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4 College Junior

Athletics: Although Pepperdine is not known for its athletic, the teams work extremely hard day in and day out to compete with the best, and the awards the acknowledgements they have received prove the school's dedication to excellence.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics at Pepperdine are the primary reasons that bring the students together. Every game I have attended, there is a sea of students wearing the school's colors, chanting for their Pepperdine peers. I have personally met several close friends through attending these sporting events.

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 Junior

Athletics: The school takes pride in the athletic facilities.

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.


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Most students agree that the athletic scene at Pepperdine is pretty dismal. The vacuum left by the lack of a football team puts the money-making pressure on men’s basketball, a program with a habitually dismal record. More competitively ranked sports, namely the men’s volleyball and water polo teams, are beginning to draw bigger and bigger crowds. Yet, school spirit seems to be half-hearted at best, and stands do not necessarily fill up for every game. Overall, though, Pepperdine’s athletics program is considered in relation to the University’s small size.

On the other hand, Pepperdine’s more active students flock to the surprisingly popular intramural and club teams. Club water polo, rugby, and surfing are competitive and draw as many spectators as the average varsity tennis match. Intramural volleyball and basketball are also quite popular and spawn amusing team rivalries. Maybe Pepperdine students are just more inclined to participate in the sporting life than they are to kick back and watch. At any rate, regardless of how good some of Pepperdine’s varsity teams are, people do not exhibit an overwhelming amount of support or enthusiasm for them.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: West Coast Conference
School Colors
Orange and blue
School Nickname
Waves, Willy the Wave
Men Playing Varsity Sports
122 - 9%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
114 - 7%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Equestrian
  • Lacross (men's and women's)
  • Rugby
  • Soccer (men's)
  • Surfing
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Water polo (women's)
  • Basketball
  • Beach volleyball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Athletic Training Center
  • Firestone Fieldhouse
  • Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool
  • Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center
  • Stotsenberg Track
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, men's volleyball
Most Overlooked Teams
Cross country, golf, swimming
School Spirit
Some students have oodles of school spirit. Others just don't. Those who have it tend to be fraternity and sorority members, student council types, or otherwise extraordinarily enthusiastic personalities.
Getting Tickets
General lack of interest in Pepperdine athletics guarantees that you never have problems getting tickets to a game. Students can get into all home sporting events with only their university ID cards. The only games that come close to "filling the stands" are the homecoming and rivalry basketball games. On the bright side, tickets for families and friends are significantly cheaper than they would be at bigger universities.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The safest bet to avoid breaking a sweat climbing stairs or hills is to walk in neat, flat ovals around the Stotsenberg Track. As a bonus, you are likely to walk into a celebrity or two, since a few are known to use Pepperdine's track.
Did You Know?
Pepperdine hasn't had a football team since the 1940s. The student body proudly compensates by wearing "Pepperdine Football: Still Undefeated" sweatshirts.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 100 responses

  • 2% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 10% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 73% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 15% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 101 responses

  • 14% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 15% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 65% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 6% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 99 responses

  • 5% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 39% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 47% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 8% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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