Career and internship opportunities naturally grow out of the school’s prime location, strong alumni network, and regional ties. “Professors are well-connected with both corporations and the surrounding community,” and there are “endless internship and volunteer opportunities” in the region. Plus, “Pepperdine’s International Program is consistently ranked as one of the best,” offering “programs in Florence, London, Shanghai, Buenos Aires…the list goes on! Pepperdine is affiliated with the Church of Christ, and Christian values are “prevalent but not overwhelming” in academic curriculum; all students, regardless of their background, are required to attend the “mandatory Convocation program”—a series of chapels, Bible studies, and speakers, designed to promote spirituality.
Pepperdine students gloat about their school’s perfect location in Malibu, California, where “there is a 360-degree view of the Pacific Ocean, and students can walk to the beach.” The “campus is surrounded by national parks and beach,” so nature lovers enjoy “countless opportunities for hiking, swimming, running, waterfall jumping, camping, [and] rock-climbing.” “The close proximity to LA, Santa Monica, Hollywood, and the Pacific Coast Highway make it easy for students to find things to do.” Students say that a car is a necessity. Fortunately, “there are enough students with cars to hitch a ride,” if you don’t have your own set of wheels. Alcohol is prohibited at Pepperdine, and “the dry campus policy is strictly enforced.” Students tell us “there is a lot more diversity” at Pepperdine today. You get a nice mix of “art majors to the science kids to the surfers to the hardcore studiers to the philosophy majors.” Most students come from “a Christian background whether or not they are religious now,” and some students are strongly religious and conservative. “Finding alternative viewpoints may be tough,” but most students are “fairly open-minded” and “extremely nice.”