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Reviews 875 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Thousand Oaks is a great city, quiet and safe. However, the only thing to do around for college students is the hiking trail and the mall.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It is a pretty small school and very safe. I always feel safe here. There never seems to be an danger.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are places like Chipotle and Islands not too far from campus, but still a drive. Restaurants within walking distance are hard to find, and of the few that there are, they're nothing spectacular. There are some nice restaurants at the mall near campus like Cheesecake Factory and Stacked, both of which are somewhat pricey for a college student.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I am a freshman and live on campus in the dorms. I have been to some off campus houses, as they are very close to campus because campus is basically plopped right in the middle of a neighborhood. From what I've seen, the homes themselves are nice quality with lots of living space for plenty of students.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: CalLu just got a new cafeteria called Ullman Commons and the variety and quality of the food there is very good. Some people complain about getting tired of the food, however that is bound to happen at any college campus cafeteria.The school has a good amount of choices aside from Ullman Commons including a Starbucks, a Jamba Juice, and Centrum Cafe. Starbucks and Jamba Juice are very popular and you can purchase drinks or food using your meal plan. Centrum Cafe is a small cafe with a small variety of food choices- students go here a lot when they're getting tired of eating at Ullman Commons, and purchases also fall under you rmeal plan however you can only get $6 worth of food- and the food there is a little pricier. However, there have been some modifications made to the menu that make the $6 rule more practical.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The people around campus are nice but most come from very wealthy families and can be a bit spoiled or fake but that is anywhere you go I guess.

College Freshman

Campus Housing: I do not love on campus but from what I have heard it's nice but expensive.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: The area is very nice although it can be irritating for me because things close around midnight and being from a 24 hour city it's different but I have adapted. It's not far from Malibu and there are always activities on and off campus.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I'm from Las Vegas so it is a much bigger city but the campus and area are extremely safe and I have never had any problems.

4 College Freshman

Administration: The campus is generally alcohol free. Many students would not find many situations on campus where there will be underage drinking and anything in that sort.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The university has great athletic facilities for everyday non-athlete student. The university has a clean gym that has multiple types of basic equipment to offer. There are also fitness classes and clubs offered to promote fitness.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: - the meal plan can be fairly expensive

-the meals are plenty and have some taste, not the best dining food at an university though

4 College Senior

Administration: Not in dorms, can't answer those questions. strict

4 College Senior

Local Area: Very scenic, just far from everything and you have to drive.

4 College Senior

Academics: The connections you make are great and really help to get jobs

2 College Senior

Athletics: The teams are not real good, but the stadium is great

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: It's very safe, you can walk if needed, a lot of stores like Trader joes in the area.

College Senior

Campus Housing: I don't live on campus

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Lots of clean cut, in shape, well off students who are very successful and typically very involved on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Major programs really help you to get into your field, and it's easy to get into or change your major or minor.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm a Theology major and I love it. The religion Professors are all so caring, and take the time to get to know students individually. I know of at least two or three religion professors who are Yale graduates, so they're very well educated.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Starbucks and Jamba Juice are included in the meal plan, and the Dining commons has lots of great options as well.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: Policies are well enforced, but are not ridiculously controlling. They're there to help students succeed, not to keep us from having fun.

College Sophomore

Party Scene: I've heard it's pretty good, but it's not something I'm personally involved in

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Thousand Oaks is a great, fairly wealthy suburban area. There are lots of families and elderly people, and the local residents love all of the events that Cal Lutheran puts on. Locals know that CLU students are generally very well rounded kids, so the local attitude towards us is very welcoming and positive.


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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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