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4 College Junior

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

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.

College Freshman

Athletics: I attend classes on a satellite campus. I don't attend games.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: Pepperdine lacks a strong fan base, even from its students. Basketball is about the only sport anyone really cares about and even then the only good turnouts are the ones for rival games or games against competitive schools. A lot of this has to do with Firestone Fieldhouse being so small and outdated so hopefully when the new stadium is built this will give the students and athletes something to rally around.

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.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1223rd
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 1312nd
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jackie Fetzer
Huntersville, NC
English Writing and Rhetoric
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Most students agree that the athletic scene at Pepperdine is pretty dismal. The vacuum left by the lack of a football team puts the money-making pressure on men’s basketball, a program with a habitually dismal record. More competitively ranked sports, namely the men’s volleyball and water polo teams, are beginning to draw bigger and bigger crowds. Yet, school spirit seems to be half-hearted at best, and stands do not necessarily fill up for every game. Overall, though, Pepperdine’s athletics program is considered in relation to the University’s small size.

On the other hand, Pepperdine’s more active students flock to the surprisingly popular intramural and club teams. Club water polo, rugby, and surfing are competitive and draw as many spectators as the average varsity tennis match. Intramural volleyball and basketball are also quite popular and spawn amusing team rivalries. Maybe Pepperdine students are just more inclined to participate in the sporting life than they are to kick back and watch. At any rate, regardless of how good some of Pepperdine’s varsity teams are, people do not exhibit an overwhelming amount of support or enthusiasm for them.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: West Coast Conference
School Colors
Orange and blue
School Nickname
Waves, Willy the Wave
Men Playing Varsity Sports
122 - 9%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
114 - 7%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Equestrian
  • Lacross (men's and women's)
  • Rugby
  • Soccer (men's)
  • Surfing
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Water polo (women's)
  • Basketball
  • Beach volleyball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Athletic Training Center
  • Firestone Fieldhouse
  • Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool
  • Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center
  • Stotsenberg Track
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, men's volleyball
Most Overlooked Teams
Cross country, golf, swimming
School Spirit
Some students have oodles of school spirit. Others just don't. Those who have it tend to be fraternity and sorority members, student council types, or otherwise extraordinarily enthusiastic personalities.
Getting Tickets
General lack of interest in Pepperdine athletics guarantees that you never have problems getting tickets to a game. Students can get into all home sporting events with only their university ID cards. The only games that come close to "filling the stands" are the homecoming and rivalry basketball games. On the bright side, tickets for families and friends are significantly cheaper than they would be at bigger universities.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The safest bet to avoid breaking a sweat climbing stairs or hills is to walk in neat, flat ovals around the Stotsenberg Track. As a bonus, you are likely to walk into a celebrity or two, since a few are known to use Pepperdine's track.
Did You Know?
Pepperdine hasn't had a football team since the 1940s. The student body proudly compensates by wearing "Pepperdine Football: Still Undefeated" sweatshirts.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 51 responses

  • 6% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 63% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 27% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 4% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 53 responses

  • 4% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 66% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 19% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 11% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 52 responses

  • 15% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 75% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 10% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.


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