1,127 reviews
  1. Malibu, CA
  2. 4 Year
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
    A
Pepperdine University is ...
Private not-for-profit, Restorationist
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
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
35%
SAT Scores Range
1120-1330
ACT Scores Range
25-30
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Will You Get In?

Test Scores and GPA for Pepperdine University

Cost

Net Price
$27,644/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $18,984/ year
  • $30-48k
    $15,979/ year
  • $49-75k
    $22,855/ year
  • $76-110k
    $26,070/ year
  • $110k+
    $35,477/ year

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
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

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,129Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
20%
Varsity Athletes
8%
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
99%
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 Pepperdine University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$61,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
84%
National
47%
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

Pepperdine University Reviews

1,127 reviews
All Categories
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!
Pepperdine University has truly provided me with an amazing home. The people here are genuine and the academics are just the right amount of "tough". The campus is beautiful but small, so it is necessary to get off-campus every once in awhile, especially since there is so much to explore just half-an-hour away in L.A.! But the best part about Pepperdine is the incredibly genuine community. The people are welcoming and loving. It is small school so the community is very tight knit.
I honesty fell in love with the campus! It has such an amazing view of the ocean and you get the best of both worlds when it comes to nature and to the city life - Los Angeles and Santa Monica are not that far from campus. I do recommend that if you do plan to come, consider getting a car since a car is the only way you can get around during the weekends. Teachers are amazing, they take the time to get to know you and make sure you understand the material as well.