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Pepperdine University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA+ Faculty AccessibilityA+
Useful SchoolworkB+ Excess CompetitionA
Academic SuccessB Creativity/ InnovationB
Individual ValueA+ University Resource UseC+
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA+ FriendlinessA+
Campus MaintenanceA+ Social LifeD
Surrounding CityF Extra CurricularsC+
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Arrogant, Approachable, Snooty, Closeminded

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful, Condescending

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Date: Apr 07 2005
Major: Chemistry (This Major's Salary over time)
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.

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