A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B+
Pepperdine University is ...
Private not-for-profit, Restorationist
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
West Coast Conference
Address
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90263

Pepperdine University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
38%
Application Deadline
January 5
SAT Range
1100-1320
ACT Range
25-30
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No
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Cost

Net Price
$33,721/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $26,351/ year
  • $30-48k
    $21,463/ year
  • $49-75k
    $29,642/ year
  • $76-110k
    $32,815/ year
  • $110k+
    $38,729/ year

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
85%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.68 responses
67%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.69 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.69 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,228Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
15%
Varsity Athletes
9%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 48 responses
Report
  • So blessed
    46%
  • Genuine
    19%
  • Surface level
    15%
  • Smart with the need to socialize as well as study.
    10%
  • Eager to learn.
    6%
  • Well-rounded
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
95%
Poll
37%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.81 responses
Poll
72%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.102 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 45 responses
Report
  • Blessed
    53%
  • City on a hill
    20%
  • Enlighten
    16%
  • Superficial
    7%
  • Compassionate
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$61,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
84%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
84%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.45 responses
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Pepperdine has given me the best four years I could have ever asked for. With small class sizes (avg 15-30), attentive professors and cozy campus, it's the perfect institution for students that prefer a tight-knit community. Most people you meet at Pepperdine are genuine, kind and want to create positive impact in the world.

Academically, it is at times not challenging enough for high-caliber students, but that really depends on the major you choose. Many professors were industry professionals before Professors are usually flexible with due dates and very understanding of students' needs.

The best part of my Pepperdine education was being able to study abroad in Argentina for one academic year. The special thing about Pepperdine's study abroad program is that they have their own campuses instead of placing students in local universities, which has its pros and cons.

Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Pepperdine and am really sad to be graduating soon!
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My experience with Pepperdine University has been fantastic! I am currently a Doctoral Student in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology and feel I am receiving a world class education. My course work is compelling and impactful, and my professors are brilliant and approachable. I believe I fit into the diverse cultural environment. I value the holistic approach to the curriculum and the charge to cultivate the future leaders who can impact the world.
Pepperdine's got a great view, which makes studying there awesome (if you can focus). The campus life is ok, they've got events going on almost every weekend which is nice. The location is both positive and negative. Positive: 5-15 minutes away from the beach, close to Santa Monica! However if you want to go into LA that'll take at least 45min to an hour. Not possible to get around without a car/friend who has a car. From my experience as a science major, the school offers challenging but interesting courses.