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Academics

Pepperdine University is a Christian liberal arts school situated in picturesque Malibu, California. Many students say the “professors are the greatest strength of Pepperdine,” citing “mentorship [and] research collaboration” opportunities thanks to the small classes. Faculty “genuinely care about your individual success, both personally and academically.” One student says that it’s normal for “them to invite students to their homes for dinner or to host a bible study group.” Professors are lauded as “very passionate” and “successful in their field.” Many professors take advantage of Pepperdine’s location with “field trips to the beach, lagoon, waste treatment plant, museums, and organizations in Los Angeles.” The great scenery doesn’t just include California: Pepperdine’s “absolutely fantastic” international programs are a draw for many, sending students to destinations like Argentina, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, England, and China. “The Church of Christ mission is prevalent,” as all undergrads are required to take three religion courses.

Student Body

Pepperdine students rave about their “welcoming,” “caring,” and “tight-knit” community. “Everyone is genuinely interested in how to make the world better and people take up a real interest in each other,” says a student. “Everyone always has a smile on their face” and “in times of crisis the support system is tremendously helpful.” “Even though there is a large group of both the left and right,” one student says this is “the most open-minded student body.” Students find “diverse … personalities and ideas” but say the school would benefit from attracting more students who don’t exactly fit the “Christian, white, conservative,” and affluent background. Students are “taught to live life with purpose, service, and leadership.” Overall there’s a “mix of driven entrepreneurs and chill surfers,” and “you have your partiers and then you have the very religious” students.

Campus Life

Students take pride in their “academically rigorous and beautiful school.” They find Pepperdine’s campus to be “drop dead gorgeous” with an “amazing ocean view.” Its prime location in Southern California means there are plenty of options for activities outside of the classroom: students “surf, hike, [and visit] museums.” Of course, church is prominent here, too. “We are … allowed to freely incorporate our faith into our education,” one student says. The school also features a Convocation Series, although some express concerns about that since it “is required [and] factors into [students’] GPA.” They still find other ways to connect with religious communities, though, often “doing [community] service in an off-campus location” with a religious affiliation. Evenings bring “a lot of events on campus either sponsored by clubs, athletics, [or] the student programming board,” but one thing undergrads would like to see more of is “school spirit at the athletic games.” Pepperdine has a dry campus, so students looking for that kind of nightlife spend “weekends … [taking] trips into LA [or attending] parties off campus.”

Overview

Applicants
11,265
Acceptance Rate
36%
Average HS GPA
3.66

GPA Breakdown

48%
Over 3.75
26%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
6%
3.00 - 3.24
3%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
610 - 690
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
610 - 730
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
26 - 32

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

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

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14:1
Total Faculty
694
with Terminal Degree
523

360
Men
334
Women
133
Minority

Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
73%
Graduate in 5 years
82%
Graduate in 6 years
83%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

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

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Finance, General.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Advertising.
  • Communication, General.
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other.
  • International and Intercultural Communication.
  • Journalism.
  • Organizational Communication, General.
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication.
  • Radio and Television.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Chemistry Teacher Education.
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education.
  • Mathematics Teacher Education.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

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

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Italian Language and Literature.
  • Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

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

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

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

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General.
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.
  • Physical Fitness Technician.
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Economics, General.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

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


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Bill Weir (BA '90)
Anchor/Special Correspondent, CNN

Stefan Holt ('09)
Reporter/Anchor, NBCNewYork

Marylyn ('58) and Neil Clark ('56)
Co-founders, eHarmony

Michelle King (MS '92)
Former Superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District

Julia Hartz ('01)
CEO and Co-founder, Eventbrite

Jason Gore ('00)
Professional Golfer, PGA Tour Winner

Terry Schroeder ('81)
Olympic Athlete

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
73%
Graduate in 5 years
82%
Graduate in 6 years
83%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$37,678

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$38,089

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,156

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
52%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$34,711

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$55,640
Required Fees
$252
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,250

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,000

On-Campus Room and Board
$15,670
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
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

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,627
Foreign Countries Represented
78

Demographics

10.14%
Asian
4.84%
African-American
13.65%
Hispanic
49.13%
Caucasian
2.32%
Unknown
12.85%
International

59% female
41% male
45% are out of state
92% are full time
8% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
57%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Female
Dorms Male

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Office of Student Accessibility

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Sandra Harrison

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
110
Number of Honor Societies
13

Number of Social Sororities
8
Number of Religious Organizations
5

19% join a fraternity
28% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

15% participate in intramural sports
10% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Waves)
8 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Water Polo
Women's Sports (Waves)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Sand Volleyball
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: CSUN, UCLA
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: USC, LMU

Sustainability

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.

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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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell, CDW-G

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Kacey Beltz
Campus Visit Operations Manager

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
Payson Library

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; 10 AM, 1 PM, & 2 PM
Average Length: 2 hours

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
athletics@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.


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