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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Housing in the area varies. Although it can be expensive, having a roommate is an affordable option. It's always a must to have a car in California but buses and the metro are viable options when in need, although a little slower and inconvenient.

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College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I'm not there often enough to give it an accurate review.

1 person found this useful Report
College Junior

Administration: I haven't had any experiences yet.

College Junior

Party Scene: I haven't been on campus yet.

College Junior

Scholarships: I have only just begun this process, so I haven't gathered enough information to pass on yet.

1 person found this useful Report
College Junior

Campus Food: I recently got accepted to Pepperdine University. Therefore, I haven't experienced campus life as of yet. I'll begin in the summer.

College Junior

Campus Housing: I have never seen campus housing. I have my own place and do not need it.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: There is a good variety of options, and though some dishes are hit or miss and can get repetitive, there are a lot of delicious options too. Freshmen do have to get a larger meal plan though, which can be a bit annoying because you are more likely to have a lot of meal points left at the end of the semester (unnecessary waste if you don't find a way to spend them).

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshman housing is fairly spacious and is pretty close to most classrooms and other buildings. The views are beautiful and there is usually a nice ocean breeze. However, there is no air conditioning in the buildings so it can get hot during periods of warmer weather, especially on the top floors or in rooms with ocean views. The suite style nature of freshman housing is great, and sharing a bathroom with seven people is not bad at all (the bathrooms have two sinks, showers, toilets). There is only one washer and two dryers for the entire building, though, so doing laundry can be difficult if you don't plan accordingly. In general, the dorms are very nice and the majority of the people are very friendly.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I've lived on campus during my years at Pepperdine, and plant to continue with it. I'm confident I would find commuting very impractical, because I would rather spend that time, relaxing, hanging out with my friend or doing class work. I don't have to stress about waking up early enough to make to class, or about leaving campus early enough to not catch traffic.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: We have a good variety of options. Fast food is available in proximity with McDonals and Jack in the Box. Other healthier option are also available with SunLife, Chipotle, Subway, Sushi, Chinese, food, etc.

3 College Junior

Administration: Policies are followed and respected by faculty & staff. I haven't had any negative experience where I've had to learn about this more, but i know they do want students to live out to the standard and values of Pepperdine's mission

College Junior

Party Scene: I'm not a party goer so I can't say much about this. I do know from friends, that parties are held off-campus, and if you want party life, you can get it. The whole argument that Pepperdine is secluded from society is irrelevant.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I'm an international student, so I'm not eligible for financial aid. Nonetheless, I had to write to emails to the financial aid office so I could request Pepperdine work study because the first time, they never reviewed my e-mail nor got back to me.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: Pepperdine's food is the best I've seen on a college campus. It has a great variety of food, but that still makes it hard to not get tired of it soon. The only negative point i have, is that certain meals are pretty expensive. I love the Korean BBQ sandwiches, and the popcorn shrimp salads. I wish they offered a special salad like this last one every other day. HAWC is awesome, s comfortable and the food is delicious. My favorite is chicken sautey.

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5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus is an awesome opportunity. Your lifestyle encompasses living in the exclusivity of Malibu with a beautiful ocean view and mountain surrounding you. Main campus is in close proximity to freshman, sophomore dorm and one of the apartment complexes for junior & seniors. You get to walk from your dorm to your classes overlooking our baseball field, tennis courts, and in the afternoon- the wonderful sunset.

3 College Senior

Athletics: I'm not an athlete, nor do I use the gym or other athletic facilities, so I don't have very much input.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: You can save money if you find the right place, but you gain a lot of more responsibility.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Many options if you have a car and don't mind driving.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Long process and I wasn't explained what the requirements were after receiving certain scholarships.

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2 College Senior

Party Scene: There really is no party scene, unless you travel off campus.

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4 College Senior

Campus Food: After visiting cafeterias at other universities, I can't complain about the food served at our caf.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Depending on your year in college, the perks of campus housing increase each year.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Did not need to find off campus housing through the school

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I usually bring my own meals

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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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