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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There have not been serious crimes on campus that I have heard of. I have only heard of more of the minor crimes that do not violate ones personal safety. Overall, I believe the safety services on campus are excellent.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Our DPS responds really quickly to most emergency calls.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have never had a problem or heard of anyone else having a problem.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. At night, everything is always very well lit. I have not yet witnessed or heard of any campus crime.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Health and safety is great on campus.


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Whatever concerns Pepperdine students may have about their chosen school, safety obviously is not one of them. Every so often, one will hear of a theft or two—first floor residence halls have been known to have their screens broken into—but hardly anyone ever expresses much anxiety over security. The in-room safes available for students to rent generally serve as dorm decorations, and unattended laptops are a common sight in the library. Certainly, no one seems worried about his or her own physical safety.

Malibu is not a dangerous town, so Pepperdine hardly needs to take many precautions, but it takes them anyway. Security guards monitor the gated entrances to campus 24 hours a day, and Public Safety vehicles are everywhere, always. Sprinkled throughout campus are emergency phones marked at night by blue lights. It is hard to imagine any circumstance, outside of a health emergency, when one would actually need to use one of them, but they are there just the same. In short, you need not worry about crime or personal safety on the Pepperdine campus. You may worry, however, about the rather hazard-prone roadways nearby, such as Pacific Coast Highway and the perilous Malibu Canyon Road. The fact that going anywhere requires traveling on one of these roads makes designated drivers all the more essential to any late-night partying, especially since Pepperdine’s bone-dry campus forces partiers to drive elsewhere for their shenanigans.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 0
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Office of Public Safety
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
(310) 506-4700 (emergencies) safety
Safety Services
  • Designated Driver Program
  • Emergency phones
  • Escort
  • Operation ID
  • Wave Watch
Health Center
Pepperdine Student Health Center
RHO Parking Lot - Towers Road
(310) 506-4316
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy and flu shots
  • Dermatology
  • Eating disorder treatment
  • First aid
  • Health insurance
  • Immunizations
  • Lab work
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Prescription refills
  • Referrals
  • Sports medicine
  • STD testing (including free and anonymous HIV testing)
  • Travel medicine
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 67 responses

  • 44% None
  • 10% Unlit pathways
  • 10% Walking alone
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Drugs
  • 6% Excessive drinking
  • 4% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 2% Criminal activity near campus
  • 2% Theft/robberies
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Violence among students
  • 0% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 37 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 67 responses

  • 43% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 40% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 9% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 4% Not very visible.
  • 3% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 84 responses

  • 71% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 27% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 1% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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