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Reviews 1041 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: There is hardly any campus crime at all. I feel comfortable leaving my laptop and valuables in the library while I go and grab dinner. I have never felt unsafe at all walking around campus alone at night. The rooms/apartments are very secure with doors with keys/key codes that prevent unwarranted access. Our campus police are pretty quick to respond to emergencies (though sometimes sassy or unhelpful). The only issue that needs to be addressed on campus is alcohol related dangers and sexual assault. The university tries to push a sort of "abstinence only" policy towards both of these issues, making people try to do them in secret and creating more problems. It is hard for people to seek help our counseling in regards to these areas because of Pepperdine's policies.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: The academics at this school are amazing. The teachers really care about their subjects and their students, the grading is fair, the courses are (mostly) interesting, class sizes are perfect, and the quality of the courses is great. I just wish there was more variety in the types of courses offered.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Alumni relations are very helpful and our career center is very helpful and easy to access. I have trouble finding internships/jobs in my field of interest, however, because it is a field that Pepperdine does not offer or specialize in (Speech Pathology and Communication Disorders). There are many career services and opportunities for business majors in particular.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Some options are clearly better than others. The freshman dorms are spacious, and some are conveniently located to campus while others are a 1-2 mile walk one way. The apartments with kitchens are extremely necessary because there are not many food options in Malibu so it is important to be able to cook for yourself (freshman cannot live in apartments). The RA's enforce some rules more than others, such as enforcing the no-opposite-genders-after-hours rule but not enforcing quiet hours. The buildings are usually spacious and clean just lacking social community. The price is definitely way too expensive for average apartments, but it is Malibu. The housing selection process is a mess as there are too many students and not enough housing options.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I am a member of Greek life, so it is difficult to give a non-biased report. Greek life is certainly necessary to enhance the social life at Pepperdine because the campus is so lonely and isolated and it is difficult to make friends otherwise. There are still no parties around, so Greek life doesn't make a difference in that area. I have heard that Greeks are cliquey and exclusive and non-Greeks feel as though they have no social lives in comparison. I would say that our Greek scene is way more laid-back than it is at other schools, however, since we do not have any Greek housing at all.

2 College Junior

Athletics: No one at Pepperdine cares much about sports. We have a pretty good men's volleyball team, baseball team, and men's basketball team, but everyone on campus wishes we had a football team to garner school spirit. The crowds at sports games are usually sparse, but our university does invest a lot of time and money into helping our sports teams succeed.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Pepperdine has amazing academics. The professors are very invested in their students and make it easy to obtain research opportunities and get help/mentorship outside of classes. People are very driven to succeed making it an easy environment to study in. However, the campus is extremely isolated and lonely, and the social life of the university is seriously lacking. Evenings and weekends on campus are completely void of any activity, and if you want to have fun you must have a car and be willing to drive 30+ minutes (without traffic) into Santa Monica or LA. It is very nice being so close to the beach but that is all there is in Malibu. There are no parties at all near campus. The people are also very superficial and it is hard to make close friendships. The study abroad program is one of the best, however, and I made some of my best friends abroad. Though I don't necessarily regret choosing Pepperdine because of many great experiences, I would not choose Pepperdine again, but I would choose a similar-type, small school with great academics just in a better location.

5 College Student

Overall Experience: The entire staff truly cares about the well being and success of their students.

3 College Student

Athletics: I feel the students are really proud to be attending Pepperdine.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: As a senior, I have discovered many things Pepperdine does wrong on an administration level, but that happens at all schools. I think they still recruit quality people. The friendships I've made have been deep and I expect to continue many of them after I graduate in two weeks.

3 College Senior

Athletics: In general, non-athletes rarely go to sporting events. There's not a lot of pride in our D1 athletics, even though quite a few of our teams are excellent, like baseball, sand volleyball, water polo, and women's soccer. I know many people in administration are trying to change school spirit to be more positive. Often it's just because Pepperdine students are so over involved. I know several athletes that complain about facilities though. Our track field is no longer meeting regulation requirements, so there are no home track meets. Additionally, the weight room for the athletes is relatively small for a D1 school, but they're trying to do construction in the next 5 or so years to remedy that situation.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The class size is very small, coming from Mt. SAC where the classes are already small, this is saying a lot.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Alumni are a very big help to the current or transfer students. They career center helps very many sports medicine majors apply for internships.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Originally as a transfer I would have preferred to be in a single dorm room but I was put into a double because they wanted all transfer students together.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Students are very involved but fan support isn't the best. The athletic facility is nice and is somewhere I enjoy being.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My overall experience at the school so far has been great. The campus is nice and wonderful with great weather almost everyday. I would choose my school all over again if I could because of the opportunities it gives me and because of the location and weather. I love the atmosphere of the city and the cities around it.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I always feel safe climbing into bed at night, knowing our campus is guarded by 24/7 safety-department officers, along with being backed up onto a hill.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Some professors are better than others; however, the majority of my professors have been wonderful with great minds and a passion for their subjects.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I haven't had much experience with this area; I believe many people go to work for Pepperdine after graduating, and all appear to love their jobs.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The physical housing could use work, as many of the buildings have yet to be renovated. There have been instances of ants and other vermin in the houses, and the lack of an AC system is brutal during the hot summer months. However, due to the size of campus and the proximity of housing, you are never too far from class.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I was never very interested in joining a sorority, mostly due to financial reasons. Therefore, I believe my opinion is not entirely educated.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports play a decent size importance on campus, although not huge. I think we could afford to spend more time advertising and getting the school motivated to support our teams.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: No system is perfect, and Pepperdine isn't an exception to that. Everyone needs something different. But in my opinion, Pepperdine is the best possible place I could be right now. I absolutely love the GE courses I am taking, along with the wide variety of majors, the campus is beautiful, and the people are generally friendly. No college experience will be all rainbows and butterflies, and sometimes people will disagree with administrative decisions, but I think Pepperdine takes the cake as an absolutely amazing school.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There is too much emphasis on partying and not other fun activities. The dorm can be very noisy and not conducive to studying. The HAWC or Sandbar are good places to go for socialization and relaxation.

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1 College Freshman

Party Scene: Students go to LA to party. Malibu is really quiet. Parties that occur on campus are primarily students who rebel against the campus rules (and State law) and disrespect those who attend the school because of the rules. It creates a really negative atmosphere. There is nothing positive about the party scene

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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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