I'm a parent of a student at CLU, so I can at least give you that perspective. The area is very safe. The campus is basically surrounded by suburban houses, but within a 5 to 10 minute drive you have huge malls, movie theaters, lots of restaurants, etc. There are parks and hiking trails nearby. The weather is pretty much perfect all year around. They don't seem to offer a lot in the way of organized activities, but maybe that is just my son not taking advantage of everything? He is happy there. They do have clubs and an amazing gym, but it seems to be fairly quiet on campus. I think most students have cars, and some leave campus on weekends.
The is my DD's first year and she received merit money(20K) It was the best deal compared to the other california universities she applied to. Go to CLU Scholarships - Undergraduate Financial Aid | CLU and you will see how much she could receive based on GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Also if her scores are high enough she could be invited back to compete for more merit money during honors weekend which is usually in February where they interview students for presidential scholarships of varying amounts. Good Luck. So far my DD loves the school and small class sizes. I would be happy to answer any other questions you may have.
A little late to this discussion, but my DD goes to Cal Lu as well and is loving life. There is a nice little shopping center within walking distance of the with some nice restaurants and a Trader Joe's as well. There is a bakery in the center that makes some really nice Red Velvet Cupcakes as well. She just really loves the atmosphere, the classes everything
A little late to this thread. Just wondering if any students can comment on the social life on the weekends. CLU looks incredible and offers my daughter so much. How much of a commuter school is CLU? Are there things to do on the weekends? Is the campus too quiet on the weekends or does it offer a lot? Any comments would be greatly appreciated.
My DD is a freshman there now. There are some activities/parties on the weekends, sponsored mainly by the dorms it sounds like. There are a number of commuter students, so while it is not dead on the weekends, it can be quiet. There is a nice strip mall within walking distance, and a big mall (The Oaks) a few miles away.
Besides the initial merit offering, there is the presidential scholarship competition where they can add more merit aid. Other than that it would probably be best to ask the financial aid department directly.
One thing, if you can have your daughter do an overnight stay. That is what made my daughter fall in love with the place
My daughter is attending admitted students day. Anybody else going to admitted students day? We really want her to do an overnight and the drive is 3 hours each way. What is anyone's opinion? Admitted students day and overnight on another day or just overnight? Is admitted students day worth a second drive?
My DD stayed there for one night, and she thought one night was sufficient. The other times we went there we stayed in the local hotels. BTW, the Best Western on Thousand Oaks Blvd is very nice. So close to the Oaks Mall. A longish walk, but should not be overly taxing. or a really short drive
we also received our dtrs fin.aid pkg. while the cost is high, the merit award was also generous. is anyone attending the "accepted student day"? we plan on attending and just rsvp'd.
we really like the idea of our dtr being able to live on campus for all 4 yrs. many of her other college choices do not offer 4 yr housing. This is a problem for us because we've known many families who have had to pay much more money in the long run having to secure an apt. for their children. they have to pay for all the utilities and also are living among non-students.
hopefully, it will all work out and she will fall in love with the school next weekend during admitted day
I have to say I really like the fact that our daughter can live on campus for all 4 years as well. What a comfort ! Did you see on f/b that a football player at CLU is being scouted by the NFL!!! check it out on CLU f/b .
We're really trying to make this work. We're also trying to help our son with law school. He's a senior at Harvard and was accepted to Harvard, Yale, Stanford and Duke. All great schools, but the financial part is making me nauseous...
Big prayers in our household to be able to send our daughter to Cal Lu and send our son to law school