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3 College Senior

Campus Dining: After awhile it gets annoying.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: On Campus dining isn't great, but it is definitely better than other schools. There are plenty of choices so you won't get bored, but sometimes the food isn't awesome. In my opinion, the breakfast at the cafe is fantastic.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I personally life the food but there is not many healthy options. It is also difficult for gluten-free, vegetarian, or other eating preferences to find options. The caf also closes at 9:00pm. There is a place to get food late at night but there are hardly any options.

College Sophomore

Campus Dining: My campus is a satellite campus location so campus dining is not offered - unless you count the vending machine which has standard food selections.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Healthy eating is a big deal on campus. You're kind of looked down on if you're a girl and you get pizza or ice cream. You'll end up eating way more granola bars than candy bars. It's just the culture.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 77th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 143rd
    Best Quality Food
  • 225th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 233rd
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 302nd
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jackie Fetzer
Huntersville, NC
English Writing and Rhetoric
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Few Pepperdine students seem to appreciate fully the fine culinary offerings heaped onto their plates by the good people at Sodexho Marriott Services. This could mean one of two things: either a select few of us have very low standards, or the Pepperdine student body has extraordinarily high ones. Still, it's certainly safe to say that Pepperdine can number itself among the better-tasting American universities. The basic meal plan is more than sufficient, even for those who just can't resist getting double heaping portions of the ever-reliable London Broil, or succulent pork tenderloin sliced right before their eyes by the steady hands of the Waves Café personnel. Don't worry, there are also plenty of vegetarian offerings. The "Caf," as students always call it, is the main dining area on campus, and it features many very large windows through which to gaze at the blue Pacific while you chomp your way through a delectable meal. Some might express displeasure regarding the dearth of dining halls, but the one Pepperdine does offer leaves little to complain about.

Just around the corner from the Caf, the Oasis serves pizza and made-to-order sandwiches on fresh-baked bread. Most eating takes place at either the Caf or the Oasis, but the little coffee counters on campus offer pre-packaged sandwiches and salads that are really quite good, as far as pre-packaged sandwiches and salads go. On the downside, to eat exclusively at Pepperdine is not an inexpensive endeavor, and the 1,000-point standard meal plan expires at the end of each semester-whether or not you've exhausted all your points. In keeping with its Christian mission, however, Pepperdine does give students the option of donating those unused points toward food for the needy.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$4700 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites
  • The Coffee House
  • The Law School Cafeteria
  • The Oasis
  • The Waves Café
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Did You Know?
Saturday nights in the Waves Café are buffet nights. The grill, salad bar, and carvery are shut down and an internationally themed buffet takes over. Coincidentally, most students eat off campus on Saturday nights.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Café Fresca
Location: Center for Communications and Business
Food: Coffee, sandwiches, salads, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Coffee House
Location: The HAWC
Food: Breakfast foods, coffee, cookies, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
Location: Tyler Campus Center
Food: Salads, sandwiches, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Law School Cafeteria
Location: Law School
Food: Entrees, salads, desserts
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Friday 7:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Location: Tyler Campus Center
Food: Pizza, sandwiches, smoothies
Hours: Sunday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Waves Café
Location: Rockwell Dining Center
Food: Entrée stations, dessert, salad bar, soups
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 41 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 30% Curly fries from the HAWC
  • 30% Breakfast options
  • 20% Any time they serve fish in the Caf
  • 10% Natures Edge Chili
  • 10% Steak and Potatoes, Calamari (caf) Brownies (hawc)

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 5 responses

  • 43% Not enough options
  • 29% Can't use points off campus
  • 29% Being left with too many meal points at the end

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 5 responses

  • 100% Prepared when you order it- fresh food!
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