School Spotlight: Pepperdine University

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: Pepperdine University
Malibu, California

With its Malibu address, Pepperdine is famous for its picturesque 830-acre campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean. But there are three facts about Pepperdine that may surprise you: its size (just 3,300 full-time undergrads), its student body (53 percent come from CA and an additional 8 percent hail from overseas), and its profound commitment to Christian ideals. Pepperdine is affiliated with the Churches of Christ, and although students of all faiths are welcome, Christian values permeate most aspects of academic and social life. A strong core curriculum consisting of 19 courses ensures that students are well-versed in a range of subjects, including religion, art, and foreign language, before graduation. Seaver College, the primary undergraduate division of the University, features 40 majors, ranging from business administration and creative writing, to international studies and sports medicine. The University is proud of its strong D1 athletic tradition, having earned 13 team national championships and 12 individual national championships. Fun fact: over 80 percent of students at Seaver, Pepperdine’s letters, arts, and sciences college, study abroad, with many opting to spend their entire sophomore year off campus.

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Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College. Visit our website to learn more about Elyse Krantz.