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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My experience applying to Pepperdine and getting accepted was somewhat challenging but paid off.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: We had an orientation week which was great because I really got to know a lot of people and it was nice to realize that everyone is in the same boat.

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Many of the students are unable to understand the value of a dollar, are very pretentious, and have a way of making anyone who is different feel as if they're alone. It's a lonely place to attend if you don't mindlessly follow the crowd of cookie-cutter people that attend there. It's very fake - a fake happiness and care for others.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I'm starting at Pepperdine UNiversity in a little over a month, so I cannot give a detailed explanation of the school itself; however, the interactions I have had so far are great.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Pepperdine has its flaws like any other school; it's not perfect. Honestly, though, it was a good fit for me and I'm so glad I chose this school. Attending Pepperdine has really helped me grow emotionally and spiritually.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Pepperdine is the best school in the world, in my opinion.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: So far I love the campus. I haven't had any classes yet but from the visits I would say the campus is just what I am looking for. The campus is pretty big but everything is mainly walking distance. All the classes have the most advance instruments to make the class more hands on. The view from campus is just great especially at sunset.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Malibu. Need we say more?

4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Very student-centric and passionate about what they do!

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4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: They are very up-front with you. Also, I liked the "tuition plan" which showed any expected increases in tuition during your expected enrollment. That was very helpful in my planning process.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: The Irvine campus has a family-run cafeteria. Bowls and sandwiches are great, but customer service is a bit lacking. Good luck "borrowing" a bowl/cup/spoon/packet of ketchup!

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Kind of expensive if you're close to school. More options farther away.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is plenty of nice restaurants they're just expensive. So other options are limited, or far away.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: The school is strict about some things, but it makes for a much better environment, especially for us who aren't interested in drinking or doing drugs.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food isn't amazing, and there's not a ton of options compared to bigger schools. But the way the meal points work is really nice

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms are older,but they're big and the suite-style contributes to community. The upperclassmen apartments are nice, if you can get into them.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: very generous scholarship considering graduate school

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There?s not many different places to live, you absolutely need a car, and be ready to pay a lot of money. It?s Malibu

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: You can spend $10 at Chipotle or a few hundred at Nobu. Got the drunchies? Go to jack in the box just like every other pepperdine student after a party

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: It all depends on who you know. I threw parties and organized bar nights so I had no trouble partying, but others did.

2 College Sophomore

Administration: The school turns away a huge amount of prospective students because of its very strict policies. In addition a large amount of students end up transferring to different schools because of administration.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They gave me the financial aid I needed my first year, it was a bit low considering my circumstances but it worked. Now it?s my junior year and my dad?s been unemployed for over a year. I?m really hoping that the school will realize and help accordingly

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food is really expensive, and as an athlete it?s extremely frustrating when we get out of a hard practice and are really hungry, but have to wait 30 mins to an hour to eat at the caf.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I think that having a roommate that you get along with is huge in regards to the dorm situations. I?ve lived on campus for 2 years already and with great roommates the experience was not that bad.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not a part of Greek life and I'm pretty indifferent towards it. There are some people in Greek life who are kind of stuck up and stay in their cliques, like it's high school again. However, you definitely will find exceptions to that.

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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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