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4 College Junior

Diversity: The campus is very diverse with politics. Not very diverse with religion.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Pepperdine is a religious institution, although it is accepting of all kinds of students. It has many international students.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Definitely a mix even for a school like Pepperdine. Obviously not as diverse as a public school, but there are the super rich kids, those on scholarships, LGBT, democrats, libertarians, republicans, vegans, solid meat eaters, muslims, atheists, etc. Not a lot for any group (besides the rich kids and republicans), but it's not overbearing and everyone is really accepting.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Most people on campus are conservative Christians. But overall, everyone is pretty accepting of others.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are atheists, homosexuals and so on, on campus. We have every race you can think of, people from all over the country and the world. Everyone is very accepting, republican, democrat, gay, straight no matter we have it and are cool with it.

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Some are willing to give Pepperdine credit for trying, with its international exchange program and so on, but most students agree that diversity is not a Pepperdine hallmark. There are noticeably few black students, although to say, as many do, that the African American student population is limited to the basketball team is probably to overstate Pepperdine’s diversity deficiency. The student body does get kudos for economic diversity—heiresses and scholarship kids are pretty equally represented. And gender-wise, both sexes are pretty prevalent on campus.

In all seriousness, though, diversity is a real problem in the sense that college applicants looking for a place to branch out culturally after high school will find Pepperdine disappointing. White, Christian Californians clearly dominate the campus scene, and behind them seems to be a glut of white folks from Colorado, Texas, and the Pacific Northwest. Not that there’s anything wrong with white folks or any of these fine locals, but Pepperdine could certainly use more ethnic and cultural variety.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Foreign countries
  • Texas
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 26%
20-21: 26%
22-24: 19%
25+: 27%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 4%
Hispanic: 5%
International: 1%
Native American: 0%
White: 87%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Pepperdine encourages its students to explore new ideas and challenge traditional worldviews, but the university does little to foster a spirit of tolerance in regards to homosexuality. While students of varying sexual orientation can be found on campus, there is a general atmosphere of homophobia and fear of administrative retribution. Despite the allegedly high population of homosexual men on campus, they are not a visible student group, and most gay and lesbian students keep their parties "underground."
Political Activity
Far from a hotbed of political activism, the Pepperdine campus is generally apathetic to the greater happenings of the world. Students call it the "Malibubble" for a good reason. Despite the faculty's best attempts at inspiring some sort of political fervor in the student body, the typical student is far more interested in remedying world hunger than in the United States government. While the College Republicans put up a strong front during election years and tempt the quietly conservative student body with guest speakers, the Young Democrats and College Libertarians have little presence on campus.
Economic Status
The stereotypical Pepperdine student drives a BMW or a Porsche and never wears the same pair of designer jeans or high heels twice. However, people exaggerate the wealth and beauty of the Pepperdine student body because, even though many students are not rich or gorgeous, one tends to notice the dazzling blonde stepping out of a new Mercedes convertible, and not the backdrop of regular-looking and scholarship-funded college kids. Still, if you're looking for a preponderance of affluent students, look no further than Pepperdine.
Most Common Religions
The student body is spiritually homogenous; unsurprising considering the huge emphasis the university places on religion. The vast majority of Pepperdine students identify themselves as Christians, with the Church of Christ and Catholicism as the dominant denominations. Less than one percent of the student body is Jewish or Islamic, and in general the few non-Christians are atheist or agnostic.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Sample: African Alliance, Armenian Student Association, Asian Student Association, the Black Student Union, Cultural Italian American Organization, Hawaii Club, Latino Student Association, Pan-Chinese Student Union, Pepperdine Asian Student Association, Pepperdine International Club, Pepperdine University Hispanic Council

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 6 responses

  • 100% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 47 responses

  • 6% Progressive/very liberal
  • 30% Liberal
  • 23% Moderate
  • 21% Conservative
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 11% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 47 responses

  • 0% Progressive/very liberal
  • 4% Liberal
  • 13% Moderate
  • 57% Conservative
  • 13% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 13% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 47 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 46 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 7 responses

  • 57% No
  • 29% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 14% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 7 responses

  • 29% Republican
  • 29% Democratic
  • 14% Independent
  • 14% Other party not mentioned
  • 14% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 6 responses

  • 50% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 17% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 33% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become less religious and have changed my religious affiliation.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 14% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 43% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 43% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 6 responses

  • 33% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 33% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 33% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 0% Not important. I don't affiliate with any religion.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 48 responses

  • 35% Very accepting.
  • 46% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 15% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 4% It's hard to be a minority here.


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