Pepperdine University 2003 Annual Report A Heritage of Faith
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The Year in Review
The Heritage Continues: University Achievements

With the opening in October 2002 of the new Center for Communication and Business, Pepperdine now boasts one of Southern California's most technologically advanced educational facilities. The new center is home to the two largest undergraduate divisions within Seaver College and serves nearly all of the University's undergraduate students. It contains more than sixty view offices and sixteen hi-tech classrooms. Other residents include the Department of Public Safety, The Graphic student newspaper, the telecommunication production studio, and the radio station.

In 2003 the Graziadio School expanded its class offerings with a new graduate campus in Pasadena. The response of the San Gabriel Valley communities has been positive, and the space will be increased in January 2004. A new ethics certificate program was first offered to the business community at the Pasadena campus.

West Los Angeles Graduate CampusIn an effort to meet the growing needs of its graduate and undergraduate students and faculty, Pepperdine announced the relocation of the headquarters for the Graziadio School of Business and Management and the Graduate School of Education and Psychology to the new 112,466-square-foot West Los Angeles Graduate Campus at the Howard Hughes Center, near LAX. The move will be completed in time for the start of classes in January 2004.

All five schools that comprise Pepperdine University met or surpassed their enrollment goals. Moreover, because of increased applications numbers, the schools were able to be more selective, resulting in some of the best qualified incoming classes in Pepperdine history. In addition to incoming students with high test scores and good experience,
the diversity of the classes this year is broader than ever before.

The University was again ranked in the top quartile among 248 "national universities-doctoral" in the 2004 edition of the US News & World Report annual rankings. For the past several years, the University has taken its place among the nation's most respected and honored universities. Pepperdine was also named one of the Top 100 U.S. Colleges and Universities for entrepreneurs in the April 2003 issue of Entrepreneur magazine. Out of over 700 entrepreneurship programs evaluated, Pepperdine was recognized as being among the best.

Pepperdine's Graziadio School of Business and Management was ranked in the Top 25 by US News & World Report for its fully employed MBA and Executive MBA programs. The report also ranked the Graziadio School, over all, among the best business schools in the nation.