Health & Safety

Malibu, CA
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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There have been some concerns about safety and I know that my freshman year we had some incidents but otherwise I've never been that worried on campus.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus feels really safe, people often walk on campus (to the HAWC, library, back to their dorms) at late hours both in groups and alone

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They're there to help but it's pretty expensive.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel extremely safe all the time and the Department of Public Safety is very accessible.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: We have had several safety concerns on campus - though a private campus the gates people are not always attentive


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 11th
    Safest Campuses
  • 752nd
    Best Student Health Center
  • 981st
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jackie Fetzer
Huntersville, NC
English Writing and Rhetoric
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Whatever concerns Pepperdine students may have about their chosen school, safety obviously is not one of them. Every so often, one will hear of a theft or two—first floor residence halls have been known to have their screens broken into—but hardly anyone ever expresses much anxiety over security. The in-room safes available for students to rent generally serve as dorm decorations, and unattended laptops are a common sight in the library. Certainly, no one seems worried about his or her own physical safety.

Malibu is not a dangerous town, so Pepperdine hardly needs to take many precautions, but it takes them anyway. Security guards monitor the gated entrances to campus 24 hours a day, and Public Safety vehicles are everywhere, always. Sprinkled throughout campus are emergency phones marked at night by blue lights. It is hard to imagine any circumstance, outside of a health emergency, when one would actually need to use one of them, but they are there just the same. In short, you need not worry about crime or personal safety on the Pepperdine campus. You may worry, however, about the rather hazard-prone roadways nearby, such as Pacific Coast Highway and the perilous Malibu Canyon Road. The fact that going anywhere requires traveling on one of these roads makes designated drivers all the more essential to any late-night partying, especially since Pepperdine’s bone-dry campus forces partiers to drive elsewhere for their shenanigans.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 0
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Office of Public Safety
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
(310) 506-4700 (emergencies) safety
Safety Services
  • Designated Driver Program
  • Emergency phones
  • Escort
  • Operation ID
  • Wave Watch
Health Center
Pepperdine Student Health Center
RHO Parking Lot - Towers Road
(310) 506-4316
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy and flu shots
  • Dermatology
  • Eating disorder treatment
  • First aid
  • Health insurance
  • Immunizations
  • Lab work
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Prescription refills
  • Referrals
  • Sports medicine
  • STD testing (including free and anonymous HIV testing)
  • Travel medicine
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 49 responses

  • 50% None
  • 14% Unlit pathways
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 9% Walking alone
  • 5% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Criminal activity near campus
  • 3% Excessive drinking
  • 3% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Drugs
  • 2% Theft/robberies
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 0% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 48 responses

  • 2% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 10% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 21% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 23% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 44% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 48 responses

  • 2% We have campus police?
  • 4% Not very visible.
  • 8% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 46% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 40% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 48 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 2% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 23% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 75% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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