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Pepperdine University Overview

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

What Is Pepperdine University Known For?

943 Undergraduate Awards
$51,318 Avg Cost After Aid
40% Acceptance Rate
  • Students who want to work more closely with their professors have an easier time at Pepperdine since the student to facuty ratio is 10 to 1.
  • The student loan default rate at Pepperdine is 1%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Pepperdine.
  • In 2017-2018, 60% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Pepperdine makes roughly $65,500 a year. This is 61% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • On average, it takes about 4.1 years for students from Pepperdine to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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Pepperdine University Rankings

According to our 2021 analysis, Pepperdine is ranked #372 out of 2,320 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. It is also ranked #33 out of 220 schools in California.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Pepperdine has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#145 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#147 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Pepperdine.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#13 Most Popular Mathematics & Statistics Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Most Popular Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#24 Best Public Relations & Advertising Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Best Instructional Media Design Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#30 Best Communication & Media Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#42 Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#44 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#47 Most Popular Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#49 Best Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#130 Best Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Pepperdine has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#3 Best Colleges for Public Relations & Advertising College Factual
#9 Best Colleges for Business Administration & Management College Factual
#54 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#58 Best Business Bachelor’s Degree Schools Business Degree Central
#61 Best Colleges for Psychology College Factual

Where Is Pepperdine University?

Location of Pepperdine University

Contact details for Pepperdine are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 24255 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90263
Phone: 310-506-4000
Website: www.pepperdine.edu/

How Do I Get Into Pepperdine?

You can apply to Pepperdine online at: https://seaver.pepperdine.edu/admission/application/undergraduate/

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 required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Pepperdine?

40% Acceptance Rate
62% Of Accepted Are Women
60% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate of Pepperdine University is 40%. While it may not be as selective as some schools, it does screen its applicants very carefully. Do what you can to stand out among others in the pool of applicants!

Approximately 38% of accepted students are men and 62% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 44%, and the acceptance rate for women is 38%.

Average Test Scores

About 60% 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 600 and 690. Math scores were between 600 and 700.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Pepperdine University  ( 600 to 690 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Pepperdine University  ( 600 to 700 )
200
800
Pepperdine received ACT scores from 57% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 26 and 34. Math scores were between 25 and 30. Composite scores were between 26 and 31.

ACT English Scores for Pepperdine University  ( 26 to 34 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for Pepperdine University  ( 25 to 30 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Pepperdine University  ( 26 to 31 )
1
36

Can I Afford Pepperdine University?

$51,318 Net Price
48% Take Out Loans
1.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Pepperdine is $51,318. 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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Pepperdine, approximately 48% of students took out student loans averaging $7,591 a year. That adds up to $30,364 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Pepperdine is 1.4%. 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

3,320 Full-Time Undergraduates
59% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,583 undergraduate students at Pepperdine, with 3,320 being full-time and 263 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Pepperdine

There are also 5,241 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,320 full-time undergraduates at Pepperdine, 41% are male and 59% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Pepperdine

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Pepperdine Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 359
Black or African American 147
Hispanic or Latino 448
White 1,633
International Students 423
Other Races/Ethnicities 310

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

891 Took All Classes Online
891 Took At Least One Class Online
57.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 1 bachelor’s degree and 12 master’s degree programs available online at Pepperdine. In 2017-2018, 891 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.

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This school is the 17th most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Pepperdine

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Pepperdine University was 57.2%. This is the #459 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Pepperdine regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Pepperdine majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business, Management & Marketing 2%
Legal Professions 21%
Legal Research 73%
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 37%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 5%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Pepperdine ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Pepperdine.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Instructional Media Design #13
Education #77
Business Administration & Management #110
Business, Management & Marketing #142

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%.

Pepperdine University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 255 0 537 0 792
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 214 18 232
Law 0 0 0 176 176
Applied Mathematics 0 0 158 0 158
Public Relations & Advertising 127 0 0 0 127
International Business 23 0 97 0 120
General Psychology 65 0 50 0 115
Human Resource Management 0 0 71 0 71
Educational Administration 0 0 10 61 71
Health & Physical Education 64 0 0 0 64
Legal Research 0 0 56 0 56
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 51 0 51
Dispute Resolution 0 0 48 0 48
Economics 43 0 0 0 43
International Studies 38 0 0 0 38
Political Science & Government 37 0 0 0 37
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 25 0 6 0 31
General Biology 30 0 0 0 30
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 28 0 28
Public Policy 0 0 24 0 24
Drama & Theater Arts 19 0 4 0 23
Real Estate 0 0 21 0 21
Journalism 20 0 0 0 20
Communication & Media Studies 15 0 4 0 19
Instructional Media Design 0 0 10 8 18
Teaching English or French 0 0 18 0 18
Liberal Arts General Studies 17 0 0 0 17
Nutrition Science 7 10 0 0 17
General Education 0 0 16 0 16
Writing Studies 16 0 0 0 16
Accounting 14 0 0 0 14
Philosophy 13 0 0 0 13
Mathematics 10 0 0 0 10
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 10 0 0 0 10
Ethnic Studies 9 0 0 0 9
Physics 9 0 0 0 9
Mathematics & Computer Science 8 0 0 0 8
Sociology 8 0 0 0 8
Religious Studies 7 0 0 0 7
Finance & Financial Management 6 0 0 0 6
Teacher Education Subject Specific 6 0 0 0 6
General English Literature 6 0 0 0 6
Romance Languages 6 0 0 0 6
Music 6 0 0 0 6
Area Studies 3 0 2 0 5
History 5 0 0 0 5
Fine & Studio Arts 5 0 0 0 5
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 3 0 0 0 3
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 3 0 0 0 3
Theological & Ministerial Studies 0 0 3 0 3
Natural Sciences 2 0 0 0 2
Chemistry 2 0 0 0 2
Germanic Languages 1 0 0 0 1
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Communication & Journalism (Other) 0 0 0 0 0
Information Technology 0 0 0 0 0
Educational Assessment 0 0 0 0 0
Other Philosophy & Religious Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Arts & Media Management 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 943 10 1,428 263 2,644

References

*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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