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two Pepperdine students on Step Forward Day

Pepperdine Volunteer Center

three Pepperdine students at Step Forward Day


Our student-led volunteer center provides weekly opportunities to partner with local non-profits in addressing some of the most pressing needs in the community, such as early childhood education, hunger and homelessness. Additionally, the volunteer center sponsors special service events, such as Step Forward Day, that engages 1,500 students in a single day to serve with more than 70 community partners.

Student Leadership Opportunities

Pepperdine student speaker

Fueled by our mission, more than a dozen of our departments offer student leadership positions, enabling students to impact campus culture and the community while being mentored by Pepperdine staff and faculty. Whether you are interested in elected positions, such as Student Government, or competitive selection positions such as community service coordinator, you will gain valuable experience as a leader.

Purpose, Service, Leadership

Pepperdine students

Pepperdine is a Christian university committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service and leadership. Consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful places to study, Pepperdine is where you're inspired to learn as you learn to inspire.

Historical Spotlight

Pepperdine Volunteer Center speaker in 1990

Step Forward Day is an annual event that unites the Pepperdine community for an international day of community service -- this image depicts a Step Forward Day speaker in 1990.
Courtesy of Pepperdine University Libraries Special Collections and University Archives.

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Student Life Campus Contacts

For all emergencies such as fire, ambulance, or sheriff, call 911 (9-911 from campus phone) and the Department of Public Safety, 310-506-4441.