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5 College Junior

Academics: I enjoy the real life examples and situations the professors provide. The university also host events for student to meet professionals in the interested fields.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The academics are very challenging but you learn a lot and the professors are very intellectual, using only the best material to educate us. There are frequent office hours to visit the professors, tutoring, library hours, and other available help.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: There are many professors who truly wish to help you and share their knowledge.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Gen Eds can be dull, but most professors really love what they teach and are very good at doing so. Office hours are well promoted and professors love it when students take advantage of them. If you're falling behind profs will personally help you get back on track, even in large lectures. They're also understanding of other commitments, like work. Library could be better, but it does have some useful resources. There are lots of unique places to study around campus, from hidden tables with views of the ocean to sound proof rooms under the library.

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4 College Junior

Academics: I love my major (Chemistry). My professors truly care about their students and will go out of their way to invest in each student on an individual level. Due to the small quantity of chemistry majors at Pepperdine, the required major classes are only offered at certain times, which makes some workloads more difficult than others, but I think the tradeoff of knowing most or all of my fellow Chemistry majors is well worth the cost of harder workloads.

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Pepperdine people seem genuinely satisfied with their instructors and their courses. Class sizes matter more than an incoming student might expect, and Pepperdine offers some of the smallest, most intimate classes in California. Students unanimously praise the one-on-one interaction that Pepperdine teachers tend to promote, just as they lament the two or three lecture-oriented general education courses they may have endured over their four years in Malibu. Whether one appreciates the religious tilt of many Pepperdine courses will most likely depend on one's own beliefs. However, most consider the Christian emphasis to be, at its worst, only mildly tedious or distracting.

Pepperdine emphasizes the importance of teaching over research, so professors are invariably available, approachable, smart, and happy to help their students with just about anything. A result of this warm and fuzzy student-professor relationship is that a lot of classes seem, well, not particularly demanding; one wonders whether more expectations and harder assignments might provoke, in turn, more learning. Most students don't complain too much about all of that, though. Also, the administration aims its funding predominantly toward its business and natural science programs, at times leaving its other departments out in the cold-despite Pepperdine's self-description as a liberal arts school. Incoming students should definitely consider the four-semester Great Books program, which not only introduces students to the history of Western thought, it also satisfies a lot of GE requirements (even math!). Also, the excellent international programs are an opportunity not to be missed. Those who can manage the expense of spending a semester, or a year, in Florence or Buenos Aires or any of the other popular Pepperdine destinations, should do just that.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 68%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 30%
  • 50 or More Students: 2%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Frank R. Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences
  • George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management
  • School of Public Policy
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 14%
  • Clinical Psychology: 5%
  • Law: 4%
  • Psychology: 4%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Best Places to Study
  • Howard A. White Center
  • Payson Library
  • Waves CafĂ©
Tips to Succeed
  • As with any other school, to succeed academically requires
  • Be sociable. Pepperdine students are, on average, very friendly, so if you're not afraid to be a little gregarious, you will make friends in a hurry.
  • If you decide to join a fraternity or sorority, be aware that Greek life will demand a lot of your time and energy; during pledge week, it is very easy to tell which freshmen are pledging, as they are the ones nodding off in your 8 a.m. classes.
  • If you're not Christian or not particularly religious, know that Pepperdine does not take its Christian mission statement lightly. Don't be surprised, for example, that you need to take three semesters of religion instruction. And don't be annoyed by all the religious fervor on campus, because, after all, an awful lot of students choose Pepperdine specifically because of its Christian affiliation.
  • Strike up good relationships with your professors, especially the ones teaching your major courses, immediately. Simply put, you will do better in their courses if you do. Also, it's good to build contacts for when you need advice or recommendations.
  • Take advantage of the international programs. If possible, spend a whole year somewhere. You won't regret it.
  • Take the Great Books Colloquium in lieu of a freshman seminar course. It's a four-semester obligation, but it satisfies a number of GE credits and is excellent preparation for the tougher courses you'll face as an upperclassman. It will help you immensely to think, discuss, argue, and write like a college student.
  • that you know-or learn quickly-how to balance your time and resist the temptation to, for example, hit the bars every night of the week.
Did You Know?
Pepperdine is particularly proud of its great international programs; over half of all Pepperdine students travel abroad in at least one of these programs during the course of their college study.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 15 responses

  • 35% Tamera Mowry - star of TV's "Sister, Sister"
  • 13% Randy Wolf - plays for the Philadelphia Phillies
  • 10% Rod Blagojevich (JD) - former governor of Illinois
  • 10% Doug Christie - plays for the Sacramento Kings
  • 6% Steven Baldwin - executive director, Council for National Policy
  • 6% Bob Ctvrtlik - Olympic gold medalist, volleyball
  • 3% Dain Blanton - Olympic gold medalist, beach volleyball
  • 3% Eric Christian Olsen (did not graduate) - actor
  • 3% Todd R. Platts (JD) - U.S. senator from Texas
  • 3% Brad Gilbert - former tennis player, coach
  • 3% Elliot Carson Taylor - Author & Businessman
  • 3% Lots of famous people went to Pepperdine.
  • 0% Jason Gore - Walker Cup Team and PGA Tour member
  • 0% Jami Miscik - economic/intelligence analyst
  • 0% James K. Hahn (JD) - mayor of Los Angeles
  • 0% Tia Mowry - star of TV's "Sister, Sister"
  • 0% Dennis Johnson - NBA hall of famer, coach
  • 0% Montell Jordan - R&B recording artist
  • 0% Jessica Rivera - soprano opera singer
  • 0% Richard Carlson (Ph.D.) - author

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 35 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 36 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 8 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 8 responses

  • 12% This was my dream school.
  • 88% This was one of my top choices.
  • 0% This was a school I settled for (safety school).



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