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.”

Overview

Applicants
8,914
Acceptance Rate
35%
Average HS GPA
3.61

GPA Breakdown

42%
Over 3.75
26%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
11%
3.00 - 3.24
3%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
550 - 650
SAT Math
570 - 680
ACT Composite
25 - 30

Deadlines


Regular
January 5

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Non-Academic

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

Overall

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.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
709
with Terminal Degree
526

402
Men
307
Women
127
Minority

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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
89%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

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

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
84
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$32,949

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$37,394

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,460

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$31,884

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
60%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$33,456

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College Aid Gift
Need-Based Federal Pell Grant
Need-Based Private Sch Grant
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Sch Grant
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

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)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

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.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,451
Out of State
41%

International
10%
Foreign Countries Represented
54

Demographics

6.63%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
14.72%
Hispanic
14.24%
Caucasian
4.71%
Unknown
9.81%
International

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

Overview

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.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
54%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
93
First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
74

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Female
Dorms Male

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
50
Number of Honor Societies
5

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
8

18% join a fraternity
31% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Waves)
7 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Tennis
Volleyball
Water Polo
Women's Sports (Waves)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

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

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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
13

Average Number of PC's per Lab
18

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell, CDW-G

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

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

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Laura Kalinkewicz
Director of Admission

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

Phone
(310) 506-4392

Email
admission-seaver@pepperdine.edu

Experience College Life

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

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

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
8am-5pm
(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
No

Information Sessions
Available

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

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
steve.potts@pepperdine.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

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.
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Key Stats

8,914
Applicants
3,451
Size
35%
Acceptance Rate
1220
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists

#17