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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: All the facilities are clean and open to everyone. Great places to hang out!

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Our school has a big christian community! Everyone is very nice and friendly.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: It is a beautiful campus. Libraries don't have great lighting. Campus events and activities are incredible. They offer so many things.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Pepperdine has incredible connections with various companies all over the world. They have a great abroad program. Waves Weekend and weekend activities are amazing.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: It's great for the size school we are. The HAWC is a popular late night hang out for freshman. Library has weird hours (closes at 6 on fridays and 5 on saturdays) The gym is okay, but underneath the field house... you would think they could build a bigger, better gym above ground facing the ocean? Not a lot of green space on campus, but a few plaza with tables and fountains nearby which is nice.


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Pepperdine's beautiful campus is maintained in such a way that everything is white, immaculate, and uniform at all times-no dingy bricks or dirty ivory in sight! And what the architecture lacks in diversity and history, it makes up for with singleness of purpose and a calming, sterilized
unity. Students seem enthralled with the dorms, the computer labs, and most of the other facilities-although there is some disagreement regarding the quality of the workout amenities.

One area in which Pepperdine could still improve itself is its single undergraduate library. Technologically and ergonomically, it is an impressive little building. Why, to the naked eye, Payson Library houses as many computers as it does books! Therein lies the problem, however. Most of the relatively few books and journals Pepperdine does keep on hand are woefully outdated; the shelves seem filled with fragile, dusty tomes donated to the University 40 years ago by its more fragile and dusty alumni. Thus, students needing research materials are bound to find themselves commuting to UCLA's libraries, or else restricting their research to Pepperdine's online databases.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
830 acres
Student Centers
  • The Howard A. White Center, or the HAWC
  • The Sandbar Student Lounge
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Payson Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Alumni Park
  • The HAWK
  • The Sandbar
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Café Fresca
  • The Coffee House
Movie Theater on Campus
None, although SGA provides a weekly free movie night in the Smothers Theatre.
School Slang
  • The "Peppervine": Pepperdine's rampant rumor mill.
  • The AC: The Appleby Center, home to the social science people.
  • The 'Bu: What locals call Malibu.
  • The CAC: The Cultural Arts Center. Artists, English majors, and would-be historians and teachers all congregate here for the bulk of their classes.
  • The Caf: The Waves Café, the only cafeteria on campus.
  • The CCB: The relatively new Center for Communication and Business, where communications and business majors spend the bulk of their time. It's up the hill a ways from central campus, which means that getting to class in the CCB, right after a class down the hill, can be a hurried and grueling endeavor.
  • Convo: Every Wednesday at 10 a.m., students gather in Firestone Fieldhouse to listen to guest speakers and learn about campus events in order to fulfill their mandatory half-unit "convo credit," or convocation credit. You must attend fourteen convocations per semester to get an A.
  • Greek Row: The five freshman dorms located farthest from central campus, with Greek letters for names instead of numbers.
  • The HAWC: Pronounced "Hawk," this is the 24-hour student recreation center, with a pool table, a Ping-Pong table, a computer lab, a coffee shop, and places to study.
  • The Inn: The Malibu Inn, a popular bar just down the road.
  • Malibu Yo': Malibu Yogurt, every female student's favorite frozen yogurt shop.
  • OneStop: If you need to do anything-from paying your bills to changing your major to contesting a grade-OneStop is the place to go. It's located in the TAC.
  • PCH: Pacific Coast Highway.
  • The SAC: Building where most of the language classes meet, up the hill from main campus.
  • The Stinkies: Malibu Canyon Village Apartments, nicknamed for their persistent sewage odor.
  • The TAC: The Thornton Administrative Center, where the top-dog administrators have their offices and where students usually go to sort out financial or academic matters.
  • The TCC: The Tyler Campus Center, which houses the Rockwell Dining Center, the Sandbar, the Career Center, and various other resources for students.
  • TechDeck: The people to see if you need software, or have any technology-related questions.
  • UM: University Ministries.
  • Zuma: Zuma beach, the most popular of the local beaches. Not great for surfing, but it's where 50% of the student body can be found on spring weekends.
  • AWOL : The Alumni Association sponsors a week-long sendoff, called "A Week Of Leaving," for graduating seniors each April. Perks for seniors include free barbecue meals around noon and little trinkets and Pepperdine memorabilia so that you never forget where you went to college. The Alumni Association also uses this week to get the soon-to-be-alumni involved in the association's activities.
  • The Freedom Wall: Outside the Tyler Campus Center is a large corkboard on which students air their grievances or post their opinions on political, social, or academic issues. The "Freedom Wall" is supposed to foster intellectual debate, but mainly people start silly arguments or post dumb cartoons on it.
  • Frosh Follies: In this culmination of new student orientation freshmen interpret the life of George Pepperdine, the university's founding father, according to a theme. Recent skits have incorporated Greek Mythology, 90s sitcoms and Forrest Gump. The grand performance, held just prior to the start of classes for the fall semester, is judged by administrators and George Pepperdine's family. Upperclassmen show up en masse to watch freshmen embarrass themselves.
  • Homecoming: Since there is no football team, Homecoming events center around the basketball teams. The events are a means of coaxing alumni and friends of Pepperdine to come visit their alma mater, relive their youth, and then go home and send Pepperdine some more donations.
  • Midnight Yelling: Although quiet hours in the dorms officially last for 24 hours a day during finals, dorm dwellers typically celebrate the midnight hour on each night of finals week by yelling and screaming in unison. Yes, it's pretty dumb. The tradition occasionally coincides with the "undie run," in which guys run around in various states of undress. This is as wild as Pepperdine gets, folks.
  • Songfest : Pepperdine's version of a Spring Sing, this musical competition is the battle royale for sorority and fraternity bragging rights. Three weeks of midnight rehearsals culminate in a solid week of performances, with guest judges-usually minor TV celebrities-deciding which group of singing and dancing students wins.
Urban Legends
The giant cross that stands out in front of Pepperdine, and which was built to light up at night, is now forever dimmed because of the protests of Barbra Streisand. The story goes that after the Phillips Theme Tower (which houses the cross) was first built, Pepperdine lit it up like a Christian beacon to the world, but the light kept disturbing Streisand's slumber at night. She supposedly complained to the Malibu City Council, which compelled Pepperdine to turn out the lights, and which gave us yet another reason to dislike Barbra Streisand.
Favorite Things To Do
For diversions between classes, Pepperdine's campus offers people-watching and coffee-drinking opportunities, and for the more athletically motivated, it has a pool, tennis courts, a gym, and a newly-improved weight room. Or, students can head to the HAWC student center for a game of pool or ping pong. Men's basketball games are somewhat popular, and student plays and musicals are usually a big hit, too (probably because, at such a small school, everyone on campus knows at least one of the starring thespians). For the most part, though, students are looking to get away from campus in the evenings, if they possibly can.
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 60 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 26 responses

  • 20% Songfest
  • 13% Wave of Flags on 9/11
  • 11% Philanthropy
  • 10% Frosh Follies
  • 10% The PIT
  • 8% Homecoming
  • 8% House Cup
  • 7% The Mountain
  • 4% The Freedom Wall
  • 3% The tunnels
  • 1% Midnight Yelling
  • 1% NA this is a satellite campuse.
  • 1% Trips, Getaways
  • 1% Celebration Chapel
  • 0% AWOL

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 28 responses

  • 29% Head to the beach!
  • 22% Go off campus and explore Los Angeles
  • 20% Santa Monica
  • 10% Sun Life
  • 10% Look at the scenery
  • 3% Go to the Well/other worship nights
  • 3% House group
  • 1% Scooter
  • 1% Shopping shuttle

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 33 responses

  • 33% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 42% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 24% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 64 responses

  • 34% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 56% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 6% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 3% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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