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Pepperdine University

Pepperdine University
City: Malibu, California
Type: private
Sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track, volleyball, water polo[1]
Colors: orange, blue
Mascot: Waves

Pepperdine University is a California Christian private university (affiliated with the Church of Christ) founded in 1937.[2] The school ranked #54 in US News's 2008 "National Universities: Top Schools" list.[3]

It is best known for its location on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.

Conservative commentator and actor Ben Stein has taught at Pepperdine. Ken Starr also was the law school dean prior to taking over as President of Baylor University.


George Pepperdine, noticing an alarming number of Christians who lose their faith after going on to higher education, set out to create a school that would provide an education taught by teachers who shared his faith and would support their students through their faith.[2] On September 21, 1937, the school opened as George Pepperdine College.[2]

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. The great difference between this college and other colleges is that we are endeavoring to place adequate emphasis and greater stress upon religious teaching and Christian character.

—George Pepperdine addressed the students, [2]


Pepperdine is a member of the West Coast Conference, one of only two members not affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church.

The university as had great success in Division 1 men's volleyball and men's tennis, they have obtained 5 titles in each sport.[4]

See also


  1. Pepperdine Athletics (English). Pepperdine University.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 About Pepperdine University (English). Pepperdine University.
  3. National Universities: Top Schools (English). US News.
  4. Pepperdine Facts (English). Pepperdine University.