The second campus that I visited on Monday was Seaver College at Pepperdine University. I have wanted to go see the campus of Pepperdine for quite a while now, what with it being on a cliff overlooking the Pacific in Malibu. I remember the first card that I ever got from Pepperdine sophomore year. The post card said "You could be here right now" with a picture of the campus. Living in rainy Washington, I really wished that I could be there. I found that the pictures could not capture how beautiful the campus really is.
Aside from the picturesque location of the campus, I found that I very much liked the school itself. The man who gave my information session was funny and engaging, full of personal stories from his time at Pepperdine that made me say "I want to have moments like those". He shared how Pepperdine's study abroad program is almost unique in the fact that students can choose to spend a full year abroad at a Pepperdine mini campus in locations such as London, Florence, Germany, and other countries. Aside from the stories, I found that Pepperdine gives a lot of opportunities that really interest me. Going through their science building, I found the labs fascinating. There were many labs, each of them equipped with nice, modern equipment, but they were also relatively small. Science students get the chance to work one on one with their professor to actually do their own research in these cozy labs.
Their medical program was very much like the one offered at Point Loma, which means that it is exactly the type of program that I want to be in. Pepperdine allows students to enroll in the program and participate in all of the pre-medicine opportunities that a pre-med major would receive, but also to major in whatever subject that they wanted. I also loved that they were very unabashed about their Christianity. The suit-style living all four years wasn't too bad either. All in all, I found that Pepperdine ties for first with Point Loma, followed by USD and Saint Martin's. My last college trip to Chapman University might make my list an even five!