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Pepperdine University is a Christian liberal arts university founded in Los Angeles in 1937 during the Great Depression by George Pepperdine. Pepperdine, who had made his fortune in auto parts, wanted to give back to the community and especially young people. The university was the result.
In 1972 Pepperdine moved from its Downtown Los Angeles location to a large tract of land in the cliffs above Malibu.
The school has continued to grow in reputation, especially its Pepperdine University School of Law and the Graziadio Graduate School of Business.
The university is set on 830 acres in the hills of Malibu and is ringed by a large greenbelt to protect the campus from the frequent wildfires. The school welcomes visitors and offers campus tours throughout the year with proper notification.