Academics

Location
Malibu, CA
Undergrads
3,086
Tuition
$42,772
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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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.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Registration can get annoying as class fill up quickly and athletes and other groups get earlier registration. Work load can range from quite difficult to moderate depending on the classes you are taking. Most professors are invested in what they are teaching and with small class sizes, you will get to know them on a personal level and they will actually know you by a name, rather than a number.

3 College Senior

Academics: The school offers a variety of courses and the teaching staff is honestly very knowledgeable. The facilities and classrooms are all great.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Overall, Pepperdine is excellently academically. However, there are so many GEs we have to take. Being a bio major, I have to take 2 sciences per semester. Then I have to add in my GE requirements.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 44th
    Most Available Classes
  • 97th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 109th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 111st
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 157th
    Best Registration Process

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jackie Fetzer
Hometown
Huntersville, NC
Major
English Writing and Rhetoric
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Pepperdine people seem genuinely satisfied with their instructors and their courses. Class sizes matter more than an incoming student might expect, and Pepperdine offers some of the smallest, most intimate classes in California. Students unanimously praise the one-on-one interaction that Pepperdine teachers tend to promote, just as they lament the two or three lecture-oriented general education courses they may have endured over their four years in Malibu. Whether one appreciates the religious tilt of many Pepperdine courses will most likely depend on one's own beliefs. However, most consider the Christian emphasis to be, at its worst, only mildly tedious or distracting.

Pepperdine emphasizes the importance of teaching over research, so professors are invariably available, approachable, smart, and happy to help their students with just about anything. A result of this warm and fuzzy student-professor relationship is that a lot of classes seem, well, not particularly demanding; one wonders whether more expectations and harder assignments might provoke, in turn, more learning. Most students don't complain too much about all of that, though. Also, the administration aims its funding predominantly toward its business and natural science programs, at times leaving its other departments out in the cold-despite Pepperdine's self-description as a liberal arts school. Incoming students should definitely consider the four-semester Great Books program, which not only introduces students to the history of Western thought, it also satisfies a lot of GE requirements (even math!). Also, the excellent international programs are an opportunity not to be missed. Those who can manage the expense of spending a semester, or a year, in Florence or Buenos Aires or any of the other popular Pepperdine destinations, should do just that.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
13:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
386
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
309
Total FT Faculty
386
Faculty with Terminal Degree
91%
Average Faculty Salary
$97,884
Full-Time Retention Rate
91%
Part-Time Retention Rate
100%
Graduation Rate
81%
Programs/Majors Offered
69
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 68%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 30%
  • 50 or More Students: 2%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Frank R. Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences
  • George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management
  • School of Public Policy
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 15%
  • Clinical Psychology: 4%
  • Law: 4%
  • Psychology: 4%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Best Places to Study
  • Howard A. White Center
  • Payson Library
  • Waves CafĂ©
Tips to Succeed
  • As with any other school, to succeed academically requires
  • Be sociable. Pepperdine students are, on average, very friendly, so if you're not afraid to be a little gregarious, you will make friends in a hurry.
  • If you decide to join a fraternity or sorority, be aware that Greek life will demand a lot of your time and energy; during pledge week, it is very easy to tell which freshmen are pledging, as they are the ones nodding off in your 8 a.m. classes.
  • If you're not Christian or not particularly religious, know that Pepperdine does not take its Christian mission statement lightly. Don't be surprised, for example, that you need to take three semesters of religion instruction. And don't be annoyed by all the religious fervor on campus, because, after all, an awful lot of students choose Pepperdine specifically because of its Christian affiliation.
  • Strike up good relationships with your professors, especially the ones teaching your major courses, immediately. Simply put, you will do better in their courses if you do. Also, it's good to build contacts for when you need advice or recommendations.
  • Take advantage of the international programs. If possible, spend a whole year somewhere. You won't regret it.
  • Take the Great Books Colloquium in lieu of a freshman seminar course. It's a four-semester obligation, but it satisfies a number of GE credits and is excellent preparation for the tougher courses you'll face as an upperclassman. It will help you immensely to think, discuss, argue, and write like a college student.
  • that you know-or learn quickly-how to balance your time and resist the temptation to, for example, hit the bars every night of the week.
Did You Know?
Pepperdine is particularly proud of its great international programs; over half of all Pepperdine students travel abroad in at least one of these programs during the course of their college study.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 13 responses

  • 38% Tamera Mowry - star of TV's "Sister, Sister"
  • 12% Randy Wolf - plays for the Philadelphia Phillies
  • 8% Steven Baldwin - executive director, Council for National Policy
  • 8% Rod Blagojevich (JD) - former governor of Illinois
  • 8% Doug Christie - plays for the Sacramento Kings
  • 4% Dain Blanton - Olympic gold medalist, beach volleyball
  • 4% Bob Ctvrtlik - Olympic gold medalist, volleyball
  • 4% Todd R. Platts (JD) - U.S. senator from Texas
  • 4% Brad Gilbert - former tennis player, coach
  • 4% Elliot Carson Taylor - Author & Businessman
  • 4% Lots of famous people went to Pepperdine.
  • 0% Jason Gore - Walker Cup Team and PGA Tour member
  • 0% Eric Christian Olsen (did not graduate) - actor
  • 0% Jami Miscik - economic/intelligence analyst
  • 0% James K. Hahn (JD) - mayor of Los Angeles
  • 0% Tia Mowry - star of TV's "Sister, Sister"
  • 0% Dennis Johnson - NBA hall of famer, coach
  • 0% Montell Jordan - R&B recording artist
  • 0% Jessica Rivera - soprano opera singer
  • 0% Richard Carlson (Ph.D.) - author

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 34 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 35 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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