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Pepperdine / General Questions
« on: July 17, 2010, 05:06:58 PM »
It looks like people haven't been posting much on Pepperdine for quite some time, so I'm hoping to drum up some renewed interest :)

Obviously it's a beautiful (and expensive) place, but what is the culture like in Malibu?  Philadelphia is really all I know, and I have a sneaky suspician that it's a little different out west.  Are the people friendly?  How competitive do you think the students are?  Let's say that you have some free time (crazy, I know).  What do you do for fun?  I like the beach, but my skin can only take so many UV rays and I would need some other distraction before long.  Let's say I'm a bartender part-time.  Do you think it's going to be hard to find work?

I know Pepperdine is a religious institution, and I've heard that it can be fairly conservative.  Does it really make a difference?  Would the atmosphere be welcoming (or at least tolerant) of a gay student?  What's the deal with Kevin Starr?  I've heard some colorful opinions of the man.

Is there anything else I should know?  I really have no idea what else to ask because its all very foreign to me.  I know the numbers and all the information on the website.  I'm trying to get a feel for what life is actually like for a Pepperdine student.  Any and all help is very much appreciated!

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Good West Coast schools?
« on: July 17, 2010, 12:02:41 PM »
In a nutshell, I'm looking for recommendations about schools on the West Coast that fit the following criteria:
1.)  Gay-friendly, politically tolerant, and located in either a temperate climate or right on the beach (50-80 degrees is ideal if far from the water). 
2.)  Has a good reputation in the San Francisco Bay Area (where I ultimately want to end up). 

This inquiry is prompted by a few specifics.  Is Golden Gate University really that bad for a safety school?  Pepperdine seems great on paper, but I hear it is very conservative.  Would my moderate-to-liberal views be seen more as helpful discussion or problematic?  Do Pepperdine graduates get hired in San Francisco or do they stick to Los Angeles?  UC-Irvine is a new school, but it has a rock-star of a dean (Erwin Chemerinsky) and one of my personal heroes on the faculty (Elizabeth Loftus).  What is it like?

Any and all help is very much appreciated!   

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