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Reviews 856 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Pretty Good – I'm not very aware of the off-campus housing at CLU but I do know that Thousand Oaks is one of the safest places in the country.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Eh Schmeh – The quality of the food is pretty average, but the cafeteria is only open for certain hours during the day, so if you play a sport, you usually have to hustle to be able to get dinner after practice. Sometimes, you end up with no food because it closes at like 7 in the evening. Also, it is set up so commuters can't eat with the on-campus people, even if they have their own lunch visibly with them, unless the commuters want to cough up around $7 to eat the cafeteria food, whether they want to or not.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drink- Religiously – Drinking is not done at all on campus but off campus it definitely is. There's even a saying, "At Cal Lu, we drink religiously."

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I am apart of the tiny program called physics at CLU. There are less then 20 total in that program, and there are only three professors, so you will get your one on one time. They also excel in helping you to learn the topics they teach as well.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I live off campus, but with my parents, so I am not entirely sure about the housing. There are apartments right across the street from the apartment, but they look run down and low quality. Also, there could be nice rooms to rent around town, and I would assume those would be better quality, you would just have to share with the landlord of course.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: A Quality Small-Scale School – CLU so far has been great. The professors (if you choose them wisely) are amazing, and the class sizes are perfect. The only draw back is that you do not get to choose your classes during your first semester, the registrar chooses them for you. That is really the only bad part, I am loving it otherwise.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off-Campus Food – The off campus food option, for those who want to not eat cafeteria food is strong. There are a lot of different options from fast food to sit down. Though some places are more pricey than others, many businesses have cheaper menus and/or promotions for students.

3 College Junior

Technology: The computers at CLU are located in the library. The wireless internet is isn't bad, but it could be better in the dorms. Overall, the internet connection isn't as bad as other colleges.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Pretty Good. The wireless can be a little slow in certain places on campus but I've never had a huge problem. You will want to bring a personal laptop and your own printer is extremely helpful and convenient but not completely necessary.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Theres lots of shopping and dining done in T.O. The Oaks is a great Mall and a common place for CLU students to get some retail therapy.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: The great thing about Southern California is that it's pretty mild the entire year. Even when the locals think it's cold the out of state people are in shorts. I really can't complain about the couple of rainy days a month we get in the "fall" & "winter"

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: T.O. has a lot of great restaurants to go to (nothing terribly unique but there are lots of options). The only problem I have is that nothing is really open past 10 and those that are are usually packed with hungry college kids.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: My faculty advisor is always available to help as well as the other faculty in the department. I've even emailed a professor I'd never met and she happily discussed my question with me without ever meeting before.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Borderline Is Your Best Bet. Borderline Grill is a huge hangout spot for CLU students, however, in regards to nightlife I would say that's about it. There are parties but they are off campus and seem to get shut down pretty quickly.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public transportation is available but not the best in T.O. and a lot of things aren't really in walking distance to CLU so it is wise to befriend someone with a car or bring your own. Luckily a lot of people bring cars so if you can't most people are willing to give rides.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Nothing special is required to declare any major. There are requirements that are needed to complete the major but nothing too crazy.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I can say that I have had a really great experience with campus housing. They require that you live on campus for the first 3 years unless you live a certain distance away from campus, in which case you can commute. The res halls get better as you get older (But even the first year halls are nice). As you move up the rooms get bigger and even add kitchens and individual rooms. It's definitely a little easier for resident students to get involved on campus but commuters are completely welcome in any club or organization on campus and are encouraged to get involved.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Overall the scholarship process was very smooth in the beginning and they automatically give you a scholarship based on your HS GPA. The main problem is that it is fairly easy to lose it. You have to keep a 3.0 GPA to keep the scholarship and during the first semester, with transitions galore, that is a little harder than it seems. Although, there is an appeal process and they are kind and award scholarships back if you prove you still deserve it.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Gets Old Quick – Honestly the dining options at CLU are slim but aren't the worst. I just seemed to get sick of the food really quick. We do have a Jamba Juice on campus which is nice, however, it's not a full one and can only serve a limited selection of drinks. A new dining hall is in the works though and looks like it will completely revamp the dining experience at Cal Lu.


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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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