Pepperdine University campus


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
550 - 650
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
570 - 680
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
560 - 660
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
25 - 30


January 5

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Extracurricular Activities
Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities
Religious Affiliation / Commitment

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • European Studies/Civilization
  • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
  • Latin American Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
  • Business/Corporate Communications
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Finance, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Marketing, Other
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Advertising
  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Communication, General
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
  • International and Intercultural Communication
  • Journalism
  • Journalism, Other
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Organizational Communication, General
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, other any instructional program in organizational communication, public relations, and advertising not listed above
  • Public Relations/Image Management
  • Radio and Television
  • Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer and Information Sciences,Other

  • Education

  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • History Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Leisure and Recreational Activities

  • Art
  • Music
  • Theatre/Theater

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General
  • Mathematics, Other

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • International/Global Studies
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Natural Sciences
  • Nutrition Sciences

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
  • Philosophy, Other
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Religion/Religious Studies, Other

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General
  • Physics, Other

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General
  • Psychology, Other

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • Economics, Other
  • International Economics
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Acting
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Directing and Theatrical Production
  • Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Music, Other
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology

Students Say

A small private college overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Pepperdine is an “amazingly beautiful” place to get an education. With about 3,500 undergraduates and an excellent teacher/student ratio, Pepperdine and its “smaller class sizes make it beyond easy to form personal yet academic relationships with your professors.” Although “academics are quite challenging,” professors “take their role as a mentor seriously. They invite classes over for meals, meet students for coffee, and are eager to help you move in the direction of your dreams.” While universally supportive, professors get mixed reviews regarding the ability to keep your attention: Some professors “are very lively and exciting, while some are boring and you would rather take a nap.” Career and internship opportunities naturally grow out of the school’s prime location, strong alumni network, and regional ties. “Professors are well-connected with both corporations and the surrounding community,” and there are “endless internship and volunteer opportunities” in the region. Plus, “Pepperdine’s International Program is consistently ranked as one of the best,” offering “programs in Florence, London, Shanghai, Buenos Aires…the list goes on! Anyone who is looking forward to studying abroad should definitely look into our programs.” Pepperdine is affiliated with the Church of Christ, and Christian values are “prevalent but not overwhelming” in academic curriculum; all students, regardless of their background, are required to attend the “mandatory Convocation program”—a series of chapels, Bible studies, and speakers, designed to promote spirituality. While there’s a conservative slant among the higher-ups, Pepperdine’s administration is “much more moderate than what you would find at other small, Christian schools.”



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Bill Weir (BA '90)
coanchor, Good Morning America

Jessica Rivera (BA '96)
Grammy-winning opera soprano

Terry Schroeder (BS '81)
Olympic athlete, 2008 U.S. national team coach, water polo

Jason Gore (BA '00)
professional golfer, PGA Tour winner

Bob Ctvrtlik (BS '85)
Olympic Gold Medalist; vice president international, U.S. Olympic Committee

Marylyn & Neil Clark (BA '56) Warren
cofounders, eHarmony

Felipe Fuentes (MBA '04)
assemblyperson, State of California

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary

Median Mid-Career Salary

Alumni with High Job Meaning

Return on Education (ROE) rating

Students Say

According to, 46 percent of Pepperdine graduates consider their careers vital to making the world a better place. The average starting salary for a Pepperdine graduate is $44,800 and popular jobs include human resources director, communications manager, and financial analyst. In terms of majors, the most popular include Business Administration, Communication, and Political Science. Pepperdine “is focused on helping you discover a career that you will love not only love but be able to become successful in,” according to one Public Relations major. While the school helps “developing students to do well in their careers,” it also emphasizes “serving the community.” With offerings like Career Fair—in both the spring and fall semesters—the Career Center offers students, alumni, and prospective employers search for and post job and internship opportunities. Students can also meet with a career counselor to help tune-up resumes, and register for career and internship events online. Students praise Pepperdine’s “unique opportunities” such as “internships and study abroad” programs all over the world.

Colleges that Create Futures


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 15

Required Forms


Bottom Line

An average year at Pepperdine’s Seaver College costs $60,000, this includes room, board, and required fees. For freshman, the average amount of a scholarship/grant package is $40,000 and the average need-based loan is roughly $5,300. Financial assistance is not available for international students. Pepperdine students will graduate with an average of $30,300 in debt.

Bang For Your Buck

While the school has a reputation for attracting only wealthy students, scholarship opportunities are plentiful and the aid offered is often what seals a prospective student’s decision to attend Pepperdine. On average, the school meets 84 percent of students’ demonstrated financial need. One English major notes that “financial aid awards are generous, as are scholarships for students with [exceptional] high school [GPAs], test scores, and [a demonstrated history of] service work.” Fifty-six percent of undergraduates have borrowed through various loan programs, and the average need-based gift aid for freshman is $37,200 (and roughly $37,100 for other undergraduates). For students in Seaver College, Pepperdine contributed approximately $54 million in university-funded grants and scholarships for undergraduate students during the 2012-2013 academic year, according to the school’s website. Within the business school, several scholarship opportunities exist, from merit-based awards to Bridge Scholarships, which help fill in the monetary gap between the cost of tuition and the family’s contribution.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



59% female
41% male
41% are out of state
91% are full time
9% are part time

Students Say

“Academics, service, athletics, and social events are all a big part of the life of a typical student.” During college, “the typical Pepperdine student is involved in two service projects, spends their spring break building homes in Central America, has huge career goals, is involved in a performing arts group, looks forward to new student orientation all year, and studies abroad as a sophomore.” Pepperdine students are also good about “being healthy and eating well and exercising right.” It can feel “as if all the popular kids across all the different high schools across America convened in Malibu.” However, students tell us “there is a lot more diversity” at Pepperdine today. You get a nice mix of “art majors to the science kids to the surfers to the hardcore studiers to the philosophy majors.” Most students come from “a Christian background whether or not they are religious now,” and some students are strongly religious and conservative. “Finding alternative viewpoints may be tough,” but most students are “fairly open-minded” and “extremely nice.”


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Female
Dorms Male

Students Say

Pepperdine students gloat about their school’s perfect location in Malibu, California, where “there is a 360-degree view of the Pacific Ocean, and students can walk to the beach.” The “campus is surrounded by national parks and beach,” so nature lovers enjoy “countless opportunities for hiking, swimming, running, waterfall jumping, camping, [and] rock-climbing.” “The close proximity to LA, Santa Monica, Hollywood, and the Pacific Coast Highway make it easy for students to find things to do.” Students say that a car is a necessity. Fortunately, “there are enough students with cars to hitch a ride,” if you don’t have your own set of wheels. Alcohol is prohibited at Pepperdine, and “the dry campus policy is strictly enforced.” Therefore, “people have to go off campus to drink and party.” “The people who party can do so without it affecting the people who don’t at all.” While the campus is undeniably dreamy, students would like to see the school “improve is the student health facilities and workout facilities”—as well as provide more student parking.

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

18% join a fraternity
31% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Waves)
7 Sports

Cross Country
Water Polo
Women's Sports (Waves)
9 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: UCLA
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: UCLA, LMU


Located in heavenly Malibu, Pepperdine University has taken Reduce, Reuse, Recycle to heart. Since 1972, the university has conserved millions of gallons of drinking water annually by irrigating over 99 percent of the university’s grounds with recycled water. The university has achieved a 78 percent waste-diversion rate by partnering with Crown Disposal to institute a single-stream recycling program including green and food-waste composting. There are initiatives in place for battery, E-waste and construction waste recycling or reuse. By providing on-campus housing for 52 percent of the students and an additional 8 percent of faculty and staff, fewer people commute each day and the overall carbon footprint is reduced. For those who do commute to the campus, Pepperdine offers a Rideshare program, subsidizes public transport, and operates campus shuttles—the campus has a fleet of twenty electric vehicles. Twenty percent of the university’s energy consumption is derived from renewable sources such as geothermal, wind, solar, and biomass. Faculty members give undergrads, including freshman, the opportunity to get involved with research in areas such as stream habitat restoration, post-fire ecology restoration, and coastal habitat monitoring. An organic community garden provides a platform for teaching organic gardening methods and allows students, faculty, and staff to grow their own organic plants. The SEER certificate in the Graziadio School of Business and Management trains students to understand the complexities of issues such as sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and ethics and how these tie into producing a superior product that generates financial growth. The University maintains over 500 acres of its 830-acre campus in a native state with over 40 acres of native vegetation maintained within the core campus. Given Pepperdine’s impressive record, it’s no surprise that it was here, that Governor Schwarzenegger signed the historic Global Warming Solutions Act, which seeks to bring California’s greenhouse gas emissions down to 1990 levels by 2020.

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2015.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Apple, Dell, CDW-G

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Laura Kalinkewicz
Director of Admission

Office of Admission
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Malibu, CA 90263-4392

(310) 506-4392


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Weisman Art Museum
The Sandbar
Alumni Park
Heroes Garden

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Getty Center Museum
Santa Monica Pier/3rd Street Promenade
Universal City Walk
Dodger Stadium

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
(310) 506-4392

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm on the hour
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Sept-Nov. in locations throughout the U.S.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Los Angeles International Airport is 25 miles from campus. Rental cars, commercial shuttle service, and taxis are available at the airport. For Super Shuttle, call 213-338-1111; for Prime Time Shuttle, call 213-558-1606. Amtrak trains and Greyhound Trailways buses serve Los Angeles.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Take I-10 (Santa Monica Freeway) W. to the end, where it becomes the Pacific Coast Hwy. (California Rte. 1). Continue for 14 miles, turn right onto Malibu Canyon Rd., then turn left onto Seaver Dr., which is the campus entrance. From the Ventura Freeway (U.S. Rte. 101), take the Las Virgenes exit; turn south onto Las Virgenes, which becomes Malibu Canyon Rd., and follow it through the canyon. Turn right onto Seaver Dr., which is the campus entrance.

Local Accommodations
Enjoy sleeping to the sound of the pounding surf at Casa Malibu (22752 Pacific Coast Hwy.; 310-456-2219), a relatively small, moderately priced motel only a mile and a half from campus. The motel has a nice patio overlooking a private beach and rooms have refrigerators. Malibu Beach Inn (22878 Pacific Coast Hwy.; 310-456-6444) is a little closer, about a mile away, but a little more expensive. One budget choice, Goodnight Inn (26557 Agora Rd., Calabasas; 818-880-6000), is about 15 minutes away. A heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi are on the premises, and a restaurant is close by.