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| Being a natural science major makes it a little awkward to go to a liberal arts school. Here - and you can certainly feel it from the moment you step on campus - the focus is really on the business deparment first and foremost. the rest seems more like an afterthought. Still, the Natural Science Division itself is top-notch. While the resources and opportunities might be limited due to its small size, all the professors hold Ph.D.s in their respective fields and are extremely intelligent, well-trained, approachable people who are both brilliant and wonderful teachers.|
The Chemistry department in particular is, in my opinion, of the highest quality. Being one of the smaller majors, the student-to-faculty ratio is unparalleled. By your second year, you'll know all the chemistry professors face-to-face and some of their background and they'll know your name, where you come from, and most likely what your favorite color is. They really care about the chemistry majors as people, and are determined to see each and every major succeed. They know it's one of the most demanding programs at the university, and they're ready to help incoming students triumph over the coursework and really shine.
That said, the General Education program at Pepperdine is quite strenuous. It really does make a hard major harder. I, as a person, really enjoy the Humanities and Religion classes, but it's quite a pain to try to fit in about 20 GE classes in the midst of having to take a very arranged schedule with my major classes. It's interesting, yes, and will make one a much more well-rounded person, but it's a lot of work. Also, they really limit your flexibility to take what classes interest you. Rather than allowing you to take any History class offered by the deparment, they require you to take the American history alone - which, to me, is much less interesting than perhaps ancient history. That lack of choice makes the GEs shift from enjoyable to just plain annoying.
The school itself is like a resort. It's not your typical college atmosphere by a longshot. It's relaxed, laid-back, and quite your typical by-the-beach aura. But don't be fooled: the classes here are just as demanding as one would expect from one of the most expensive schools in the country. Its small size ensures that you'll get to know the faculty in your respective department quite well and probably find yourself with quite a few positively glowing recommendation letters when it comes time to graduate.In short - Pepperdine is simply one of the strongest business schools around, from what I've been told. But they have some other strong points, too. Just being a liberal arts school doesn't mean science gets overlooked. If you're looking for more than just science and technology to fill your mind with, this is the place to be.
|Apr 07 2005|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2007 |
| Well I'm really not that religious, so take what I have in stride. I'll start with the education requirements. The GE's here suck, plain and simple. Most colleges the GE's can at least fit into your major and what not, and you have VARIETY in what you can take. Not so at most GE's here. Think hard before you come here if you can really take THREE SEMESTERS of religion, it's a bit ridiculous. Convocation sucks, it's pointless and nobody likes it but they still have it. From what I've experienced, and take regard I'm a first year student, the academic rigor is quite low. I'm in science classes, which I hear should be the hardest, but they're extremely easy without putting too much effort into them. Every other class as well, if you put even a little efort in, you can get an A. This sounds great, but it makes you think you should be going to a better school. The people here are certainly not focused on academics. It's like high school, where if you don't try it's "cool" and people laugh about doing badly. The teachers are good though, you do learn material and they're there for you if you ever need them. Financial aid is pretty good, I have half tuition. Everyone I talk to seems to have quite a bit, unless they're pretty dumb and their dad got them in. I think you get $8000 if you're Church of Christ, which is ridiculous and stupid, but oh well I'll join the Church this summer! As for social life, it's really what you make of it. Its a cliquey school, judged on which sorority or frat you're in. The first thing people ask is which one you're in. That's fine, I'm in one and it's okay, and you can definitely do your fair share of drinking here. Partying, on the other hand, is tough to find. It's not a normal college experience in that sense, the parties are pretty tame and many people frequent bars, the Malibu Inn and the ever-classy Dume Room. Fake IDs are a must here. Unfortunately, drinking and driving occurrs quite often and is tough to avoid. People are quite conservative, a majority extremely racist, most homophobic, and of course very religious. The beach is nice, but take into account that from like November to March it's between 55-65 so you can't really enjoy the beach very much. You also need a car to go, and other places too. It's about a 25 minute drive to Westwood, if you want to go to USC it's about 40 minutes. Good clubs in Hollywood are nearly impossible to get into, but you can get into some. Malibu is a nice place to stroll around during the day, occassionally seeing a celebrity, but definitely not too often. Overall I'm satisfied with my experience and am glad I came to at least witness Malibu and Southern California, but if you want a good academic school don't come here. Go to UCLA or USC if you're from CA or a higher-rated school if you're out of state. I'll probably transfer, but I'm just glad I got a year of ease and vacation here. |
|Mar 12 2005|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2008 |