Pepperdine University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Center for Communication and Business at Pepperdine University
Center for Communication and Business at Pepperdine University. Matt McGee / Flickr

Pepperdine University, with an acceptance rate of 37 percent, is a generally selective school. Students will need good grades and test scores to be considered for admission. If your SAT or ACT scores fall within or above the ranges listed below, you are on track for admission to Pepperdine. The school has holistic admissions, meaning that the admissions staff considers, alongside grades and scores, academic history, extracurricular activities, teacher recommendations, and writing skills. If you have any questions about applying to the school, be sure to visit Pepperdine's website, or get in touch with someone from the admissions office for assistance.

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Admissions Data (2016)

  • Pepperdine University Acceptance Rate: 37%
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for Pepperdine
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 550 / 650
    • SAT Math: 560 / 680
    • SAT Writing: - / -
    • ACT Composite: 26 / 31
    • ACT English: 25 / 33
    • ACT Math: 25 / 29
    • ACT Writing: - / -

Pepperdine University Description

Pepperdine University's 830-acre campus overlooks the Pacific Ocean in Malibu, California. The university is affiliated with Churches of Christ, although students come from a wide range of racial and religious backgrounds. The university is made up of five different schools with the majority of undergraduate programs housed in the Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences. Business Administration is by far the most popular undergraduate major, and programs relating to communications and the media are also popular. In athletics, the Pepperdine Waves compete in the NCAA Division I West Coast Conference.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 7,826 (3,542 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 41% Male / 59% Female
  • 91% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $50,022
  • Books: $1,500 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $14,330
  • Other Expenses: $2,500
  • Total Cost: $68,352

Pepperdine University Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 84%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 84%
    • Loans: 45%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $26,515
    • Loans: $9,328

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Advertising, Business Administration, Communication Studies, International Studies, Psychology
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Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 90%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 76%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 87%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Volleyball, Water Polo, Golf, Cross Country, Baseball, Tennis, Basketball
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Softball, Soccer, Track, Swimming, Volleyball, Tennis, Golf

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics