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Pepperdine University Overview

Located in Malibu, California, Pepperdine University is a private not-for-profit institution. Pepperdine is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

What Is Pepperdine University Known For?

0 Undergraduate Awards
$51,945 Avg Cost After Aid
53% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Pepperdine have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 1%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at Pepperdine.
  • For the <nil> academic year, 46% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Pepperdine makes roughly $78,224 a year. This is 92% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • It takes the average Pepperdine student 4.1 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

Where Is Pepperdine University?


Contact details for Pepperdine are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 24255 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90263
Phone: 310-506-4000

How Do I Get Into Pepperdine?

You can apply to Pepperdine online at:

Admission Requirements for Pepperdine

Submission Required?
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript Required
College Prep Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
SAT or ACT Scores Considered but not required
TOEFL Required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Pepperdine?

53% Acceptance Rate
65% Of Accepted Are Women
19% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 53%, Pepperdine does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 35% of accepted students are men and 65% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 52%, and the acceptance rate for women is 53%.

Average Test Scores

About 19% of students accepted to Pepperdine submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 630 and 710. Math scores were between 630 and 730.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Pepperdine University  ( 630 to 710 )

SAT Math Scores for Pepperdine University  ( 630 to 730 )
Pepperdine received ACT scores from 3% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 24 and 33. Math scores were between 23 and 29. Composite scores were between 25 and 30.

ACT English Scores for Pepperdine University  ( 24 to 33 )
ACT Math Scores for Pepperdine University  ( 23 to 29 )
ACT Composite Scores for Pepperdine University  ( 25 to 30 )

Can I Afford Pepperdine University?

$51,945 Net Price
41% Take Out Loans
0.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Pepperdine is $51,945. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Pepperdine, approximately 41% of students took out student loans averaging $7,724 a year. That adds up to $30,896 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Pepperdine is 0.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Pepperdine University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,427 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,708 undergraduate students at Pepperdine, with 3,427 being full-time and 281 being part-time.


There are also 6,738 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,427 full-time undergraduates at Pepperdine, 42% are male and 58% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Pepperdine University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 456
Black or African American 153
Hispanic or Latino 577
White 1,608
International Students 309
Other Races/Ethnicities 324

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at Pepperdine University. At this time, 39 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 90 countries are represented at Pepperdine. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Saudi Arabia, and Indonesia.

Online Learning at Pepperdine University

3,015 Took All Classes Online
3,749 Took At Least One Class Online
181.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2020-2021, 3,749 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Pepperdine has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 107th most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2020-2021.

Online Growth Rankings of Pepperdine

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Pepperdine University was 181.5%. This is the #298 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at Pepperdine regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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