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Pepperdine University?

Alix12Alix12 Registered User Posts: 29 New Member
edited April 2011 in Christian Colleges
I was considering applying to Pepperdine for Fall 2010 and was curious if anyone on here could give me some more information about it.
For example what do you need as far as SAT scores? I got a 1690 total combined, do you think I should take them again?
How big of a role does religion play at Pepperdine? (I'm somewhat religious but not super religious)
Is there any thing else you like or dont like about the school?
Sorry thats a lot of questions, I just want to make sure the school is right for me! :)
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Replies to: Pepperdine University?

  • phear_mephear_me Registered User Posts: 291 Junior Member
    If you're not black, hispanic or native american your SAT scores are definitely on the low end for Pepperdine. Pepperdine has SAT scores that average 1110 - 1350 (Math and English Only/ 25% - 75%). If you have a high GPA those SAT scores will be more accepting. I suggest trying to eek out another 150 points or so to feel safer.

    In terms of religion, Pepperdine isn't overtly religious, but it's one of the few universities in the country that is actually trending more religious and not less. Admission is open to students of all faith, but it's not the sort of institution that will open class in prayer like a Biola, Wheaton, Point Loma, etc.

    Pepperdine is usually considered to be one of the top 10 most beautiful campuses in the country, and deservedly so.

    If I wanted an institution that was warmly receptive to Christianity but didn't take pains to integrate it into the actual classroom teaching, Pepperdine would be high on my list. If I wanted a university that worked hard to integrate faith and learning and worked to foster a Christian community (i.e. Biola, Wheaton, Westmont, Grove City etc) I would not consider Pepperdine.
  • Alix12Alix12 Registered User Posts: 29 New Member
    My SAT Math and Critical Reading scores combined were 1190, I wasnt too happy with them so I signed up to retake them a few days ago. Thanks for your help!
  • hendodohendodo Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    so far my cumulative gpa is 3.7
    ive taken college classes at a jc and got an A and a B there
    SAT was 1840

    im guessing, since its a private univ., i have a good chance of going there ( if i have the money) ??

  • glamour_trashglamour_trash Registered User Posts: 50 Junior Member
    I'm from california so ill give you a run down on the area . First off it runs along the PCH and I HATE the PCH lol ( pacific coast highway ). A good thing about it is if you like the beach , that's about the closest thing you'll have other then santa monica which is maybe another 15-25 minutes away . As well as venice beach which isn't too far from santa monica . Other then that if you love the beach then this is the place for you. I'm a city person so I plan to go to NY , but the beach can be calming when you just need to get away. Good luck & I hope you enjoy :)
  • Alix12Alix12 Registered User Posts: 29 New Member
    Thanks glamour_trash for the info! :) and i love the beach so now its just the matter of getting in! haha
  • hope4college12hope4college12 Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    So at Pepperdine, do they encourage religious small groups? I'm interested in being more involved in religion at college, but not in being forced to think a certain way- is Pepperdine relatively open? sorry for asking a question in a question, but I'm really curious.
    lol and ouch on the low SAT scores for minorities remark. I know it's true for the overall, it just stung considering my scores are higher than what you said the average Pepperdine scores are, phear_me

    also, since Pepperdine is in CA, won't it be hard for someone to get in who lives in the south? just curious.
  • phear_mephear_me Registered User Posts: 291 Junior Member
    Here is some information regarding spirituality at Pepperdine. If they were this focused on Christianity when I was in undergrad, I might have gone there.

    Christian Tradition | About Pepperdine | Pepperdine University

    Still, there are less Christians than secular students at Pepperdine, so don't expect the atmosphere to be like going to church.
  • reeddouglasreeddouglas User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 9 New Member
    I am applying to Pepperdine. I am Chrstian, White, Conservative, and think I would fit in well there (lol).

    I want to make sure that it is a good school. I live in California, and have ELC status at the UCs. I have gotten into UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara. If I get in, I just want to make sure it is good.

    GPA: 4.27
    ACT: 29
  • joysky922joysky922 Registered User Posts: 68 Junior Member
    i'm also thinking about pepperdine for 2011

    but i am an international student and I really need to know if Pepperdine has any scholarships for MKs

    Does anyone know any MK scholarships in/outside the school?
  • catchastar2010catchastar2010 Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    Im looking for the exact same type of college. The top one I found like that is Azusa Pacific University! Great student life too
  • phear_mephear_me Registered User Posts: 291 Junior Member
    Except the academic reputation, student quality, facilities, and sports programs of APU are all much much lower in quality than Pepperdine
  • futurexecutivefuturexecutive Registered User Posts: 2,682 Senior Member
    ^pepperdine requires that you attend a certain amount of religious/bible lectures per semester but it's not anything rediculous. it is certainly encouraged though

    and since it's a private school your chances of getting in from the south (i'm from the south as well) shouldn't be decreased, it should actually help because obv they want to boast about being geographically diverse.
  • NogueiraNogueira Registered User Posts: 222 Junior Member
    I went there over spring break for a few days, and yes it has a really beautiful campus (Malibu beach, come on!) and it's also one of the highest ranked Protestant Christian-oriented national colleges in the nation (the only religious oriented colleges I can think of that are higher ranked are Boston College, Georgetown, and Notre Dame. Other than GTown (unsure), the two are Catholic).
    Setting aside academics and the scenary, you would feel like you're living in a bubble. Taking aside the expected dry campus (no drinking nor smoking in the campus ground), the whole campus is built on one side of a hill that's facing the beach. Sure the undergrad dorms are located close to sea-level like many of undergrad buildings are, but the fact that the shuttle buses stop running from 6~7pm and do not run AT ALL in the weekends was really annoying to say the least. It felt as though the campus was basically dead in the evening. It's like 30 minutes by car from downtown LA and so unless you get a car or something, you would be bored to death after a while.
  • takeitallintakeitallin Registered User Posts: 3,378 Senior Member
    As someone who lives 20 minutes away and is in that area frequently, there is no doubt that Pepperdine is one of the most beautiful campuses around. That being said, Nogueira hit the nail on the head! It is extremely isolated, and public transportation in the area is very limited. The campus is pretty dead nights and on the weekends- a lot of the student body must leave for the weekend. While it is right on PCH, it is across from the beach and the PCH is very busy with a lot of accidents in that area. It is not that close to anything and there is really nothing to do near the campus. If you do not have a car, you would be very isolated. We know quite a few people who have attended, but most commuted from home. The one girl we know who lived on campus recently transferred to USC after the 1st year. Academically she loved it; socially she was miserable. My daughter visited her several weekends and said if she had to go there she would be bored to death. If you have a car, Malibu and Santa Monica are close to the south; Ventura to the north. While it is a private Christian school, it is not overly religious; it is not pushed in your face. However, there are many opportunities to get involved if that is what you want. There are many opportunities for scholarships depending on major. Your area of origin should not affect being accepted.
  • gwu_girlgwu_girl Registered User Posts: 474 Member
    Your chances of getting accepted are neither increased or decreased by being from the South. Southerners are not hard to come by here. After California, Texas is the highest represented state, followed I think by Colorado.

    Very few people have had trouble enjoying themselves here if they made an effort to mix with new people. I didn't have a car last year, but plenty of my friends did and it was absolutely no problem. There are always things to do in L.A. and parties near campus every weekend. The Pepperdine bubble is a part of the school's Christian image. The difference with social life at Pepperdine is that you won't find it at a party in your freshman hall with beer kegs. A lot of people expect that from college. We do it a little classier here.
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