Welcome to Pepperdine!
We are delighted to welcome you to our Malibu campus. The drive-thru route will take you through various points on campus and give you insight on what you can expect as a future Wave.
Thank you for joining us for a driving tour of campus. In order to comply with our COVID-19 safety guidelines, we ask that you fill out this brief form, so we can track the number of guests on campus. Completing this form will enter you into a raffle for Pepperdine swag and prizes!
To ensure everyone's safety, please follow these protocols:
All passengers must remain in the vehicle at all times. The only time someone is permitted to exit the vehicle is at the designated restroom facility location.
Face coverings should be worn by all visitors when interacting with Pepperdine staff, using the facilities, or if the car window is down.
Vehicles must proceed upon the designated route. Note that all other areas of campus are closed.
To show successful completion of the health screen process, please place the 'green dot' card, from your packet of materials, on your dashboard.
Begin Drive-Thru Tour
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Welcome to Pepperdine! We are so excited to be able to share campus with you today during your driving tour. We are honored that you have chosen to visit us here in beautiful Malibu, which was once home to the Chumash aboriginal people. And to any newly admitted students joining us - congratulations! We hope that you enjoy getting a glimpse of your potential future home. Please be sure to keep driving at all times while on our tour route today to help with the flow of traffic.
As we begin up Seaver Drive, you'll notice our main campus area to your left, which is home to the main academic facilities on campus. Seaver College has 44 majors and 41 minors across 8 academic divisions. Our student to faculty ratio is 13:1, and our average class size is just 19 students. Our classes foster a uniquely supportive environment that allows students to develop personal relationships with their professors. 96% of our faculty hold the highest degree in their field, and our classes are never taught by teaching assistants or graduate students. Additionally, about 35% of our faculty actually live on campus, which allows students the opportunity to share a meal or attend a Bible study in the homes of their professors! We encourage you to learn more about your intended major online, and feel free to reach out directly to your academic division with any questions!
Next, you will see some of our housing options. First-year students are required to
live on campus for their first 2 years, and transfer students are required to live
on campus for their first year. Our first-year and transfer residence halls offer
suite-style living, with about 50 students living in each hall. Each suite houses
8 students with a shared living area, shared bathroom, and 4 bedrooms with 2 people
3 student leaders also live with the residents in each hall. 2 Resident Advisors, or "RAs", program events geared toward personal and community development, uphold community standards, and serve as peer counselors. The Spiritual Life Advisor, or "SLA"'s, primary role is to foster and provide opportunity for a healthy spiritual environment for residents. Pepperdine is a dry campus, which means drugs and alcohol are prohibited at all times. We also have visitation hours for members of the opposite gender in the residence halls. The on-campus housing experience is one of the most important ways we build community here at Pepperdine.
And speaking of community, our small undergraduate population of 3,400 students fosters a palpable sense of community here on campus. Pepperdine has over 100 student clubs and organizations that range from major-specific clubs, to nationally acclaimed organizations, to clubs dedicated to promoting cultural awareness and inclusion. We also have a Student Government Association and a Student Programming Board who are dedicated to serving the needs of students and planning events. Even in the virtual setting of the past year, our student groups have continued to be involved online and find creative ways to share in community together.
Faith is another important aspect of the Pepperdine community. Pepperdine is a Christian university affiliated with the Church of Christ, but is independent of direct church support or control. Pepperdine is proud of its Christian heritage and stresses a value-centered education combining excellent academics with a tradition of Christian values and ethics. You do not need to be a Christian to attend Pepperdine, and we welcome students from all faith backgrounds. Pepperdine students are required to take three religion classes as a part of the general education curriculum. Students also participate in our Convocation series each semester. These convocation events include weekly student body-wide chapels, small group discussion programs, various lecture speakers, and even Surf Convo at Zuma Beach.
You may have heard that Pepperdine is known for its study abroad programs! The Office of International Programs facilitates study abroad opportunities for an academic year, semester, or summer term. Our study abroad programs are a hallmark of the Seaver College experience due to our unique model and high participation rates. Pepperdine has consistently ranked in the top 5 in the nation for undergraduate study abroad participation! We have 6 global campuses in which students live in a Pepperdine owned house and take classes with other Pepperdine students exclusively. Our global campuses include Buenos Aires, Heidelberg, London, Lausanne, Florence, and Washington DC. We also offer summer programs and internships in a variety of other locations around the world.
And while our students love experiencing life abroad, they also enjoy taking advantage of all that our Malibu campus has to offer! Our beautiful location provides us not only with year-round recreational and outdoor activities but also with access to major metropolitan resources in Los Angeles and Santa Monica. Students take advantage of our proximity to these locations, often landing internships at internationally-known companies, or simply enjoying the entertainment, dining, arts, and shopping that the city has to offer. We take pride in preparing our students for life after graduation, with 94% of Pepperdine students participating in professional development opportunities such as internships, on or off-campus employment, student teaching, or undergraduate research. As our mission statement says, we prepare students for lives of purpose, service, and leadership here at Pepperdine.
This concludes your driving tour. Thank you for coming to campus today! We sincerely hope you have enjoyed your time learning more about Pepperdine and exploring campus. If you haven't already done so, be sure to check out our virtual tour via YouVisit, which provides an in-depth look into many of the buildings on campus, including the residence halls! Please reach out to the Office of Admission if you have any questions about the admission process. We hope to see you again soon and safe travels!