Pepperdine University.

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA4 year degree
Acceptance rate

About Pepperdine University

Pepperdine University () is a private research university affiliated with the Churches of Christ whose main campus is located near Malibu, California. Founded by entrepreneur George Pepperdine in South Los Angeles in 1937, the school expanded to Malibu in 1972. Courses are now taught at a main Malibu campus, six graduate campuses in Southern California, a center in Washington, D.C., and international campuses in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Shanghai, China; London, United Kingdom; Heidelberg, Germany; Florence, Italy; and Lausanne, Switzerland. The university is composed of one undergraduate school (Seaver College) and four graduate schools: the Caruso School of Law, the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, the Graziadio Business School, and the School of Public Policy.


  • Offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 3,594 students
  • 0.53 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at Pepperdine University

Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Biology, Accounting, Finance, International Business, Journalism, Advertising, Mathematics, and Education.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

4,664 students out of 11,704 applicants were accepted into Pepperdine University. They had an average SAT score of 1319. 60% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 57% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Pepperdine University was $51,992. After taking into account the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for students was $70,862.

Financial aid available at Pepperdine University

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

76% of undergraduate students at Pepperdine University received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at Pepperdine University

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Pepperdine University was of $14,870 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,500.

Diversity at Pepperdine University

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017