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Admissions Requirements

Admissions Tests Required: Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program: Recommended
Recommendations: Required
Secondary School GPA: Required
Secondary School Record: Required
TOEFL: Required
Common Application Accepted: Yes

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AP Acceptance: Yes
Credit for Life Experience: No

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Contact Info

24255 Pacific Coast Hwy Malibu, CA 90263
Phone: (310) 506-4000
Admissions Phone: (310) 506-4392
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Student Responses to Review Topic: Tips for Prospective Students
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  • Mar-25-2015 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    Don't be intimidated to apply to a school of this calibre. Although it can be on the expensive side they are usually generous with financial aid and their atmosphere is like no other.

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  • LitNerd from Orange County, CA
  • Dec-22-2014 I am a current student here

    New Student Orientation week feels like a rush of faces and names you won't remember 24 hours later, but it flies by fast. Make sure to bring business casual attire for a traditional freshmen my tie dance at the president's house. The mini-cafetaria in the Howard A. White Center (HAWC) stays open until 2 AM on weekdays and is a major P.O.I. for new students or anybody desiring a late-night snack and/or caffeine refuel. The HAWC also includes ping pong & pool tables as well as couches and a large TV that's usually broadcasting sports games. Unfortunately, this is the only Pepperdine spot that's consistently open for long hours, as most everything on campus closes early on weekends, so plan your trips to the library, student advising center, Jamba Juice bar, etc. accordingly. Did I mention there's a Jamba Juice next to the cafeteria? Other random tidbits: * The New York Times is available in the cafeteria on weekdays, which doesn't really matter because it's garbage and you can find the same level of sheer intellectual discourse on Buzzfeed or Slate, but it's there if you want it. * Pepperdine requires attendance of various convocation events which are meant to bring people together spiritually in accordance with the school mission but which are usually just a huge waste of time and don't contribute to anybody's spiritual growth. 14 events a semester are mandatory if you want to get an A; these can easily be cleared out in the first two months (freeing up time during finals week) if you regularly attend the Wednesday morning gathering, Tuesday night lectures, Friday morning worship, and possibly Wednesday morning surf convo club at the beach. Alternatively you can get convo credits for seeking mentorship from a professor or joining a convo club that's potentially hosted by your dorm's spiritual life advisor. Everyone finds convocation a nuisance to fulfill but most students make it a lot harder than it really is. * Lots of kids are into frisbee. * And pretty much every male residence hall has a Wii and Super Smash Bros. rigged up. Great stress-reliever after a long day of classes or studying. * The library has a ton of new and old movies for those who like a good story. * If you're planning on studying business or communications, prepare for a never-ending leg workout from trekking up to the CCB. Pepperdine is very vertically oriented all around and works kind of like a stepping machine.

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  • Jessica from Los Angeles, CA
  • Nov-18-2014 I am a current student here

    - Learn to manage your time well - Get involved: clubs, sororities/ frats (although I'm not in one), service projects, outings - Take advantage of what The Board provides (coffee house, trips to restaurants...) - Get a job on campus or near by - If you can get a car, you'll enjoy your free time more cause all outings require you to go through the canyon. - Take advantage of the BEACH (10 minutes to walk there) - APPLY FOR INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM (I am currently writing this from Argentina!) (Disclaimer: yea you'll pay more but honestly when it comes down to it it is SO worth it) - Don't get too stressed over school and grades (yes, do well) but enjoy the time you have at Pepperdine cause it really is fleeting - Talk to staff (not just professors) I mean like the cashiers, janitors, cleaning crew: it makes their day and yours as well - Take the 534 bus all the way to Santa Monica, for those days when you need to get away - CHIPOTLE - Visit Oscar at the Malibu Labor Exchange by the Public Library and tell him Jessica says HI - All nighters at Payson will happen one day, take coffee with you - Study groups with your friends helps, a lot

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  • Jun-08-2014 I am a current student here

    Apply if you are looking for a small class size, friendly people, and a beautiful campus.

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  • Samantha from Murrieta, CA
  • May-04-2014 I am a current student here

    1. Be prepared for the fact that most of the students here come from fairly wealthy families who grew up with nannies, maids, and cleaning people. Many of them have their bank accounts refilled by their parents on a monthly basis and don't know what it mean to live on a college budget. (Not everyone, but a very large portion.) 2. Be prepared for the fact that you will be going to school with every Prom Queen, Class President, ASB President, and Head Cheerleader from every high school in California. 3. Be aware of the gender ratio. There are WAY more girls than guys on campus, so dating is more rare than you would think. 4. Be prepared for Rush week. Even though we don't have Greek Houses, we do still have Fraternities and Sororities and the rush process can be emotionally draining, even for those not participating. 5. Remember that you are here to get an education. Your parents are not paying $60,000 a year for you to get drunk at some Bel Air party. Pepperdine is a challenging school with hard classes and you need to study to do well.

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