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  • 07/07/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    47 out of 48 people found this review useful. 1 of 74

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any students that love the beach, like having a small high school-ish atmosphere, fashionable (no one wears just sweats and t's to class), students that want to study abroad, people who like hills and stairs (!), want to avoid a crazy party scene or just keep the parting on the down low, like going to a required number of Chapels and taking religion classes, and people who like the california life style.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready for the crazy pepperdine hills and steps! It's intense at first but it helps combat the freshman 15. Also be sure to get involved in something when you're there, there's lots of fun stuff that some people miss out on.

    Bang for the buck

    definitely an expensive school! but they're pretty good about financial aid and it's well worth it.

  • 07/15/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    26 out of 27 people found this review useful. 2 of 74

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who aren't afraid to take on challenging experiences, willing to explore religion and their faith, comfortable at a smaller populated school, open to some of the conservative values taught.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would encourage students to have an open mind when coming to Pepperdine and to be grateful! It is a beautiful school with incredible students and faculty. I have found that the more involved and open I have become to new experiences have made my time much more enjoyable. You will definitely meet students who insist on maintaining the too cool for school attitude. But I have found that there are way more students who appreciate everything Pepperdine has to offer, and seek out the good in their studies, lectures, and relationships. Truly take advantage of the wonderful professors and their willingness to help you. Pepperdine is an amazing environment that encourages its students to explore and learn about themselves while still challenging and motivating them to be the best possible version of themselves.

    Am enjoying being here

    The people here are amazing! Everyone is incredibly gracious and open to forming meaningful and lasting relationships. Never did I imagine finding so many best friends who comfort, encourage, and accept me the way Pepperdine students have. The campus is the perfect environment to learn and experience the person you were meant to become while being surrounded by motivating people.

    Am learning a lot

    Pepperdine definitely has some amazing teachers who are willing to go the extra mile for their students. If you put forth the effort, they will certainly reciprocate and work just as hard to make your time in class well spent. My best professor so far was the one who intimidated me from the first day. But I quickly learned that once I proved I was willing to do whatever it takes to succeed and better myself, he guided me with some of the most valuable advice I have ever received.

  • 01/05/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 out of 19 people found this review useful. 3 of 74

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Bookworms, Surfers, Those Looking to Study Abroad, Those Who Want to Keep Off the Freshmen Fifteen, Just About Everyone

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to Pepperdine!!! Pepperdine has it all: an excellent academic program, national recognition, great scholarships and grants, distinguished teachers, amazing peers, a comfortable campus, and ocean and mountain views. P.S. Girls, the guys are far from eye sores. Guys, come on, these are girls at a school by the beach! Need I say more?

    Bang for the buck

    It is expensive. However, the education you will receive at Pepperdine is worth it. Pepperdine also does a good job with awarding scholarships and grants. If that is not enough for you, there is an ocean view from most of campus. (I have a view from my bedroom window). People pay millions for the views that you will have at Pepperdine. The suite-style dorms are also nice because you have less people to a bathroom than other colleges, if that's important to you. Everything on campus in within walking distance too.

    Am enjoying being here

    I can say without a doubt that I love being at Pepperdine! The people I have encountered are genuine and friendly. Of course, no campus is without it's snobs and major partiers, but there are not a problem at Pepperdine. Pepperdine is a dry campus and the RAs (Residential Advisors) do a good job at keeping it that way. My RAs are wonderful and I feel just as comfortable with them as I do with everyone else. The ocean view from most of campus is definitely a plus!

    Am learning a lot

    My high school teachers told me college would be more difficult than high school. The same amount of effort you put into getting an A in high school equals a B in college. The academics at Pepperdine are rigorous, but it is important to be challenged. The teachers are distinguished and always willing to help you out if you're having trouble. It's not hard to develop a relationship with the teachers because of the usually small class sizes. I enjoy the learning atmosphere at Pepperdine.

  • 01/11/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 out of 18 people found this review useful. 4 of 74

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Pepperdine is perfect for these types of students who are: -Leaders -Hard working -religious/like to party (there are two types of crowds at Pepperdine so pick which one you want to be in, you can be in both as well)

    Tips for prospective students

    Put that you are church of christ on your application, get involved at Pepperdine it will make your experience 100% better and live campus its a lot more fun.

    Bang for the buck

    Pepperdine gives about 80% of the student body financial aid which means that 80% of Pepperdine students are really receiving a bang for their buck. Although 50,000 a year is expensive, in the long run I truly do believe it is worth it. Going to a smaller school opens up a number of doors for you since you are seen as a person and not as an ID number. I can say that I have defiantly received my moneys worth at Pepperdine but I have heard some complaints about it. Some of my friends that pay full tuition do complain that they are not receiving enough for the amount they pay.

    Am enjoying being here

    Honestly I am in love with Pepperdine. Yes, the campus is amazing and you cannot beat living on PCH but there are many other qualities that are worthy of mention. The staff at Pepperdine is extremely helpful and they truly care about you. Going to a small school allows you to feel at home and part of a family that wants to see you succeed. It is not your typical college experience, it is much better than the typical experience. We have fraternities and sororities, have awesome sport teams, school spirit and a student body that works hard and plays hard.

    Am learning a lot

    Going to a liberal arts school means you will take a number of diverse classes that not only tailor to your major but will make you a more rounded student. I am an International Business major but aside from the business courses I take speech class, humanities, biology and religion to name a few. As for my business courses I learn a lot. Only professors will be teaching you, you will never have a teachers aid or some random person without a degree teaching you. The classes can be very vigorous but I can assure you that they are all relevant classes that will definitely help you in your career. Being so close to Los Angeles Pepperdine often plays hosts to a number of important figures in each persons major so that students can learn first hand about their area of study. I have learned a lot from Pepperdine and I am very pleased with the level of education I have received.

  • 11/20/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 9 people found this review useful. 5 of 74

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Pepperdine is great for optimistic, enthusiastic, outgoing students that are serious about life but understand the importance of interpersonal communication. Pepperdine is big on vocation and calling in life no matter what your background is. Pepperdine is not just about making the best grade that you can, it's about learning the heart of issues and actually being involved mentally. If you believe that school is more than just a grade then Pepperdine is for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just keep an open mind going in to Pepperdine. Whatever predispositions you had towards Pepperdine before you crossed that gate and passed the theme tower should be dropped. I made assumptions about Pepperdine freshman year and had I not had an open mind I would have missed out on so much that Pepperdine had to offer. Aside from the simple classes, clubs, and organizations students sign up to be a part of, many students learn just from interacting with each other. That is where the true beauty lies at Pepperdine. Just do not be afraid to be yourself. You will be shocked at what you find. Try everything. Go everywhere. Talk to everyone.

    Bang for the buck

    At Pepperdine you definitely get your money's worth. Everything at Pepperdine is pretty high quality. Even the name carries a sort of prestige that can be noticed in simple conversations. It is fairly expensive to go to Pepperdine and to live either on campus or off but it is worth it in the long run. The money you spend to attend Pepperdine will be returned to you in the form of a highly respectable degree and memories to last a lifetime. Pepperdine also does a really good job of finding financial aid for students who cannot afford to attend because it is such a pricey school. If you demonstrate a willingness to learn and excel while at Pepperdine, Pepperdine will accommodate you, however, I still wouldn't mind if Pepperdine were a little cheaper.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love this university. I would not change schools for the world. Pepperdine has so much to offer from the beautiful 180 degree view of the pacific ocean, to athletics, student activities, leadership roles, religion, international programs, and so much more. Some of the downsides to Pepperdine are that convocation and religion classes are required. It's not as bad as it may seem as religion is never forced on students. Another downside is many students at Pepperdine go Greek but it is not as big of a deal here. Greek life is responsible for most of the social events on and off campus and it's definitely here for anyone interested. Pepperdine administration doesn't particularly care for Greek life and there is no housing. Being a dry campus hinders Greek life from being like typical schools, and that may or may not be a bad thing depending on who you are, but definitely it's worth looking in to. Also, Pepperdine has a NO TOLERANCE dry campus policy. NO ALCOHOL. POINT BLANK. There are also some other rules that are pretty silly in most students eyes but the good outweigh the bad at Pepperdine. Pepperdine understands that we are adults and we understand that Pepperdine is a private institution. Just keep it (whatever it is) off the campus and detached from Pepperdine's name and you will be fine. Pepperdine is also not very handicap friendly as there are a lot of hills and stairs but they offer great programs to supplement that so a disability should not be a problem. Other than that Pepperdine is amazing. Being 5 minutes from the beach all the time is exactly as awesome as it sounds!

    Am learning a lot

    The education here at Pepperdine University is top of the line. All of our professors are very knowledgeable about their subject and are involved with their students. The smaller campus size makes classes much more personal. Professors provide plenty of opportunities for students to get to know them better which sets up future recommendation prospects. Within my first year of Pepperdine I had met with most of my professors for lunch and had even gone to some of their homes for tea. Pepperdine has so many majors to choose from. Throughout a typical student experience at Pepperdine so many different situations inspire students to change their major to things that mean something in their life. There are numerous scholarships, honor societies, and leadership opportunities available to those students who excel in academics. Pepperdine also has phenomenal graduate schools. A downside to Pepperdine academics is that, at times, it can get a little overwhelming depending on how many units a student takes, but that is to be expected at a school of its caliber. Pepperdine is highly selective of its students.

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 9 people found this review useful. 6 of 74

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The Department of Public Safety (DPS) has it ALL under control...haha No one likes campus police but they really do their best to try and keep the campus safe (and they succeed). Not sure if this is a safety issue but sometimes deer jump in front of your car with no warning and it's pretty scary. BEWARE

    Greek Life

    23% affiliation. Feels like more but it's not shoved in your face. Not exclusive.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Frosh follies: Prepare yourself for the best first week of school EVER.

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive tuition but they're VERY generous with financial aid. Don't be afraid to apply; odds are you'll get some financial help. And it's the probably the cheapest ocean view in Malibu so......worth every penny. (Ask me this again when I have to pay back my loans and my answer might be a bit different...)

    What to do for fun

    Beach & Partaaaayyy haha just kidding. Greek groups have fun philanthropies that anyone can attend and there's a ton of weekend activities offered by the Student Board such as paddle boarding, surfing, kayaking, acrobat classes, star watching, camping, etc. Malibu is AWESOME.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the Caf gets old...but it's pretty decent. Sushi bar on Fridays is the best and once again, Pepp has better food than all the state schools I visited. It's not 5 star dining but let's be real, the freshman 15 is part of the college experience.

    Dorm Life

    Lived with 7 AMAZING girls. They are all my best friends now. I will say that I got extremely lucky and this isn't the case for everyone but who knows...you could get lucky too. The dorms are much MUCH better than most universities (unless you're considering Stanford or something...) Rooms are perfect size, furniture provided is sufficient and the bathroom.....well, no one likes having to share a bathroom with 7 other people but there's 2 showers, 2 sinks and 2 toilets. Trust me, you'll live.

    Academic Rigor

    I graduated in the top 10 of my high school and was used to being smarter than the average student but once I got to Pepp it all changed. I am constantly surrounded by brilliant people who encourage me to learn and grow. Even the dumb people here are pretty smart. Also, I am amazed at Pepperdine students' ability to keep good grades while having a very active social life. It's admirable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the place, talk to students and professors and get a feel for the community. It is unlike anything you'll ever experience. Don't listen to the rumors about it being a materialistic/fake bubble. Find out for yourself. Your college experience is what you make it.

    In three sentences

    The place where God wants me. The place that makes that's helping me become a better person. The place where I will make lasting friendships and life-changing, world-impacting decisions.

  • 06/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 7 people found this review useful. 7 of 74

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Pepperdine is a diverse school, believe it or not. I honestly think that it's great for any kind of student. They have a very good Pre-Med program here. That's what I'm doing. It's great for students who are thinking about going abroad. The abroad programs here are great! I went to Fiji, and it was the best experience of my life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be reluctant to come just because of finances! If there's a will there's a way! I honestly didn't even come visit the school and get a tour before I decided on attending. Don't feel bad if you can't either. It's a beautiful campus! The pictures don't even give it justice! Once you get to Pepperdine, get involved! You'll meet so many new people! If you're into sororities/fraternities, go for it! I've heard both good things and bad things, but each person is different! Talk to the workers! They'll love you! Whenever you get a chance to go to the beach, GO! Also, prepare yourself for walking up thousands of stairs. The hills aren't as bad as the stairs. People say you get used to them, but I still haven't! I'm an incoming sophomore now. Get to know all of your professors so that they can write you recommendation letters if you need them.

    Bang for the buck

    Pepperdine is expensive, but don't fret! Pepperdine gives excellent financial aid packages! If the financial aid isn't enough, you can talk to the financial aid adviser and they may be able to work something out. They are extremely supportive! The education you get here is worth it!

    Am enjoying being here

    At first, I was extremely reluctant to come to Pepperdine because of how expensive it was. I have no regrets in coming here. Pepperdine has been the best experience of my life. The people you meet here are the kinds of people I want to keep in my life. The spiritual vibe is amazing. I came to Pepperdine without having a solid religion of my own. By the third month I was there, the church took me in like one of their own. It was a life-changing experience. I love it. The professors are extremely supportive. If you need help. want advice, or just want to talk, they'll be more than happy to converse with you!

    Am learning a lot

    The professors here know what they're talking about! If you have question on anything, don't hesitate to raise your hand! Sometimes the classes move fast, but there is plenty of help wherever you need it. It's easy to get behind, though. It is also very easy to get to know your professors. They actually WANT to get to know you! They'd rather know you a little better than just your name and face in class.

  • 08/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 8 of 74

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who love the beach and can walk up stairs and hills with no problem. It's a school that stresses the importance of community service, so students who love to volunteer will find countless opportunities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Beware of the endless stairs and hills. I suggest preparing for Pepperdine with Stairmaster. Sunscreen is also recommended. Having a car is useful as it tends to be a little dead on weekends. If not, no problem. You will most likely be friends with someone who does. Participate in the study abroad program in Argentina (the best one), China, Germany, England, Italy or Switzerland. It will change your life and Pepperdine does a great job with providing you with the classes you need. It is a Christian school, so it is a dry campus sand dorms are not co-ed. Most students are pretty open-minded and easy to get along with.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a pricey school in an expensive location (Malibu, CA), but Pepperdine does offer good financial aid and may even come out to be cheaper than UC's. It's a small university without the cut-throat competition and allows you to establish close relationships with faculty (for future letters of recommendation). It also offers some great help with internships, jobs, and scholarships.

    Am enjoying being here

    Faculty and students are all incredibly friendly and helpful. It's a beautiful, safe campus and the beach is literally right across the street. The study abroad program (intended for sophomore year) is well-organized and a must-do for Pepperdine students.

    Am learning a lot

    Attend the classes, sit near the front, take legible notes, participate in class, and do the work. The amount you learn and the grade you receive depends on the effort you put in. General education classes tend to be easier so you may not need to try as hard. Speaking to the professors during office hours helps get you better grades and establish great relationships.

  • 10/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 9 of 74

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    With a guard gate, Pepperdine has got to be the safest campus in the country.

    Greek Life

    We have 7 sororities and 5 fraternities. They put on a lot of events and do service projects.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is so much to get involved in. There is a club for almost everything, TV shows to produce, radio shows to DJ, bible studies to attend, club sports to play on, chances to volunteer, it's endless.

    Great for these types of students

    Pepperdine is the perfect school for students who love to learn, truly learn a subject. It is perfect for students who like smaller, more sincere settings. It is perfect for students who love God and experiencing God in others. It is perfect for well-rounded students who like the arts, sports, academics, and hanging with friends.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You'll have to be surprised! There are tons of amazing traditions! So much fun!

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, Pepperdine is expensive. But you will not find another place like it anywhere on earth. The people are so amazing, the spirit of God is so alive, the academics stretch you, there are endless free events serving free food, there are tons of experiences and hands-on work available in your area of interest, the professors teach (and not TAs), your dorm has an ocean view, you walk to class in morning alongside deer through the mountain mist, the list of amazing things can go on forever!

    What to do for fun

    There are countless events that are so much fun! Movie screenings, bowling nights, sporting events, dorm outings, just a ton of really fun things to do everyday. And of course, the beach is just minutes away.

    Food and Dining

    Our cafeteria is great and all the workers are so amazing and kind and happy all the time.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is so much fun! There are tons of ways to bond with your dorm and other dorms. Everyday there is something fun to do.

    Academic Rigor

    There are some really tough classes at Pepperdine but the professors are supportive and you grow so much as a student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep up the good work in all your classes. Get really involved in extracurricular activities. Do not stress the application process and just speak from the heart.

    In three sentences

    Pepperdine University stretches its student to grow in every aspect. Pepperdine University is like no other place on earth. It is filled with love and support and is a magnificent university.

  • 06/09/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 out of 19 people found this review useful. 10 of 74

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    This is an awesome school. I am so excited to be attending this fall.

  • 08/31/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 out of 11 people found this review useful. 11 of 74

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Very pricey, but a great school

    Will enjoy being here

    Of course it's beautiful, as everyone says, but I kind of got a bad taste in my mouth when I visited for some reason. Yes, campus is gorgeous, and very close to the beach, but I'm not sure if I would mesh well with the student body. I had breakfast in Malibu and the people I encountered there might have swayed my view of the kind of people who would be at Pepperdine. The whole tour just left me unenthusiastic, but afterwards I talked with some students who weren't affiliated with the tour and they made me feel much more at ease. They seemed less artificial and more down to earth than lots of other people I'd met.

  • 05/11/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 12 of 74

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Pepperdine offered me great financial aid, and cut my costs to roughly the same as all of the other schools I applied too.

    Will enjoy being here

    I visited the campus last summer and words don't even do it justice... I agree with others in that Pepperdine has one of the most beautiful college campuses around.

  • 10/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 13 of 74

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    There are students from pretty much every stereotype at Pepperdine: bookworms/nerds, jocks, surfers, religious people, the typical Malibu Barbie, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to work in classes, even with the beach so close to you. Also, Pepperdine requires students to attend weekly Convocation events, but there is a large variety of events to choose from so it is not too difficult to reach the required amount of Convos every semester. Pepperdine also has amazing study abroad opportunities that allow you to study for a semester, the year, or during the summer in England, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Argentina, China, and even a program in Washington, D.C.

    Bang for the buck

    Since Pepperdine is in Malibu, it can be kind of pricey. That being said, it is definitely worth the amount to come here. It seems like a majority of the campus has been renovated over the past few years, so the campus does not have that old, outdated feel to it at all.

    Am enjoying being here

    Pepperdine's campus is absolutely beautiful, and everybody is pretty friendly. There is definitely a sense of community, and is the perfect school for someone who doesn't want a tiny school, but still wants that sense of community. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in clubs, groups, and other extra curriculars as well.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors are passionate about what they teach, and are available after classes for extra help if necessary. The courses are demanding, but not overly difficult.

  • 12/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 14 of 74

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students pursuing pre-med, psychology, business or any advertising degrees will be best prepped at Pepperdine. As a psych/pre-med student, I enjoy Pepperdine and all the preparation that comes with studying for medical school. The students at Pepperdine are mostly laid back because of the strong liberal arts concentration at Pepperdine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus, focus, FOCUS. Pepperdine is an academically focused campus. If your goal is to succeed academically and Pepperdine is your dream school, then be sure to focus now on your studies and you will reach your goals. My senior year of high school was spent having fun and applying for colleges; mostly because the years leading up to that were focused on academics. The best ways to get ready for Pepperdine is through exercise. Pepperdine is on a hill so the most likely method of travel is walking. And if you own a car, you should try and bring it to school. Malibu is a nice area, and the surrounding area has plenty of fun things to do so the best advice to give any students thinking about Pepperdine is to bring a car.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, many people talk about the tuition. Pepperdine is a bit pricey but the quality of the education is priceless. The school does so much for the students to keep up your spirits. For instance, one of the coolest things that Pepperdine does is the way they bring puppies and dogs to campus for students to pet before finals. The dogs are a great way to cut out on stress and relax before finals.

    Am enjoying being here

    The view of Malibu is amazing! When you get tired of studying or you need to relax, there is plenty of ways to hike down the hill to the ocean with your friends. Originally a Texan, I love how the ocean is so vast and majestic looking in the evening. Pepperdine is just like a movie; and at dusk, you can see the sun set over the ocean from almost anywhere on campus. And as a Zoey 101 fan, it is also pretty awesome to know Seaver campus was the set of Pacific Coast Academy (PCA).

    Am learning a lot

    Pepperdine is a great place to go for you to learn and prepare for whichever career you choose. The professors are the best; they are super accessible and a majority of professors are kind. Programs are in lace for students to actually meet with professors for lunch or dinner on campus and the school sponsors the meal and it is a great way to connect with your professor and talk about any academic challenges or class expectations. The majority of class sizes are small so there is less time for distractions during lecture. When you focus on your academics, you will find that Pepperdine truly has the resources to help you succeed.

  • 05/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 15 of 74

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel so safe at this school its crazy. I have walked back to my dorm after studying at 4 in the morning, and I am not nervous at all. DPS is always driving around and everyone on campus is really friendly so, there is really no need to worry.

    Greek Life

    I feel like a lot of students at Pepperdine choose greek life, but at the same time many students don't. If someone would want to join a fraternity or a sorority, then they would have an awesome time, and if someone was opposed to the idea, they would still have a great time.

    Clubs and Activities

    I feel like Pepperdine could be better about planning different activities, and organizing clubs. I know that we have them, but I think that they should be better advertised because I don't know too much about them.

    Great for these types of students

    If you an outdoors kind of student that enjoys hills and stairs, you would really love Pepperdine. The campus has many hills that I have had to get used to, and some of them are difficult to manage, but it's definitely doable.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A major tradition on campus that I have noticed is the painting of the rock. There is a rock in one area of the campus, and students from different frats or sororities paint it, so that is pretty interesting.

    Bang for the buck

    Honestly, this school is expensive, but I feel like they really work to help you attend. I know that with financial aid and scholarships I am able to attend, so I think that Pepperdine is really awesome in that aspect.

    What to do for fun

    There are things that go on around campus, especially for new students. However, the majority of things to do in Malibu require a car. So it would be good if students got cars. There is the beach of course, Santa Monica, and LA is also really close as well.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Pepperdine is awesome. There are different choices every day, along with basic things like pizza. We also have La Brea, so that comes in handy whenever I want to get something different. We are really lucky as far as the cleanliness of our cafe, because at other schools, they are nowhere near as clean.

    Dorm Life

    I love the dorms at Pepperdine. I met my closes friends there, and I know that we are going to be friends forever. Everyone works together on things and my RA's really try to make things comfortable for everyone. They have a genuine interest in the residents' concerns and questions.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic's are not unbearable, but they are not easy. Students definitely have to set aside time for studying. The work load is not ridicules though, so there is time to study for major exams, along with time for projects.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students, I would tell them to get to know their professors. Since Pepperdine is small the students really have a chance to bond with them, which really helps with letters of recommendation.

    In three sentences

    Pepperdine is great in the learning aspect, social aspect, and the students have fun on and off campus. On a scale of 1-10 I would give Pepperdine an 8; it's an awesome school.

  • 12/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 16 of 74

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, friendly, committed to their studies and to serving others

    Tips for prospective students

    If you value community as much as learning, Pepperdine is probably a great place for you. If you value learning and intellectualism above relationships with others, you might not find what you are looking for here. If you are looking to slide through college and not work hard, Pepperdine probably isn't right for you, either. But if you want to commit yourself to becoming a well-rounded person prepared, as we say in the Mission Statement, for a life of purpose, service, and leadership, you will love it here.

    Bang for the buck

    I wouldn't be here if it weren't for my scholarship. It's pricey, but Financial Aid IS generous -- so if you're applying, don't let the price tag stop you.

    Am enjoying being here

    Being Christian, I have found a HUGE, diverse community of like-minded individuals ready to welcome me. For anyone Christian, Pepperdine will most likely prove a home away from home. For anyone not Christian, I think Pepperdine will still prove to be such. The student body is overwhelmingly friendly, there are groups to serve any interest (and no barriers to starting groups), you're in a beautiful area of Southern California removed from Los Angeles, but at the same time it's not far, if that's your scene.

    Am learning a lot

    I am in Great Books, which teaches you not only the literature itself but also much indeed about life, friends, overcoming your fears, standing up for what's right, and who you really are. GE's are great too -- I'm a freshman, so I haven't taken classes for my major yet, but so far I am very happy with the quality of my classes.

  • 02/29/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 17 of 74

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    plenty of security and you have people on campus who care and watch out each other.

    Greek Life

    women are normally more attractive to the idea around 31% join while men are only at 18%.

    Clubs and Activities

    you can start a club with two people at your side. or join one on campus with a major one being the christian club.

    Great for these types of students

    smart students who are serious about school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    one of the most breath taking schools to see by sunrise light.

    Bang for the buck

    the school is expensive but worth the education.

    What to do for fun

    the beach at every view on campus and every sport with the exception of football. the laid back environment you can relax with friends and read a book or can go to the campus party or the night life which is 10 minutes away. there is fishing surfing anything you can think of in and out of the water.

    Food and Dining

    great food on campus and plenty to eat and dine 10 minutes around town with seafood at every corner.

    Dorm Life

    totally fun with two sides to fit your need with the party life on one and if you prefer you have the christian vibe.

    Academic Rigor

    this is a smart school with 43% of students above a 3.5 grade point average.

    Tips for prospective students

    find out what interest you in life and head into the field that makes you happy.

    In three sentences

    pepperdine university is a beautiful campus with a relax but educational atmosphere. the students have a warm inviting welcome that makes you want to leave home and start your education. with church of christ members helps you stay focus and gives personal and helpful advice.

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 18 of 74

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Never have I felt more safe walking alone at night than when on campus. Pepperdine has a closed campus, meaning each entrance is monitored by Public Safety 24 hours a day. Malibu itself is a relatively crime-free area, so the biggest threat is probably those who are novice parallel parkers. The neighborhood adjacent to campus has asked that quiet hours be established starting at 10:30pm, further diminishing the risk of a threat to student safety.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very popular at Pepperdine. About 1/3 of the student population is affiliated. Rush is during the first month of Freshman year, so students are able to get involved as quickly as possible. For those students who choose not to rush, or if you decide Greek Life doesn't suit you, there is still plenty of opportunities to have a memorable college experience. Greek students often let that define them, and for that reason, sometimes there tends to be a division on campus between the Greeks and the non-Greeks.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a ton! From the Culinary Club, Step Team, Student-led Coffeehouses, International Justice Mission. It can be overwhelming, especially Freshman year, so it's best to pick a few, or maybe even one, and then stick with it. Depth is so much more valuable than breadth. Pepperdine does an excellent job at providing students with ample leadership opportunities because of the wide range of extra curricular activities available.

    Great for these types of students

    Pepperdine is great for students who are looking to seek wholesome community and deep friendships. School spirit isn't popular, and students are often more invested in their friendships than anything else. Even though it's a Christian university, there is still the typical college scene on the weekends, but only if you're looking for it. The Pepperdine experience is all about what you put into it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Songfest is an annual tradition. Put on in the spring, it is a competition between groups who perform mini-musicals all based on a general theme. The entire event is student-run, and students work nightly the two weeks before performances to learn dances, songs, make costumes and have fun. Underneath campus runs a giant sewage tunnel all the way to the beach. It's an unspoken tradition for each student to do the tunnels at least once.

    Bang for the buck

    Average. For students who are looking for it, there are tons of free opportunities that can make your Pepperdine experience memorable. For students who aren't interested in getting involved, or attending night events, Pepperdine can seem like a waste of money.

    What to do for fun

    Everything for fun is at least 30 minutes from campus in any direction. The beach is within walking distance, if you don't mind walking farther than you think. The city of Malibu is not a college town; there's expensive boutiques and restaurants. Because of the disadvantageous nature of Malibu for a college student, Pepperdine works to plan on or off-campus events every weekend. Sporting events are free for students, so there's usually something to do every night if you're looking for it. Most students seek Santa Monica or Los Angeles for a fun night out, which is about a 30 minute drive. There, there's tons of concert venues, restaurants, shopping, and sights. For the adventurous, there are tons of hiking trails all around campus, perfect for Saturday morning hikes before a beach trip.

    Food and Dining

    This has drastically increased since my freshman year 3 years ago. Today, Pepperdine has several dining options, including Jamba Juice, LaBrea Bakery, the Waves Café, and the HAWC student center, as well as coffee carts and small, airport-style take-out options. The quality of food has increased exponentially, as well as the variety of healthy, vegetarian and vegan options. Meal plans are organized on a point system; Freshman must have no less than the 1,100 point meal plan. 1 point = 1 dollar, and all points are loaded onto each student's ID card. Points roll over from Fall to Spring, but expire at the end of each Spring semester. The price of food is not unreasonable, but some food takes upwards of 20 minutes to prepare, worse during the busy hours. Further, the Caf closes at 8:30, so for late-night food, students go to the HAWC, which stays open until 2:00am. LaBrea is only open for breakfast and lunch, and Jamba Juice closes around 8.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman year, students are assigned suite-style living. You have a roommate, and six other suite-mates, with whom you share a bathroom and common area. Freshman housing is equipped with 2 Resident Advisors and 1 Spiritual Life Advisor, who acts as a mentor throughout the year. These students host events for their buildings, plan mixers and trips, etc. Suite style rooms are huge compared to other universities; with the two beds, there's also enough room for 2 more people to sleep on the floor. There is no lack of space. While you are able to choose your roommate before coming to Pepperdine, students are unable to plan whole suites. It's better that way, since sleeping, eating, and social habits change drastically from high school to college.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty of classes is definitely relative to each division. For example, never will you hear a Communications student and a Natural Science student compare workloads (Natural Science is way harder, coming from a French major). Even some General Education classes will keep you up all night studying. That's how it goes with Liberal Arts schools. The good thing is, everyone gets to suffer together. However, the idea behind getting to select a field of study that interests you is that you'll want to do the work because you like the topic. You won't dread writing a 30-page research paper because you like what you're writing about, and in a sense, it's fun to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Pepperdine is a small school (~3,000 undergrad), so one easily recognizes faces on campus. Students pride themselves in being overcommitted and super involved on campus, so that's a great way to meet people. Students who choose not to be involved in on-campus activities feel a sense of disconnect. Further, Pepperdine has one of the highest-ranked study abroad programs in the country, and it's something that the majority of students take advantage of during their four years here.

    In three sentences

    The campus is gorgeous. Professors and students are nice. The opportunities are unmatched.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 74

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    There are a number of fraternities, just like in any other college, but I can not attest to them having not been a member of any of the fraternities at Pepperdine. I would imagine that they would be different than many of the partying fraternities or sororities of other campuses.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that do not have any need for financial help, and/or complex technological issues.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Not aware of any unusual traditions, but I know that Pepperdine is a Christian school, so nothing really out of the ordinary will be taking place.

    What to do for fun

    I attend the graduate school in West LA which is located right across the street from the Howard Hughes center, there are many restaurants and activities in the Howard Hughes center.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for as much financial aid as possible, and prepare for frustration when dealing with complex issues.

    In three sentences

    Not as prestigious as I thought. Too many student employees. Not enough help outside of academics.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 74

    Categories Comments
    Academic Rigor

    Great School and great professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't give up or think it's impossible to make it in.

    In three sentences

    They have such an amazing BSM program for business management. The staff is very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend.

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 74

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    No Complaints here! Malibu is a pretty safe place.

    Greek Life

    The greek life here is medium-sized. It's a big deal to you if your in it, but it doesn't really matter to anyone else. I wouldn't say Greeks run the school or anything

    Clubs and Activities

    There's lots of different things, so find your niche!

    Great for these types of students

    Christian, fun-loving, well-rounded, and stylish people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every day of finals week, we have a rave outside the library and scream out of our windows.

    Bang for the buck

    It's an expensive school, but it's worth it, because of the small class sizes, and attention from the teachers. Having a smaller school means lots of attention in all that you need for career and academic questions.

    What to do for fun

    A lot of the things to do for fun are located off campus. We are close to L.A., so you have proximity to everything there. However all the parties are off campus. So grab a DD, and your good to go!

    Food and Dining

    Considering the amount of people that need to be fed, the food is very good. It is made when you order it, so it doesn't sit. There are some foods that you will see everyday, and international foods that are changed everyday. It will seem repetitive over time, but it could be worse!

    Dorm Life

    I've seen alot of dorms. And these ones are pretty hard to beat. They are very spacious, and come with lots of closet room. Pepperdine has people who clean the bathrooms and living areas for you, so you don't need to! And when you become an upperclassmen you get apartment style dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Don't expect an easy 'A' in your GE;s. You will need to put effort into them!

    Tips for prospective students

    Pepperdine loves well-rounded students. That along with a great GPA and/or SAT score will give you a great chance of being accepted into this school When coming here, you need to make the best of your experience and mingle a lot with your peers in order to get what you want out of this college experience. If you don't, you will find this school boring.

    In three sentences

    A beautiful scenic campus that will always have you sighing when you look out into the distance. A Christian University that insures that you keep faith while you are in college. Great, well-rounded, and congenial people that you will love to be around.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 74

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    On Pepperdine Campus, you should never have to worry for your safety because DPS is always patrolling even at night. If your scared to walk back to your dorm or anywhere, there are places with little posts with a blue button that will immediately call DPS and they will come to escort you to where ever you need to go. Don't be afraid to call DPS because they are there to help you!

    Greek Life

    Depending on what kind of social life one likes may determine whether they would want to go Greek or not. Since the population on campus is like 3,000 most everyone is part of Greek, but I am proud to say I'm not but I am part of Business Fraternity called Alpha Kappa Psi (check it out)!!!!!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some of the hot spots off campus would be: Thai Dishes or Cholada (thai food), Cafe Habana (american food.... fun to dine at because the setup), Malibu YO (frozen yogurt....ahmazinggg), Crumbs.. (kind of like sprinkles but yummmmmier cupcakes), there are many small beaches that you can go to off campus and there very secluded but still social enough to have fun!

    What to do for fun

    We have volleyball courts on campus right in front of some dorms that come to use because they also have a small BBQ area next to it that anyone can use for free. You can also invite your friends to stay over and its a major plus because they don't have to pay for parking and neither do you (students just need to apply for a sticker). We also have a track, swimming pool, basketball courts, yoga classes, CLUBS and more!!!!

    Food and Dining

    We have the cafeteria known as the CAF which serves breakfast consisting of omelettes, bagels, oatmeal, yogurt, cereal, muffins, waffles, etc. During lunch we have salad bars, sandwich bars, pasta bar, entree bar which usually has the more classier better food. Can't forget the GRILL, you can basically order anything you want from hamburgers, chicken strips, chicken wraps, your own wrap of anything, fries and all of that jazz! Then we have something called La Brea Bakery which has like bread bowls with the soup of the day, fresh made sandwiches, and lattes, basically a small starbucks if you will. We also have a Jamba Juice upstairs which students especially love because you can use your CAF points to buy drinks. Nature edge is right out of the CAF, it is a small convenient store that has a lot of organic, fresh, nutritional snacks and drinks. Since the CAF closes at 8, there is something called the HAWC which is open all day untill 2am serving fast food like mini sliders, thin crusted pizzas, spicy chicken sandwiches, pasta with what toppings you want, starbucks drinks already in bottles, and a little food store as well almost like Nature's Edge.

    Dorm Life

    Due to Pepperdine being religiously affiliate with the Church of Christ, dorm life may be strict. Dorms are seperated by sex, so an entire building for only women and vice versa for the men. The curfew for the opposite sex to be in your room is 1am and if caught after that may result in housing probation instantly. One thing that many people don't know is that there is no curfew to be out, so you may go off campus or be outside chatting with friends at any time just not in the building. You become really close with the people in your hall.

    Academic Rigor

    To be honest, many students underestimate the rigor of their academic classes upon arrival. It's really important to maintain focus on your studies than going out, many students put their social life before their academics because Pepperdine is such a dry campus it could be a little smothering especially without a car.

    Tips for prospective students

    This might be a little random, but bring a lamp for your room because it becomes rather dim at night! A watch is a good tip too because Pepperdine is a school on a hill, so calculating how much time you will need to get to your next destination is vital. Be very open to whoever you meet at Pepperdine because you will see them again for sure and you never know what kind of assist they may become to you.

    In three sentences

    The first thing that will take your breath away is the campus and the entire campus, everyone is always in this happy vibe and ready to help enthrall another's experiences. Though the population of the community may be small, it enlarges room to grow a closer bond and to become connected faster, which will create a huge network of alumni and just anyone that may know someone you know. Education is key in today's society, and Pepperdine does and amazing job of teaching students to incorporate service through their daily life which might seem like nothing, but you won't know till you actually experience it at Pepp!

  • 10/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 23 of 74

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Could be better, at the very beginning of the semester we had a few incidents with outsiders

    Great for these types of students

    People who enjoy a Christian background but not to the point where it is incorporated in everything that you do

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    People paint the rock to advertise events

    What to do for fun

    Get involved with clubs or Greek life

    Food and Dining

    The food is so-so. The cafeteria hours are not ideal and the food becomes tiring fast.

    Dorm Life

    Compared to other schools, the size of the rooms are very large. There's ample enough space for you and your roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    Many general classes are fairly easy. It's what you would expect a college class to be like. Though when it comes to your Upper Divs I've heard its tough but you'll still enjoy it because it is actually things you want to know.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to have some serious leg workouts because there are hills everywhere. Also be prepared to take a lot of General Education classes. I would suggest spreading out your GEs so that you can have some easier classes while taking upper division classes. P.S. take Greg Daum for public speaking he's great.

    In three sentences

    Like every other college Pepperdine has its ups and downs. I especially like the community that includes. I'm not completely fond of the location, yes it is beautiful but there is not much to do in Malibu so you have to drive at least 30 minutes to everywhere.

  • 03/19/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 74

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On my way there the traffic was terrible, since it's at Malibu there are only a limited number of ways you can reach the school. Traffic hours are terrible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to have a good first impression on the admission counselor.

    In three sentences

    Great student orientation and beautiful campus, friendly surrounding. They also hold a strong belief in their mission statement.

  • 02/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 25 of 74

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It's safe. You won't find people that will steal your stuff, but it's not to say you should be stupid and not take care of your things. There is DPS (Department of Public Safety), you can all them to pick you up if it's late and you need a ride to your dorm. They will take forever though?, maybe it's just been my experience but it takes them a while. I don't want to put 5 stars, saying it's completely 100% guaranteed safety, and then something happens to the one person that read this. It's pretty safe. Do watch out for deer and their poop. I have also encountered raccoons and seen coyotes. I don't want to lie to y'all so there.

    Greek Life

    There are social frats/sororities and 2 business frats. Social ones have dues around $500 or more. The business ones I hear are about $200. I'm not involved in either type so please be cautious of this information. My roommate is in a social sorority and she is involved but you do not have to be completely committed (die hard status). They give you opportunities and events which are optional. It does buy you friends though.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The HAWC is great! You play pool and ping pong. They offer food options upstairs. The actual building is always open so you can do homework or what not. The Sandbar isn't that bad. Jamba Juice is inside the sandbar. There are also computers there for students to log onto and use, I typically use them to print things out. Mail services is also inside the sandbar. There is also a piano, you'll find students at Pepperdine are extremely talented. Also, you'll find a little couch area and a tv.

    What to do for fun

    The Board, which is like high school's ASB but with 10 times more funds, offers great opportunities to have fun. They put together Blue and Orange Madness and 2 concerts for students. This year Gavin Degraw performed. They have had free trips to Color Me Mine and Rosco's. This is just the tip of the ice berg. There are sometimes parties, off campus of course (know that Pepperdine is a dry campus), but you'll have to get a hold of a Greek life person to know when and where. There's always the beach, 5 minutes away. Santa Monica is at the end of PCH, and LA even further South. Both are great options but sometimes a hassle because it's so far away.

    Food and Dining

    Personally, I enjoy the food options at the Caf and HAWC. People have been asked and they say it's gross, it really isn't. I've only been here a couple months but I suppose that after 4 years it gets boring. Also, there aren't many options off campus. And the few that are available are expensive seafood places. I don't like seafood, so you can see the conflict I have. Back to on campus, their food is a bit greasy and not a lot of healthy options, besides the salad bar and vegetarian option. The salad bar gets old very quickly, you can only get so creative. I forgot to mention: La Brea Bakery (on campus). The place is great but I always forget I have it as an alternative. The offer soup bowls and grilled sandwiches. Don't go to Chipotle too often or you'll get tired of it.

    Dorm Life

    It's comfortable. It's not that interesting really. I use my dorm to sleep, that's pretty much it. I've had a great experience with my roommates and suite mates, some have had bad experiences. Be friendly, be yourself. COMMUNICATE. The person will never know something is wrong unless you tell them, don't waste your time or their time just let it out.

    Academic Rigor

    I have only taken GE's so far. They're pretty all right, I could do better but still very manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! The best way is to join a sorority/ fraternity and be part of Greek life. You'll be in on the latest details and events. Also, bring your car on campus: parking permits are free and you'll need it if you ever want to escape the Malibu Bubble. Take advantage of everything! (All the free t- shirts and admission to games) Meet people, as many as you can, there are some pretty great ones out there.

    In three sentences

    Pepperdine is truly great! You'll meet a lot of people here and they say they hate it but really they love it. The weather is perfect, the view is breathe taking. Pepperdine has so many opportunities. Their networking is incredible, very helpful for the future. The people are amazing. Sometimes they are too superficial. You just want someone that's real.

  • 01/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 2 people found this review useful. 26 of 74

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is extremely high.

    What to do for fun

    surfing, beach volleyball, and sun bathing.

    Food and Dining

    The cafe food is not terrible, but there is def. room for improvement.

    Dorm Life

    The freshman dorms are okay, but they are lacking and need to be revamped.

    Academic Rigor

    Some GEs are even tough. It really depends on the teacher you have.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be well rounded in all aspects of your life.

    In three sentences

    Its extremely welcoming and warm for new comers. It's not a real college experience . Its a great school regardless of some of its downfalls.

  • 02/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    very safe! i leave my laptop unattended in the library all the time. crime is virtually nonexistent here.

    What to do for fun

    la is not too far, but malibu itself really only offers the beach. there isn't too much excitement in our backyard, so you have to seek it out.

    Food and Dining

    there is only one cafeteria, but it is pretty good. it always has grill items, but mixes it up with international food, all-american dishes, etc.

    Dorm Life

    dorms have restrictions regarding members of the opposite sex, alcohol, etc, but overall they are spacious and people enjoy the sense of community they provide.

    Academic Rigor

    pepperdine can be as hard or as easy as you make it. if you want to get a lot out of your education and challenge yourself, pepperdine offers very rigorous courses that make your college experience worthwhile. on the flip side, if you're just trying to scrape by with a degree from a fairly prestigious school without putting in too much work, you can find those types of classes as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you like a fast-paced lifestyle, pepperdine is probably not your best option. not much goes on around here, but that does not mean the people are boring. we're all involved in countless activities and we're really community-oriented and friendly. just don't expect a party every night.

    In three sentences

    pepperdine's location is amazing, the weather is always beautiful, and the people are too. the school is small and intimate which can be good or bad. the quality of life here is great.

  • 04/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    28 of 74

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very Safe and DPS is awesome!

    Great for these types of students

    Ambitious individuals who are outgoing and friendly.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    wonderful view.

    Bang for the buck

    Scholarship and financial aid. apply!

    What to do for fun

    Beach, Santa Monica, Los Angeles

    Food and Dining

    Cafe is excellent! Professional chefs and yummy Starbucks coffee. The hours could improve though.

    Dorm Life

    Suites are nice and roomy but not as social and typical college dorms with hallways.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are difficult, especially major specific classes such as science classes. GE's are managable if you study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't apply because you think you can't get it or it's too expensive. Just apply and go for it! You never know. They look at you as a whole person not just a number.

    In three sentences

    I am so glad I chose Pepperdine University for my Undergraduate education. There is so much connection to your peers and your professors. Malibu is so pretty and it's community is a great place to learn.

  • 06/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    29 of 74

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We do have campus police, Department of Public Safety, that always watch over us and make sure we are safe. There is hardly anything to be worried about.

    Greek Life

    There are so many fraternities and sororities; each one fits a different personality.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs you could join, and there is always something going on whether on or off campus.

    Great for these types of students

    At Pepperdine, there are all sorts of students. You can always find a group of friends you will get along with.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You can always find everyone having fun at Borderline and Cafe Habana. There is also Taco Tuesday at Duke's.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do on and off campus. There are so many clubs to join and sports events that will keep you busy. There are many beaches to visit, and delicious restaurants not too far. Plus, Venice Beach, Santa Monica, and LA aren't that far away.

    Food and Dining

    I love the food they serve on campus. There is so much to choose from, and the hours are convenient. They stay open early for breakfast and close late, so I can get a midnight snack. And if the food gets boring, there are also so many restaurants and drive-thrus nearby to go to.

    Dorm Life

    The girls I dormed with are now my best friends. They were easy to get along with and we treat eachother like family. We not only live together, but are always going out together and having fun.

    Academic Rigor

    College life is definitely different compared to high school, including classes. It is definitely tougher than high school classes, but there is a great deal of support from teachers and fellow students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved and try out EVERYTHING: join every club, try out the Greek life during rush, go to all the sports events, volunteer at service events, get a job on campus, etc.

    In three sentences

    This is the most beautiful campus I have ever seen. The people here are super nice and genuine. It is such a blessing to go here.

  • 06/22/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria has tons of options.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are set up as suites. There are eight people in a suite, two in a room, and there are two bathrooms in each suite (each with two showers, toilets, and sinks) so essentially you're only sharing the bathroom with one other person.

    Academic Rigor

    From talking to past and current students, classes are challenging but not impossibly difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't procrastinate on any of the application materials!

    In three sentences

    Pepperdine is a very beautiful campus. The current students and staff are friendly and more than willing to help and answer any questions.

  • 06/22/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Since the campus is practically on Malibu's beach most surf, swim, & tan at nearby beaches. Students also ski and snowboard on the mountain behind campus. Even if you want to stay on campus, Pepperdine's clubs and greek life keep everyone entertained.

    Food and Dining

    The caf is pretty diverse in what they offer. Though I am not personally vegan, one of my vegan friends can vouch for how Pep. accommodates for every student's style,

    Dorm Life

    Pepperdine allows you to choose your roommates and even has a system similar to Match.com where it matches you with people who you may get along with well. The application is on facebook so it's really easy to get to know people from there. Also, their rooms are very suited to students needs. Pepperdine housing also has a cleaning service set up for the bathrooms in each suite.

    Academic Rigor

    While teachers are understanding and supportive, they push their students to rise past their expectations.

    Tips for prospective students

    Let your application convey a multi-angled view of who you are as a person. Pepperdine values academics AND how an applicant spends their free-time. This may seem cliche but just be yourself and you'll end up where you're supposed to be.

    In three sentences

    To put it simply, Pepperdine University runs their school well. The staff respect and welcome their students, while students strive to be as successful as possible. Between its proximity to the beach and prestige, Pepperdine gives its students the best of both worlds.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Find a friend that drives and go off campus to L.A., UCLA, USC, Santa Monica, etc.! And go to the beach!!! Or go to the HAWC on campus to plan pool, ping pong, etc, and just hangout with friends. Not too much going on on campus...

    Food and Dining

    The on campus food isn't the best. The portions are small and it is sort of expensive. Get meal plan B!

    Dorm Life

    There are many restrictions and rules such as dry campus, curfews for opposite gender to be out of opposite gender dorms. The rooms aren't too big, but the closet space is awesome!

    Academic Rigor

    5 stars, enough said.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come ready to respect the rules and guidelines that are set out for the safety of the student. And come ready to live in a city that is close to L.A. and many travel opportunities. Also, the connections through Pepperdine for internships and such are to be taken advantage of!!!

    In three sentences

    Pepperdine is a small liberal arts Christian University in Malibu, California. It is a prestigious school with a faculty that respects and cares for the students! It is also home to student from all around the world internationally and has the second best study abroad program in the U.S.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Great safety on campus. Any visitor has to be let in by the people at the gates. Campus safety is always driving around campus and can be seen at any time of the day.

    Greek Life

    Several sororities and fraternities. Greek life is different at Pepperdine because it is not centered around the normal themes that come to mind.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of clubs on campus. Surely there is a club if not multiple for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Serious students, religious students, and everyone in between.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Screaming at midnight during finals week. Screams can be heard all over campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Even though the school itself is pretty pricey, they are very good at giving aid to students. They have a lot of free items and cheap events to go to.

    What to do for fun

    The beach is so close that I go all the time! Even though Malibu is a tiny town there are tons of shops and interesting places to eat. Santa Monica is only a half hour away with tons of shops and fun things to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not that great. I am a healthy eater so it was hard to find healthy choices sometimes. I lived off of the salad bar.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty nice. The freshman dorms are larger than most universities I looked at. The graduate/upperclassmen apartments are nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Great academics. This school is always one that gets recognized for it's academic programs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved on campus! There are so many great opportunities to become involved in student life.

    In three sentences

    This is a top notch university. It has great academic standing and has a location that is hard to beat. Many majors to choose from and the faculty is quite impressive.

  • 08/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    What isn't there to do! There's intramural sports, club sports (where you get to wear a wave's jersey), beautiful places to hike, camp, ride horses, there's an awesome gym, pool, you can always head down to the beach (about a 10 minute drive to the much loved Zuma beach), or head into Santa Monica, or even LA. Definitely check of the Rec center- they have rec stuff for rent at super cheap prices!

    Food and Dining

    The food is fantastic, and there is a huge variety in what you can get- they even have an organic section! Just know that at breakfast at the grill, you can't order in on the tickets- you'll thank me later when you realize I just saved you an embarrassing freshman moment ;)

    Dorm Life

    It's a little cramped, but if you bunk your beds like my roommate and I did, you have plenty of room. You have to bring your stuff into, and out of the showers.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are pretty demanding, but you learn so much in the little time you are here per semester. Each semester is about 3 and a half months- that's right, you get out in April your second semester!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are always checking up on your wavenet account, You can't apply for the Work Study Programs as a freshman until you are here for NSO (New Student Orientation), and I would highly recommend the tour- it gives you a really good idea of the atmosphere.

    In three sentences

    Absolutely wonderful! This school has a beautiful view, an incredible academic program, and so many wonderful places to visit. Its Christian morals and values are very prominent- even in class, and I love it!

  • 08/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It is so so safe here all the time. There is security at the entrances and the campus is very self-contained.

    Great for these types of students

    Its a great place for students who love to think, students who love to challenge themselves and their views, and students who love to learn.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are so many traditions! I just cant tell you about them on here or else everyone would know about them!

    What to do for fun

    The beach is close enough to walk, there are some shopping centers in Malibu just off of campus, and we are close to LA, Santa Monica, Thousand Oaks and other places if you want to get off campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to go to a place where you can make great friendships and learn a lot about yourself and the world, this is the place to be.

    In three sentences

    The first wonderful thing you notice when you get to campus is how kind and open everyone is here. The professors really care about each and every student and take the time to get to know you. They also do fantastic work or integrating spiritual growth and learning into student life.

  • 09/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I spend time with my husband, we go hiking and swimming.

    Food and Dining

    Really yummy

    Dorm Life

    I do not live on the malibu campus

    Academic Rigor

    They expect the best out of their students and you will have alot of work

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply and experience a whole new college exprience. Contact the staff to help you through your process of applying

    In three sentences

    Great school! They have helpful staff and all the teachers want you to successed

  • 10/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Scuba, surfing, zumba, yoga, bible study, small groups, house groups, sign language, Italian club, chamber/gospel/concert choir, and the list goes on!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who enjoy nature, or being in shape. Also good for students of a particular faith, or students planning on studying abroad (they have one of the best programs!)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hero's Garden

    Bang for the buck

    This school definitely costs a lot but they provide us with the best of opportunites

    What to do for fun

    Go down to the beach, do a pilates or kick-boxing class, explore the campus, go to one of the many events that are always going on, watch a water polo or rugby game. There are also great hiking trails!

    Food and Dining

    It's great food but you might get tired of the cafeeria food after a while the good thing is, they have other great options to get food.

    Dorm Life

    They try to put you in a suite with other girls that have similar interests.

    Academic Rigor

    They are pretty high on academic rigor and the teachers are great at teaching

    In three sentences

    This school is a great school for academics but they are also strong on having a lot of opportunities to have fun like gym classes, performances, etc.

  • 11/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel totally safe walking through campus by myself any hour of the day or night. when there is an incident on campus (which is very rare), they send an email out immediately.

    What to do for fun

    The Board, our student activities counsel puts on wonderful events. Also there are many clubs to get involved with. If you have a car there are fun things to do in LA, Santa Monica, and Hollywood.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of Options daily, but daily specials become somewhat repetitive. The quality is great though!

    Dorm Life

    Especially in the freshman dorms there is a family-style atmosphere. There are tons of student events both on and off campus

    Academic Rigor

    There are a lot of general education requirements, but most are easy. Major courses are challenging, but teachers are very helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to share what makes you unique on your college application. The staff cares more about your passions and your diverse experiences than test scores.

    In three sentences

    Pepperdine is a really great school in many ways. It excels in academics and student life. It also has an atmosphere of faith that makes it unlike any other university I've been to.

  • 11/12/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    It would be a good college for someone who is looking to stay strong in their Christian faith, but a place that is not too austere. It's also good for people who want to enjoy college and travel abroad.

    What to do for fun

    The location is great for having a good time. First off, you're right next to the ocean, and also you're not to far from LA. As well, its located in California which has a little bit of everything in it.

    Food and Dining

    Is good for college food (not like you're going to choose another college over the food though).

    Dorm Life

    The dorms seem pretty nice and roomy, and you should probably see if you like them before you plan on going there because you have to live in them for your first two years I think.

    Academic Rigor

    Pepperdine will require that you to put in effort, but isn't like Harvard or anything. Also if you ever have trouble, you always will have a teacher or friend who can help you (so I've heard).

    Tips for prospective students

    Academics are important, but they'll want you to be well rounded and see what else you do.

    In three sentences

    Pepperdine's campus is amazing! It has a sprawling campus and a breathtaking view. It seems like a great place to learn, stand strong in your christian faith, and have a little fun. :)

  • 12/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is always close by if you need them. They are easy to get ahold of and willing to help in any situation.

    Greek Life

    Greek life isn't a huge deal at Pepperdine but most of the people who are in a frat or sorority love it. It's the perfect way to get involved and meet new people. Plus, there is no hazing to worry about at Pepperdine like at many other schools.

    Great for these types of students

    Pepperdine is great for students who are looking to enrich their spiritual life and connect with others who are there for the same reason. It is also great for students that are focused on getting a great education.

    What to do for fun

    The Campus Ministry has plenty for students to do throughout the week and over the weekend. Other than that, it is difficult to find stuff to do on campus. If you can get off campus, though, there is a multitude of activities being near the beach and Santa Monica.

    Food and Dining

    Although there isn't much of a variety of places to dine at school, the caf food is great for a college. There are many options to eat including a grill, salad bar, classic meals, and international meals. Chefs make everything fresh in front of you. You can go eat at any time throughout the day.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are suite-styled which helps build a nice community within the suite. This does also make it more difficult to meet other people in your dorm because they are so secluded. Also, the dorms are single sex. They are in fairly good condition though.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are definitely difficult, especially if you are majoring in anything science related. Teachers are there to challenge you, and they do a great job of it in an interesting way.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to be challenged in the classroom, but remember that the teachers are more than willing to help you and are very flexible with your schedule.

    In three sentences

    Pepperdine University is a unique college experience that you will not find at any other school. Not only is Pepperdine one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation, it is also very well ranked. Pepperdine focuses on giving their students everything they need to succeed.

  • 12/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    New Student Orientation is a blast, make sure you don't miss it!

    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach! Hike in the mountains. Participate in groups and all the student activities put on around campus every day.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take time to go to the beach!

    In three sentences

    Pepperdine has awesome ocean views. Pepperdine has a great community. Pepperdine has really interesting and committed professors.

  • 01/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Going to the beach is easy and convenient, definitely one of the advantages of attending here.

    Food and Dining

    A variety of options are available on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Housing is adequate, but the HRL department is not always prompt in dealing with issues.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging, remember to get help if you need it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to meet your future roommate ahead of time.

    In three sentences

    Pepperdine is a deeply faith-oriented university which is dedicated to helping their students accomplish their goals. The professors are personable and willing to help students succeed. Dorming is not always the most positive experience, but the academics are worth it.

  • 01/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    43 of 74

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach

    Academic Rigor

    The work is challenging

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to pay high tuition

    In three sentences

    I believe financial aid for the GSEP program could be better.

  • 01/22/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    All of Malibu and the beach are readily available.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your best in highschoool and embrace the religious aspects of the school.

    In three sentences

    Pepperdine is a prestigious school located right on the beautiful coast of Malibu. The school caters to every niche of students ranging from religion to surfers to those who would like to study abroad. It is an all around terrific school, my cousin loves it.

  • 01/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    45 of 74

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is extremely safe. We have a gate, and the Department of Public Safety is always around to assure and enforce safety around campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a large part of Pepperdine. People get extremely involved and into their sororities/fraternities. It keeps the campus's student moral high.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are multiple clubs. There's always something you can get involved in at Pepperdine. Finding your niche is no problem.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are invested in their academics, and spiritually invested.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Christmas is a large and important holiday at Pepperdine. Everyone gets excited about this holiday. Decorations span from the dorms all the way to the President's home to the hundred foot tall Christmas tree. It's really the greatest time of the years, here at Pepperdine. We also have an ice skating rink

    What to do for fun

    You can go to the beach. Go surfing. Read at the park. Drive down to Santa Monica

    Food and Dining

    Food's alright; nothing too special. However, every last friday of the month we have people come and make custom sushi rolls. That's pretty awesome. There's always a variety of things to eat

    Dorm Life

    We live in suites so it's really easy to make friends, especially for those transfers who come in the middle of the year. The RAs(resident advisors) and SLAs(spiritual leader advisors) are extremely helpful and are always there when you need help. People are very respectful of others study times and don't make too much noise.

    Academic Rigor

    It's easy to get a B, but you have to work for that A. Things don't come easy at Pepperdine but once achieved they feel great. I

    Tips for prospective students

    Understand, and take into account that Pepperdine is a Christian college but don't be taken back by it. Look at the university with an open mind. It's a great place to meet lasting friends.

    In three sentences

    Pepperdine is a very academic oriented school. It creates a healthy balance between religion and academics. Best of all, the people at Pepperdine are exceptionally nice. Plus, who wouldn't want to wake up to the ocean every morning?

  • 02/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Academic Rigor

    Everything class is challenging if you truly engage. Writing is a major emphasis as is presentations skills.

    Tips for prospective students

    Every student should participate in an international program. Stay up to date with all the student programs offered, they are frequent and fun. Brush up on your writing skills, writing is a big emphasis here.

    In three sentences

    Pepperdine University is a dreamland. Besides the amazind view, the students and teachers are so amazing and nice. The best decision I ever made was applying for Pepperdine University.

  • 02/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    47 of 74

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Safe.

    Greek Life

    HUGE! I am not involved in Greek Life but I know a ton of students are into it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Greek Life is huge at Pepperdine. The parties are not even worth showing up at. There a ton of clubs. There could be more athletic activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Conservative, Christian, Wealthy, Beach Lovers,

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    New Student Orientation is like a summer camp full of screaming kids. Frosh Follies is skit competition between dorms.

    Bang for the buck

    If you can get a scholarship, great! I wouldn't take out loans to come here.

    What to do for fun

    Beach, Mall, Santa Monica, Close to LA

    Food and Dining

    The food is ok. Sometimes they lack options but it tastes good.

    Dorm Life

    It's alright. On the plus side, you can see the beautiful ocean everyday. The rules about visitation are really strict.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging and Essential

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research before you decide to come to Pepperdine and make sure you absolutely love it.

    In three sentences

    Pepperdine is a great christian school with challenging academics. The school lacks in the social area. It also lacks diversity.

  • 02/16/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Pepperdine is absolutely beautiful. The campus is warm and inviting. The teachers and the students are very nice and helpful.

  • 03/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    49 of 74

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Needs improvement!

    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach of course! Go to Santa Monica (shopping & the pier). Go to Thousand Oaks (The Oaks).

    Food and Dining

    The food is good but you end up feeling like you are only able to eat the same things over and over again.

    Dorm Life

    Living with strangers can be difficult, but just try to communicate with each other and respect each other's wishes. The dorms are mostly quite but very fun!

    Academic Rigor

    Mostly the major classes are the most difficult; but don't forget about the GEs because they are important too! Just make sure you manage your time and try not to overwhelm yourself with work (it's ok to have to drop classes)

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get in to too much too fast. Take time to relax. Breathe. Everything will be ok. Talk to your professors! They want to help you succeed!

    In three sentences

    The campus provides a beautiful environment to study and relax in. The students are very friendly and inviting and provide so many activities for the university as a whole. All of the professors are very welcoming, understanding, and willing to do anything to help the students.

  • 03/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    50 of 74

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There is not too much you can do at school. Most kids go off campus to Santa Monica.

    Food and Dining

    Other students complain about how the menu gets old, but personally I look forward to every meal I eat!

    Dorm Life

    The suites are great!

    Academic Rigor

    It is challenging yet it still gives you time to read for leisure.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready for those stairs. Freshman 15 is real.

    In three sentences

    It's a small campus where you pretty much get to know everyone. Malibu is a residential area so it does get pretty dull and boring out here. Everyone here works out.

  • 03/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    51 of 74

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe. We had a few incidents at the beginning of this year but they were freak things.

    Greek Life

    It seems like Greek life is the only way to get into activities here but it's not really like that. They like to think they play a huge role here on campus but they really don't. No Greek housing. No black frats. AKA is the only black sorority but they have a limited presence on campus. If you're really into Greek life don't expect much.

    Clubs and Activities

    Pepperdine Improv Troup, Tae Kwon Do Club, Multicultural dinner nights, Intramural sports, surf club, equestrian club, pom squad, step team.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who like outdoorsy activities. Beach bums. Religious people. People with cars. People who like the glamour of LA but want to get away from the city life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    My Tie: Freshmen girls pick a tie out of a box and whoever's tie it is is their date for the rest of the night and you go up to the presidents house and party and whatnot. Freshmen sunrise and senior sunset. Songfest: Different groups put on a 12 minute musical and local celebities judge the contest. Underground sewer that leads to the beach (just don't get caught!). This year we had a house cup with different competitions and a Hunger Games. The freshman dorm that won, won Disneyland tickets.

    What to do for fun

    Get a car or have a friend with a car. Not much to do in Malibu or on campus. All parties are off campus. Everyone goes to Santa Monica, the Valley, or Agora Hills to go shopping or out to eat. The beach is quite a hike and it's private. You need to drive to the public beach. The Board is a student group that plans activities for students like movies weekly. The Rec center plans a lot of great group trips. Take advantage of these.

    Food and Dining

    It's good it just gets boring after a while. Stay away from the orange chicken though.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on your major. I have some really easy classes and a few rigorous and challenging courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    I was wary about coming here at first because of the conservative atmosphere but I found a good group of students who share the same values I do. There is a good mix and the student body is much more diverse than I thought. Don't let the rules and reputation keep you from coming here if you like everything else about it.

    In three sentences

    Arguably the most beautiful campus in the United States. Not too big but not too small for me personally. Some of the nicest people you'll ever meet.

  • 04/23/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    One of the most beautiful campuses I have visited so far. If you love the beach, this is the perfect school! It is recommended that you walk because there are a lot of hills and it's hard to find parking.

  • 04/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    53 of 74

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Pepperdine is a Christian university committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for...

    Food and Dining

    Pepperdine University offers a number of student services including health service and health insurance. Pepperdine University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Pepperdine University, 74 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Pepperdine University.

    Dorm Life

    Pepperdine University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,474, with a gender distribution of 44.4 percent male students and 55.6 percent female students. At this school, 58.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 42.0 percent of students live off campus. Pepperdine University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

    Academic Rigor

    The student-faculty ratio at Pepperdine University is 13:1, and the school has 67.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Pepperdine University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Social Sciences; Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 90.2 percent.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students must attend 14 spiritual events a semester and take at least three Bible courses during their time at Pepperdine. There is a Church of Christ on campus, as well as a handful of student-led ministries

    In three sentences

    Pepperdine University is a private institution that was founded in 1937. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,474, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 830 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Pepperdine University's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 54.

  • 05/16/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Pricey!

    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach and take a walk in a sunny afternoon!

    Tips for prospective students

    Start getting scholarships!

    In three sentences

    I have been to Malibu and passed by this school! I can totally imagine myself in a school like Pepperdine! The people look nice idk.

  • 05/16/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 55 of 74

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Surf! A major reason I chose to attend was in order to be more involved in aquatic sports.

    Food and Dining

    A+++ I had lunch there and it exceeded any cafeteria I've every been to.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour of the school and I'm sure you'll fall in love with it!

    In three sentences

    I haven't started classes there yet, but I adore the campus and everyone I've met there so far. I'm really looking forward to finishing my degree there and I can't think of a better location for the university.

  • 06/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There have been some incidents in the beginning of my fall semester, however, the university is very concern and proactive about their approach.

    Greek Life

    Greek life presence on campus is very noticeable. The most involved students are also part of the greek community. I met the best people in my sorority.

    Clubs and Activities

    Pepperdine offers tons of activities for free! take advantage of what the student board organizes.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who wants to educate their minds and heart.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Heroes Garden- my favorite spot on campus, looking over the ocean will bring you at peace.

    Bang for the buck

    Pepperdine is expensive. However, you are paying for the intimate campus feel and your access to professors, who are very knowledgable in their field (i had doctors in all my classes). Take advantage of that opportunity. Work study is also great if you apply.

    What to do for fun

    You live in one of the most gorgeous cities in the country. The beach is within the reach of your fingers, take advantage of the exclusivity of Malibu, yet its proximity to Los Angeles. Also, take note that celebrities are around- hang out at Malibu Country mart or by Malibu Yogurt and you never know who you might run into.

    Food and Dining

    Check out the Udon bar at the graduate school, and enjoy it while looking over the ocean. Jamba juice fix in between classes is always perfect at the sandbar. The HAWC will suffice for late night cravings while studying.

    Dorm Life

    Enjoy living on campus. Get to know your Resident Advisors and SLA. Make the best out of it, I found my best friends among my suite mates.

    Academic Rigor

    Go to office hours. Don't procrastinate. Keep in touch with professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply yourself in every aspect that you're passionate in, be involved. Go to office hours! Eat well, and go to the beach!

    In three sentences

    Pepperdine University is the ideal small campus with a close-knit community and the accessible professors. The Malibu campus is breathtaking, location wise it is definitely a plus. Pepperdine's motto of strengthening lives resonates within the students.

  • 06/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    57 of 74

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Malibu is an isolated and extremely safe community. DPS also does a good job of keeping a watch on campus.

    Greek Life

    Not a crazy as most state schools, but still have lots of parties. You'll meet lots of people if you join, and therefore it is good for networking.

    Clubs and Activities

    The Board does a great job of planning activities and the school is open to starting any kind of club!

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoorsy, love to surf, love good weather, want a Christian environment.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Slide down the water drainage tunnels under campus.

    What to do for fun

    Surf, hike, hang at the beach, go into LA.

    Food and Dining

    Not many cheap restaurants or restaurants that are open late.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do lots of leg workouts before coming, there are tons of stairs!

    In three sentences

    A great Christian academic environment that pushes you to find your purpose, serve, and lead. It's situated in beautiful Malibu and that provides tons of fun, natural, free things to do. The students are of the highest quality of people, as well as the staff and faculty!

  • 07/20/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Pretty expensive but I've been told numerous times that it's worth it. I haven't read any bad reviews so I am definitely applying. Overall it seems like a great university.

  • 07/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    59 of 74

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You're in Malibu. Enough said.

    Greek Life

    70% of students on campus are a part of Greek life. If you want to party, join a fraternity or a sorority.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a variety of different clubs available. You can contact their OneStop Office for an extensive list.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard working, studious, want to make money, entrepreneurs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The night before finals week at the stroke of midnight everyone on campus lets out a blood-curdling scream. It can be quite disturbing if you're not expecting it.

    Bang for the buck

    It is quite expensive, but in my opinion its worth it. Whatever debt you accumulate while going there you will probably make back in the next few. Like I said, you get connected with some really great job opportunities.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach, surf or just lay in the sun. Santa Monica, Venice, and Downtown LA are 30 mins away.

    Food and Dining

    You can't beat it. Imagine the dining hall scene in the Titanic, not quite as fancy, but the food compares quite favorably. You have the option of steak, hamburgers and brauts every day, or change things up with the international station which has meals from a different country every day. Taco Tuesdays are a favorite.

    Dorm Life

    Loved my first year in the dorm, you get to know your house mates well and your suite mates even better. Some of these guys are by best friends.

    Academic Rigor

    I wasn't really sure how to rate this. I gave it two stars because the course work really isn't that hard. Just make sure you show up to class and somewhat pay attention and you should be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're a hard partier, don't come here. If you are, and wanted to be surrounding by hardworking, determined, and dedicated people, this is the place to go. You will make great connections for the future

    In three sentences

    It is probably one of the most beautiful campuses you will ever see. There is a lot of money in a small area. Find the right people to hang out with and you can have a good time.

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    It is somewhat necessary to have a car to do anything fun because most things are off campus and pretty far away. But once you get to the Los Angeles area there are plenty of things to do!

    Food and Dining

    Really good food, but lack of choices.

    Dorm Life

    Suite style freshman dorms are perfect for meeting new people and forming close friendships with those in your dorm.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is an expensive University but there are ways to pay for it, the cost is completely worth it if you are frugal and wise with your money.

    In three sentences

    A wonderful college with a great balance of academics, sports, and a tight knit community. Breathtaking views and wonderful weather make living there an easy transition. If needed, the network of religious professors provide a perfect net of safety for the difficult times in college as they are more than open to giving advice and friendship.

  • 08/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    There are 8 sororities and 5 fraternities. Check them out and if they're something you're interested in join!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are numerous clubs to join on campus according to your interest or passion. You're sure to find something that you'll like!

    Great for these types of students

    All types. Especially if you're interested in building your faith! You can most definitely do that at Pepperdine!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We've got a rock outside the cafe which is the most effective way to advertise. It's almost always painted a different color with a new sign! We've also got Waves Weekend every year where all students get together including Alumni, faculty, and Pepperdine families for carnival type festivity with free food!

    Bang for the buck

    Oh yes.

    What to do for fun

    Hit up the beach! It's 5-10 minutes away and you can try activities like paddle boarding or surfing! Seeing the ocean everyday may give you the illusion that you don't need to go to the beach and end up only going twice the whole year (there are those people) but don't buy into it! Go, go, go! Santa Monica is a 20 minute drive where you have the pier and Third Street Promenade for shopping! LA is at your fingertips; explore and adventure!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great! there are many activities that I know freshman dorms do which gives you the chance to bond with and get to know the people in your dorm. They've also got competitions against other dorms which is tons of fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Everything is pretty new when first entering college, embrace it! Join clubs and get involved in the community but don't forget about your academics. Oh and keep the skipping classes to a minimum. One more thing, if you're not a morning person, don't take 8am classes 4 days a week like I did!

    In three sentences

    Pepperdine University is a fantastic school with wonderful people. It has a great sense of community and is prestigious academically. Pepperdine is also in a prime location to the beach as well as industrial Los Angeles!

  • 09/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Pepperdine is the safest place in Malibu. Literally, I feel too safe, if that is even possible. If I am walking around at night, guaranteed, I see a DPS (department of public safety) vehicle pass me every 2 minutes. They are EVERYWHERE. It's probably the safest place ever.

    Greek Life

    I'm just starting rush week!!! Yay!! Greek Life is actually surprisingly popular at Pepperdine! We don't have greek housing, but its still an awesome experience. Rush so far has been incredible and it isn't as intense as a lot of other colleges which is really cool. Overall, it is a really fun and easy experience and it seems like Greek Life is a really cool thing to be a part of.

    Clubs and Activities

    Being a freshman, I haven't been able to really look into clubs and stuff yet, but from what I heard, we've got some awesome clubs!

    Great for these types of students

    If you like hiking, Pepp is the PLACE FOR YOU!!! Literally the whole campus is a hike.. Freshman 15 whaaatt? Basically, if you're super active, This college is the place for you. There's so many different things going on allllllll the time for your kind of people. Hikes, intramurals, just everything.... If you're the music type, we've got Coffeehouse, Songfest, the piano in the Sandbar (everyone has random jam sessions in there), we've got awesome bands on campus (LADY ON THE MOON), and we've got a couple different choirs, and of course our incredible acapella group, Won by One. If you're into acting, we put on some of the best productions ever!!! The next one coming up is Les Mis.. I'M STOKED! If you're the dancing type, DANCE IN FLIGHT. Enough said. Basically, there's something for every type of student at Pepperdine.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    MY TIE!!! Its a dance type of thing during New Student Orientation where the girls pick out a tie from a box and whoever's tie that is, would be your date to the President's house for the dance/ mixer thing. Its really fun and its a great way to meet new people. Of course, there's Alumni Park, where everyone goes just for the view. Its the most gorgeous spot on campus.. Which leads me to a P-Dine tradition.. the Flags! We put up flags every year for 9/11 and each flag put up represents each and every 9/11 victim. Its absolutely gorgeous and people from everywhere drive by just to take pictures of it. There's so many cool things about Pepp, I don't even know how to explain them all.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, its ridiculously expensive, but you're getting what you pay for. Its honestly completely worth it.

    What to do for fun

    BEACH!!! Thats an obvious choice, but literally, whenever we get bored, we go right to the beach and it never gets old. Other fun stuff to do, if you have a car, would be to go to J-BO (aka Jack in the Box), the Santa Monica Pier, shopping, go around LA.. etc... Basically, you're in Malibu, there are so many fun things to do, you just have to go out and find them. If you or your friends don't have a car, you can still find stuff to do around campus. Make an adventure out of it. Go to the HAWC, walk around campus, visit other dorms, make huge games of Hide and Seek (we're kids at heart) etc etc. There's always something to do! (:

    Food and Dining

    The food is surprisingly fantastic!!! The caf has the best food. The Grill is always the best, but you have to go at the right time or else you'll be waiting forever. Nature's Edge has the best Chicken Salad sandwiches. The HAWC is also the best place to go if you get hungry at midnight and you need a snack. (I recommend getting the chicken tenders tossed in buffalo sauce). Jamba Juice is super convenient too. It would be cool if Pepperdine had a Taco Bell on campus, only because Taco Bell is my favorite, but I guess I've been okay without it.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life.... In general, its amazing getting to know everyone. I've become SO close with the girls in my house. I seriously love them all so much. Also, theres different activities between the dorms, such as the House Cup. Basically we do all these things all year and each house gets as many points as they can from all these events and then whoever has the most points wins. It gets pretty intense, but its SO much fun. Onto the living aspect, it's great. I'm personally in a double, so I have more room. The triples are super cramped and it seems horrible, but I'm in a double so its pretty nice. The bad things about the dorms is that there isn't any AC and there's a bug problem. We leave our windows open because its super stuffy in the room, but since we open our windows, bugs get in the screen and we get bug bites. The first day of school, I went to class with a swollen eyelid due to a bug bite. other than that, dorm life is great!

    Academic Rigor

    Pepperdine is honestly offering the best education. The work can tend to be extremely difficult, but in the end, it's all worth it. Also, if you don't understand something or if you're having trouble, the professors are always there to help you. It's a great academic experience overall.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be nervous! Everyone else feels as nervous as you do. You're going to find friends, don't stress! Everyone here is absolutely amazing and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. Don't forget to bring a fan and bug spray! There is no AC in freshman dorms and if you leave your windows open, bugs can get in. My roommate and I have been bit a few times!

    In three sentences

    Pepperdine is an amazing campus with an absolutely breathtakingly gorgeous view. I know I am getting a quality education here due to the fact that I have the greatest professors ever and the small class sizes are extremely convenient. The people here are all really kind and everyone seems to find a spot to fit in really quickly.

  • 09/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Many Chinese students join in the Asian Business Club.

    What to do for fun

    Taking part in mixer or sth like that.

    Food and Dining

    It's not so convenient to eat in a dining.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are kind of expensive.If we can have just 2 roommates and have air conditioner,it'll be perfect.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the teacher.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start early and pay attention to apply the GA/TA!!

    In three sentences

    I like here.Almost all the staff are very nice and helpful.I like the small scale,the scenery and the style.How lovely the deer are!

  • 09/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus, even if I'm walking late at night by myself. There are lights everywhere, and campus security is always around. They also make you put their number into your phone, so you can call them whenever you feel unsafe. They'll walk you back to your dorm if that's all you want, even.

    Greek Life

    I'm not involved in Greek life, but lots of my friends are, and they love it. Rush is really fun, even for people who are just going to check it out. Most are actually focused on building a community of brothers or sisters, rather than getting drunk every weekend.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is always something going on, almost every night of the week-from music and dance performances, to intramural sports, to movie nights, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for someone who wants to be surrounded by a faith community, and also good for those who want to contribute to their surrounding community. We also have an amazing study abroad program, with locations in Argentina, China, and Europe. I think about half of the Sophomore class goes abroad. It is only $3,000 more than normal tuition and fees, which basically just covers your flight there.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I don't think we have anything unusual other than a stunning view of the ocean from every angle on campus. We have bonding activities throughout the week-long Freshman Orientation and also throughout the year, but I know that that happens on most college campuses. We have worship nights and guest speakers, which is typical of a religiously-affiliated school.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel like it's overpriced, but I cannot deny the quality of our resources. The dorms are really nice and the computers are up to date. I just tend to be cheap, so I think most things are overpriced.

    What to do for fun

    We are about a 15 minute walk from the beach, so lots of students go there when it's warm. Many also go out on the weekends to clubs and movie theaters, or drive 30 minutes to LA. Santa Monica, the place with the Ferris Wheel on the pier, is about a 20 minute drive from campus and has fabulous shopping. 3rd Street Promenade is pedestrianized, so it's a cool place to just go and hang out at. It has good vibes.

    Food and Dining

    The food is fabulous. You don't pay for it by meals, like other places do. Your meal plan is more like having a prepaid debit card. You can also use it at locations around campus other than the dining hall, like Jamba Juice.

    Dorm Life

    You will get out of the dorms what you put in. Freshmen are required to live on campus in suites, so you'll have a group of 8 or 9 students of the same gender to focus on building relationships with. Each dorm has 50-60 people in it, so it's easy to feel a sense of community in the place you live, if you make the effort.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on your major. I'm majoring in Business, and my classes have been hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not come here if you're looking for ethnic diversity (most of the students are white). Do not come here if you are uncomfortable with the idea of having to go to religious events, because weekly convocation is mandated. Do not come here if you're looking for a party school. DO Come here if you were the type of person who sang on your church's worship team and did well in school and sports, and want to be surrounded by like-minded individuals.

    In three sentences

    Pepperdine is a beautiful, academically rigorous Christian school. The students are very community-service oriented and are also quite well-rounded individuals. It is a place that pushes its students to excel in all areas.

  • 11/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    DPS does an amazing job keeping campus safe. I think somebody got on campus once like two years ago that wasn't supposed to, but other than that I feel really safe. Pepperdine is the only school where I feel comfortable being out at midnight without having to worry.

    Greek Life

    I joined a sorority on campus and absolutely love it! Greek life isn't in your face, and if you don't join one it's not a huge deal; however, it definitely makes your life a lot more fun. Not as much of a party-oriented greek system as some other schools, but if you're into that type of stuff you can definitely choose a sorority for that. I think there are 7 sororities and 5 fraternities on campus, so there are a lot of options, and you can definitely find one that fits your personality.

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm in tons of clubs and I love it! There's a club fair at the beginning of the year and I signed up for literally 10 clubs. I'm not active in all of them, but I stop by on meetings whenever I can and it's always so much fun! There are also tons of on campus activities that students can take advantage of. There's always a movie night or a craft night you can participate in. Pepperdine will definitely keep you busy.

    Great for these types of students

    Pepperdine is great for literally everyone! If you are Christian, like to surf, like country music, are really good looking, or just have really rich parents you'll fit right in! Or, you know, if you're just a normal human being there's still stuff to do on campus too. I honestly think everyone should consider Pepperdine because it's great if you are dedicated to academics, fun if you're looking for greek life and partying, and amazing if you want to spend time at the beach and surf. There's also so many opportunities for worship if you're a Christian (and even if you're not it's totally fine - there are a lot of non-Christians on campus and they won't try to push anything on you). Seriously, Pepperdine is amazing for everyone.

    Bang for the buck

    Pepperdine does cost a lot in tuition ($60,000 a year!). That being said, I do think we get a lot for what we pay. Maybe Pepperdine is a little pricey, but in my opinion it's totally worth it. We get a great education, and there are always tons of free events we get that would cost so much more elsewhere (Imagine Dragons concert last year, the occasional free t-shirts, and all the on campus activities). It's definitely worth it.

    Food and Dining

    As much as everyone hates on the Caf food, I love it. I think it's so much better than most other schools, I mean, they have pizza, pasta, and a dessert station - how much more do you need? They also have a grill with hamburgers and hot dogs and stuff. Lots of options, although if you're used to eating at expensive restaurants the food quality might not seem as great.

    Dorm Life

    The Freshman dorms can be a little cramped and gross at times, but upperclassmen dorms are a lot bigger and nicer. Overall, though, I love the layout and living on campus is so much fun! You'll have a blast getting to know the people in your building, and regardless of how cramped your room might feel on move in day, everything will fit in your room and you'll grow to love it.

    Academic Rigor

    Pepperdine can be pretty challenging depending on your major and what professors you take. You should definitely be able to pass your classes without any difficulty, but if you're trying to get straight A's it is pretty difficult. Expect a lot of long papers. It's still doable, just a lot of work.

  • 12/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    DPS will help you and will drive you back to your dorm if need be.

    Greek Life

    It is a lot different from other schools but I really like it. Delta Gamma!

    Clubs and Activities

    You will get over involved but its fun!

    Great for these types of students

    Liberal arts and law majors

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a rock that a lot of organizations paint to encourage students to go to their events and advertise their club/sport.

    What to do for fun

    Sand volleyball, greek life, PIT.

    Food and Dining

    There are not a lot of choices, especially healthy ones.

    Dorm Life

    There needs to be more washer and dryers in the freshman dorms. The suites are fun and a good way to make friends.

    Academic Rigor

    It is challenging but engaging!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to go into liberal arts this is a good school for that. Be prepared to multi task because you will juggle a lot of things. Watch out for the deer!

    In three sentences

    Pepperdine fosters a great sense of community. The school spirit is a little lacking. The activities they offer are great.

  • 01/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you like small schools, this is perfect. It's small but still a lot to do.

    What to do for fun

    SO MUCH. Beach, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, there's so much to do right around campus.

    Food and Dining

    The caf food is pretty good and convenient.

    Dorm Life

    If you choose to participate, there are a lot of bonding activities and fun ways to be close with the people in your dorm. And having all the freshmen love I'm suites makes it easy to meet new people right off the bag and have some good friends.

    Academic Rigor

    No faking your way through classes here

    Tips for prospective students

    The students here are all some of the best of their high school, and with so few spots for incoming students compared to the number of applicants, you've got to be a great all around student.

    In three sentences

    The small school feel is perfect and the education is incredible. And of course the location can't be beat.

  • 01/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Beach, swim, surf, hike. This is definitely a school for adventurous people.

    Food and Dining

    Access to some of the best food in the world... off campus. On campus, easily one of the worst places in Malibu to eat at.

    Dorm Life

    Great dorms that lead to great community.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a top tiered private school in California that rivals USC and Stanford in science. There is no slack here and students who get sucked into greek life tend to get spit out on academic probation

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely visit it and walk around it for a day, try the food, go into town. Get used to being in shape because there are a lot of stairs.

    In three sentences

    It is accurately called the Conservative USC both in caliber of education and social policy. It is a great school, but not for everyone. If you think you need a large huge party school then this might not be for you.

  • 02/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus!

    Bang for the buck

    Obviously Pepperdine is an expensive school, but you do get a lot out of it! It is small and private and I mean you are living right on the water and can watch the sunset every night from your room! College does not get much better!

    What to do for fun

    Go to santa monica, LA or go to the beach

    Food and Dining

    Food is pretty good, but gets old fast. Not very many options for food, and the caf closes early.

    Dorm Life

    I live in freshman dorms and for the most part they are nice. They are big enough and you do not feel crammed into a small room. Suites are decent size. Overall pretty good for college dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    GE classes are pretty easy, but major classes are much more challenging, especially if you are a science or math major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Even though Pepperdine is very beautiful, do not come here solely based on location. It is a challenging university, especially if you are a science major. It is a great school though!

    In three sentences

    Pepperdine University is a beautiful and challenging school. The classes are hard, but the teachers are always willing to help. It is a beautiful campus and I love it here!

  • 04/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    GREAT but not like big universities

    What to do for fun

    Leave campus! You're surrounded by some many fun places and things. There is hiking. surfing, clubs, bars, rock climbing, and so much more.

    Food and Dining

    It good but it gets old fast.

    Dorm Life

    Both good and bad, nothing like a normal college campus dorm rooms. You have to make the best of what you have and look forward to living off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    If you have friends at state schools get ready to be jealous at what a joke there classes are. I have had classes with kids who were top of there class and were struggling to keep Bs in some classes. The classes are hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    All the stereotypes are true and its your job to break away from that.

    In three sentences

    There is a heavy emphasis on religion. Rules are meant to be broken, you can find fun if you look for it. There is nothing better than walking through campus on a stressful day and seeing the ocean.

  • 04/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Malibu is not a unsafe place but the Department of Public Security is always ready for all situations. They do have the safety of their students at the front of their minds.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is small on campus but is available to students. There are 5 fraternities and 7 sororities, and each group offers something different. I am unaffiliated but still appreciate the value of Greek life. I am able to give an unbiased perspective and say that a student can benefit from these programs. My friends have made strong bonds with their sorority sisters or fraternity brothers and will have connections in their future careers.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for almost all kinds of students ranging from Hammock Club to a small but significant Greek Life to various student associations.

    Great for these types of students

    Pepperdine is great for students that are looking for a more low key college experience, a strong community, and a faith-centered education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Something that is dubbed a verb here is hammocking. Students will be seen relaxing in hammocks between trees, poles, or attached to other random locations. It is common to be asked to go hammock in Alumni Park to watch the sunset or just hang out with friends. It has become a challenge to find the most interesting place to hammock.

    Bang for the buck

    I believe that the academics here are well done with professors that have connections in all of their businesses. Pepperdine ensures that their students are well rounded and experience all life as to offer. I am going to be traveling to Buenos Aires for the next academic year, one of the multiple international programs that is offered, an opportunity that I would not have at almost any other college.

    What to do for fun

    If you want to stay close, there are multiple beaches and hikes, as mentioned, to take a part in. The Campus Recreation Office organizes camping and backpacking trips for students to take advantage of. Also, one can drive through the canyon to go to restaurants or head over to Santa Monica to experience the Santa Monica Pier, Third Street Promenade, and other famous locations.

    Food and Dining

    The food is all made on command and to the desire of the student. There is an international station that changes every day to provide a look into other cultures and a classics station that continually changes to give variety to the food. In addition to these two, there is a soup and salad bar, a grill, a pasta bar, pizza, and breakfast foods. However, the food tends to be pricey and takes a good amount of time to make, but this is just to ensure that the food is well made.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are set up in suite style. There are six floors to the freshman dorms, with about 8 to 10 people on each floor. On each floor is a bathroom and a living room type area, where people can convene to hang out, study, and get to know each other. However, there are some broad issues with how certain things function, such as draining issues with the sinks or showers. However, maintenance does come in fix any problems if they are reported.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are intense and push you to put forth your best but your professors are there for you. The class sizes are small so attendance is noted, and each student is given appropriate attention. The faculty genuinely desires to see the students succeed and will go to all lengths to ensure that each student fulfills their potential.

    Tips for prospective students

    When coming to Pepperdine University, be aware of the area that you are entering. There is no college town so that atmosphere will not be experienced. Even though that is not available, the location makes up for it. There are multiple beautiful beaches and various hikes, in addition to delicious restaurants and celebrity sightings. Take advantage of every opportunity given to you - the service events, events put on by the school, and situations where you can get to know your professors and get to know your peers.

    In three sentences

    Pepperdine University offers much more to its students than a gorgeous view from hills in Malibu; it provides students with an encouraging environment, unparalleled opportunities such as the study abroad programs, challenging academics, and a loving community. Faith is integrated into the classroom, enabling professors to instill moral values that will be used later in life to push them forward in their careers.

  • 04/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Pepperdine has an excellent Department of Public Safety (DPS) on campus. There are two guard posts and the entrances of the school and DPS is always available around the clock.

    Greek Life

    Pepperdine Greek Life offers a small, but satisfactory selection of seven sororities and five fraternities. It is a great opportunity to become involved on campus and get to know your fellow classmates.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a large rock in front of the cafeteria that everyone paints for certain clubs or events. It is almost always painted.

    What to do for fun

    Pepperdine is literally right up the street from the beach which is great for study breaks. Santa Monica and Los Angeles are not too far off for a night in the city. There are also great hiking trails and restaurants around the area.

    Food and Dining

    Pepperdine's quality of food compared to other schools is relatively better, but not exactly the best. There is a wide variety of choices for meals and snacks; they even cater to dietary preferences.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is actually pleasant with the suite-style arrangements. There are different types of rooms, including well-maintained furniture, available for freshmen to choose from. The living rooms and bathrooms are spacious and cleaned weekly. The RA's plan many event throughout the year. The buildings are not co-ed though.

    Academic Rigor

    Pepperdine has a selective display of majors and minors with their accompanying courses. However, many GE courses are required to graduate. The class sizes are quite small compared to other universities.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is easier to make your 4-year course plan ahead of registration time. Also, if you have a car, bring it to school. Take advantage of the great international programs if you are able to as well.

    In three sentences

    Pepperdine University not only offers an amazing view of the ocean, but a satisfying educational career as well. The many clubs and organizations available help integrate students into campus life. Christian values are incorporated into every aspect of university involvement.

  • 05/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe even walking around campus alone at night or going for an early morning run by myself. DPS makes their presence known and the security booth at each entrance is an extra safeguard. Plus, with the key and code system, I know that no one can get into my dorm ir suite or room without a resident letting them in.

    Greek Life

    Your opinion of it will probably depend on whether or not you join. Greek life exists, but only about 30% of campus is involved, it just seems like more because they are so active on campus. Those who are in it love it and have made great friends because of it. Those who are not involved have just as much fun and don't feel like they are missing out.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many!

    Great for these types of students

    The overly ambitious The super active The fitness fanatic The biology major The singer/performer (so many opportunities) The athlete The Christ follower The Agnostic The motivated studier

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Frosh Follies: a competition between freshmen dorms with a reward of DisneyLand tickets for the winning house SongFest: a tradition where different Greek groups and a few not affiliated groups of anywhere from 40 to 80 students practice for 2 hours every night to create a short musical and will compete in Smothers in front of friends, family, and the Malibu community. It's super fun and a great way to meet new friends. Second Saturdays: Food trucks come to Smother's parking lot on the second Saturday of every month for students to buy delicious food truck food. The Well: every Thursday night, all of the campus ministries get together for a night of worship outside in the amphitheater, its powerful and moving

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, Pepperdine is very expensive, but it's a beautiful campus, small class sizes, great opportunities, and staff/professors who truly care about their students. So, far I'd say it's worth it.

    What to do for fun

    GO TO THE BEACH! The beach is about a 15 minute walk from campus or a 5 minute drive to the Malibu Lagoon or Ralph's Beach. Most people go to Zuma beach though which is about a 20 minute drive north on PCH. Head into LA. When there's no traffic, LA is only a half hour away and there are endless things to do there. Hang out in Santa Monica. The pier is fun (ride the feris wheel, roller coaster, or play carnival games) and 3rd street has great shopping options. Go for a hike. Pepperdine students are very active and there are lots of group hikes set up by Campus Rec throughout the semester, along with fun camping trips.

    Food and Dining

    The Caf food is fine. By the end of the semster, most students start to get tired of it. It's usually the pasta bar, The Grill, the salad bar, and the classics station which consists of some sort of beef or meatloaf and potatoes. The HAWC and Nature's Edge provide some variety, but its probably a good idea to budget some money for off campus food like Chipotle, Marmalade Cafe, SunLife, or Coogies.

    Dorm Life

    The suite-style housing that is offered for freshman is a great set up for fostering new relationships. The dorms are separated by gender and compared to public schools, the rules can seem strict in that boys can only be in girls dorms (and vise versa) during certain hours, but it's really not that bad and when you want to shower at 2am, you'll be glad that you don't have to worry about a member of the opposite sex hanging out in your suite while you're in our towel. Anyway, the suites have 4 room with 2-3 students per room and then the suite connecting the rooms with a few couches and a bathroom that you will all share. All of my closest friends lived in my suite and it's a great place to hang out, do homework together, fold laundry, and have good late night conversations.

    Academic Rigor

    If you were able to skate by in High School without really studying, you might be in for a shock. However, if you are used to studying and keeping on top of your readings, at least the GE classes will be a breeze. The classes are hard, but As are achievable. We don't have a dead week of no classes before finals, so you have to plan ahead and know that you won't be alone living in the library the last few weeks of school.

    Tips for prospective students

    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.

    In three sentences

    Pepperdine is a Christian institution that can be a great environment to foster spiritual growth, for those who are seeking it. Pepperdine is full of ambitious, friendly, talented, beautiful, physically fit, smart students. Pepperdine is located in Malibu and therefore is a beach school: surfing, volleyball, and definitely hammocking are a thing here!

  • 06/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Highly safe

    Greek Life

    Not as big, but it feels big because its a small school.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is some good clubs, and great activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Friendly and students interested in serving.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    small, but theres so many hills and STAIRS.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach, or go out to LA.

    Food and Dining

    Very healthy and good.

    Dorm Life

    Suites for freshman - hence no kitchen, but it is close to the cafeteria.

    Academic Rigor

    It is do-able.

    Tips for prospective students

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

    In three sentences

    Pepperdine is a beautiful school. It has an amazing faculty. Go study abroad.