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Reviews 1097 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The professors on campus ensure that each student leaves their class each day feeling confident about their homework or test the nest day.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have many friends who have already gotten all the preparation needed for an internship. Pepperdine hires student empolyees so that they may gain the real life work experience needed for internships or jobs outside of the campus. There is also a Business sorority/frat that will help an individual in finding excellent internships.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There have not been serious crimes on campus that I have heard of. I have only heard of more of the minor crimes that do not violate ones personal safety. Overall, I believe the safety services on campus are excellent.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus comes with several benefits. There is a laundry service that you may purchase per semester that will wash and dry the students clothes, and will deliver them straight to your dorm, folded. There is also a cleaning service that comes once a week to sanitize the bathrooms as well as the common room of the house.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: To my surprise, the Greek life on campus is not as reputable as other Universities. There are no Greek houses or parties due to the staff's concern that the parties may hurt Pepperdine's reputation. However, non-students do not view Greek students any differently.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics at Pepperdine are the primary reasons that bring the students together. Every game I have attended, there is a sea of students wearing the school's colors, chanting for their Pepperdine peers. I have personally met several close friends through attending these sporting events.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My overall experience is one that many students do not have a chance to experience. Pepperdine Univeristy's class sizes are fairly small and the professors ensure that each student leaves class each day feeling confident that he or she has gained a full understanding of the material discussed. My favorite memories have happened at the chapel, where the church leaders work hard to build a relationship with the students. I am confident that Pepperdine will keep me on the track to success when it comes to internships and a career. I would choose to attend Pepperdine University over again if I were given the option.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It happens no matter where you are at. Some people are better at hiding it than others.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's been great and challenging, but the professors are very intelligent and certainly make an effor tot push students to their best.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Pepperdine has a lot of connections to businesses and corporations that are near by in Los Angeles, which is helpful to any students majoring in these fields. Their alumni association works hard to connect students.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Our DPS responds really quickly to most emergency calls.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: For what the rooms are worth, it isn't worth it, but it is cheaper than living off campus. However, there is a lack of air conditioner, and water refill stations. Freshmen dorms are relatively close to the main campus.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek life on campus is very inclusive in all their events that are often open to the rest of the student body.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We do have a lot of support for our athletes but sometimes the student body lacks the school spirit.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I think Pepperdine provides such a great space for students to explore their majors and does a fine job of supporting science majors, although it is a liberal arts school.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have never had a problem or heard of anyone else having a problem.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Everything so far has been great and quite wait to get my degree.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is very proportional to the rest of the campus.

4 College Junior

Athletics: The school takes pride in the athletic facilities.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: The professors at the school have been amazing at reaching out to students to make sure students are engaged.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I really enjoyed all of my classes. Although they were very challenging, they were also fun and interesting. My professors were very kind and wanted all of their students to succeed. They were also easily accessible and encouraged students to attend office hours. There is a wide variety of classes offered at Pepperdine University, from art classes to chemistry classes. There is also a wide variety in class size, some classes have four students, while others have 250 students.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: They are constantly having alumni networking events on campus. Many students get internships and jobs for the summer.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. At night, everything is always very well lit. I have not yet witnessed or heard of any campus crime.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I really enjoyed living on campus. My dorm was called Banowsky and it was the last house on lower dorm row. It was a great place to live. Banowsky was close to the parking lot, sort of far from main campus but the view while walking was so beautiful that I did not mind, and I had a wonderful ocean view from my room. The common area had a television with cable. My only real complaint was the fact that the house had no air conditioning.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life does not really effect the campus. There are no on campus greek housing and there are no parties on campus. Everyone treats each other with respect, regardless of if you participate in Greek life or not.


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Pepperdine Chapel
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Pepperdine Chapel Pepperdine Chapel Pepperdine puts a big emphasis on religion and Christianity. But yeah, even the chapel has an ocean view.
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Most Pepperdine students are happy with the college they picked, their minor critiques of particulars giving way to an overall appreciation of the experience and benefits Pepperdine has granted them that no other school could. Students who don’t gush forth wholehearted and unwavering words of love usually cite the school’s size and social climate as the source of whatever dissatisfactions they may have. When people decide to transfer from Pepperdine, it isn’t because of the lack of dining halls and parking availability, or some qualms they have about student housing; it’s because of the other Pepperdine students and the community environment they create. For example, some religious students are dismayed to discover that many don’t share their Christian enthusiasm. Others, in contrast, find the Christian atmosphere to
be overwhelming.

Many students complain that the high schools they attended were larger and less strict than Pepperdine, with more to do on the weekends, while others with similar high school experiences find Pepperdine a welcome respite. And while some find the small campus and even smaller student population comforting, others find that Pepperdine’s quaintness inhibits their growth and restricts their social life. There’s nothing small, though, about the 125-foot cross that stands at the forefront of the Malibu campus the job of which is to proclaim loudly and clearly that Pepperdine’s mission is not merely academic.

Ultimately, Pepperdine’s considerable Christian affiliation defines it as a school. More specifically, it’s the interaction between the religious emphasis and seemingly contradictory elements—luxury automobiles, non-Christian students, high heels and mini-skirts, a broad liberal arts education with its overwhelming price tag, the desire to let loose and party once in a while—that makes Pepperdine a dynamic and truly unique environment. The most amazing thing about Pepperdine may be that it has managed to hold onto its religious inclinations while still maintaining an excellent academic reputation. The University’s mission statement affirms that “the educational process may not, with impunity, be divorced from the divine process.” This language contrasts markedly with the prevailing public opinion that religion and academic rigor simply don’t mix, and it highlights Pepperdine’s willingness to approach higher education in unconventional ways. In the end, Pepperdine is a small Christian school that really wants its students to grow into people who might make the world a better place. It is not for everyone, but it offers plenty of rewards to those willing to take advantage of the educational and spiritual environment that is, after all, the reason they built Pepperdine in the first place.

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