Pepperdine University

24255 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA

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Pepperdine University, a nonprofit private institution, offers an assortment of educational opportunities, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Malibu, CA, it resides in a rural setting for students to study in. The Churches of Christ affiliation at the school is an important part of the history, education and mission that defines the school. Enrollment at Pepperdine University exceeds 7,600 annually.

Students may select from many areas of study, including:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Psychology
  • Education

Students applying for admission are generally asked to submit an application, transcripts, records, test scores and any requested personal statements, which will then be reviewed by admissions staff. The majority of students at this school scored in a range of 1660 to 1990 on the SAT exam. 32% of those students that apply are admitted to Pepperdine University, of which 23 percent choose to enroll. More information regarding admissions can be found at

Tuition is approximately $45,000 annually, though it may change based on any number of circumstances. Students should check the school's tuition calculator to find what your personalized cost of attendance would be. School housing is available on-campus for students. The annual cost of housing is around $10,000. This school may offer financial aid for students that are eligible as scholarships, grants, and loans.

The mascot for Pepperdine University is the "Waves", and they participate in intercollegiate sports through oversight by the NCAA. Athletic programs offered may include:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Golf (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Soccer (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Swimming (NCAA Division I-AAA)

Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may give an overview of the applicants Pepperdine University accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college or dual credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Pepperdine University has a total student population of about 7,600. The enrollment breakdown by academic level is 10% enrolling as graduate students and 46% as undergraduate students.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • The estimated tuition range is around $48,000-$58,000 per year
  • Per unit charges are around $1,700 for part time students

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid81%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships76%$29,761
Receiving Student Loans45%$7,722

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, Pepperdine University may offer services like those listed below:

  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Work study style employment
  • Assisting students to find work

Graduation Rates

Pepperdine University has a very high graduation rate when compared to similar schools nearby.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years70%
Graduating in 5 Years9%
Graduating in 6 Years0.9%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) Program
  • Dietetics Program
  • Law Program (more info)
  • Music Program (more info)

Intercollegiate Athletics

Pepperdine University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division I-AAA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (West Coast Conference)
  • Basketball (West Coast Conference)
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field, Outdoor
  • Track and Field, X-Country
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences


English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Foreign Languages and Literature


Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Social Sciences

Theology and Religious Vocations

Visual and Performing Arts

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Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2010-2016. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact Pepperdine University for official up-to-date information.

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