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Academics

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5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Easy to understand the curriculum.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: Mix of incredible and really bad professors. A lot of homework, the workload way more than my friends describe at other campuses.

4 College Senior

Academics: The professors grade too harshly and don't give students enough credit for their hard work. Each professor believes his/her class is the most important one.

4 College Junior

Academics: Most of the classes are kind of difficult. However, it is college so that should be expected (it's not going to be an easy ride like most high school courses). If you are willing to put in the effort, then you will do well. Professors like to see their students put in the effort and they are accessible outside of office hours if needed.

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.

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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
13:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
386
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
309
Total FT Faculty
386
Faculty with Terminal Degree
91%
Average Faculty Salary
$97,884
Full-Time Retention Rate
91%
Part-Time Retention Rate
100%
Graduation Rate
81%
Programs/Majors Offered
76
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 67 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 often do you:    Based on 38 responses

Never
Always
  • 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 38 responses

  • 37% This was my dream school.
  • 61% This was one of my top choices.
  • 3% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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