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Reviews 875 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Small School, Medium City – If you like safe and happy towns thanThousand Oaks is the right place for you. Located 40 minutes away from the beach and Los Angeles, California Lutheran University is a happy medium between small town, and big city rush. With a dominant hand in scholarly education, Cal Lu offers a plethora of majors and students to fall in love with.
With a Business major, I am not too worried (especially in such a depleted economy) thatI will find a sufficient job opportunity. Business is a very broad field in which it can mold into different placements in the corporate world. Cal Lu is definitely a school that prepares its student to succeed in the "big city." I have met employers that are thrilled with their employees that graduated from Cal Lu claiming that they are one of the best schools for those students that want a job right out of college. How do I know? My godmother actually owns a small magazine company that is branching out and whenever she hires someone from Cal Lu she is thrilled.
I definitely recommend this school for anyone who wants to be prepared to work right out of college and know what it takes to make it in the business world.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: CLU is approximately one hour away from Los Angeles and thirty minutes away from Zuma Beach. This being stated, the weather is always nice and sunny here. It does get hot in late May up to September, but never past eighty degrees. At the night is does get chilly, since CLU is located on a what seems like higher ground. Fog can be seen at night and early morning, but usually goes away by about 7 a.m.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Residence Life – The upperclassmen halls are great. Trinity and Grace are the best options for upperclassmen. Although they are more expensive, they provide a solo rooms in complex that is shared with other roommates. The kitchen is included in the complex as well as two bathrooms for a complex of six people.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Gym and Pool Are Great – The gym is great and free to all CLU students. It is open until late at night and the equipment is great. I enjoy the classes that are offered at the gym like Zumba. CLU has two pools, one being the Olympic pool and the other the community pool. The community pool is on campus (as well as the Olympic Pool) and it is a great way to relax and enjoy a nice California day.

1 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Most of the partying occurs in individual apartments, those usually 21 and over. There is a country club (Borderline) that has college night, but that's about it. Very dull at night, and many people just drive to Los Angeles about an hour away to actually go experience a nightlife.

College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Gets Better Every Year – Even though I didn't actually live on campus (I commute), I still hung around the dorms a lot because my friends all live on campus. The dorms are very nice compared to the other dorms at other colleges. They are very spacious and right next to the classrooms.


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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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