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Reviews 960 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: There is a lot of scholarship opportunities if you search for them. You can check what scholarships are available if you go to school website. Most of CLU students got scholarships and they say scholarship was the one of the reasons why they came to CLU.

4 College Junior

Weather: It's California! It's usually beautiful, sunny, and warm. The worst part about California are the Santa Ana winds. But fortunately those don't happen that often maybe a few times a year.

5 College Freshman

Technology: They're great! Very up to date and always available for use.

3 College Freshman

Administration: It's pretty easy going here. Just don't do anything stupid on campus and you will be fine

1 College Freshman

Party Scene: I grew up in the area as well as go to school at cal lu and there is literally nothing to do here. Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, Agoura, and every town around here closes real early and its a family area so theres not an abundance of young people or places for young people to go. If you want bars or things like that, go to LA. Luckily pepperdine is sorta close so if you know people, you can get into greek stuff in malibu.

4 College Freshman

Technology: The computer labs at Cal lutheran university are really great. They are equipped with iMacs and those computers are upgraded with the recent versions of programs. (Microsoft 2011, Adobe CS6) You can use the labs whenever you want to unless it's really late. Most people here have their own laptops. (mostly macbook pro) School WiFi is provided to students. You can access to WiFi almost everywhere if you are in school area.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Students are pretty much allowed total freedom when it comes to how they behave, but that isn't much of a problem at CLU. Every person I have interacted with has been very nice. Academic policies, such as no teaching, are followed very strictly, but that is a good thing in my opinion. Plagiarism is the biggest No-No at the school by far.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Most students are accepted no matter what ethnicity, beliefs, economic backround etc, but there are sometimes a few cases where acceptance is absent.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Many of the students are from wealthy families and do not give hem the necessary drive to push themselves to their limits whem it comes to education.

3 College Senior

Party Scene: CLU is located in Thousand Oaks, which after around 10:30 the city goes to sleep. However, it is only 40 minutes to LA, and there is always a restaurant or two still open in TO. TO is a very beautiful city and taking a hike or walking around great ideas! There is one very popular club, Borderline, which is 18+. Each night of the week has a different theme, but they are known for their line dancing.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I was pretty surpised at how good of a scholarship I received. My scholorship gave me the opportunity to be able to attend CLU. I didn't really qualify for any financial aid, but if you have good grades, have good SAT or ACT scores, and are involved in a lot of things both within high school and extra curricular, you will probably get a pretty good scholarship.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Food at the CAF takes a while, but the food at the centrum is very good and fast.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: The campus is located in one of the best cities in Southern California. Lately, it has been colder than usual, but we just went from like 40 to 75 in a week's time. It doesn't usually get too warm or too cold to be very bothered. I lover the weather for the whole county.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am new to the university, but from my limited experience, the academics are great. I am taking an 8 week online course, and have loved it so far. My peers have discussed their experiences as well, and have enjoyed both the on campus and online venues offered by CLU. The professors are great and are invested in the students actually learning.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The campus is absolutely gorgeous all the time. The area it is located in is in a great Southern California area that gets nice weather all year long. The campus is also very open and the grounds are very well taken care of.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are a ton of gorgeous girls that go to Cal Lu; there's so many. The guys are only decent. They're cute...just no really really hot ones. I guess a plus side for that is there ends up being a lot of single, beautiful girls that the cute guys can go for.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Personally, I got all the scholarship money I needed. I did not even have to apply for most of it. It was given out with my acceptance. Everyone I know at Cal Lu also received a scholarship. You have to keep above a 3.0 to keep your scholarship, but that is not too difficult.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The school spirit so far has been pretty low, but I hear it picks up spring semester. Most the time no one even knows if we have a game going on. But we do have all new facilities and a brand new football field. The athletes get tons of playing time and we always do well in various competitions. Its really a personal experience for them.

5 College Junior

Majors: Great programs and is highly respected in the Ventura area.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: The facilities are well maintained and is a clean campus.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The girls seem to have integrity and are focused on school.

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus security are available when needed. I have had great experience when I needed help. Security came to my rescue right away.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The cafeteria is the main dining on campus... I'm not really a huge fan of the breakfast, but lunch and dinner are usually pretty good. The Centrum is a great place if you just want to pick up a meal or have food that is of a little better quality. The Jamba Juice on campus is really good, and even knows the secret menu drinks.

3 College Freshman

Parking: There is no parking permit fee which is great! But people who are commuters do have trouble finding parking spots sometimes. Anyone who does not have a residential parking permit will most likely get a ticket, so even though it's tempting to park in a residential area, don't do it!

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug scene at CLU is not that prominent but it all depends on where you are. There are parties, and people drink and do drugs just like every other school however if you dont want to there is no social pressure to do so. There is a lot of smoking locations and many people do so. The school is supposedly a dry campus however there are people that do drink.


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The Centrum Café
The Centrum Café
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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