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Reviews 867 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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).

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Depends on the Year – my freshman year financial aid was amazing!! now on my senior year, the experience hasn't been as smooth but it isn't as bad as other schools. of course they tend to cater to the freshman, but you wont get left behind in the next years. They are also sensitive to the situation, so if you honestly need the help, they will find it for you.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Southern California Shine – Cal Lu is located in Thousand Oaks California. I am from a region in California, that in the summer hits as high as the hundreds. Thousand Oaks is 30 minutes near the best beaches of the Southern California coast and therefore gets the lovely marine layer. It is close and far enough to have a consistent, and quaint little pocket of nice weather year round. The occasional showers and so forth are normal to Southern California and it gets the best range of each type of weather that rolls on by

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The Options Are Yours – At Cal Lu, the academic workload, the registration process and the availability of the professors are all what they need to be. College at the undergraduate level is a competition. Its a competition preparing us for work afterwards and graduate programs. However, within the campus there is no competition for resources. Professors are widely available, the work load is manageable. All that matters is the ability and effort to which the student chooses to address said aspects of college. If done in a studious and timely manner, the availability to study abroad, get internships and have on-campus involvement can build up a resume that stands out on its own on top of stellar grades to be just as competitive for the top tier grad schools

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.

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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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