Pepperdine University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (6)
I loved my experience at Pepperdine University. At Pepperdine, I gained an education that prepared me for my graduate studies and challenged me in my intellectual development; I learned to ask better questions, to think deeply and critically, and to manage a variety of responsibilities at the same time. While all of this was valuable, the biggest takeaway from my Pepperdine experience was the community I developed. Through international programs, life in the residence halls, and my work as a Resident Advisor and on the Pepperdine Ambassadors Council, I developed friendships that will last a lifetime. I met people that had different views from me, and rather than alienate me, they challenged me to think deeply about why I believe what I believe and their influence ultimately made me a more informed and confident person. Pepperdine cultivates this strong community primarily through International Programs, which is ranked #1 in the world. Having studied in Argentina and London, I can attest to the superb nature of these programs and how they made me more globally minded, equipped me with a second language, and enhanced my personal development. On campus, the Great Books Colloquium contributed the most to my academic development, and I would recommend it to all students. I learned the most in my Great Books classes. I love Pepperdine, and I'd choose it again and again. Pepperdine is a Christian institution, and while this is apparent in Pepperdine's administration and campus life, I never felt like the university was forcing any ideas on me. I always felt like I could express my views freely. Pepperdine is true to its mission; it equips you for purpose, service, and leadership in the great wide world after graduation. And the ocean view isn't too shabby. Ayo Waves!
Pepperdine is an amazing school in which the values of purpose, service, and leadership are upheld consistently. I gained superior knowledge and experience as an undergraduate psychology student. The faculty is top notch, the campus is gorgeous, and the student body is diverse and hard-working.
My amazing school. Wouldn't have been content elsewhere for my undergraduate studies. Professors and staff members are the most accommodating and caring people I've ever met. The Christian community teaches and fosters love for God's word. Moreover, despite it having a Christian-centered mission, Pepperdine has a diverse set of religions/beliefs/values. It's only my first year here and I can't stress how much I don't want time to pass so quickly. Thank you Pepperdine for providing an outstanding education for my fellows peers and I. Safe to say I go to the most beautiful school in the world!
Pepperdine has small classes and dedicated professors.
The campus is obviously beautiful, but I think the best thing the school has to offer is the faculty. The majority of the professors are truly excellent and interested in their students as individuals -- if you put yourself out there, they will help tend to your intellectual and personal growth. The school also has a big emphasis on service and social justice, finding not just a job after school but a vocation. The obvious downside is the cost -- I have no idea how I will pay off my debt, despite all my financial aid. Another thing to consider is the school's big emphasis on religion/spirituality -- it's a big upside for some people, but if you're not into it then it could be a downside for you. It's also not a school I would want to go to if I were gay.
Pepperdine is a great school, and the Spanish program is 5. The location is beautiful, of course, which is awesome. Unlike a lot of small liberal arts colleges, a degree from Pepperdine means something. They are serious about academics there. Faith is also a part of the university's life, but they don't shove it down your throat if you aren't religious.