Resources › For Students and Parents Pepperdine University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics Share Flipboard Email Print Backyard Production/Getty Images For Students and Parents College Admissions College Profiles College Admissions Process College Rankings Choosing A College Application Tips Essay Samples & Tips Testing Graphs College Financial Aid Extracurricular Activities Advanced Placement Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More by Allen Grove Dr. Allen Grove is an Alfred University English professor and a college admissions expert with 20 years of experience helping students transition to college. Updated January 15, 2020 Pepperdine University is a private research university with an acceptance rate of 31%. Located in Malibu, California, Pepperdine's 830-acre campus overlooks the Pacific Ocean. The university is affiliated with Churches of Christ, although students come from a wide range of religious backgrounds. Pepperdine 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, followed by programs in communications and media. In athletics, the Pepperdine Waves compete in the NCAA Division I West Coast Conference. Considering applying to Pepperdine University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students. Acceptance Rate During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, Pepperdine University had an acceptance rate of 31%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 31 students were admitted, making Pepperdine's admissions process competitive. Admissions Statistics (2018-19) Number of Applicants 13,721 Percent Admitted 31% Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 19% SAT Scores and Requirements Pepperdine requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 68% of admitted students submitted SAT scores. SAT Range (Admitted Students) Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile ERW 610 690 Math 610 730 ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing This admissions data tells us that most of Pepperdine's admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Pepperdine scored between 610 and 690, while 25% scored below 610 and 25% scored above 690. On the math section, 50% of admitted student scored between 610 and 730, while 25% scored below 610 and 25% scored above 730. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1420 or greater will have particularly competitive chances at Pepperdine University. Requirements Pepperdine does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that Pepperdine participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. ACT Scores and Requirements Pepperdine University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 47% of admitted students submitted ACT scores. ACT Range (Admitted Students) Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile English 26 34 Math 26 30 Composite 28 32 This admissions data tells us that most of Pepperdine's admitted students fall within the top 12% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Pepperdine received a composite ACT score between 28 and 32, while 25% scored above 32 and 25% scored below 28. Requirements Note that Pepperdine does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. Pepperdine does not require the ACT writing section. GPA In 2019, the middle 50% of Pepperdine University's incoming class had high school GPAs between 3.64 and 3.97. 25% had a GPA above 3.97, and 25% had a GPA below 3.64. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Pepperdine have primarily A grades. Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph Pepperdine University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex. The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Pepperdine University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account. Admissions Chances Pepperdine University has a competitive admissions process with a low acceptance rate and high average SAT/ACT scores. However, Pepperdine has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. Strong application essays and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their test scores are outside of Pepperdine's average range. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of successful applicants had high school grades in the "A" range, combined SAT scores of 1200 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 25 or better. The higher those grades and test scores, the better your chances are of receiving an acceptance letter from Pepperdine. Note that there are quite a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue in the middle of the graph. Many students with grades and test scores that were on target for Pepperdine University did not get in. On the flip side, note that some students were accepted with test scores and grades a little bit below the norm. This is because Pepperdine's admissions process is both qualitative and quantitative. All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and Pepperdine University's Undergraduate Admissions Office. Continue Reading How Competitive Is Seattle University's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Clark University's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Regis University's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Lawrence University's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Rhodes College's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Seattle Pacific University's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Adelphi University's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Alabama State University's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Humboldt State University's Admissions Process? 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