Location
Malibu, CA
Undergrads
3,086
Tuition
$42,772
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 1005 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Most places to eat in Malibu are very expensive. Chipotle, McDonalds and Jack in the Box are the only cheap options.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I am so glad I live on campus. It is much more convenient, and it's a beautiful place to live. The suites of freshman housing are a lot of fun, but it is a little crowded living in a triple bedroom. The view is worth it though. It isn't that bad.

3 College Freshman

Academics: The workload for a chemistry major is huge. I am currently taking chemistry, biology, calculus and Chinese. I have heard there are some interesting opportunities to do research through Pepperdine.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors at Pepperdine are seriously the greatest!!

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I haven't seen any drugs at Pepperdine.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Permits are free, but parking is far away. Not having a car is very difficult because it is a long and strenuous walk off campus to get anywhere, and Malibu is very far from any LA-area entertainment.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There are lots of computers on campus at various locations. It would be beneficial, I think, to have more printers available, and with color-printing capabilities.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I have no problem with the amount of strictness at Pepperdine. However, I do not like that lack of class attendance is penalized. I am paying to go take my classes, and if I don't want to go to class, I believe that that decision should not affect my grade if I am still turning in assignments and doing well on exams.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't have any knowledge about off-campus housing.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I came in as a journalism major and was advised to take several major classes that ended up being a waste of time and money for me, because I switched to a chemistry major. Now I am considering switching to biology. If I had to do it over, I would have taken general education courses in the beginning of the year instead of major classes.

College Freshman

Majors: There was no process to get into my program.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Pepperdine has the most beautiful campus, which helps encourage students to study outside and enjoy the beautiful weather instead of spending all day indoors.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are atheists, homosexuals and so on, on campus. We have every race you can think of, people from all over the country and the world. Everyone is very accepting, republican, democrat, gay, straight no matter we have it and are cool with it.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: There are a ton of GE's but most of them aren't that bad. The teachers here really care about their work and about their student. The library is amazing and within there are a variety of places to study. Students develop friendships with most of their teachers and the work load isn't too bad, it really just depends on what your taking. Most of the classes are really organized so form day one you will know everything expected of you for the semester as well as when everything is due. When it comes to teachers there is always the occasional lemon, but overall the Pepperdine Staff is amazing, you learn so much, and they make it so interesting.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The Beach!!! miles and miles of beautiful sandy beaches, gorgeous cliffs, dolphins, whales, seals. All found at Malibu's best attraction the beach. Santa Monica is near by, there is great shopping and the Pier with rides and games. Thousand Oaks is through the canyon, and there is a great mall there. Chili festival in the fall in Malibu, rides and great food. Hollywood is just around the corner. Its super safe in Malibu, and the locals don't mind us, they just accept us as part of their life. When you think malibu, think amazing beaches, shorts and sandals, and nice cars, beautiful houses, and gorgeous people.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many amazing restaurants in Malibu: greek, italian, mexican, vegan, you name we have it. what we don't have is fast food, there are like 2 or 3 fast food chains, but with great food like Howdy's burritos, Marmalade cafe, Coogie's, Lily's burritos, and so many more you will only want to make a late night J-BO (jack in the box) run every now and then. If your vegan there are great place to like Sunlife, We have everything and there are so many different price ranges that you can eat whatever you want no problem. Just avoid Nobu unless your planning to spending a ton of money on Sushi. Side note there is a fantastic Farmers market on weekends that has great food, and don't forget Crumbs cupcakes, and Grom gelato.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Its really simple, you just have to submit your fasfa and they determine how much aid should be given to you, and they will make an offer that you will see on your wavenet, you can accept all of it or as much of it as you choose. If you need help they are just an email away, and if you need in person help, the staff is great at answering all your questions.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs are more of a personal choice than a group event, alcohol is the main choice of the population, even then its more of a subculture. your not going to see people sitting around with alcohol. You see it at parties, and the occasional beach party or kickback. The thing about Pepperdine is that students don't care if you do or you don't, what you do is your choice no one is going to make you do anything.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My Freshman year, was something out of a movie, absolutely incredible and this year I'm living the dream again in a study abroad program. Spring concert my freshman year, we had Imagine Dragons, Thick as Thieves, and Matt and Kim. We have film festivals, art shows, great theater productions, Songfest!!! and so many great things. If I could do it over I would make the same choices because Pepperdine is just that great. The teachers are awesome they just want everyone to do well, and the Caf is great (it can be repetitive) but we get to have Steak and baked potatoes, pasta, fro-yo, artisan pizza, Pete's coffee, burgers, calamari, and an awesome salad and sandwich bar. Just say yes!!!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: As strict as it seems, you can get away with a lot, I'm not suggesting you do that, but if you live life on the edge, your classmates may know about it, but anyone in power probably doesn't. DPS (campus security) is super helpful, they can give you a ride to your dorm if its really late. Just know that if you break a major rule you will most likely have to go to the disciplinary board and they have been known to dish out strict "sentences". So just don't do it, or just don't get caught. Don't think your invincible, that will make you careless and make it easier to get in trouble, just be smart.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Pepperdine's greek life is unlike any other school. There are no greek houses, so you continue to live in your original housing, but thats okay because you spend so much time with your brothers and sisters anyway. For Sororities, rush can be pretty rough and even emotional draining, but it pays off int the end, pledge life is the best for girls. Fraternities rush is easy and pledge is the more difficult stuff, but it pays off because the guys bond so much. Hazing is non existent on our campus. And if your not in greek life, no worries its not for everyone, you can still go to all the events and all the parties, and you can still participate in Songfest. Everyone is friends with everyone greek or non-greek, and the fraternities and sororities despite the occasional competition like each other as well.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: If you don't have a car don't worry one of your friends will. the good thing is Pepperdine has an on campus shuttle service that not only can get you around school but can take you to Ralphs (grocery store). If you are worried about getting to the beach its down an hill, across the street and a short hike away, if you don't have a car (the hike is beautiful and easy). If you want to go somewhere farther out than Ralphs then makes sure you know someone with a car.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The teams are great, nothing beats going to a game. We are constantly getting free shirts, burritos, cupcakes and so on just because we went to a game. Basketball season is best if you want free stuff. the Volleyball games are excellent just like the teams, and Baseball is the best, watching a great sport on a beautiful field with the ocean as a backdrop and the occasional celebrity siting. Just saying but Adam Sandler as well as NBA players are constantly on campus playing basketball.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: All parties are off campus at peoples houses, there are also some bars around everyone likes to go to the Malibu Inn (bar) on Tuesday nights. If partying is not your thing there are plenty of on campus activities going on all the time, and Santa Monica 3rd street promenade (shopping) or the Santa Monica Pier are about 20 minutes away. Even though its a dry campus the night life is still great just seek it off campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I loved living on campus, Freshman housing you live with about 50 other people, the dorm is essentially a house. It has 6 suites and each suite has 4 bedrooms. theres a great social atmosphere in the house. There are common rooms in each suite as well a main one in the entry of the house. I lived in triple which meant there were three of us in one, room. It was totally manageable, just make sure you are clear with your roommates if you have any problems. Freshman housing is really easy to aquire, they allow you to choose which house you want to live in and each one has a view and a theme. Overall its great.

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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
Hometown
Huntersville, NC
Major
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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