One of the best perks about CLU is its small student population. How does this translate to academics? Small class size equals professors who know your name and recognize your face, but more importantly, know who you are as a student and as an individual. Professors always welcome students during their office hours and make themselves available to support and advise their students as much as possible. Students are also able to participate more in discussions and receive more feedback from fellow students and the professor. The coursework is manageable, depending on the major and its requirements. For instance, hardcore sciences, like bioengineering, tend to require more work and effort than the liberal studies program. Whatever a student’s major, each program takes dedication and commitment on the student’s part to succeed and, of course, graduate. On top of the required courses for majors, students also need to fulfill the Core 21 requirements. Core 21 is required courses that enable students to delve into a wide range of subjects, like natural sciences, global perspectives, and foreign language. Though the Core 21 is a pain to fulfill, it helps out students who are not entirely sure of where their main interest lies.
Here comes the stress relief from all of the coursework: registering for classes. With the help of advisers, talk from students about professors, and trips to the registrar’s office, student registration is pretty simple. Students receive their registration date and must be cleared to register by their adviser when the date arrives. Popular classes, like ones taught by well-liked professors or one of the Core 21 required courses, fill up quickly. But don’t worry—a waitlist is formed when the course maximum is reached, and most professors let students enter if they’re on the waitlist.