Location: Thousand Oaks, California
Percent Women: 56%
Tuition (one year): $37,140
Most Popular Majors: Business, Communications, Psychology, Social Sciences, Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Greek Life: No
Acceptance Rate: 48.02%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit California Lutheran University’s website at www.callutheran.edu.
Why Choose California Lutheran University?
"I applied because I wanted to live somewhere where it's almost always sunny and I had heard very good things about the school."
"I applied to Cal Lutheran because it offered me a scholarship to do the things that I liked. Plus, it was a small school with a good vibe and everyone is super friendly."
"I had heard a lot about Cal Lutheran through my church and family friends and thought I would give it a shot. As a prospective student, I loved the idea of small class sizes and small campus because I wanted to receive the best learning experience I could and working closely to the teachers is just what I wanted."
"I applied because I felt that it had a lot to offer me and seemed like a positive and friendly campus."
"I applied because it's close to home and they also have a good business program. They offer a "4+1" option where you can start doing your masters your senior year and complete it in one year."
"I applied because I really liked the atmosphere of the campus, everyone seemed really nice, and it had a relaxed feel to it. Not only that, but I really liked how small the class sizes are here, I actually know my professor, I am not just a number in a huge lecture hall. "
"What I love about Cal Lutheran is that you are able to get a close relationship and better help from professors, because the classes are smaller. You're not just one of many, you actually get noticed."
"I like the small classes. You really get to communicate with your professors. And you can never go wrong with having a Starbucks in close proximity."
"The family oriented environment. I definitely feel like they put an emphasis on being the CLU family."
"I love being a student here because the school has such a great reputation and everyone is so wonderful to be around and I know this is the place that is helping me find my purpose."
"I love how much open space there is, you can go to Kinsmen Park and study or hang out with friends. You also have direct access to fitness classes and the gym."
"My absolute favorite part of attending CalLu is the personal attention you get. As I'm looking to go into Medical school, I love how my school will sit down with you and walk you through how to get into medical school. And not only that, but teachers and staff will make sure you have every opportunity to get any research or internships you can. They really set you up for where you want to go."
"I love how nice the campus is and the people I've met so far."
"My favorite parts of Cal Lutheran are the gym, the people, and the teachers. The gym is state of the art and it's really a great place to workout in. The people are always nice and welcoming. The teachers are always there to help and will remember you by name. They are also all great role models and mentors.'"
"My favorite part is the close-knit atmosphere of students. I find it is easy to make friends and see friendly faces around campus. I love being a part of the student body here."
"I don't like how dead it can get on the weekends since most students leave the campus. The food at the Ullman Commons can get quite repetitive. I also don't like the registration system that is in place because if you're not in the 4 to finish program, you don't get all the classes that you want. That kind of forces you to just have one major and one minor."
"The diversity, I sometimes feel that I'm very different from other people here. It's probably the fact that I am Asian-American. To think about it, there's only one girl and two people of color in the improv team. All the rest are white males. Also there's really nothing to do if you don't have a car. "
"As a commuter parking here is horrible, you'd have to arrive an hour or two before your class starts. Waiting in line for a drink at both Starbucks and Jamba Juice is horrible, there is just no way you can stop by between classes to grab a quick drink or snack."
"Weekends can be pretty boring, and there are various rules for on campus living."
"CLU is great, but you don't get that "large university" experience where there are tons of people and big sports events. There is also no greek life so there aren't extensive social gatherings related to the school. "
New Collegiette on Campus
"It is extremely easy to get to know some upperclassmen. The peer advisor program allows freshman students to meet with an upperclassmen. You can go grab some frozen yogurt with them, or just hang out. If you stay on campus, there is a strong chance that you will get to know a lot of first year students."
"The most memorable tradition for first-year students is definitely 'Painting the Rocks' during orientation!"
"Since the freshman dorms are completely on the opposite side of campus from the upperclassmen dorms, first years mostly stick together. Now of course, this does not represent everyone because since everyone is so welcoming and it is very easy to get involved, it is extremely easy to get to know upperclassmen."
"You go through a week long orientation where you get to know other incoming first-years, so it is easy to make friend with them. But once classes start, there are no limitations to who will be in your class. Joining clubs and other extracurriculars is an easy way to know peers from all year levels. "
"One of the highlights of orientation is definitely the Play Fair! Don't miss that. You literally meet every person in your Freshman class in one way or another."
"Ring the bell on The Spine on the first day of your first class Freshman year! Then ring it on your last day of class Senior year. Ring in the new and ring out the old."
All About Academics
"The workload depends on the classes you take. Some classes are much more work than others."
"Most majors that I know of require you to take a class where you write a thesis/research paper related to your field of study."
"Some teachers are really nice and offer a balanced workload throughout the week but some tend to throw you projects and presentations with close deadlines."
"I feel like the work load is doable. At times it gets intense, but I was always able to manage. Majority of classes have finals, but if there is not a final most likely you will just have to do a research paper at the end of the year. "
"Students typically take 12-18 units, on the average of 6/17 usually. The workload is manageable, it would be helpful to not procrastinate though, as always."
Learn From the Best
"Some professors are great and some just don't fit the way you prefer. It can be useful to research the professors before you sign up for a class, so you know what they are like (asking other students, ratemyprofessor.com, etc.). "
"My favorite class this far has been Perspectives on Women and Men, because the professor was amazing."
"Dinosaurs is definitely one of our most popular courses on campus. It's one of the very few natural science courses that do not require a seperate lab so it is very popular and difficult to get into. The professor is fantastic and engaging as well!"
"My professor have all been amazing; each one has gotten to know my name, and if I ever need help understanding, they are there for me. I feel comfortable going into my professors office hours, and I always feel more confident on the material coming out. If I want to raise my grade, they help me study and offer encouragement--basically they are always there for you, and it is amazing."
"So far every professor I have had was great. They knew me and knew my work ethic which was nice, I did not have to fight to become noticed by my professor. I have to say my favorite class was my criminal justice class my first semester of freshman year."
"The professors are wonderful and the classes are too. The professors all have real world experience that really translates into the classroom and they become great mentors for the students. So far my favorite classes have been Communications for Managers and Principles of Marketing."
"The professors are really there to help you, they love to teach and are very open to working with what you need to succeed. Classes are usually very small, allowing for more attention and personal vibes. My favorite classes have been Acting, and Contemporary Global Issues. Acting was the most fun I've ever had in a class, and the global one really opened my eyes to relevant issues in the world I wasn't aware of before. "
Interests & Involvement
"I would say, that almost most of the school is involved with extracurriculars or clubs. It is the best way to meet people and have fun on campus."
"Each semester, we have an involvement fair where people walk up and down the spine and see which clubs they might want to join. There's so many option, from bowling, to debate to AMSA, there's so many opportunities, and people definitely take advantage of the fun waiting to be had!"
"There are a ton of extracurricular option to join but it definitely feels like people don't take advantage of it like they should. It's rarely talked about."
"If you want to be involved you definitely have the chance to, but you have to go out and fight for it, it doesn't just come to you."
"There are many clubs on campus and there is something for everyone. Extracurricular wise we have intramural teams that a lot of people participate in."
"We have "Involvement Day" and it's where all the clubs come out to the spine and they are able to reach out to other students and have them join their club. It gets the student population know what types of clubs are out there and what could fit for them."
"There are many ways to find out what clubs to join here on campus. In the beginning of the year, in an area of the school we call the spine, there is a club day where all the clubs will set up a table and promote their club to all the students. There are also flyers all around campus that promote clubs. "
"It is definitely popular to attend sporting events. Although CalLu is a small school and the school spirit is not as great as other larger universities, the games are still fun and peppy."
"There is definitely a separate athlete culture here. The athletes are popular in that they sometimes throw parties off campus. As far as attending sporting events, some can be fun. "
"Since Cal Lutheran does not have Greek Life, I would say that the athlete culture becomes its own culture. The sporting events popularity depends on a lot of things but it varies from sport to sport."
"Because it is a small D3 school, I do not feel like many people attend the sporting events here. Which is unfortunate, but we do have a great soccer team and baseball team, they actually have a great crowd turn out. "
"There are no sororities or Greek life on campus so it can be hard to find that similar sisterhood experience here."
"There are definitely clubs geared toward women on campus, the first one that comes to mind is called 'Feminism Is..' "
"I feel like the best thing you can do as a female at Cal Lutheran is to join our Her Campus chapter! We work hard to make it a sisterhood, a team, and a family all at the same time."
"Even though the female to male ratio here is large, everybody seems to get along and blend in evenly. There isn't a dramatic difference that effects us everyday."
Food & Drink
"There are 4 places to eat on campus, but only one real dining hall. The places to eat are the Ulman Commons (dining hall), Starbucks, Jamba Juice, and The Centrum."
"The food can be great on some days. I tend to alternate my food options. One day, I'll go to the Centrum, then on other days, I'll eat at Ullmans."
"The food is pretty decent for the most part. I think it's better than other schools. My favorite place to eat is the Centrum."
"Obviously as with any dining area, you are going to get bored of the food, so I would recommend getting a smaller meal plan and trying to cook as much as possible. On a scale of college food, CalLu is definitely much better than most."
"As a commuter I don't generally eat on campus but when I do I'll eat at the Centrum Cafe. They have pretty good food and the only time where it's busy is during the lunch hour. "
"The Commons has a variety of good food that is always fresh. They have a sandwich bar, salad bar, Mongolian BBQ, and a self ordering station where you can order pasta, cheeseburgers, fish and chips, and much more. The Centrum offers numerous types of flat breads, salads, sandwiches, sushi, pastries, etc. They both have great breakfasts as well. My favorite place to eat would be the Commons. "
"As a commuter, I don't eat on campus all that much, but when I have, it's not bad. I love the Mongolian BBQ station, it's my favorite. The Starbucks on campus is awesome too. "
"On the weekends some people choose to hang out in Thousand Oaks and go to the movies, go out and eat, etc. Malibu is a 20 minute drive away, so people also go to the beach. Some also go to L.A., which is only 30-45 minutes away. Worth it!"
"On the weekends most people go home. Others might just study or do homework. Sometimes, since this is SoCal, groups of people go to the beach. "
"The students usually have cars so they go to nearby cities such as Simi to go ice skating, laser tag, etc. They usually hang out in their rooms. "
"There are a few bars that people go to (Sunset Terrace, Brendan's, Tipsy Goat). Sunset Terrace is where people usually go every Tuesday for Taco Tuesday. There you'll meet a lot of CalLu students! There will also be house parties that you can attend. Going out in L.A. is also an option. Take an Uber or have a designated driver, and the possibilities are endless. "
"There seems to be a party almost every Saturday night, but they are off campus. You have to know the right people to go to those parties. "
"There's a lot to do, going to the beach, hiking around Wildwood, going bowling, iceskating or lazertag."
"A lot of people go home. It gets pretty quiet on the weekends."
"It all depends on what events are hosted on what weekends. We do have a large population of students who live close to the school so they go home on the weekends. However, some sports teams have houses so people will go over to the houses to hang out on the weekends, go to sports events, or go to the local country club called borderline. "
"There are four halls for freshman: Mount Clef, Pederson, Thompson and South. In Pederson, Thompson and South, each room has a living room, two bedrooms and a bath room with four people sharing it. In Mount Clef, there are two bedrooms connected with a bath room and closet, with four people living in them."
"All dorms have Residents Assistants who host events each week. These events range from eating breakfast for dinner and watching a movie, to getting career advising. "
"There are tons of bonding activities. My favorite was the one where we went with our roommates to paint a doorstop--it was great being able to hang out with everyone with a craft."
"Thompsgiving is a big RA created tradition that many Freshman go to, located in the Thompson hall right before Thanksgiving."
"The dorms are really nice compared to some universities. There is room to breathe in most of them, and it easy to meet people who live near you as doors are open. "
"Compared to other univerisities we are really lucky when it comes to housing. Suite style is available in every hall except for Mount Clef, which means you get a bathroom and living room in your dorm room. Never have to go down the hall to go to the bathroom like at other schools, which is great!"
"Feels like a second home!"
Exploring Thousand Oaks
"Thousand Oaks is very safe and quiet."
"Thousand Oaks is a very quiet community. 90% of stores close at 10pm. You have to drive everywhere."
"Thousand Oaks is like the rich, nice part of LA that the celebrities want to be in. We see Justin Bieber at the mall and David Boreanaz at Sports Authority. The Kardashians live 20 minutes from campus, and Malibu beaches are less than an hour's drive away."
"Thousand Oaks is a very suburban town that is full of rich families. It is one of the safest places in the U.S. and luckily it's located very close to Malibu and L.A."
"I've lived in Thousand Oaks my entire life, when people say everything closes down at 9 or 10 at night they aren't exaggerating. There's nothing to do on the weekends without going to a different town, which is why most students on campus leave on the weekends."
"TO is not the most college-friendly town. Things are not open late for your midnight cravings, and most fun is after you turn 21."
"As far as eating in Thousand Oaks goes, 3 Amigos right next to campus is a popular inexpensive choice. For a more expensive sit down experience Stacked at The Oaks Mall is fantastic since you order on an iPad and customize your entire meal!"
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