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Unigo Top Student Rated School

Pepperdine University Campus Life Reviews

On-Campus Housing
Excellent

15%

Very Good

46%

Average

25%

Poor

8%

Terrible

5%

Off-Campus Housing
Excellent

0%

Very Good

24%

Average

22%

Poor

25%

Terrible

29%

Campus Food
Excellent

13%

Very Good

28%

Average

27%

Poor

20%

Terrible

11%

Campus Facilities
Excellent

46%

Very Good

37%

Average

11%

Poor

3%

Terrible

3%

Class Size
Excellent

61%

Very Good

28%

Average

10%

Poor

1%

Terrible

1%

Activities
Excellent

30%

Very Good

41%

Average

16%

Poor

10%

Terrible

3%

Local Services
Excellent

23%

Very Good

33%

Average

23%

Poor

13%

Terrible

9%

Academics
Excellent

34%

Very Good

30%

Average

22%

Poor

9%

Terrible

5%

Overall Review for Pepperdine University

Excellent

33%

Very Good

49%

Average

12%

Poor

4%

Terrible

2%

We Asked Students, What's your overall opinion of this school?

Nina

I cannot imagine going anywhere else. It really is a piece of heaven on earth. My classmates are so smart and we have great conversations, everyone has different backgrounds and they contribute to class. Professors are accessible and easy to talk to, no one is pretentious or stuck up.

Ani

I love it although it is very expensive. It is a private university so my tuition is $107,000. It has one of the best programs for marriage and family counseling in the nation and it is a very prestigious school. The academics and campus life are amazing. The advisiors get back to you immediate and there is tons of support.

Celina

Pepperdine is an exceptional University. There isn’t one bad thing I can say about the school. During my visit at Pepperdine I was able to meet many students and mentors. Pepperdine seems to pride itself, and they 100% should. There is a lot of prep there, and I hope I can become a future student.

Aaliyah

Pepperdine is a wonderful college that fosters a strong and welcoming community. Among my search for the college I would go on to attend, Pepperdine rose above the schools I had always dreamed of including the University of Southern California (which I was accepted to). Upon my visits, I was consistently welcomed with extraordinary positivity. At Pepperdine, you feel like you matter! Not to mention, the location is absolutely beautiful. It is a Christian college though so its not for students looking to party as it is alcohol and drug free. However, if a student is looking to strengthen their mind and spirit, there is no better place to attend.

Ryan

Pepperdine is a university that isn't the perfect college in my opinion, yet it comes close. The staff is truly friendly and they engage with you, class sizes are way below average due to the exclusivity of the location of the university and overall attitudes of the student body reflect positivity towards their vibrant futures.

Harry

This college is interesting. The facilities are somewhat up to date. But overall this college is like high school. Your cliques still exist and the drama is very reminiscent of high school. People will say this school is prestigious but we barely cracked top 50 this year. Pepperdine seems to think they are on the same level as USC or Stanford which gives them the reason to make classes exceptionally harder. The workload is barely for some majors. The social life is dry. Basically, you go Greek or you go join Campus Ministry, which still has a fair share of Greek affiliated people in it. There really is no in between. Also, this school will charge you for anything to make an extra buck off you. So watch out. My experience here has taught me how to strive alone and not to rely on others. You will find a good group of people here that fits your niche. But it does get lonely on this campus. As a psychology major, you find out that many people on this campus are depressed due to isolation.

Ryan

Are you looking for a school with a gorgeous view? Are you seeking the study abroad experience of lifetime? How about class sizes small enough to actually get to know the professors (with a few exceptions)? Pepperdine University has all these things and more. Pepperdine has an incredibly unique campus culture, born from attempting to exist as a school that is serious about academics without betraying its history as a product of the Church of Christ. Classes can be surprisingly difficult, and, if you are serious about learning you can really challenge yourself. The Great Books program, especially, is incredible for learning the history of philosophy. Meanwhile, religion is a constant topic of conversation and fourteen hours of religious conversation are required for a grade. There are a number of reasons to recommend this school. The study abroad programs really can't be beat. Personally, I spent a year in Europe with hundreds of opportunities to embed myself in the culture. Something like 70% of students study abroad, and I have yet to hear a negative review of the experience. The freshman experience can be a lot of fun, too, as there is an embedded competition. There is a group that runs some incredible events on weekends (although, for the most part, students drive 45 minutes to spend some time in Los Angeles). The theater department puts on great productions. Several campus-wide events get everyone involved. People are overall very kind. The school will bend over backwards to get students internships. However, the school can be a little small and rumors travel quickly. Malibu, while beautiful, is not a college town. There is very little going on in the city. The science and film departments are consistently reviewed as a little lacking. If you are looking for a school that cares about sports, look elsewhere. Two basketball games a year have a full student section. The party scene is underground and generally pretty small (though parties do happen, and sometimes get pretty big). Pepperdine treats drinking and smoking as serious infractions and enforces the dry campus very heavily. Politically, a huge portion of the population is very liberal, though there is a very outspoken conservative minority. Political dissent shows itself in unusual ways, including angry posts on a "freedom wall" and protests of a Columbus statue. The location really is incredible. You can't beat Malibu's beaches and you can see the sunset over the water from anywhere on campus. Overall, I recommend this school if it feels right to you. For me, I've gotten a ton out of my experience at Pepperdine University. Mileage may vary, but Pepperdine has incredible potential.

Edith

It's an amazing school. The professors and faculty really care about you. There is always someone there to help! The vibe is super chill and the teachers are very understanding. There are a lot of hills which sometimes could be a pain but it makes for a good workout. The campus is pretty small so you can get places a lot faster from the dorms.

Dallas

Pepperdine University isn't your normal community. Some students are diehard Waves and others seriously regret attending but feel they've invested too much to leave. All things considered, its a good time to be had in Malibu. Pepperdine is without a doubt one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. The campus architecture is Mediterranean modern, and the view of the Pacific Ocean and local islands is unbeatable in a university. Pepperdine is worth the investment for the connections made alone. The professors are incredibly helpful and remarkably friendly. The value of a Pepperdine education is increasing as its academics and facilities are getting enhanced. Some of its programs are the best in the world. Moreover, Pepperdine's world-class abroad programs makes Pepperdine superior to many would-be alternatives. The deer families on campus are nice too.

Becca

I consider my decision to attend Pepperdine University as one of the best decisions I have made. I have grown academically, professionally, and spiritually due to the community among the students, faculty, and staff. Classes are engaging with group discussions and guest speakers, and these colleagues have become some of my closet friends. There is always a way to stay involved on campus to strengthen the community, whether through the Student Programming Board, Greek Life, Campus Recreation, Campus Ministry, or just going to the beach 5 minutes away.

Nusrat

It's fairly conservative for a school in California. They're are significant portion of students drawn here from other states. Growing up in LA, this school lacks the diversity of other Southern California schools. It's been a difficult adjustment for me especially, being the only non white/asian girl in my entire dorm. If you're like me and looking for an opportunity to grow and learn an experience different cultures, I don't think this school is a good fit. Academically, and facility wise, it is a great school, but while the view is great, the variety (or lack there of) is not.

Madeline

Pepperdine is a great school with a great environment! I am glad that I attended this University. The people here are friendly and the staff truly cares about you. Just like any other school, there are some down falls such as the food, but there is not where else I would rather be. The view is beautiful and the people are great! I would recommend for anyone that loves to feel valued and loves the beach to come.

Amiyah

Pepperdine University has an extremely welcoming, supportive community. All the faculty and staff, ranging from professors to the chefs in Waves Cafe, are extremely encouraging. This school is a Christian university and provides many opportunities for people to grow in their faith. There is a university Church of Christ conveniently located on main campus for students, staff, and members of the community to worship at. Although Pepperdine is a Christian institution, the community is genuinely accepting of all religions and faith backgrounds. If you want a college experience that is largely shaped by sports, Pepperdine is not the place for you. This school does not have a football or cheer squad, which may be a deal breaker for some applicants. The sports that we do offer are not very popular. Most people do not attend the games, unless there is an opportunity to win free stuff like t-shirts, or Chick-Fil-A. Pepperdine is located in Malibu, California a small, affluent community with a breath-taking ocean view. There is not much to do outside of Pepperdine, everything is extremely expensive and targeted towards the wealthy. Students usually drive to nearby cities such as Santa Monica and Los Angeles to hang out with friends. However, if students do not have a car on campus they still have an opportunity to partake in a ton of exciting events. The Student Programming Board, cultural clubs, and the campus ministry put on a bunch of events ranging from Christian concerts, film festivals, music festivals, and movie nights. Pepperdine is extremely dead on the weekends, meaning that the majority of students are not on campus. Academic life at Pepperdine is challenging, but extremely worthwhile. Professors are willing to work with students and free tutoring is offered in the library for any class. One negative is that the amount of GEs you have to take at Pepperdine is ridiculous. I highly recommend coming in to Pepperdine with a lot of AP credits. Overall Pepperdine is the perfect place for people who want ability to grow spiritually and academically.

Megan

Everything exciting is about at least 30 minutes away and Malibu itself is pretty dead so don't expect a college town. Everyone here cares about their grades and their religion. Significant greek life presence and decent dorms.

Edith

Pepperdine is a super cool and beautiful place to be as a college student. But the tuition is so expensive but Pepperdine is so generous with their scholarships. It is an awesome place to grow in your faith although sometimes the relationships and people here can come across as fake. Pepperdine definitely accepts a certain kind of person. Its academics are great and the teachers are so genuine and really try and help as much as possible. The teachers try and get to know the students as much as possible. The professors make this campus great.

Hunter

The school itself is good, there is so much that they make readily available for you as a student! My only downsides are, being a minority on campus, I see the folks who have zero respect for public speakers, and even occasionally teachers and other students who are of color. It's really sad, actually. For a school that prides itself in Christian behavior and values, I'm shocked and disappointed that they would admit so many students who behave the way they do.

Anne

Housing- The bathrooms are dirty and there appears to very little to no thought or organization going into the housing assignments, dates when students move in or out, or where they will put their belongings during the interim periods when they are required to move out of their dorm and then move back in. The dorms are extremely hot as they are not air conditioned and the students are not allowed to use any type of window or mobile air conditioner. In my opinion, these living conditions are unacceptable for a university of this caliber and cost. The university housing department is unapologetic and does not seem to care that is so hot the students can't sleep some nights.

Camryn

Pepperdine is sort of hit or miss. In some aspects, the school is perfect; the ocean view, the small class sizes, security cars on campus 24/7, the beautiful campus and dedicated professors. While in other ways, there are things that could improve, such as implementing A/C in all on-campus housing, the small dorm room sizes, and more food options. If you're okay with letting some expectations and luxuries fall to the way side, and accepting Pepperdine for what it currently offers, then this university will be a good fit.

Anais

Loved the experience!

Jolie

I really like it here! The food is pretty bad and the dorms kind of suck, but the professors are spectacular, and the people are wonderful. I went Greek, and I am considering dropping. It's not really necessary to be Greek to have a good time at Pepp--most of my friends aren't.

Cheyenne

Pepperdine is a fantastic school. The campus is beyond beautiful, and they also have online programs. The staff makes your goals their goals as well. They really want you to succeed and work with you to get you what you want. The professors are very easily to communicate with.

Sergio

Pretty good school, super strong Christian presence, amazing campus views of the ocean and mountains. You see the same people every day, so there is a strong chance you'll become friends with everyone (or not) (or slowly devolve into awkward smiles or just looks-away-s). Numerous opportunities for abroad (read: expensive). Wi-Fi is really good. An incredible amount of walking, hiking, and fresh air all around campus (as well as road and hills). Sports games on the regular, sometimes a blast. The beach is a running distance away, great for the weekend. Food is alright. A lot of shopping and travel opportunities once you go past the Malibu Canyon (which is an adventure on its own). Teachers are either really great or really not, but they're real.

Olivia

Pepperdine is a beautiful, diverse, and welcoming university! You certainly develop lifelong skills and values and friends that you simply cannot get at any other college, as Pepperdine is religious with the most welcoming and friendly people. The professors are always available to help and truly seem like they want you to succeed. Pepperdine is certainly not a party college but if you want to find a party there is certainly one you can find on the weekend!

Jessica

Very amazing professors, academics, and a gorgeous campus. The students tend to be very cliquey though! In general I enjoy going to school and growing as both a student and person. Once you've acclimated and joined some social groups or clubs, you'll find that there's so many opportunities available to you.

Lauryn

Pepperdine University was never really on my radar, I never expected to attend there, I just applied since my uncle was a faculty member. When I got into the University of Southern California, I was so happy, but the tuition rate made me unable to attend. As I got a little scholarship money from Pepperdine, I was strongly urged to go there by my parents. I DID NOT enjoy it the first year, but the second year I studied abroad in Shanghai and that was life changing. I would definitely recommend Pepperdine for the study abroad, the food, and the weather; however, the students are not extremely racially diverse and there are a TON of GE's that other colleges don't require.

Samantha

Pepperdine University feels like a little educational oasis for me. It is nestled perfectly in the Santa Monica mountains, providing an amazing view of the ocean no matter where you are on campus. It is also pretty small so you get to know a lot of people, which personally makes me feel really safe. I actually love the fact that it is a dry campus because you get to choose whether or not you want to party. If you're looking for fun, there's plenty of frat houses off campus as well as the parties at UCLA. If you're looking for a quiet night, you don't have to worry about people bothering you in the dorms. The academics are rigorous but the small class sizes and availability of the professors help a lot with that. I love my little beach school!

Lyndsey

Pretty campus with nice people. Ocean view every single day with beautiful sunsets. An agreeable amount of people attend, nice class sizes with mediocre food. Pretty library with many opportunities to be a part of on campus. Like an island though, not a lot of places to eat within a reasonable distance for people without a car. Not car friendly

Jazmyne

To be frank, I did not want to apply to Pepperdine University but when I got in and went to admitted students day I was instantly sold. Pepperdine has a way of making you feel like you're at summer camp instead of school. Because the school is so small, you get to know your professors very well which opens up so many doors and you also get to know almost everyone on campus which is very rare for a university. While it definitely isn't the most diverse university, Pepperdine is definitely becoming more open and accepting.

Christian

Pepperdine is a beautiful campus with everything that you need to attend a university. There’s a lot of activities with Malibu being nearby, the possibilities are endless. A top Christian private school that embraces the Churches of Christ. Pepperdine University is the place to be!

Melissa

Pepperdine is a GREAT school. The academics all the way to Greek life is amazing. At Pepperdine you instantly gain a family and feel like your part of the scene. There is no not fitting in Pepperdine is home to all. Their is amazing scenery too. As well as not being to far from the beach! There is ALWAYS something to be doing at Pepperdine.

Talya

Pepperdine University is a great school for those with the money, looking for a smaller, religious community and an unbeatable location. It has some amazing professors and the education is definitely top-notch. That being said, it lacks the typical college town feel and experience that one might receive at a larger school. It is also very expensive for what you get; The price tag doesn't deliver as it should. There aren't many dining options on campus and the facilities range from average to moderately above average. All in all, I would recommend going somewhere where you will get more bang for your buck.

Kyle

​Pepperdine is not the school for most people. If the main reason you're considering Pepperdine is because of its proximity to the beach you will end up transferring. You have to be willing to forgo a traditional college experience to come here. I thought I wouldn't mind not having big sporting events and not partying too much but Pepperdine is extreme. It is a beautiful campus but the only truly happy people here are those who have strong conservative and Christian values. Think long and hard about what you want your college experience to look like because the view of the ocean alone will not sustain you.

Ilauralejandra

I think Pepperdine is a great school, the students are amiable. The campus is clean and the library is big. If you're lost there are people who will help you right away. The dorms there are lovely and I would not mind living there because the campus is safe.

Alyssa

Pepperdine University is a unique place. In Malibu, CA, the view couldn't get any better. But, good luck finding something to do past 8 PM if you aren't over 21. If that isn't important to you then Pepperdine is actually a great place with great people. Most people I meet are extremely genuine and just all-around good people. That could be largely due to the university's Christian mission, but you don't have to be Christian in any regard. Everyone will respect you for who you are.

Sherita

It's a great school and the professors and staff are very helpful and accessible. I'll be starting the grad program for the Master of Science for Management and Leadership in the Graziadio School for Business and my recruiter and advisor have been amazing. Everyone seems interested in my success rather than just getting my money.

Jennifer

I love Pepperdine University. I just started their graduate program in public policy and I love it. Pepperdine is an institution that encourages diversity of opinions and really helps you learn not only from your professors but from your peers. I love how knowledgeable the professors, staff and students are. Everyone has informed and intelligent opinions on events. In the short amount of time I’ve been here I’ve learned so much and have expanded my mind and knowledge. The faculty here really care about our experience as students and really want to help us learn and have informed opinions on things going on around us.

On Yi

People here are so friendly and nice. Class sizes are small, professors are always there for you. Although not all the facilities are perfect, still acceptable. Our campus is extremely safe, and our environment are very very outstanding. Academic life is great(I am a nerd) and student activities are really really fun and good.

Buddy

Pepperdine University is arguably one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. Located right off the famous Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, waking up to an ocean view is a rare college experience. However, there are downsides to the location. Located in a beautiful hillside, the campus’ terrain consists of hills and stairs. The running joke is that by the time you graduate your calves will be incredible. Parking is also a major problem with no space to create more spots for an ever-growing student body. The city of Malibu although it sounds extremely boujee, is an isolated town separated from amenities and far from any night life. If you want to hit up the LA scene it’s a good 45-minute drive. The cafeteria or CAF doesn’t have many options, but they create good food for the monopoly they have over starving students stuck in Malibu canyon. The only other option on the undergraduate campus is the HAWC which is open till 2 am if you need a midnight snack but don’t go looking for a quality meal. There are many positives to attending this university. Payson Library was just remodeled in 2017 and is one of the best spots on campus. The university president, Andrew K. Benton lovingly referred to as “A.K.B.” is always in the CAF willing and happy to converse with students. He and his band also always perform a concert at his home during new student orientation week (NSO) which starts your Pepperdine experience off with a bang. How many colleges offer a surfing class? The deer on campus or “pepperdeer” are frequently scaling the hillside offering a quiet hello. The community and student body are incredible. Small class sizes allow relationships with professors and classmates to grow deep and fruitful. The people might be the best thing about this place. It is said that Pepperdine feels like summer camp with coursework during your stay. Positives and negatives taken in account, nothing beats being able to skip a class and watch the sunset at the beach. The distance from LA is a blessing in disguise because if the city shuts down at 9pm, it gives you an excuse to get your homework done. All in all, coming to Pepperdine was one of the best decisions of my life and I wouldn’t transfer for the world. Once you visit and get a glimpse, no other college can compare.

Lisa

The parties are hidden and strictly monitored, but they happen every weekend and are fairly large due; but you have to know people, be a girl, or be a celebrity to be let in. The academics are hard, so do not come here if you were looking to sleep in class on Monday morning after your weekend- you will easily fail that way. I never wasn’t doing something.

Tony

Pepperdine's Marriage and Family Therapy track feels like a strong program to become well-trained in a range of integrated techniques of therapy, as well as a school that demands you enter the field with a considerable knowledge for how to treat those suffering and improve their overall well-being. The professors all are intensely knowledgeable, though each have their own personal style of approaching the practice of therapy depending on the strengths and capabilities, which I appreciate. Though the program is very rigorous and expensive, which on their own brings on personal anxieties, I'm very grateful I selected this program. I'm assured that once I've graduated, I'll be immensely capable in the working world as a professional therapist for prisoners.

Allison

Pepperdine University has been an amazing college, and I have had many amazing memories. I have also been able to meet many people who I have connected with. Networking is very easy amongst the class, and Pepperdine has many resources to offer. The. athletics offer a lot as well.

Alyssa

Pepperdine University is great for those looking for a small school. The class sizes are great for getting to know your professor, but you can also get into a lecture general education class if you're looking to just get a class over with. I have to say that the food and housing are not my favorite parts of the campus, but the view and proximity to the beach make up for it.

Elizabeth

I came to Pepperdine because I fell in love with the campus and the feeling I got while being in Malibu at the university. Pepperdine gave me, so far, the best four years of my life and I wouldn't have wanted to go anywhere else. I made life long friends and was able to make two really solid relationships with my professors that will no doubt last a very long time. There is ample restaurants in Malibu if you're wanting a quick bite, but a car is crucial to get out on the weekends and see more than the small beach town. If I had to do it all over again, I would pick Pepperdine.

Taylor

Pepperdine University is a prestigious school in which we are diverse and very academically focused. There are outlets for those who love sports and enjoy being active, as well as those who thoroughly enjoy the art and music scene. The location is nothing short of astounding with close access to a multitude of beaches, grocery stores, shopping centers, and restaurants. The campus atmosphere is quaint and community-centered. Every walk to class is filled with smiles and many familiar faces. Overall it is a joyous little oasis.

Kendall

It's a good place, pretty safe area (Malibu), but it's pretty expensive here. The tuition is pretty expensive, but the community is very nice, especially if you are looking for a faith based education. Also, it has great views of the ocean and has some of the prettiest sunsets I have ever seen.

Joseph

Pepperdine University has much to take pride in: sunny beaches, attentive professors, small class sizes. I think that if you truly want to learn and have an immersive experience in the material, then your professors will definitely help you. They're always there for office hours so don't be shy to ask for help.

Imani

I think Pepperdine is a great school with hard academics, but has a welcoming feel to anyone that comes. The staff makes sure you know that you belong there. All of the professors and staffwant to see you succeed and will be available for help whenever you need it.

Maria

Maria Arthur bidjudge.com Just got my second letter of acceptence and is getting her undergraduate in law! So blessed to being able to Experience my dream. Great professors!! Christian mentality is always a first!!! Can’t post the picture, but things just got real

Benicia

I'm going to be completely honest here and tell you the pros and cons of this school. Yes, the university is expensive. It's extremely expensive and I recommend that if you can't see yourself affording this university, I wouldn't go. However, if you are looking for a university that forces you to grow personally and spiritually, this is the university for you. You can choose to grow spiritually or not. Personally, I have and I sought out mentors and professors who were willing to mentor me. Those people have been life changing for me. Pepperdine places a lot of emphasis on personal growth. You grow in maturity and critical thinking here. I look back and I compare myself from a freshman til a senior now, and I see how much I've grown. Pepperdine is unique in the sense it gives you a lot of tools to personally grow. They give you the tools to succeed in life such as careers and grad schools, but they focus on YOU. Go to office hours and you will realize how much the professors care about you. However, Pepperdine has it's problems as well. For one, there's a sense of loneliness on campus if you don't find your friend group freshman or sophomore year. In addition, you are really pushed to go abroad and for those who don't go abroad, it can be especially isolating at Pepperdine their sophomore year. However if you do go abroad, get ready for some serious personal growth. You will grow exponentially as a person. You learn to think for yourself and make decisions by yourself. Pepperdine is also isolated and it's a dry campus. Of course if you're in Greek life, they'll be parties you can go to, but remember that you have to be careful. Pepperdine is severely strict about alcohol and they take it over the top in my opinion. I believe that if you're 21 and you have experience and mature enough, you should be able to use alcohol responsibly. Pepperdine will take measures to punish students as an example of their policies. The class sizes here are a big pro. I really enjoy having the small class sizes and having being taught by the professor. Pepperdine has amazing professors in every department. I know professors from so many departments and not just my major and all have given me such amazing advice about life. There are times where I'll go to my professors' office hours and just be like: Hey Prof. I just wanted to talk to you about what I'm going through and seek your advice. Many have been there to lend an ear and be there for me. Honestly, my favorite thing about Pepperdine is the community that is here and the personal growth I've experienced. There will be a lot of people who complain about the school and the amount of tuition they paid but my personal opinion is the growth that Pepperdine has given me cannnot even be given a price tag on. The amount of mentorship and encouragement I've received, the lifelong friendships I have made and the personal growth I've achieved at this school is so unique that I have never heard any university become remotely close to what Pepperdine has given me. If you're ready to grow personally and build friendships with different people, this is the school for you. This school has honestly been such a great blessing to me and I'm sad to leave, but I feel prepared for the next steps of my life.

Emily

This school sucks. First of all, the number of GE's that are required are ridiculous!! The current number is 18 GE's on top of your major specific classes. Additionally, Pepperdine is not accommodating to students who are here for academics only; in other words, if you are not an athlete, you are not a priority to Pepperdine. Additionally, their scholarships are mostly reserved for athletes and the school even combines a half athletic scholarship with a half academic scholarship, even though many of them have poor academics, but need a reason to commit to the school. For the few students who are not athletes and are given academic scholarships, they barely make a dent in their $70k per year tuition. Schools, such as USC, which is more competitive in terms of academics, give full ride scholarships to many students. Regarding facilities, the school gym is a disappointment that is there size of a nike shoe box. Unless of course you are an athlete, in which case you have access to a state of the art gym, with the newest equipment. In terms of housing, the on campus housing makes no sense as to how you are placed in a certain dorm because you do not have the option of applying and when you preview the school they make it seem like you will be staying in dorms similar to Crocker but that is a fallacy. The dorms are poorly maintained and very small. In terms of food, it is decent with many options; however, everything closes very early!! The dining hall is closed by 8pm during the week and earlier during the weekend. Yes, the pizza bar is open sometimes until 11pm but the school seriously cannot expect a freshman without a car to eat pizza everyday when they get out of classes after 8pm. Pepperdine will say that the HAWC is open until 1 or 2 am, but it is like a gas station convenience store selling junk food and undercooked mozzarella sticks. It is important that students are receiving their money's worth and are given access to quality food late in the night. Many students can go off campus and afford to eat at places like Marmalade cafe and Nobu everyday, but for some of us, we really need to eat at the caf. As a biology student I am happy with my major specific classes and love my professors; the ones for my GE's are not that great though. Be warned the GE's at Pepperdine are very difficult to do well in and professors really do not care how hard you try to get an A; they will not be understanding and even hold your dedication to your grades against you....specifically Dr. Wilson and Dr. Brewster. Also, Pepperdine brags about being a dry campus, but most people go out and party during the week and return to campus completely hammered and the security guards don't even notice. The good Samaritan policy is a joke too because it just creates a loophole for students to get drunk and then report themselves and friends so they won't get punished. As if Malibu wasn't expensive enough, Pepperdine inflates the prices for everything in the Student Store, Caf, and HAWC. For example, an Odwalla juice costs $4.99 before tax and Poki sticks are about $2.20. This school is full of money hungry bureaucrats who are on the prowl for the latest dollar. It costs $0.55 for a takeout box and you pay for each item in the caf; it's not buffet style like most schools. Some may say this encourages less eating and people won't gain wait, but what it actually means its that most students have to pay about $15-20 per meal in order to sustain themselves.... Secondly, if this institution prides itself in excellent academics, they shouldn't need to mention the beach because most people will be too busy studying to even go!! Also, this school admits under qualified candidates which is evident when you hear many of them speak in class; also if your a national merit scholar, you will only get $1,000 at most, while other schools automatically give out half rides for just that alone. Also, all the sports team are mediocre with no school spirit.... Pepperdine brags about being D1 but that does not mean we're good and they try to make that up by giving the teams hype which is completely ludicrous considering 99.9% of these athletes will not be going pro in any sport. Don't let the selling point be the "ocean view" or "short walk to the beach" because first of all the beach is a 30 min walk and you have to cross a busy highway. Honestly, such an awful school and I should have gone somewhere else.