California Lutheran University
- 4 Year
- THOUSAND OAKS, CA
California Lutheran University Reviews
Rating 3.78 out of 5 1,118 reviews
Great school with outstanding resources.Not strong in terms of social life, but in terms of achieving your academic goals, this is the place to attend.
I have not attended school in many years and wasn't sure how to navigate through the University system. The staff at California Lutheran University have been so informative and helpful. I can not wait to attend this fall!
So far I have enjoyed my time at California Lutheran. The students and staff are all so friendly, and it's easy to get to know more people on a personal level since it's a fairly small campus. The teachers I've had have all been amazing and genuinely want their students to excel. I play on a sports team at CLU and that experience has been just as enjoyable as my academic one. It is such a positive environment and everyone on the team works hard and looks out for one another. There are a number of sports teams and going to spectate games is one of the few things to do in your spare time. Since the school is in a mellow city, there isn't that much to do nearby, and most businesses in the area do not stay open very late. Along with the lack of activity and nightlife, the one other complaint I have is that the cafeteria food is not the best.
The online experience in general is a hit or miss. Certain professors know what they are doing, some don't. Students learn in different ways and for the most part zoom university isn't able to cater to that. Online learning also works for certain classes and majors, and for others it does not work at all. When you realize you are spending 45 grand for tuition, sometimes it is not worth it at all. In other cases, there is nothing they can do about a literal pandemic, so not too much blame could be put on an institution.
I have just finished my first year at California Lutheran University and I have mixed feelings about my time here so far. One thing I will say before I start is obviously it was during a pandemic, so most of the problems with it were not entirely the fault of the school. Schools had to work with their circumstances, but in some areas they could of done better, considering students are also dealing with a pandemic, not just the faculty. The on campus environment of the school is very desirable, however it was limited capacity so I couldn't speak on how it is at full capacity. The meal plan can be worth it if one made it worth it. First year students are required to get meal plans that end up costing 3 to 4 grand a year. It's a shame that it is required. Housing is also another 9,000 at least, but that price too bad if you have a good roommate situation. So far the majority of the professors are great, except the history and language professors. Do not take a history class here.
CLU is ok. They have strong social and behavioral science programs (business, psychology, etc.), but their STEM degrees (bio, chem, etc.) are mediocre at best compared to UCs, and were terrible during covid, because they didn’t allow students to perform any labs for a year during covid or didn’t pay to get a machine service leading to labs being cancelled because a machine wasn’t paid to be fixed. Students have many opportunities for research and working with professors due to the small campus size. Campus life is good, but the RAs are definitely strict on the no-drugs or alcohol rule. Although the university’s mission is based on diversity, it is rather limited in terms of inclusive action on campus. Campus dining is also mediocre due to limited dining hours and quality of food.
STEM learning online has been terrible due to inability to perform labs and inadequate resources provided to professors to perform labs remotely. Speaking from personal experience, social science professors have been pretty good about understanding and checking in with students during the pandemic.
Professors were great at being available and more considerate of my situation. Classes were on time and they interacted with the class.
Great private college, generous merit scholarships available, many activities to choose from, and many events for students
Course organization is easy enough to do by just the student, and class sizes are small. The professors are easy to talk to for advice or assistance. Student life is fairly quiet. The school is conducting Anti-racism work.
The online learning environment is easy to adapt to, but some professors find this difficult. Overall there are plenty of tools the school uses to assist with better academic online learning.
The professors are amazing and truly care about students. Very pricey considering we're over Zoom now.
The classes have been fine online, it's not the same experience as in person, so I don't think they should be charging the same.
Overall my experience at Cal Lutheran has been enjoyable. I've liked all my professors and the students have always been very kind. The campus itself is beautiful.
Online classes haven't been easy but for the most part Cal Lutheran has been making an effort to make the transition and changes easier for us. However, there seems to be a heavier workload since we aren't in person.
Most of the lectures are done live over zoom, with only a few exceptions for pre-recorded lectures. The homework and exams were transitioned very well onto the online format. The professors were quick to respond to emails. Overall, a very good experience.
My experience at Cal Lutheran has been very comfortable and educational. The professors are very kind and will listen to what you have to say. The campus is very beautiful, but small, which makes walking from class to class a breeze.
Many of my professors were very supportive and actively trying to make the most of the sudden changes. Some of them actually made me question whether attending class in-person is better due to the teacher having a well-made, detailed online curriculum.
Most of the facilities are good, and most of the faculty and staff are friendly. The reason why it isn't at 4 or 5 stars is because the school shows pride in diversity, but they still have a center dedicated to a politician who goes against that belief. In addition, there are certain times where it seems like the school and the professors are not synced up on information or new rules (possible communication problems).
This year all the teachers went online and they will be online next semester as well and so far all of the teachers i have been with online have been understanding online and internet issues and all the classes have been through Zoom and have done a good job of trying to keep the class as engaging as possible despite being online.