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On Campus Housing
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Pepperdine University is a private not-for-profit university established in 1937 by George Pepperdine. It has its 830-acre Malibu campus located 35 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
Pepperdine University 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. It aims at transforming students' lives to impact and transform their culture and diversity. It intends to be a symbol of integration of faith and learning and be known as a cutting-edge educational institution by growing in knowledge, as well as spirit. It has 5 separate Undergraduate and Graduate schools which offer more than 73 degrees and programs.
The University acceptance rate is 36%.
The university student population is 8,000.
The student-faculty ratio of the university is 12:1.
Pepperdine has six permanent international campuses and additional study and internship programs on six continents.
It holds 11th place in The Princeton Review’s Most Popular Study Abroad Program in the Nation. The Princeton Review also recognizes Pepperdine on its list of Green Colleges and placed at 8th position in most beautiful colleges list.
Pepperdine is also well-known for its athletic programs. Its graduates include 48 Olympians and 6 gold medallists. It has won more than 25 national team and individual championships. Its alumni network has 32 chapters and affinity programs in the U.S. and abroad.
The university offers Master's and Doctorate degree programs online. The programs are designed keeping working professionals in mind but it does not compromise on academic standards. The technology and tools implemented vary for the programs.
Online programs are updated and industry-oriented. There is a strong relationship between student and faculty which enables the students to clear any doubt regarding academics.
The community is open to suggestions and ideas. Nobody imposes their thoughts on the students. There are abundant opportunities for students to learn something new.
Both online and on-campus faculties are well experienced in the respective fields. The workload is reasonable and effective to enjoy work life with academics.
Following are some rankings for Pepperdine University cited by US News & Report:
#24 in Best Colleges for Veterans
#20 in Best Undergraduate Teaching
#43 in Best Value Schools
#96 in Top Performers on Social Mobility
#11 in Study Abroad
The grad schools under the university have also been ranked in 5 programs and 10+ specializations.
Some rankings for its grad schools are mentioned below:
#83 in Best Business Schools (tie)
#74 in Part-time MBA (tie)
#162 in Best Education Schools (tie)
#47 in Best Law Schools (tie)
#3 in Dispute Resolution (tie)
#146 in Clinical Psychology (tie)
#65 in Best Public Affairs Programs (tie)
Pepperdine has also been well-known for its online MBA programs. Some rankings held by the university are:
#47 in Best Online MBA Programs (tie)
#29 in Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans (tie)
#132-#174 in Best Online Master's in Business Programs (Excluding MBA)
Forbes Rankings has granted Pepperdine University the following ranks:
#129-Top Colleges 2019
#97 in Private Colleges
#69 in Research Universities
#27 in The West.
Deadline for application submissions. Please contact the school for more details.
Percentage of applicants who are accepted in an Institution.
1220 - 1420
26 - 32
High School GPA
Accept Common App
Pepperdine's five schools have separate requirements for admission. The admission process is online.
Some basic requirements include your high school transcripts, ACT/SAT scores, letters of recommendation, and some program-specific and school-specific transcripts.
The application fee is $65, and the acceptance rate is as low as 36%. This calls for having a strong academic background and good scores. University also recommends you track the progress of the application process via Pepperdine "App Tracker".
It will reflect the status of submission and approval of application materials by the admission office. The application deadline falls on January 5. To get the contact details of the admissions office, please visit the official site.
Cost of attendance minus any grants and scholarships received.
Average Annual Cost
Books And Supplies
Room And Board
The charges for an academic year for rooming accommodations and meals for a typical student.
Budget For Other Expenses
Total One Year Cost
The net price for studying at Pepperdine comes to around $40,941 on average.
The average annual cost of attendance amounts to nearly $73,000. It includes expenses such as tuition and fees of $53,680, books and supplies of $1,250, other fees of $252, room and boarding of $15,320, and budget for other expenses of $2,500.
In this section we will be looking at more such details and a much more detailed breakdown of these expenses.
Highest Degree Offered
The highest degree offered by the Institution.
Full-Time Retention Rate
Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.
Part-Time Retention Rate
Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.
Research Funding per Student
Evening Degree Programs
Business Administration, Management...
Public Relations, Advertising, and...
Health and Physical Education/Fitne...
Political Science and Government
Accounting and Related Services
Radio, Television, and Digital Comm...
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft
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Communication and Media Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General...
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender,...
Finance and Financial Management Se...
English Language and Literature, Ge...
Film/Video and Photographic Arts
Fine and Studio Arts
Teacher Education and Professional...
Mathematics and Computer Science
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Ot...
Romance Languages, Literatures, and...
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Percent of full-time, first-time students receiving an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.
LGBTQIA STUDENT RESOURCE GROUPS
ON CAMPUS WOMEN'S CENTER
Two or more races
Non Resident alien
American Indian/Alaska native
0% Native Hawaiians/Pacific islander
Out Of State
36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.
Median Household Income
$79,069 per year
The students can reside on campus and 100% of Freshman Live On-Campus.
On Campus Housing Available
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus
Freshmen Live on Campus
Undergrads in College Housing
Averege Housing Cost
The institution has several dining and meal plan options available to students and the average meal plan cost is around
Meal Plan Available
Average Meal Plan Available
Division Sports Nickname
Willie The Wave
blue, orange, and white
Varsity Athletics Association
Varsity Athletics Conference Primary
Total Male Athletes
Total Female Athletes
Sports Team (Men)
Track and Field
Sports Team (Women)
Swimming and Diving
24-Hour Security Patrol
Campus Emergency Phones
24-Hour Escort Safety rides
Mobile Campus Emergency Alert
The university additionally offers an on-campus housing facility for students who wish to dwell nearby. The normal expense for on-campus housing is $15,670 per year. The students at Pepperdine University have several dining and meal plan options to choose from. Moreover, the average meal plan costs around $7,870 per year. To ensure the safety and security of students, the university has a number of campus safety and security measures in place. Some of these features include 24-hr security patrol, campus emergency phones, 24-hr escort safety rides and mobile campus emergency alert. The university has enrolled around 42% male and 58% female students.
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Median Earnings 10 Years After Graduation
Median Total Debt After Graduation
The median cumulative federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated.
Typical Monthly Loan Payment
The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 4.53% interest rate.
$213 - 291
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and started their studies
Out of 7,811 students
10% Still Enrolled
Students Receiving Gift Aid
Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid.
Average Aid Per Year
Students Receiving Federal Grants
Students Receiving State Aid
Students Receiving Institutional Grants
Aid awarded based on the family income.
$30K - $48K
$48K - $75K
$75K - $110K
Total Needs based Scholarships/Grants
Total Non-Needs based Scholarships/Grants
The university helps the students to meet the financial requirements for educational purposes. The staffs at the office are ready to help with the tuition overview and to provide information about the financial aid processes.
Student aid eligibility is based on several factors, depending on federal, state, institutional, and private aid offered. Whether you're a first-time applicant, a transfer student, or a graduate/professional student, experienced financial aid officers will review tuition fees and help in creating your financial aid package.
The students are required to fill the FAFSA form to know about the financial requirement and eligibility of the student. Pepperdine Federal School Code is 001264.
The Federal-Aid provided includes Direct Subsidized Loan, Direct Unsubsidized Loan, Direct PLUS Loans, Federal Perkins Loan, and TEACH Grant.
The State Aid includes Cal Grant A and Cal Grant B.
The Institutional Aid covered by the university includes Academic Scholarship, Christian Leadership Award, Diane and Guilford Glazer Scholarship, and Pepperdine Grant.
The Military Aid provided includes the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
Pepperdine sponsored approximately $81 million in university-funded grants and scholarships for undergraduate students during the 2018-2019 academic year.
Students can apply for a wide variety of financial aid programs, including grants, academic and departmental scholarships, and Stafford Loan. The average financial aid received is $29,921.
You can reach the Office for Financial Assistance through the details below:
Office of Financial Assistance
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263
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