Campus Strictness

Location
Malibu, CA
Undergrads
3,086
Tuition
$42,772
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I have no problem with the amount of strictness at Pepperdine. However, I do not like that lack of class attendance is penalized. I am paying to go take my classes, and if I don't want to go to class, I believe that that decision should not affect my grade if I am still turning in assignments and doing well on exams.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: As strict as it seems, you can get away with a lot, I'm not suggesting you do that, but if you live life on the edge, your classmates may know about it, but anyone in power probably doesn't. DPS (campus security) is super helpful, they can give you a ride to your dorm if its really late. Just know that if you break a major rule you will most likely have to go to the disciplinary board and they have been known to dish out strict "sentences". So just don't do it, or just don't get caught. Don't think your invincible, that will make you careless and make it easier to get in trouble, just be smart.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: We're a very strict school with regards to policies but it's usually not a issue if you just follow the rules.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The school balances their Christian mission statement well with up to date societal norms. There are visiting hour rules between guy dorms and girl dorms but they allow for 24 hour lobby visitation during finals to allow for collaborative studying. Mostly, the strictness helps the campus and doesn't hurt it.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Dry campus; DPS is helpful and strict when they need to be; RAs enforce visitation hours in dorms, some are more strict than others

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 64th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 292nd
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 1171st
    Best Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jackie Fetzer
Hometown
Huntersville, NC
Major
English Writing and Rhetoric
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Students almost unanimously identify Pepperdine as inflexible when it comes to enforcing campus rules and regulations. Even things you do off campus can get you in trouble, so you really have to take pains to watch your step wherever you go. Further complicating matters are a few particularly stringent policies, such as the one that prohibits guests of the opposite sex in any dorm room between 1 a.m. and 10 a.m. A uniquely lenient RA may not write you up for such an infraction, but he or she will certainly send the guest packing—even if it’s Mom or Dad stopping by to bring you your favorite pillow at 9 a.m. Also, “quiet hours” extend from 10 p.m. to 10 a.m., which means that if you raise a ruckus, or even a semi-ruckus, during this period, you are likely to get a visit from Public Safety or your RA. Given these restrictions, it’s not hard to understand why on-campus partying does not exactly flourish at Pepperdine.

Nevertheless, students also insist that, if you can manage to hide whatever you’re doing from Public Safety and from the watchful eyes of your RA, you can get away with a lot. Some RAs have even been known to party hard with their underage residents. But these wild souls are generally the exception, as the majority of delinquent students have discovered the hard way. Know that if you do get caught, for example drinking in your dorm room, there will be a price to pay. One infraction will put you on academic probation and endanger any scholarships or aid you receive from the University. The freshman class has also been rather successfully cowed by the threat of being banned from international study for this first violation. One or two infractions after that, and you could find yourself in a heap of trouble.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Drinking
  • Having a member of the opposite sex in your room or suite after 1 a.m.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 57 responses

Very strict
Very lenient
  • Alcohol use in dorms
  • Attendance
  • Creating new student organizations
  • Drug use
  • Honor code
  • Noise violations
  • Parking
  • Protests/demonstrations
  • Underage drinking
  • Visitation in dorms

How do the campus police or safety officers affect your campus experience?    Based on 55 responses

  • 4% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 7% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 44% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 45% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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