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Reviews 1110 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports are definitely not the focus of Pepperdine's student body. Many students have never been to a game. The student athlete athletic facility is very nice, while the athletic facility for non-athletes is only so so.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My favorite part about Pepperdine is that the professors want to get to know their students and they want them to succeed. I also love going to the on campus events that are free to all the students. I love the view, anywhere on campus you can see the ocean. I would definitely chose Pepperdine University all over again.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Some professor are terrible and will fail you without telling you your grade throughout the course.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Quality on campus is great.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Health and safety is great on campus.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I personally did not enjoy the housing options. They were not clean and not updated at all.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is ok. People have strong views on the sororities and tend to dislike you if you get into a non-popular one

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is no football team which sucks but baseball and basketball are good.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Pepperdine is a great school, but the people are a little fake. Some professors are amazing and some professors can improve.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I get weekly emails from the career center, with seminars and webinars. They also offer to help with resumes and interview skills. They have a robust alumni network for hiring

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The FEMBA program is very diverse. Its hard work, but the teachers seem committed to helping you succeed. Also the class sizes are small, so you get lots of personal attention. It's expensive though.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: perf school for me what makes pepperdine stand out from all the other schools is the fact that almost 90% of pepperdine students study abroad and is ranked #1 for the highest percentage of students who study abroad


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Pepperdine Chapel
Pepperdine Chapel
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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