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Pepperdine University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityB Faculty AccessibilityA+
Useful SchoolworkB+ Excess CompetitionA-
Academic SuccessB- Creativity/ InnovationC
Individual ValueA University Resource UseB
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA+ FriendlinessA
Campus MaintenanceA+ Social LifeC-
Surrounding CityC Extra CurricularsC
SafetyA+
Describes the student body as:
Arrogant, Snooty, Closeminded

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

Male
SAT1340
Quite Bright
Lowest Rating
Social Life
C-
Highest Rating
Faculty Accessibility
A+
He cares more about Creativity/ Innovation than the average student.
Date: May 12 2006
Major: Political Science (This Major's Salary over time)
Pepperdine has its pluses and minus. Among the good aspects include very good international programs and financial aid. Getting to know your professors and (relatively) no worries about getting your desired classes is also a good trait. The biggest problem in my opinion is the student body. Most of the kids come from small towns and were raised in small, conservative, homogenous Christian schools. Thus, the school does have a strong Christian emphasis, but most of it is for image. Speaking of image, many students try to live up to the "Malibu lifestyle" by wearing brand name clothes and trying to be trendy and movie-star like. The result is wannabe celebrities who are full of themselves for lackluster academic acheivements (most even admit things like "not ever going to the library" or "only waiting to work in daddy's company upon graduation) and immature kids who are (re)living high school.

The relatively small population also makes school feel like high school - but if you're into that, then it's for you.

Finding solid individuals is not impossible. That being said, it is very difficult and you must look much harder than if you were at, say, UCLA or Berkeley, which are much more diverse (ethnically, religiously, culturally, academically, politically).

Some of the Christian aspects are for lack of a better term interesting. Attending convocation is required weekly. In all honesty, some of them are really worthwhile, while others can be much better spent studying or reviewing for an exam.

The individual attention is also good, but at times can feel quite patronizing. University life is a time when individuals ought to be challenged. Pepperdine does a really good job of having faculty pet your way through. The major exception to this is the Great Books colloquiem and a few professors who make up the minority of critical thinkers of the univeristy.

If you're not rich, white, Christian, and politically conservative, chances are you'll be marginallized and/or demonized. Many individuals who are politically liberal are labeled as evil and outcasted. Again, I must note that while this is not an unfair generalization, there are some exceptions.

All in all, if you're looking for a small school and want to be a big fish in a small pond, this is the school for you. But if you want to learn how to grow and be independent, be challenged, and explore, you're better off at a bigger school.

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