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

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 Senior

Academics: Great professors who care about you!!

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: There are more business and science majors than all the other majors combined. Ok, well I don't know that for a fact, but most people I've talked to are either one of those two majors. Each department runs pretty much independently so it's sometimes difficult to double major or triple major if the majors are in separate departments.

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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 9 responses

  • 31% Tamera Mowry - star of TV's "Sister, Sister"
  • 12% Steven Baldwin - executive director, Council for National Policy
  • 12% Randy Wolf - plays for the Philadelphia Phillies
  • 6% Dain Blanton - Olympic gold medalist, beach volleyball
  • 6% Rod Blagojevich (JD) - former governor of Illinois
  • 6% Bob Ctvrtlik - Olympic gold medalist, volleyball
  • 6% Todd R. Platts (JD) - U.S. senator from Texas
  • 6% Brad Gilbert - former tennis player, coach
  • 6% Elliot Carson Taylor - Author & Businessman
  • 6% 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% Doug Christie - plays for the Sacramento Kings
  • 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

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  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

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  • Interest in students
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