Pepperdine University

Malibu, California
4-year Private university


Pepperdine University is a private institution established in 1937 with suburban setting located at Malibu. It is ranked 46 in National Universities in 2018 edition of Best Colleges. It practices semester-based academic calendar.The school upholds the New Testament-based traditions of the Churches of Christ. Students must attend 14 spiritual events a semester and take at least three religion courses during their time at Pepperdine. There is a Church of Christ on campus, as well as a handful of student-led ministries. Students can also play club sports, such as lacrosse and a triathlon group, and a variety of intramural sports, from dodgeball to beach volleyball. Freshmen and sophomores must live in university housing on the dry campus, and student spiritual life leaders live in each residence hall. About 25 percent of students are active in more than a dozen sororities and fraternities, though there is no official Greek housing on campus.

#46 in National Universities
Location Malibu, California
Type 4-year Private
Year Founded 1937
Selectivity Moderate
Size Small
3,604 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services
    Program offered through an exclusively distance-education program
  • Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • Education
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
  • History
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies
  • Philosophy And Religious Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual And Performing Arts


Cost of Attendance
Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $53,932
Outstate Tuition Fee $53,932
Room and Board Fees $15,320
$61,100 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


37% (Moderate Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Difficult
$65 Application Fee
Application Fee Waiver Available
3.59 Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Required
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Recommended
SAT Subject Test Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement Required
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp
Apply College's Own Application Portal

For International Students

95 Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Required
IELTS Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of TOEFL)
TOEFL Waived if

First language is English or, completed four or more years at a regionally accredited English taught institution

Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Regular Decision Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$39,938 Average Financial Aid
Need-based Aid available for International Students

Need-based Aid

$37,244 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $73,002
100% Students with need received Financial Aid
74% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application February 15
Forms to be submitted FAFSA

Merit Scholarships

Blanche E. Seaver Scholarship
Total Worth $36,000 per year
Eligibility Freshmen entering spring semester
Minimum Criteria --
Requirement for maintenance 3.25 Pepperdine cumulative GPA
Separate application needed No
Application deadline N/A
Regents Scholarship
Total Worth $30,000 per year
Eligibility Freshmen entering spring semester
Minimum Criteria --
Requirement for maintenance 3.25 Pepperdine cumulative GPA
Separate application needed No
Application deadline N/A
George Pepperdine Achievement award
Total Worth --
Eligibility All entering freshmen
Minimum Criteria --
Requirement for maintenance Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and Satisfactory Academic Progress
Separate application needed No
Application deadline N/A

Other Scholarships

The Lydia Hayne Scholarship Fund
Total Worth Full tuition, room, and board
Details For Citizen of a country in Africa
Diane and Guilford Glazer Scholarship
Total Worth $5,000 pre year
Details For students interested in the study of Judaism and Jewish-Christian relations


3,604 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Small
90% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
80% Students graduate within 6 years