Pepperdine University

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24255 Pacific Coast Highway

Malibu, CA 90263

Phone: (310) 506-4000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Jan. 5
application deadline

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#57 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. National Universities

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Pepperdine University is a private institution that was founded in 1937. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,488, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 830 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Pepperdine University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 57. Its tuition and fees are $44,902 (2013-14).

Squeezed in among the Santa Monica Mountain foothills, Pepperdine University is a Christian college known for its picturesque location in Malibu, Calif. 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. Outside of church, the school’s sports teams, the Pepperdine Waves, compete in the Division I West Coast Conference. 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.

In addition to its main campus in Malibu, Pepperdine University offers graduate courses at California campuses in Los Angeles, Irvine, Santa Clara, Encino and Westlake Village. The school also has facilities in Germany, England, Italy, Switzerland, Argentina and Washington, D.C. Beverly Hills is 24 miles away and Disneyland is 54 miles away from Pepperdine’s Malibu campus. Los Angeles is about an hour’s drive away. The school has graduated dozens of top athletes, including baseball player Randy Wolf, golfer Jason Allred, basketball player Alex Acker and beach volleyball Olympic medalist Nicole Sanderson, among its many notable alumni.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Pepperdine is a Christian university committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership. The University is located on 830 acres in the Santa Monica Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu, California. The University is recognized nationally for its excellent academic programs and enrolls approximately 7,500 full-time and part-time students in its five colleges and schools. With a full-time faculty of 400 professors and scholars, Pepperdine offers bachelor, master and doctoral studies in a wide range of disciplines. Pepperdine has achieved a preeminent position with regard to its international campuses in Heidelberg, Germany; London, England; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Lausanne, Switzerland; Florence, Italy and Shanghai, China. Additionally, undergraduate and graduate programs are offered through educational alliances with world-class institutions of higher learning throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and Latin America. More than fifty percent of undergraduate students spend a semester or more abroad in international programs.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1937
Religious affiliation Church of Christ
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $607,953,000


When applying to Pepperdine University, it's important to note the application deadline is January 5. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 5. The application fee at Pepperdine University is $65. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 38.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 38.5%
Application deadline January 5
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 5

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Pepperdine University is 13:1, and the school has 68.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Pepperdine University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Social Sciences; Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 90.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 73%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 28%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 18%
Social Sciences 12%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 7%
Psychology 6%

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Student Life

Pepperdine University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,488, with a gender distribution of 42.8 percent male students and 57.2 percent female students. At this school, 58 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 42 percent of students live off campus. Pepperdine University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 7,319
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Pepperdine University offers a number of student services including health service and health insurance. Pepperdine University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Pepperdine University, 82 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Pepperdine University.

Students who have cars on campus 82%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Pepperdine University, 56.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $40,961.

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Tuition and fees $44,902 (2013-14)
Room and board $12,890 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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