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| Pepperdine is overall an amazingly positive place to be. Living by the ocean in Southern California gives unparalleled recreational freedom, which the students take advantage of. Malibu as a city leaves a lot to be desired as far as things to do at night. Yet during the week, there is plenty to do. The education fits the west coast mentality, laid back. This leaves the chance for each student to decide the level of difficulty. |
|Jul 10 2003|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2006 |
| As an actual student at Pepperdine (no, I'm not a faculty member thank you very much!) I have to say that I love this school and would advise anyone interested in a high-quality education to consider coming here. I have found that Pepperdine espouses diversity of belief, a high academic standard, and a community atmosphere that is unparalleled by other schools. I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to attend Pepperdine. Not only are the teachers accessible, but they are friendly and cheerfully assist you in any problems you have regarding your coursework. They truly care about your ability to get the most out of your classes, and if you seek their assistance, they will do their best to help you achieve your best. Although there is the occasional "cake" class, they are rare, and what school doesn't have a couple of easy classes among their repertoire? The majority of my classes have been difficult, and I find myself continually challenged by my teachers to truly learn the material. Besides the academic aspect of Pepperdine, the social life here is diverse as well as fun. Although the "dry campus" aspect seems to put a cramp in some people's style, it is your choice how to have fun, and Pepperdine provides many other activities besides drinking alcohol to achieve that end. For example, just this last weekend we had a dance at Downtown Disney, which I was lucky enough to attend. That was definitely a good time. There are many other examples I could give. However, all in all, I would say that Pepperdine is extremely accepting and provides a quality education, and those are the two traits I like best about this school. |
|Apr 08 2003|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2005 |
| Pepperdine, like any other school, delivers in proportion to the effort you put forth. If you are a top quality student who takes advantage of opportunities rather than a whiny loser who can't get out of his victim mentality, your experience here will be excellent.|
Few schools offer such amazing access to top faculty. I have had dinner with many professors and worked on countless extracurricular projects. The faculty is also helpful inj finding employment. Contrast this with the larger state run (and tax subsidized) schools that stick you in classes with hundreds of students and teachers who are mere grad students. All but two of my classes at Pepperdine had less than 25 students in them.
Some will complain of high tuition, because it IS high. But without state tax dollars, tuition doesn't even cover operating expenses. This is true for all private schools that I'm aware of. The school has to rely on donations and revenues from their endowment. So it's not like you're getting ripped off. Also, I'm GLAD the school's president makes a lot of money, because I don't want some average joe running the show.
Prospective students should remember that this is a RELIGIOUS INSTITUTION and should not be shocked when the school openly promotes its religious views--that's why George Pepperdine founded the school in the first place. That said, i have found there's as much openness to diverse views as anywhere. Liberal schools like Berkely aren't more open to differing opinions (if you don't believe me,try telling a Berkely grad that you don't think governments have all the answers).
The Malibu location isn't as great as it sounds. Yes, the beach and the surfing and the star gazing are there, but college students want night life. There's just a couple bars and thats it. And if you want to drink alcohol AT ALL you have to DRIVE off campus. This is a very dangerous mix. I had two friends die in alcohol related accidents while I was here, and I can't help feeling that the dry campus was partly to blame.Best advice: put in the effort to get the most out of whatever school you chose. Look for the solution within.
| Starting Job: Technical Support Program Manager, Preparedness: -, Reputation: - |
|Feb 10 2003|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |