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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.

College Freshman

Nightlife: I never was invited/attended any parties. I had no interest.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Pepperdine is a religious institution, although it is accepting of all kinds of students. It has many international students.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: It is a beautiful campus. Libraries don't have great lighting. Campus events and activities are incredible. They offer so many things.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Pepperdine has incredible connections with various companies all over the world. They have a great abroad program. Waves Weekend and weekend activities are amazing.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It is fantastic. There are always public safety cars driving around and can take you anywhere on campus at night.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The school is very expensive but I did get some aid. I wish I had some more.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I never saw any alcohol or drugs on campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Only really have one main place for food (the caf). Offers a good variety, but basically the same thing every day... the Grill takes forever so expect to wait 20-25 minutes just for a burger. You can get Calamari and Steak from the grill at night, which is nice. The only other places are LaBrea (in the caf), which has sandwiches, salads, and a few baked good, but is only opened for lunch. The HAWC (near freshman dorms) is good, fast, but again limited menu. Finally, there is Jamba Juice, but other than that... no food options on campus besides small little store (Nature's Edge) in the caf.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not a big deal at all. Yes, people drink, but rarely on campus.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Not a lot of public transportation, 99.9% of people just use personal cars.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Most people look relatively good (physically and dress wise) even at 8AM. can be anywhere from bathing suits (for guys) to designer clothes with a Birkin (for girls); however most girls dress pretty casually.

College Freshman

Computers: Wireless is available almost everywhere on campus, but can be spotty. Definitely need to bring own computer because why would you not? Printer is very helpful and convenient, but not needed.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: It's great for the size school we are. The HAWC is a popular late night hang out for freshman. Library has weird hours (closes at 6 on fridays and 5 on saturdays) The gym is okay, but underneath the field house... you would think they could build a bigger, better gym above ground facing the ocean? Not a lot of green space on campus, but a few plaza with tables and fountains nearby which is nice.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Studying Abroad at Pepperdine is probably the best academic program that sets the school apart. You can spend a year, semester, or summer in London, Heidelburg, Florence, Lausanne, Shanghai, Buenos Aires, and Washington D.C. Incredible opportunities and experiences in each location. One of the best parts about Pepperdine.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Depends on the person you are. I found it to be okay, but some of the rules (opposite sex out by 1 AM are annoying). Also really depends on the RAs, some are more strict than others (especially those in the girl dorms). Pepperdine is a dry-campus, which can be a good/bad thing. Good in the fact that you don't have drunk people everywhere 24/7 like a state school, but bad because if you get caught drinking in your dorm or coming back drunk you can get in a lot of trouble (DPS involvement, possibly suspension, lose ability to go abroad, etc)

College Freshman

Scholarships: If you make a lot of money (which is a lot of Pepperdine kids) you will not get financial aid. However, for those who don't make a lot financial aid is great (possibly). Just depends on who much your family makes, but Pepperdine is very generous in scholarships.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: No school spirit at all. Can get a decent crowd if we are playing a big game against one of our rivals, but other than that... none at all. They do offer free stuff at basically every game to get people to go, but no one really stays the whole time. The athletic facilities are decent for the school we are and the level of our athletic teams.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Depends where "off campus" means to you. In Malibu itself, the dining is excellent, but expensive to those not use to paying those types of prices. I find the restaurants to be very good, convenient (since Malibu is so small, but parking can be annoying at some places at certain times) and I eat out very often in Malibu. However, for those that can't afford Malibu dining, you live in greater Los Angeles, lots of cheaper places through the canyon in Calabasas, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village and then SaMo, Beverly Hills, etc. All of those places are at least a 20 minute drive, but lots of options once you get out of the Malibu Bubble. There are a few student discounts at Malibu Seafood, Kaishin, Coogies, Howdys, and a few other restaurants, but those are the more lower end restaurants in Malibu. Expect to pay at least $15-20 if you go out to eat in Malibu, if not more.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Pepperdine has been the best experience for me. I would do it all over again in a heart beat and I feel that everyone at this school is genuinely nice, caring, and supportive. From NSO week, Waves Weekend, Winter Wonderland (ice skating and snow), Songfest, Project Serve Missions for Spring Break, Study Abroad, and more, Pepperdine has made my college experience amazing.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing is excellent compared to a lot of other universities. Freshman dorms are set up suite style with 4 rooms (2/3 per room), a common room, and a shared common bathroom with 2 sinks, showers, toliets. The rooms are very spacious and a lot have ocean view, which is nice. There are 6 suites per dorm and the common lobby on the main floor has a fire place and TV that offers free DirectTV. Each dorm has a laundry room as well with one dryer and two washing machines (they only take credit or debit so be prepared).

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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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