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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 is a highly rated private, Christian university located in California. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,336 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Pepperdine acceptance rate is 36%. Popular majors include Business, Public Relations, and Psychology. Graduating 83% of students, Pepperdine alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $47,800.
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90263
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
West Coast Conference

Pepperdine University Rankings

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

Pepperdine Admissions

Acceptance Rate
36%
Application Deadline
January 5
SAT Range
1220-1420
ACT Range
26-32
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$40,941/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$29,921/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
91%

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
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.79 responses
51%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.79 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
1
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
1
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    0%
  • On Campus
    98%
  • Online
    2%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,336Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
291
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
18%
Varsity Athletes
9%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 56 responses
Report
  • So blessed
    41%
  • Genuine
    18%
  • Smart with the need to socialize as well as study.
    14%
  • Surface level
    13%
  • Well-rounded
    7%
  • Eager to learn.
    5%
  • Arrogant
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
37%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.91 responses
Poll
71%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.112 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 55 responses
Report
  • Blessed
    49%
  • City on a hill
    20%
  • Enlighten
    13%
  • Superficial
    9%
  • Compassionate
    4%
  • Caring
    2%
  • Home away from home
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$65,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
83%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
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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I love Pepperdine University! All the professors and staff are very involved in your academic learning. Every professor is very knowledgeable in their field and is always willing to help you if you have any questions.
It has been a wonderful experience. All of the classes get you engaged in the material. I’ve learned so much this past few semesters. Once you attend a few classes you become such a close knit community with your peers. Everyone is helping each other succeed. It is an opportunity for personal and academic growth. The campuses all around Malibu, Encino and West LA are all beautiful. The Malibu campus has an exceptional view! You can study or eat and look out for the breathtaking view of the ocean and sunlight.
You’re overall you’re academic experience is wonderful. Pepperdine upholds really great Christian values that coincides with my religious beliefs.
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Pepperdine is a beautiful school. The staff and students are some of the nicest people I have ever met and it is rare to meet rude people at this Christian university. The housing is very nice especially for freshman. The professors can range from the best to the worst teachers, but for the most part they definitely know what they are teaching, some just do not know how to get others to understand. It is very safe. The only unsafe things that happened my first year were the fires (but Pepperdine was the safest place to be in Malibu in this situation) and the mountain lions (of which I have only seen once, but have been emailed about other reports). Pepperdine is great at keeping its students updated on everything going on in the community and treats its students very nicely, with lots of free In-N-Out and Chick-Fil-A! It is an amazing community to be a part of at Pepperdine and a place where you can feel truly loved and cared about by everyone.
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!