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Reviews 1096 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Junior

Academics: I love my major (Chemistry). My professors truly care about their students and will go out of their way to invest in each student on an individual level. Due to the small quantity of chemistry majors at Pepperdine, the required major classes are only offered at certain times, which makes some workloads more difficult than others, but I think the tradeoff of knowing most or all of my fellow Chemistry majors is well worth the cost of harder workloads.

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4 College Junior

Academics: The general education requirements are overbearing, but the professors are generally fantastic, the registration process works extremely well, and everyone that studies abroad loves it.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Health & Safety: There isn't much crime on campus. People feel safe leaving their belongings out just about anywhere on campus. It's a major issue when crimes to crop up. The Department of Public Services (DPS) is ineffective. They are the worst-governed body I have seen in my life. They are unorganized and slow to respond to calls. The officers are rude and inefficient in their duties. Regardless of the officers and office's effectiveness, campus remains a safe place.

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The "extrovert ideal" is a real thing on Pepperdine's campus. Everyone is extremely friendly. The typical student dresses fairly nicely. Sweatshirts/pants aren't generally worn like at other universities. It isn't uncommon to find people in wetsuits/bathing suits or without shoes on and around campus. Surfing is a major activity for students. There's a hammock club that many students participate in. There's something for everyone. Greek life only includes about 30% of the students, but it feels like it's everywhere. Not being involved in greek life isn't the end of the world. There's something for everyone.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Diversity: The campus is very diverse with politics. Not very diverse with religion.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The campus is very strict about drugs and alcohol...

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Our campus dining is small but great and easily accessible. The food is awesome and there are options!

4 College Junior

Facilities: All the facilities are clean and open to everyone. Great places to hang out!

4 College Junior

Facilities: Our school has a big christian community! Everyone is very nice and friendly.

5 College Junior

Majors: Internships are amazing!! And the staff at Pepperdine has a lot of connections and can help you succeed in one.

4 College Junior

Majors: My program is awesome and small. Very hands on and the teachers are very supportive and helpful.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is a great part of campus! The dances and formals are very fun.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics are big on campus even if students aren't involved in them they are active or support the teams.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There's a good mix between students!

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: It's a gorgeous campus with really nice people and helpful teachers!

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have never lived off campus. The upperclassmen tend to as we have a housing shortage.

3 College Freshman

Parking: The parking situation is not ideal. You need to have a car if you go to Pepperdine. You can usually find a spot in Rho but other than that, it is not perfect or convenient.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They are very strict. It is a dry campus and they really enforce that. They are strict about most things on campus and can be difficult at times.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation is not good. If you don't have a car you feel stranded. Public transportation is slow.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: I am incredibly happy with my major. It is very broad and I would definitely choose it again. I am not sure I want to do but anything in event planning or fashion would be interesting to me. I am worried that I won't be successful.

4 College Freshman

Majors: In order to be part of the IMC program, one can only apply if they have a 3.2 GPA and can apply starting their sophomore year. Other than that, it is not difficult.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are a lot of beautiful people and everyone tends to dress really well. There are many diverse interests and clubs to take part in. People only date to marry.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Definitely not the best. There are only a few places that are good for college students. But you can find the good places, you just have to look around. It tends to be pricey and not open late.

3 College Freshman

Computers: I did not use the school printers. I used the computers a few times and they were good.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love my experience so far. I love the sense of community and the diversity of people and activities. I was part of the Step Team on campus. I loved attending Celebration Chapel on Fridays and using my hammock in the sun outside of my dorm. I love the classes and the people. It is fantastic.


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Pepperdine Chapel
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Pepperdine Chapel Pepperdine Chapel Pepperdine puts a big emphasis on religion and Christianity. But yeah, even the chapel has an ocean view.
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Jackie Fetzer
Huntersville, NC
English Writing and Rhetoric
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Most Pepperdine students are happy with the college they picked, their minor critiques of particulars giving way to an overall appreciation of the experience and benefits Pepperdine has granted them that no other school could. Students who don’t gush forth wholehearted and unwavering words of love usually cite the school’s size and social climate as the source of whatever dissatisfactions they may have. When people decide to transfer from Pepperdine, it isn’t because of the lack of dining halls and parking availability, or some qualms they have about student housing; it’s because of the other Pepperdine students and the community environment they create. For example, some religious students are dismayed to discover that many don’t share their Christian enthusiasm. Others, in contrast, find the Christian atmosphere to
be overwhelming.

Many students complain that the high schools they attended were larger and less strict than Pepperdine, with more to do on the weekends, while others with similar high school experiences find Pepperdine a welcome respite. And while some find the small campus and even smaller student population comforting, others find that Pepperdine’s quaintness inhibits their growth and restricts their social life. There’s nothing small, though, about the 125-foot cross that stands at the forefront of the Malibu campus the job of which is to proclaim loudly and clearly that Pepperdine’s mission is not merely academic.

Ultimately, Pepperdine’s considerable Christian affiliation defines it as a school. More specifically, it’s the interaction between the religious emphasis and seemingly contradictory elements—luxury automobiles, non-Christian students, high heels and mini-skirts, a broad liberal arts education with its overwhelming price tag, the desire to let loose and party once in a while—that makes Pepperdine a dynamic and truly unique environment. The most amazing thing about Pepperdine may be that it has managed to hold onto its religious inclinations while still maintaining an excellent academic reputation. The University’s mission statement affirms that “the educational process may not, with impunity, be divorced from the divine process.” This language contrasts markedly with the prevailing public opinion that religion and academic rigor simply don’t mix, and it highlights Pepperdine’s willingness to approach higher education in unconventional ways. In the end, Pepperdine is a small Christian school that really wants its students to grow into people who might make the world a better place. It is not for everyone, but it offers plenty of rewards to those willing to take advantage of the educational and spiritual environment that is, after all, the reason they built Pepperdine in the first place.

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