking: Parking is free which is great, however it can be hard at time to find parking outside of The main parking lot which is farther away from the classrooms but not that far overall since the school is small.

4 College Junior

Academics: Great Professors – All the political science professors at Cal Lu are very supportive and are very available to help you. There are many interesting classes available.

4 College Junior

Academics: Good Selection and Help – California Lutheran University offers a good selection of classes and there are really good resources to help when you are writing papers there is a math lab to help you with math problems. The professors are also very available because it is a small school so they are there because they want to teach and help their students. The classes are also small which is nice.

5 College Junior

Majors: Physical Therapist Aide – To be able to apply to a physical therapy program, I must have an internship to start getting experience in the filed of physical therapy program.

3 College Junior

Majors: Health Professions: Pre-Physical Therapy – The problem with this major is the lack of options to excel in the classroom. There are not enough opportunities to have the best grade that reflects the amount of effort a student puts in the class.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Finiancial Aid – I liked how finiancial aid worked, depending on your grades you could receive a CLU scholarship. They break everything for you and if you dont understand your award letter the finiancial aid office will review it with you.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants are very close to the campus and there are many options. From pizza to Mexican food and if you want to make your own meal there are markets close to the campus as well.

5 College Junior

Administration: I like that everyone is so friendly and always willng to help each other.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Not Too Many Drugs, Mainly Drinking – It depends on who you hang out with. Like all colleges, drugs do make appearances at parties (the few parties we have), but peer pressure has never been an issue. It really only depends on who you're friends with and if you don't hang out in the drug scene it is unlikely you'll be around drugs at all. The only common drug is Marijuana, other drugs aren't so popular in this scene. Alcohol is more common, and many students drink (including the underaged). Some do drink in their dorm rooms but if caught, they get written up and have to take an alcohol awareness course. The Residence Assistants are very strict with the dry-campus rule and check up on students often, making it difficult to drink in the dorms. Though drinking is way more popular, it is hard to find places to drink at.

1 College Junior

Parking: The campus is very small, most students walk to their classes (most live on-campus). For those who commute, parking gets very difficult. If you're not there first thing in the morning, your pretty much out of luck. Some students park in other complexes near by and bike or walk to campus. Parking needs to be improved, and the security is very firm when it comes to parking in the correct spots. There are specific areas for commuters and residence. For residence, you will most likely find a spot, but after circling the parking lots for a bit (on evenings, during the day it's easier).

3 College Junior

Technology: Lots of Credit, Limited Printers – Most go to the library to use computers. It only gets difficult to get one during mid-terms or finals; otherwise, some will always be available. The internet can be slow at times but usually it's not too bad. There are only two printers, making printing difficult if others are printing at the same time. It can get backed up and when one breaks (which happens often), the printing area can get busy. Thankfully, all the students have printing credit and I don't know anyone who has ever run out. If they have run out the library just gives them more credit (no charge!). The main problem is during finals, when there are limited available computers and only two printers...this is when you'll wish you had your own.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Pointless Parties and Kick-Backs – House parties are fun but the cops will show up at 11 to break them up (sometimes they'll show up as everyone is arriving). Also, most students live on-campus so the few that have houses get crowded if they host a party. Living in the dorms is very strict and being a dry-campus, there isn't much going on on campus during the night. Most people who are 21+ go to the few bars Thousand Oaks has, but if you're underage there isn't much to do. Borderline is a well-known 18+ country club with line-dancing for those into that...If nightlife is an important part of college life, going to school in Thousand Oaks isn't the best option. Most students have cars and drive to house parties, but like mentioned earlier, the parties don't last long at all. Most students have small kick-backs to keep the cops away which are fun if you're into that.

2 College Senior

Campus Housing: EXPENSIVE LIVING – I would not say that $5000 for 3 months of living on-campus is a fair price for students to pay to live on campus, especially for those students who are paying their own way. That's around $1600 per month in order to live in a dorm with 3 other people! The only benefit is the proximity to classes and the opportunities to get involved in campus life.

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Poor College Students Living in an Expensive World – There are several apartment complexes located near California Lutheran University that are convenient to commute to and from campus. The cost of living on-campus ends up being about $1000 per student, per month if you are sharing a dorm with up to 4 people. In comparison, the studio apartments and one room apartments (when available) can range from $1000-$1400 per month. The difference is that utilities are not included in the month to month cost of off-campus living, however, if living with other students the cost can be cut to $350-$500 per month as opposed to the $1000 per month you would be spending a month living on-campus.

It is still expensive to live off-campus, but the cost on on-campus living certainly burns holes in your pockets quicker.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drinking Not That Prevalent on Campus – Many people drink off campus but not that much on campus.

4 College Junior

Technology: New Technology – My school has a good amount of both Mac's and PC's that are usually available to use.

3 College Junior

Majors: Lots of Options – I have not had an internship yet but my school has an amazing career services department which provides a lot of information on possible internships in the area.

1 College Junior

Transportation: Thousand oaks doesn't have any easily accessible public transportation.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of Places in Town to Eat – Thousand Oaks and nearby Simi Valley, Moorpark, and Newbury Park all have lots of variety of places to eat from Mexican to In-N-Out burgers.

4 College Senior

Parking: There is always parking available on campus but you must have a parking permit to park in the lots.

3 College Senior

Academics: Overall Profs Are Helpful – Most of the profs are great though because of the size of the school, you are limited to selection and sometimes wish you could have a different professor. Overall the profs in my major are very helpful when you seek help and all classes except labs are taught by professors. Labs may be taught by grad students.

3 College Senior

Campus Quality: The university has been building many new athletic facilities and upgrading campus buildings while continuing to build new ones. The new facilities are very nice though the new athletic stadium is too small to host the homecoming game. The campus is small and everything is easily accessible without need for a car or bike.

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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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