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Pepperdine Admissions Information

Pepperdine University
Malibu, CA (map)


Sitting adjacent to the Pacific Ocean in picturesque Malibu, California, Pepperdine University rarely sees a raindrop on its sunny campus. The university is as recognized for its excellence in academia as it is for its religious affiliations; Pepperdine upholds the New Testament-based traditions of the Church of Christ, and expects its students to do the same. In particular, students must complete at least three bible study courses throughout their time at the school, as well as partake in 14 “spiritual activities” each semester. In further accordance with tradition, the Pepperdine campus is completely dry. Students will find spiritual life leaders available in residence halls across campus.

Aside from its religious convictions, Pepperdine offers a wide array of secular extracurricular options. The university’s Greek life thrives as a quarter of the student body actively participates in its seven sororities and five fraternities. The student body reflects a wide variety of interests; the Peace Corp regularly cites Pepperdine as a top-producing university for its services. In addition, the school’s location–24 miles away from Beverly Hills, 54 miles from Disneyland, and an hour from Los Angeles–ensures boredom is seldom an issue for students at Pepperdine.



Basic Info

Main Address: 24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265
Phone Number: (310) 506-4000  
Website: www.pepperdine.edu  


Type of school: Private, Liberal Arts  
Type of school: Coed  
Setting: Suburban, Small city  
Athletics: NCAA Division I, Intercollegiate, Intramural, Club, Scholarship  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 3,447  
Percent out-of-state: 43%  
Percent international: 5.92%  
Female to Male ratio: 54:46  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 14:1  
Most popular majors: Business/Marketing
Social Sciences
Interdisciplinary Studies
Visual and Performing Arts
Special study programs: Double Major
Honors Program
Independent Study
ROTC, Army
ROTC, Air Force
Student-designed Major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Washington Semester

Campus Life

Housing options:
Men's Housing
Apartments For Married Students
Cooperative Housing
Women's Housing
Apartments For Single Students
Special Housing For Disabled Students
Campus Ministries
Concert Band
Jazz Band
Model U.N.
Musical Theater
Pep Band
Student Newspaper
Television Station
Choral Groups
Film Societies
International Students
Literary Magazine
Music Ensembles
Radio Station
Student Government
Symphony Orchestra

Fun Facts

  • Ranked #7: Most Popular Study Abroad Program
  • Ranked #11: Most Conservative Students
  • Ranked #16: Most Beautiful Campus
  • Ranked #15: Most Religious Students

Admissions Information

With an acceptance rate of 31%, Pepperdine is a selective university whose admissions standards emphasize the need for a prospective student to represent him or herself as a well-rounded individual. An applicant seeking admission to the school should not only exceed academically, but also be able to articulate his or her passions and unique skill sets throughout the application.

According the admissions officials, the most important factors for Pepperdine applicants include the character and personal qualities of a student--as stated in his or her application essay--extracurricular activities, standardized test scores, academic GPA, and talent. Officials also take into account a student's religious affiliation as well as work experience. Factors such as alumni relation, racial status, and whether the applicant is a first-generation college student are strong but not the most important considerations for admissions.

Admissions address: 24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263
Phone number: (310) 506-4392  
Fax number: (310) 506-4861  
Admissions Website: http://www.pepperdine.edu/admission/  
Email: admission-seaver@pepperdine.edu  
Contact Person: Email available through admissions website  
Number of first-year applications received: 6,426  
Percent of applicants admitted: 31%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 15  
Early decision/action deadline: Not applicable  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes  
Admission requirements: SAT or ACT with writing
1 Academic Teacher Evaluation
School Report/Mid Year Report/Final Report

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? Yes: SAT or ACT with writing  
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Considers highest section score for all test dates; strongly encourages submission of test scores from each test date  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 4630  
ACT code: 0373  
Learn more about other Top California schools:
University of Southern California  

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