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California Lutheran: bare facts, ultra-safe, residential community, upper middle class homes, beach

 
Old 02-20-2008, 09:31 PM
 
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Hi, I was looking at CAlifornia Lutheran as one of my fianl picks for colleges. Could you guys give me a bit of advice and facts about it from the local point of view. I couldn't find a subforum for Thousand Oaks so I think the closest place would be Los Angeles. I just want the bare facts about how the college really is. Don;t leave out the juicy stuff But my college decision is really important and it is really far aay from my homestate (TN) thanks everyone.
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Old 02-21-2008, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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What do you think your major will be?

I attended CLU from 1996-99 (MBA). It is located in an ultra-safe, residential community. Compared to just about every college I can think of (UCLA, UCSB, CSULB, CSUN, The Claremonts, USC) CLU would be considered a very boring place for college kids. The exact opposite of UCSB's Isla Vista (where I lived prior to attending CLU). You are surrounded by upper middle class homes 90% of which are families with kids type thing. On the other hand, the region is full of outdoor things to do: Cycling is huge, mountain biking, hiking, league sports. The beach is about 40 minutes away.

Academically, I found CLU to be pretty easy (of course I had just finished an MS in Computer Engineering and compared to that MBA coursework is pretty easy). Most of my classmates where full time employees like myself.

It is a small school and that has big advantages: The faculty can really help you succeed. They are very available and they integrate well with the students. Everyone knows everyone; It really does have the proverbial "family" culture to the campus. In fact, the faculty gave me (trusted me with) the keys to their audio visual lab so I could use their professional Nikon slide scanner at night to scan about 500 of my dad's slides. That took several evenings a week for about a month. That was pretty cool of them.

Since I graduated, there has been a ton of construction for academic buildings and also a huge sports complex on the north side of the campus. So I guess it isn't a sleepy little campus anymore.

Most of the kids there are white. There seemed to be a lot of kids from Europe there too...could have been my imagination though. Not sure.

There is residential housing.

My impression is a lot of kids there had financial aid.

CLU has made US News College Rankings:

USNews.com: America's Best Colleges 2008: California Lutheran University: At a glance
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Old 02-21-2008, 09:32 PM
 
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Thanks a lot. Do you mind if I ask how well your degree carried you? What were the best majors when you were there? Was the environment so "family like" that you still keep in contact and have good friends from your college days?
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Old 02-21-2008, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Thanks a lot. Do you mind if I ask how well your degree carried you? What were the best majors when you were there? Was the environment so "family like" that you still keep in contact and have good friends from your college days?
The MBA allowed me to be considered for promotions and more grab more responsibility. My boss gave me a CAM (Cost Account Manager) responsibility at one time. Mostly though it helped with personal finance.

I don't know anyone from the folks I graduated with. Most of us were older with families already sort of settled down.
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