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{University Mission Statement 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.

{S  eaver College Pepperdine University, founded in 1937, is composed of five schools: the undergraduate school, Seaver College, and four graduate schools including the Graziadio School of Business and Management, the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, the School of Law, and the School of Public Policy.


Biology professor Steve Davis leads a class in the Santa Monica Mountains behind the Pepperdine campus.

A personal, individualized experience— —Defines the typical professor and student relationships at Pepperdine. Pepperdine boasts faculty members who are not only passionate about their fields of interest, but who are equally as passionate about teaching and investing in each student. As a result, the attentive instruction you receive at Pepperdine equips you to develop and achieve your goals throughout the rigorous curriculum. In class lectures, discussions, and projects, your professors’ lofty academic expectations will motivate you to achieve more. Across the disciplines, professors emphasize student-centered teaching by holistically investing in each and every student. At Pepperdine, you will find that your professors become your enduring mentors.


Un d e r g r a d uat e Re sear c h

Ac ade mic D iv is ions Business Administration, Communication, Fine Arts, Humanities and Teacher Education, International Studies and Languages, Natural Science, Religion, and Social Science

Minors: Accounting, African-American Studies, Applied Mathematics, Art, Art History, Asian Studies, Chemistry, Coaching, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Economics, English, Film Studies, French, German, History, Industrial/ Organizational Psychology, Intercultural Studies, Italian, Marketing, Mathematics, Multimedia Design, Music, Non-Profit Management, Philosophy, Physics, Professional and Academic Writing, Religion, Rhetoric and Leadership, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Speech Communication, Sports Medicine, Vocational Ministry, Women’s Studies The above list is based on the majors and minors as presented in the 2008–2009 Seaver College catalog and is subject to change.

Business Administration, Advertising, International Studies, International Business, and Psychology

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Majors: Accounting, Advertising, Art, Art History, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science/Mathematics, Creative Writing, Economics, English, Film Studies, French, German, History, Integrated Marketing Communication, International Business, International Studies, Journalism, Liberal Arts, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Music, Natural Science (3/2 Engineering), Nutritional Science, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Relations, Religion, Sociology, Spanish, Sports Medicine, Telecommunications, Theatre Arts, Theatre and Television

To p Fi ve Ma jo rs by n umber o f studen ts


Pepperdine offers students the option to engage in research projects with their professors. From publishing articles in a journal to discovering new insights in research, Pepperdine undergraduates support their professors in areas of mutual interest due to a low student-to-faculty ratio (13:1). As a result, Pepperdine students who participate in these opportunities add notable achievements to their resumes and graduate school applications.

38 majors 36 minors

Spiritual life

Freely ye received, freely give. Pepperdine University Motto


Global service

As a Christian university, Pepperdine believes education is a privilege that evokes a sense of global responsibility. For this reason, Pepperdine challenges students through lectures, guest speakers, international programs, and service projects to broaden their view of the social and global issues in the world today. With this expanded view, students are then challenged to consider their choice of career, and in fact their entire lives, in terms of vocation and how they can use their lives to positively impact the world for generations to come.

“There are many good colleges and universities which can give you standard academic training, but if our school does not give you more than that, it really has no reason to exist.” George Pepperdine, November 1937

As a Christian university,

P e ppe rdine af f irms th at k n owle dg e c alls, u ltimate ly, f or a lif e of s e rv ic e .

Pepperdine University is committed to providing an academic community with the highest academic standards within the context of Christian values, and to the development of students who will lead lives of “purpose, service, and leadership.” Pepperdine offers numerous opportunities for students to engage in spiritual growth and development through religion courses, a chapel/ convocation series, a campus ministry program, student-led spiritual life programs, service projects, and guest speakers that challenge students to investigate, question, and ultimately gain a deeper grasp of faith-based values during their four years.

l o c at i o n Spotlight

Malibu Campus

Pepperdine University’s 830-acre campus, located in Malibu, California, is nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Los angeles

Located only 30 miles from Los Angeles, Pepperdine offers students the proximity of a metropolitan city—with hundreds of internship and cultural opportunities—but also the ease of living and studying in a safe and relaxed coastal community.

S p i r i t u a l l i f e & l o c at i o n



Resi den ti a l Li fe All freshman and sophomores are required to live on campus. Juniors and seniors have the option to apply for space-available housing, and 67 percent of the entire student body lives on campus.

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Every evening, the sun casts its last glimpse of light as it drops behind the ocean. It is at this time that our whole campus is filled with our school colors, in the reflected orange rays on the buildings with the contrasting deep blue hues of the sky and ocean. Someone coined the phrase, ”inspiring minds in an inspiring setting,” but that barely begins to describe this amazing place that students enjoy every single day.

Alex Skinner Phoenix, Arizona During Alex’s year in London, England, the group took an educational field trip to Egypt and Greece.

Creative Writing Major Junior

Clubs and Activities London International Program Pepperdine Improv Troupe Inter Club Council Representative Jazz Ensemble Step Forward Day Intramural Sports Songfest

Studying abroad in London was one of the best experiences of my life. In addition to spending an amazing year traveling Europe with my friends, my Pepperdine experience in London was a unique academic encounter that brought to life, through field trips and activities, the history, culture, and locations I had studied in the classroom. I was able to explore the British Museum and see the various sculptures and artifacts of Roman emperors, with my professors guiding me through the stories of this period. My English professor didn’t just present us with Chekhov, he took us to London’s famed West End to see a production of The Seagull, one of the many productions we both studied and viewed. With field trips to Egypt and Greece, Pepperdine brought me to places already rich with culture and made sure I didn’t miss the history and lessons that surrounded me.

Alissa Smith Littleton, Colorado

Creative Writing Major Philosophy Minor Senior


Alissa and other members of the Florence, Italy international program tour a rug factory on the education field trip to Turkey. Alissa is on the far right. At Pepperdine, Alissa really enjoys working as a counselor for New Student Orientation.

Clubs and Activities Pi Beta Phi Sorority Student Alumni Organization President Homecoming Spirit Cup Chair

Florence International Program New Student Orientation Counselor Phi Sigma Tau Philosophy Honor Society President Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honor Society Pepperdine Graphic Newspaper Journalist

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Pepperdine Volunteer Center United Friends Program Coordinator

I was nervous when I left home to come to Pepperdine; however, the first day on campus I met my suitemates and bonded with them immediately. From that day, my friendships have grown through my involvement in many clubs and activities. While studying abroad in Florence, I enjoyed several closeknit friendships that formed among the 49 other students and the faculty in my program as we traveled and learned about other cultures together. Pepperdine focuses not only on academic excellence, but also on personal excellence—encouraging students to use their intelligence and education to find where their passions intersect with the needs of the world. This inspired me to apply for and receive the Fulbright grant that will allow me to combine my literary passion with my interest in cultures when I travel to Turkey to research and write a book that will introduce Turkish culture to American children.

I n t e r n at i o n a l p r o g r a m s


Semester , Aca demi c Yea r , Summer , a n d Speci a l In terest In tern ati o n a l Pro gra ms

Pepperdine Educational and Residential Facilities Buenos Aires, Argentina; Florence, Italy; Heidelberg, Germany; London, England; Shanghai, China; Lausanne, Switzerland


In tern shi ps

Pepperdine not only offers the possibility to gain careerbuilding internships at leading companies in the Los Angeles area, but also offers opportunities worldwide through internship programs in Washington, D.C.; Lausanne, Switzerland; and London, England.


Nearly percent of Pepperdine students participate in one of our highly regarded International Programs.

Imagine the opportunities for learning and growth when you visit the Duomo in central Florence with your professor to learn about the achievement it represents, conduct tests on the native plant life in Costa Rica, or broaden your understanding of cross-cultural communication and economic development through projects in villages across East Africa. Discover the world, create memories and lasting friendships with your Pepperdine classmates, and prepare to be a global citizen. You have the unique opportunity to study with other Pepperdine students and Pepperdine faculty while experiencing and exploring diverse cultures around the world. Not surprisingly, studying abroad with Pepperdine’s international programs is cited as one of the highlights of a student’s four years at Pepperdine University.



Sporting events at Pepperdine are not just for the athletes; they are also a place where Pepperdine’s enthusiastic student body stands behind their teams. The Riptide Spirit Crew can always be counted on to cheer the Waves to victory. Whether painting their bodies or screaming at the top of their lungs, no sport is safe from the raucous and most fervent of supporters. Pepperdine’s fans truly embody exceptional school spirit, and they are ready to welcome each new class into this tradition.

—a remarkable feat for a school of our size, and consistent records and honorable achievements, Pepperdine enjoys a rich and impressive athletic tradition.

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With National Championships—

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16 Men’s and Women’s Division I Athletic Teams  Men’s: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Tennis, Track, Volleyball, and Water Polo

15 Club and Intramural Sports  Club Sports: Equestrian, Men’s Lacrosse, Women’s Lacrosse, Rugby, Men’s Soccer, Surfing, Ultimate Frisbee, and Women’s Water Polo  Intramural Sports: Dodgeball, Flag Football, Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, and Beach Volleyball

Whether you are ready to don orange and blue and cheer us on to victory or you are looking to compete at the Division I level, you will join an accomplished community both on and off the field.

We are the Waves

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 Women’s: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track, and Volleyball

Liberal arts

A Pepperdine education— —commences with a broad spectrum of required courses within the liberal arts curriculum that provide you with a strong academic base. From Plato to Alexander the Great, Shakespeare to Kierkegaard, ocean ecosystems to the rise of the Japanese Tokugawa shogunate, your studies will challenge you to investigate a multitude of subjects. Pepperdine’s liberal arts curriculum strengthens your passions, enriches your life through new academic encounters, and ensures you will graduate with fundamental knowledge to draw upon throughout your life.

S p e c i a l F e at u r e

The Social Action and Justice Colloquium (SAAJ) is a four-course, interdisciplinary, general education program focused on issues of social justice, such as human rights, poverty, the interplay of religion and culture, and the role of media in shaping social movements. The colloquium engages students from any major to understand the historical, theoretical, and practical perspectives on the pervasive and unresolved social issues facing modern society. The SAAJ series encourages students to consider how their choices of worldview and vocation will influence their lives and society in the 21st century.

The above list is based on the general studies requirements as presented in the 2008–2009 Seaver College catalog and is subject to change.

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General Education Program First-Year Seminar; English Composition; Junior Writing Portfolio; Writing-Intensive Requirement; Speech and Rhetoric; Research Methods/Presentation Skills Requirement; Mathematics; Foreign Language (up to 3 courses); Christianity and Culture (3 courses); Western Heritage (3 humanities courses); American Experience (Political Science and History of the American Peoples); Non-Western Cultures; Fine Arts; Literature; Laboratory Science; Human Institutions and Behavior (2 courses).

Liberal arts

Soc ial Ac tion and Ju s tic e Colloqu iu m

Katrina Perry Honolulu, Hawaii

Katrina, a recent Pepperdine graduate, applies what she learned at Pepperdine in her marketing position for an agency that provides in-home assisted care.

Public Relations Major Alumna

Clubs and Activities Hawaii Club Dance In Flight Step Forward Day Pepperdine International Club Songfest Coffee House

Pepperdine is a Christian University with a strong academic tradition that gave me a wonderful opportunity to grow spiritually and academically during my college years. The thing I liked most about Pepperdine was that I was able to build meaningful relationships with my professors because the studentto-teacher ratio was so low. It was comforting to know that each of my professors made an effort to get to know me, and that I wasn’t just another paper to grade. By graduation, I felt confident to actively participate in the world and have utilized my academic preparation to launch my career in marketing for a company that provides in-home assistance for seniors.

Braden Mogler Mendota Heights, Minnesota profiles

Braden assisted local doctors on a recent Project Serve trip with Pepperdine to Chichicastenango, Guatemala.

Sports Medicine Major


University Ministries Project Serve First-Year Seminar Mentor NSO Coordinator Malibu Language Connection

The combination of a Christian school with highly regarded academics is what initially drew me to Pepperdine. Now that I am a student, I can say that Pepperdine is a place unlike any other—a crucial resource for understanding my calling and purpose in life. By challenging students to develop a sense of vocation that draws upon their talents, passions, and faith, Pepperdine pushes students to pursue more than a career. Pepperdine’s proximity to Los Angeles provides me rewarding opportunities to work with underprivileged people. As a recipient of the national Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, I will travel to Latin America and prepare for a career as a doctor by studying health care in another culture and by continuing to volunteer my time.

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Spanish Minor

Clubs and Activities

Student life



When intelligent, vibrant, and grounded young adults assemble to learn at a remarkable campus,

Undergraduate Students

a dynamic student body forms. In order to build this community, Pepperdine hand-selects every student invited to join each entering class. Individuals are selected on the basis of their academic preparation and their unique qualities— from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, religious, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds to varied personal experiences, passions, and accomplishments—that will contribute to the culture of the school. As a result, the campus is filled with more than 60 student clubs and organizations, an active student government, a strong athletic tradition, more than 150 on-campus events, intramural and club sports, student-led spiritual life activities every day of the week, theatre and dance productions, and much more. Your time at Pepperdine will be filled with remarkable people, an active schedule, and new opportunities.

International Students


Services for International Students International Student Advising; Immigration Counseling; International Student Orientation; Annual Seminars on Immigration, Taxes, and Other Legal Issues; The Writing Center; Academic Tutors; Health Services; Career Center; On-Campus Employment; International and Ethnic Clubs; International Student Carnival; International Student Soccer Tournament (K.I.C.K.); Office of International Student Services Web site:

Female 57% M ale 43%

A frican- A m erican 7.5% A sian 9.9% C aucasian 61.7% Hispanic 9.4% International 7.1%

Native A m erican


Undeclared 2.9%

Pepperdine is a place where you will have the ability to leave your mark and make the University better because of your presence. Student life




Out- of- state


With an undergraduate population of approximately 3,000, it is understandable how Pepperdine has developed such a strong sense of community. From the first day on campus, upperclassmen welcome all new students into the Pepperdine community by helping them move into the residence halls. From there, new Waves are included in a multitude of activities that help establish significant friendships within their residence halls, freshman class, and the entire Pepperdine community. Whether you enjoy staying up late with your suitemates, catching a game of midnight football with other students, or attending a hall-sponsored barbeque, residential life at Pepperdine offers students the opportunity to create memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Al a ska a n d H a w a i i 9 %

Mi d w e s t 7% Northeast 6% S ou t h e a s t 5% S o u t h w e s t 11% We s t 12%

Th e Pe ppe rdine Family

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Domestic Students by Geography

a d m i s s i o n a n d f i n a n c i a l a s s i s ta n c e

Domestic Number of Applications 6,810 Fall 2008 Application Numbers Number Admitted 2,239 Target Number Enrolled 756

Admit Averages

International 598 231 50

Total 7,408 2,470 806

Freshman GPA 3.79 Transfer GPA 3.60 SAT Critical Reading 629 SAT Math 648 SAT Writing 631 Critical Reading and Math SAT Total 1277 Critical Reading, Math, and Writing SAT Total 1908 ACT composite 29 Freshman TOEFL PBT 623

Approximate Tuition and Fees 2008–2009

Tuition (12–18 units) $36,650 Room and Board $10,480 Student Activity Fee $120

Total $47,250

For 2007–2008 nearly $45 million in grants and scholarship funds were awarded to individuals within our approximately 3,000 undergraduate student population. Priority deadline for financial assistance: February 15. Apply online: The University expects that your family will assume the primary responsibility for financing the cost of your education. However, if the cost of education exceeds your family’s ability to pay, you are encouraged to apply for financial assistance. The Office of Financial Assistance is available to help you with this process.

App ly O nl i n e : h t tp:/ / s e av e r . pe ppe rdine . e du /admis s io n / a pply/

Office of Admission and Office of International Student Services 24255 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu, CA 90263

310.506.4392 International Students: +1 310.506.4246

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