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  2. Value
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  3. Diversity
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  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
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  8. Location
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  9. Dorms
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  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
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Pepperdine is a highly rated private, Christian university located in California. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,222 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Pepperdine acceptance rate is 37%. Popular majors include Business, Psychology, and Public Relations. Graduating 87% of students, Pepperdine alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $45,300.
About Pepperdine University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
West Coast Conference
Address
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90263
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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
37%
Application Deadline
January 5
SAT Range
1110-1330
ACT Range
26-31
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$39,637/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $21,314/ year
  • $30-48k
    $28,238/ year
  • $49-75k
    $31,258/ year
  • $76-110k
    $33,144/ year
  • $110k+
    $42,892/ year
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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
62%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.74 responses
53%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.74 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,222Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
18%
Varsity Athletes
9%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 53 responses
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  • So blessed
    42%
  • Genuine
    19%
  • Smart with the need to socialize as well as study.
    13%
  • Surface level
    13%
  • Eager to learn.
    6%
  • Well-rounded
    6%
  • Arrogant
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
36%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.86 responses
Poll
70%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.107 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 50 responses
Report
  • Blessed
    52%
  • City on a hill
    20%
  • Enlighten
    14%
  • Superficial
    10%
  • Compassionate
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$61,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
87%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
84%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.45 responses
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Pepperdine University Reviews

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This school has a lot going for it. The views, professors, and academics are top-notch. I've met great friends here, and I've always felt that the classes and professors have benefited me personally and academically. However, beneath the surface level, there is a lot to not be happy about. The school's oppressive alcohol and drug policy seems to come from an administration that refuses to believe that students will ever have a desire to go out drink, smoke, and party. As a result, students who could be in life-endangering circumstances regarding substances are left out in the cold because other students are too afraid to get proper help lest they risk punishment from the university. And if you're non-Christian, LGBT+, etc., you won't find many resources. Pepperdine wants to be a 21st-century school, and a bastion for diversity, but their repressive donors and high-up administrators prevent any actual meaningful progress. But the newest classes of students give me hope!
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I am so glad I chose Pepperdine. The people you meet are truly incredible. There is a great community at Pepperdine, people truly care and there are so many fun things to do in the area. Malibu is the dream, in every sense of the word. Then 2/3's of the sophomore class goes abroad, which will be the best year of your life! Pepperdine's abroad program is the best in the country. You live/travel in a country for a semester/year with your best friends. Pepperdine is making a big effort to create healthy dialogue about racial, sexual, and religious diversity, and gender equality. Pepperdine will really equip you well for the real world because you'll learn so much about yourself, how to be well-rounded, and how to make great connections post-grad.
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!