|Motto||Freely ye received, freely give|
|Affiliation||Churches of Christ|
|President||Andrew K. Benton|
|Undergraduates||3,474 (Seaver College)|
|Postgraduates||4,294 (Pepperdine University)|
|Location||Malibu, California, USA|
830 acres (340 ha)
Blue and Orange
|Athletics||NCAA Division I – WCC|
|Mascot||Willy the Wave|
Pepperdine University is a private, nonprofit, coeducational research university affiliated with the Churches of Christ. The university's 830-acre (340 ha) campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean in unincorporated Los Angeles County, California, United States, near Malibu is the location for Seaver College, the School of Law, the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, the Graziadio School of Business and Management, and the School of Public Policy. Courses are taught at the main campus, six graduate campuses in southern California, and at international campuses in Germany, England, Italy, China, Switzerland and Argentina. The Ed.D. program in Organizational leadership, (EDOL) has held international courses in China, Argentina, Chile, Belize, Costa Rica, and India.
The 2015 edition of U.S. News & World Report lists Pepperdine as a "more selective" national university and ranks it 54th in this category.
- 1 History
- 2 Campus
- 3 Academics
- 4 Presidents
- 5 Athletics
- 6 Notable alumni
- 7 Notable faculty
- 8 Battle of the Network Stars
- 9 Zoey 101
- 10 Rankings and reputation
- 11 Notes
- 12 External links
In February 1937, against the backdrop of the Great Depression, George Pepperdine founded the university as a Christian liberal arts college in the city of Los Angeles. On September 21, 1937, 167 new students from 22 different states and two other countries entered classes on a newly built campus on 34 acres (14 ha) at West 79th Street and South Vermont Avenue in the Vermont Knolls neighborhood of South Central Los Angeles, referred to later as the Vermont Avenue campus. By April 6, 1938, George Pepperdine College was fully accredited by the Northwest Association.
Pepperdine had built a fortune founding and developing the Western Auto Supply Company, which he started with a $5 investment, but his prosperity led to his greater ambition to discover "how humanity can be helped most with the means entrusted to [his] care. [He] considered it wrong to build up a great fortune and use it selfishly." Mr. Pepperdine voiced his twofold objective for the college that bore his name, "First, we want to provide first-class, fully accredited academic training in the liberal arts ... Secondly, we are especially dedicated to a greater goal—that of building in the student a Christ-like life, a love for the church, and a passion for the souls of mankind."
Move to Malibu
By the 1960s, the young college faced serious problems. The area around the Vermont Avenue campus developed issues with crime and urban decay; tensions also arose due to the Civil Rights Movement and attempts to circumvent it such as California Proposition 14, which challenged federal fair housing laws. The situation exploded in the 1965 Watts Riots. In 1969 activists in the Watts area threatened to burn down the campus; however, they were talked out of it after all-night negotiations by then-President M. Norvel Young. In addition, the Vermont Avenue campus was running out of room to expand.
In 1967, the school began planning to move the undergraduate campus and a committee was formed to look at alternative locations, including sites in Valencia, Orange County, Ventura County and Westlake Village. Pepperdine favored the Westlake Village location until the Adamson-Rindge family, who owned hundreds of acres near Malibu, offered 138 acres (56 ha) of land. Despite concerns over building costs on the mountainous site, the school decided to move forward based on its prime location and potential for raising donation. Construction began on April 13, 1971 and the new campus opened for student enrollment in September 1972. The campus and many of its buildings were planned by Los Angeles-based architect and urban planner William Pereira.
The old campus was sold to Crenshaw Christian Center, whose minister, Frederick K.C. Price, then oversaw construction of the "FaithDome," the largest domed-church in the United States, seating over 10,000.
School of Law
Pepperdine gained university status in 1971 when the school of law was added and the business and education departments became separate schools. In the 1980s, Pepperdine rose to prominence as one of the United States' leading centers of conservative politics, attracting many conservative-leaning professors from nearby UCLA and USC. Prominent conservatives on the Pepperdine faculty have included Bruce Herschensohn, Ben Stein, Kenneth Starr, Arthur Laffer, Douglas Kmiec, and Daniel Pipes.
In 1985, 1993 and 1996, massive brushfires threatened the campus with destruction, but firefighters successfully protected almost all structures. On October 21, 2007, fast-moving wildfires forced campus residents to relocate and shelter in the Firestone Field house and Cafeteria, plus evacuations of local homes and businesses. Similarly, another November 2007 fire in Corral Canyon, accidentally set off by a group of Los Angeles youths, caused an evacuation of the Drescher Campus. However, most students were off-campus for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The main campus is located among several ridges that overlook the Pacific Ocean and the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California. The main campus entrance road ascends a steep, well-groomed grassy slope past a huge stylized cross, known as the Phillips Theme Tower, symbolizing the university's dedication to its original Christian mission. Most buildings were constructed in a reinterpretation of Mediterranean Revival Style architecture (red tile roofs, white stuccoed walls, large tinted windows). The majority of the construction on the main campus was completed in 1973. There are views of the Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Long Beach and the westside of Los Angeles from numerous points. Landscape architects (Eric) Armstrong and (S. Lee) Scharfman were responsible for the campus green space planning and design.
Graduations take place at Alumni Park, a broad expanse of lawn overlooking Pacific Coast Highway and the Pacific Ocean. The main academic plaza for undergraduate programs of Seaver College lies just above Alumni Park and includes Stauffer Chapel, Tyler Campus Center, Payson Library, and the Ahmanson Fine Arts Center. Undergraduate housing and athletic facilities sit to the north/northwest of the academic complex. The Law School exists even higher above these areas. The central campus is surrounded by a loop road consisting of Seaver Drive, Huntsinger Circle, and John Tyler Drive. Banowsky Boulevard separates Alumni Park from the main academic complex and is named in honor of William S. Banowsky, the 4th president of Pepperdine.
Spur roads to the east of the central part of campus lead to faculty housing. To the northwest, Via Pacifica winds uphill to the Drescher Graduate Campus, completed in 2003 and home to the School of Public Policy, the Villa Graziadio conference center, as well as the full-time programs of the Graziadio School of Business and Management and the Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Housing for graduate students, undergraduate honors students, and faculty are also located here.
Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art
Recent noteworthy exhibitions in the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art include:
Roy Lichtenstein: January – March, 2011
David Gallup: Channel Islands: May 2011
The Graziadio School of Business and Management and the Graduate School of Education and Psychology are headquartered in West Los Angeles at the Howard Hughes Center next to Interstate 405. These two schools also offer programs at graduate campuses in Encino, Irvine, Santa Clara, and Westlake Village. International programs of the University's various schools have taken place in London, Heidelberg, Florence, Buenos Aires, Paris, Madrid, Lausanne, Johannesburg, Tegucigalpa, Brisbane, Chiang Mai, Hong Kong and Tokyo.
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Frank R. Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences
Seaver College is named for Mr. and Mrs. Frank R. Seaver, the principal benefactors of Pepperdine's Malibu Campus. The college offers undergraduates a liberal arts education, and each candidate for a Bachelor's Degree must complete a series of general education courses crossing disciplinary lines. Seaver College students attend classes at the Malibu main campus and study abroad courses are offered at the University's permanent international campuses in Germany, England, China, Italy, Switzerland, and Buenos Aires. Rick Marrs is the current dean.
Seaver College comprises 8 divisions and offers 40 majors (listed below), as well as 37 minors:
Business Division: Accounting, Business Administration, International Business
Communication Division: Advertising, Integrated Marketing Communication, Journalism, Public Relations, Media Production- Production and Sports Sequence
Fine Arts Division: Art, Art History, Music, Theatre Arts, Theatre & Music, Theatre & Media Production
Humanities and Teacher Education Division: Creative Writing, English, Film Studies, History, Liberal Arts, Philosophy
International Studies and Languages Division: French, German, Hispanic Studies, International Studies, Italian
Natural Science Division: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science/Mathematics, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Nutritional Science, Physics, Sports Medicine, Natural Science- Engineering 3/2 Program
Religion Division: Religion
The Religion Division offers undergraduate and graduate education in ministry, administers a Center for Faith and Learning and an Office of Church Relations, and publishes Leaven: A Journal of Christian Ministry.
Social Science Division: Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology
In addition, the college offers the following graduate degrees: Master of Arts in American studies, Master of Arts in Communication, Master of Science in Communication, Master of Arts in Media Production, Master of Arts in Religion, Master of Divinity, and Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Screen & Television. Seaver students can also earn both single-subject and multiple-subject teaching credentials.
Pepperdine has six international branch campuses located in Heidelberg, Germany; London, England; Florence, Italy; Lausanne, Switzerland; Shanghai, China; and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Graziadio School of Business and Management
Pepperdine University's George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management enrolls approximately 2,000 students in its full-time and part-time degree programs. The school was founded in 1969, and has since graduated over 30,000 alumni. Dr. Linda Livingstone has served as dean since 2002. In 2011, US News ranked Pepperdine 75th out of 437 business programs in the United States.
School of Law
The Pepperdine University School of Law is located adjacent to the Seaver College Campus, and enrolls about 670 students who come from all parts of the country. It is fully approved by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. The school of law recently has attained membership in the prestigious Order of the Coif. Pepperdine's Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution is consistently ranked as the number one dispute resolution program in the country, offering LL.M., master's and certificate programs. Some of its other newer degree offerings include the juris doctor/master of divinity in conjunction with Pepperdine's Seaver College. Other joint degree programs include the JD/MBA, JD/MPP, and JD/MDR. The school offers both a summer session and a fall semester in London, England. Deanell Reece Tacha is the dean.
The school placed 52nd among the nation's "Top 100" law schools by the 2016 U.S. News and World Report rankings and is the fourth highest ranked law school in Southern California. It is known for its entertainment law, and also its dispute resolution program, which is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation.
Graduate School of Education and Psychology
With a focus on collaborative learning, leadership and academic excellence, the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) offers both masters and doctorate programs in education, educational technology, education administration, leadership, organizational change, organizational leadership, social entrepreneurship and change, school counseling, psychology, clinical psychology, and clinical psychology with emphasis marriage and family therapy. Dr. Helen Easterling Williams is the current DEAN. In 2014 The Ed.D. Organizational Leadership Doctoral Program, directed by Dr. June Schmieder-Ramirez was selected as #13 in the ranking of top leadership programs globally. The rankings are determined by view of alumni, structure of courses and eventual positions held by graduates. (HR.com Journal of Academic Excellence) 2014
School of Public Policy
Approximately 120 graduate students are enrolled in the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy, which offers a two-year masters of public policy degree. Not simply the study of government, public policy is the study of how governments, non-profits, and even individuals and businesses address problems of public concern. Students specialize in economics, international relations, American politics, or local/regional policy in addition to their core studies and are required to complete a policy-related internship.
Joint degree programs include the MPP/Juris Doctor degree in conjunction with the School of Law, the MPP/Masters of Dispute Resolution degree in conjunction with the School of Law's number one ranked Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and the MPP/MBA degree in conjunction with the Graziadio School of Business and Management.
Notable faculty at the School of Public Policy include: Ted McAllister, James Q. Wilson, James Prieger (Senior Economic Advisor, FCC), Joel Fox, Angela Hawken, Gordon Lloyd and Robert Kaufman.
Notable graduates include at least one former member of the Bush Administration: Eryn Witcher, Director of Television.
The current dean of the Public Policy School is James R. Wilburn.
- Batsell Baxter (1937–1939)
- Hugh M. Tiner (1939–1957)
- M. Norvel Young (1957–1971)
- William S. Banowsky (1971–1978)
- Howard A. White (1978–1985)
- David Davenport (1985–2000)
- Andrew K. Benton (2000–Present)
Pepperdine University participates in the West Coast Conference, a conference made up exclusively of religiously affiliated schools. Appropriate for its location adjacent to the Pacific Ocean, Pepperdine's teams are known as the Waves.
Pepperdine University was recently ranked by the Sears Cup as having the most successful athletic program for non-football Division I schools. (Stanford was ranked the most successful Division I athletic program with football.) Pepperdine University sponsors fourteen NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics teams: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, tennis, volleyball and water polo teams for men; and basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis and volleyball for women. There are also several intercollegiate sports clubs such as men's soccer, men's and women's lacrosse, surf team, Ultimate Frisbee and men's rugby.
NCAA Division I team championships:
- Baseball (1992)
- Men's golf (1997)
- Men's tennis (2006)
- Men's volleyball (1978, 1985, 1986, 1992, 2005)
- Water polo (1997)
NCAA Division I individual titles:
- Robbie Weiss (1988 tennis - singles)
- Carlos Di Laura & Kelly Jones (1985 tennis - doubles)
- Jerome Jones & Kelly Jones (1984 tennis - doubles)
There are currently 80,000 living alumni worldwide. Notable alumni of Pepperdine University include prominent scientists, musicians, businessmen and women, engineers, architects, athletes, actors, politicians, and those who have gained both national and international success. The Pepperdine alumni network consists of over 30 alumni groups on four continents.
- Mike Aamodt – industrial and organizational psychology professor at Radford University
- Christopher Chetsanga (1965), Professor at University of Zimbabwe that discovered two DNA repair enzymes
- Paul Egertson (B.A., 1955) – Senior Lecturer and Adjunct Professor of Religion at California Lutheran University
- Michael A. O'Donnell (1976–77), Ph.D., author, and former Professor of Family Studies at Abilene Christian University
- Michael Shermer (B.S., 1976) – Atheist, author, Founder of The Skeptics Society
- Rick J. Caruso (J.D., 1983) – Chief executive officer of Caruso Affiliated
- Thomas Fessler (J.D., 1983) – Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel of VSP Global
- Tara Lawrence (M.A. 2009, B.A. 2004) – Founder and Executive Director of Hats Off for Cancer
- Jason Ellis - President and CEO of Spring Mobile.
- Rod Menzies (MBA, 1988) – entrepreneur
- Benjamin de Rothschild (1984) – Chairman of the Edmond de Rothschild Group
- Robert Tchenguiz (LL.B., 1982) – London-based Property Tycoon
- Neil Clark Warren (1956) – Chairman and Co-Founder of eHarmony.com
- Kelly Zong (B.A., 2004) – President of the Hangzhou Wahaha Group founded by her father Zong Qinghou
- Les Baxter – Soundtrack and exotica composer
- Pierce Brown – Author, Red Rising
- Brittany Dawn Brannon – Miss Teen America 2007
- Todd Matthew Burns – American film producer
- D.J. Caruso – Film Director
- Marshall Colt – Actor, McClain's Law; later marriage and family therapist in San Diego
- Chace Crawford – Actor, Gossip Girl (TV series)
- Cami Edwards – Cast member, Laguna Beach
- Douglas Emerson – American former child actor, The Blob (1988 film) and Beverly Hills, 90210
- Kim Fields (1995) – actress, U.S. TV sitcoms The Facts of Life and Living Single
- Kimberly Forsyth – Miss Arkansas USA 2006
- Madison Hildebrand – Star of Bravo Channel's "Million Dollar Listing"
- Darby Hinton – Actor, Daniel Boone
- Adam Housley – Fox News Channel Los Angeles correspondent, former Milwaukee Brewers and Detroit Tigers baseball player
- Kelly Hu – Miss Teen USA 1985 and Actress
- Ashley Jones – American actress
- Montell Jordan – R&B recording artist famous for his hit 1990s single, "This is How We Do It"
- Marlene King – Television writer, creator of Pretty Little Liars
- Lisa-Marie Kohrs – Miss World 2009 USA contestant
- Rob Moore – Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures
- Shana Morrison – Singer/Songwriter
- Tahj Mowry – Television actor best known for his role on the WB's Smart Guy
- Tia Mowry – Television actress best known for her role on ABC and The WB sitcom Sister, Sister and the BET's The Game
- Tamera Mowry – Television actress best known for her role on ABC and The WB sitcom Sister, Sister and Lifetime Television's Strong Medicine
- Brandy Norwood – R&B artist and television actress best known for her role on the UPN sitcom Moesha
- Eric Christian Olsen – American actor
- Mike Richards (television personality) – Executive producer, The Price is Right and Let's Make a Deal
- Meredith Salenger – actress
- Francesca Smith – Voice-actress best known for her role as Helga Pataki on Hey Arnold!
- George Schlatter – Emmy-winning American television producer and director, best known for Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
- Matt "Money" Smith – Southern California sports radio personality
- Clayton Snyder – Actor, on sitcom Lizzie McGuire
- JesseRay Vasquez – Cast Member & Designer on NBC "Fashion Star (Season 2)"
- David N. Weiss – Screenwriter, The Rugrats Movie, Shrek 2 and The Smurfs
- Adam Housley (B.A. 1994) -National Correspondent Fox News Channel, Emmy Winner
- Michelle Fields (B.A., 2011) – Political Reporter
- Anna Song (B.A., 1999) – KATU investigative reporter, weekend anchor (1999–present), 2007 Emmy for Human Interest News Series, 2007 Regional Edward R. Murrow award for investigative reporting.
- Bill Weir – Co-anchor of ABC News Nightline
- Joel Widzer (B.S., 1986) Author and Correspondent MSNBC
- Eric Perkins KARE 11 Sports Anchor
Politics and government
- André Birotte Jr., (J.D., 1991) – United States Attorney for the Central District of California
- Rod Blagojevich (J.D., 1983) – Former Governor of Illinois, 2003–2009
- Jeffrey S. Boyd, (J.D., 1991) – Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, 2012 – present; Former Editor-in-Chief of the Pepperdine Law Review
- Henry Burns, (M.A., 1975) – Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives since January 14, 2008
- Talis Colberg (J.D., 1983) – Attorney General, State of Alaska
- Jennifer A. Dorsey, (J.D., 1994) – Nevada attorney and a current nominee for United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Nevada
- James Hahn (J.D., 1975) – Los Angeles Mayor, 2001–2005
- Janice Hahn – U.S. Congresswoman from California, since July 19, 2011
- Theodore Kanavas – Wisconsin State Senate, 2001 – 2010
- Joel Kleefisch (B.A., 1993), Wisconsin State Assembly, 2004–present
- Jami Miscik (1980) – Director of the Office of International Affairs, CIA
- Bernard C. Parks – Los Angeles City Councilman, 8th District, former Los Angeles Police Chief
- Todd Russell Platts (J.D., 1991) – U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania, 2001–Present
- Amb. Pierre-Richard Prosper (J.D., 1989) – United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues
- Robin Sax (J.D., 1997) – Author, legal analyst, victim advocate, former prosecutor for Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
- Arthur K. Snyder, Los Angeles City Council member, 1967–85
- Michelle Park Steel – Board Member, California Board of Equalization, 2006–Present
- Brian K. Tester (J.D., 1990) – United States Bankruptcy Judge, District of Puerto Rico
- Chris DeRose (author), 2004 – Author, law professor, and political strategist
- Alex Acker (2005) – professional basketball player (2005–06; 2008–09 Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers)
- Brandon Armstrong (2001) – former professional basketball player (2001–04; New Jersey Nets)
- Sarah Attar – Olympic 800 m runner
- Dain Blanton (1994) – 2000 Olympic gold medalist in beach volleyball
- Ricardo Brown (1980) – basketball player drafted in 1979 by Houston Rockets; Southern California Player of the Year in 1979; played professional basketball in the Philippine Basketball Association (1983–90); member of PBA Hall of Fame (2009) and Pepperdine University Hall of Fame (1995)
- Richard Cho – former General Manager of Portland Trail Blazers.
- Doug Christie (1992) – retired professional basketball player (1992–2007; Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Sacramento Kings, Orlando Magic, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Clippers)
- Gabriel Crecion (2011 MBA) - former professional football player San Francisco 49ers
- Bob Ctvrtlik (1985) – 1988 Olympic gold medal volleyball team member, member of International Olympic Committee
- Yakhouba Diawara (2005) – power forward for the Miami Heat
- Barry Enright (2007) – pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
- Jim Everett – former NFL QB. Received his MBA from Pepperdine.
- Mike Fetters – former professional baseball player (1989–2004; California Angels, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Arizona Diamondbacks and Minnesota Twins)
- Greg Genske – sports agent
- Brad Gilbert (1982) – former professional tour tennis player; prominent coach, of Andre Agassi's, Andy Murray
- Jason Gore (2000) – professional golfer
- Dan Haren – professional baseball player; 2007 A.L. All Star Starting Pitcher (Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim)
- Ginger Helgeson-Nielsen – former professional tennis player who holds the all-time match winning percentage at Pepperdine
- Kim Hill (2013) - USA Volleyball Team
- Adam Housley (1994) – former professional minor league baseball player. Drafted by the Montreal Expos
- Katherine Hull (2003) – professional golfer
- Daniel Johnson (2008) – professional basketball player (Adelaide 36ers, Australasian NBL)
- Dennis Johnson (1976) – former professional basketball player (1977–90; Seattle SuperSonics, Phoenix Suns and Boston Celtics)
- Chad Kreuter – former professional baseball player (1988–2003; Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers, Seattle Mariners, Chicago White Sox, Anaheim Angels, Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Dodgers)
- Jennifer Lacy – professional basketball player Phoenix Mercury and Atlanta Dream
- Martin Laurendeau – former professional tour tennis player
- Mike Leach – Head football coach at Texas Tech 2000–2009 and Washington State 2012–
- Noah Lowry – professional baseball player (San Francisco Giants)
- Glenn Michibata – former professional tour tennis player
- Tim Montez (1984) – college baseball coach of Jacksonville
- Merrill Moses (2000) – water polo goalie for USA national team (2008 Olympic silver medalist)
- David Newhan – professional baseball player (Houston Astros)
- Will Ohman – professional baseball player (Los Angeles Dodgers)
- Rob Picciolo – former professional baseball player (1977–85; Oakland Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers and California Angels)
- Steve Rodriguez, major league infielder for the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers, and a player and head coach for the Waves baseball team.
- Sean Rooney (2004) – USA men's national volleyball team (2008 gold medalist).
- Dane Sardinha – professional baseball player (Detroit Tigers).
- Mike Scott – former professional baseball player (1979–91; New York Mets and Houston Astros) and winner of the 1986 NL Cy Young Award
- Jesse Smith – USA men's water polo Olympic team 2000, 2004, 2008 (2008 Olympic silver medalist).
- Andy Stankiewicz – former professional baseball player (1992–98; New York Yankees, Houston Astros, Montreal Expos and Arizona Diamondbacks)
- Andrew Sznajder – former professional tour tennis player
- Malcolm Thomas – professional basketball player for Utah Jazz
- Derek Wallace – former professional baseball player (1996–99; New York Mets and Kansas City Royals)
- Robbie Weiss – former professional tennis player
- Randy Wolf – professional baseball player
- Danny Worth – professional baseball player (Detroit Tigers)
- Michael Crooke, assistant professor of strategy, founding and lead professor of the Socially, Environmentally, and Ethically Responsible (SEER) Certificate program, Graziadio School of Business and Management, former Navy SEAL, CEO of Patagonia, Inc. (1999-2006)
- Craig Detweiler, director, Center for Entertainment, Media, and Culture
- Allen Fox (born 1939), tennis player (ranked as high as # 4) and coach
- Bruce Herschensohn (born 1932), senior fellow School of Public Policy
- Christopher Parkening, distinguished professor of music
- Kenneth Starr, former law school dean
- Ben Stein, law professor (1990–97)
- L. Timothy Perrin, former law school vice dean (2007-2012), current president of sister school Lubbock Christian University
Battle of the Network Stars
From 1976 to 1988 Battle of the Network Stars, which was a series of competitions where television stars from ABC, CBS, and NBC would compete In various sporting events, was filmed on the Pepperdine University campus.
Zoey 101 is an American comedy television series that ran on Nickelodeon from January 9, 2005 to May 2, 2008. Zoey 101 was filmed on the Pepperdine University campus, which was referred to as the PCA (Pacific Coast Academy) in the show.
Rankings and reputation
The Princeton Review ranked Pepperdine on the list of colleges with "Dorms Like Palaces" in 2004 and 2007 and #1 under "Most Beautiful Campus" in 2006 and 2007. Pepperdine also appeared on other lists including "Students Pray on a Regular Basis" and "High Quality of Life." Because of its Christian affiliation, some contend that the student body breeds a religious and politically conservative atmosphere. Princeton Review also ranked Pepperdine University #13 in its list "Alternative Lifestyles not an Alternative". In 2007 Pepperdine was named as "One of the Top Producing Colleges and Universities" by the Peace Corps of America. The 2005 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges has also noted Pepperdine as being one of the nation's largest conservative colleges. U.S. News & World Report (see “Pepperdine at Glance” in the external links section) has ranked Pepperdine as the 53rd best national university for undergraduate education. It is also ranked one of the 10 worst party schools in the country.
The School of Law placed 54th among the nation's "Top 100" law schools by the 2014 U.S. News and World Report rankings and is the third highest ranked law school in Southern California. It is known for its entertainment law, and also its dispute resolution program, which is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation.
In 2010, US News ranked Pepperdine's business school tied with Santa Clara University at 82 in America. It ranked its part-time program 9th best in California. Forbes magazine has ranked the Graziadio School's Fully Employed MBA programs in the world's Top 20 based on ROI. In 2008, the magazine In Tune for music educators named Pepperdine one of the 38 best music schools in the United States. In 2009, the Sustainable Endowments Institute awarded Pepperdine a "C" for its sustainability efforts in the annual College Sustainability Report Card.
The Nickelodeon series, Zoey 101 was shot on Pepperdine's Malibu campus. Pepperdine signs were covered with trendy, purple signs reading "Pacific Coast Academy", the name of the boarding school attended by the students on the show.
In 2012, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni included Pepperdine in its What Will They Learn? study, which is an annual evaluation system of colleges and universities. The report assigns a letter grade to 1,070 universities based on how many of the following seven core subjects are required: composition, literature, foreign language, American history, economics, mathematics and science. Pepperdine was one of 21 schools to receive an "A" grade, which is assigned to schools that include at least six of the seven designated subjects in their core curriculum.
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