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Pepperdine University Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Pepperdine University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Pepperdine University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Pepperdine University was awarded 63 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is communication and journalism.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, Pepperdine is ranked #149 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

Pepperdine is also ranked #19 out of 116 schools in California.

See all of the rankings for Pepperdine University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Pepperdine?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Pepperdine University is a competitive 40%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 60% of students accepted to Pepperdine submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 600 and 690. Math scores were between 600 and 700.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Pepperdine University  ( 600 to 690 )

SAT Math Scores for Pepperdine University  ( 600 to 700 )
Pepperdine received ACT scores from 57% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 26 and 31.

ACT Composite Scores for Pepperdine University  ( 26 to 31 )

Learn more about Pepperdine University admissions.

Pepperdine University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Pepperdine is an impressive 10 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Pepperdine University is 60%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  60 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Pepperdine University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Pepperdine University has a freshmen retention rate of 90%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  90 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Pepperdine the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 76%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  76 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Pepperdine University.

Excellent Overall Diversity at Pepperdine

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,583 undergraduates at Pepperdine with 3,320 being full-time and 263 being part-time.

Pepperdine Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

With an overall score of 96.13 out of 100, Pepperdine is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  96.13 out of 100
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How Much Does Pepperdine University Cost?

The overall average net price of Pepperdine is $34,701. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Pepperdine

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$26,862 $27,866 $31,387 $32,876 $42,732

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Pepperdine, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Pepperdine, approximately 48% of students took out student loans averaging $7,591 a year. That adds up to $30,364 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Pepperdine is 1.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Pepperdine Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Pepperdine make about $65,500 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Pepperdine graduates since it is 65% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Pepperdine University make the most money.

Location of Pepperdine University

Pepperdine University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Malibu, California. The suburban atmosphere of Malibu makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

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Location of Pepperdine University

Contact details for Pepperdine are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 24255 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90263
Phone: 310-506-4000

Pepperdine University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 59 majors graduated from Pepperdine University. Of these students, 943 received undergraduate degrees and 1,691 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 255 $54,600
Public Relations & Advertising 127 $41,700
General Psychology 65 $32,200
Health & Physical Education 64 $25,900
Economics 43 $49,700
International Studies 38 $35,900
Political Science & Government 37 NA
General Biology 30 NA
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 25 $28,900
International Business 23 $44,900

Learn more about the majors offered at Pepperdine University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Pepperdine

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 891 students took at least one online class at Pepperdine University. This is a decrease from the 981 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 891 891
2016-2017 981 398
2015-2016 903 303
2014-2015 881 240
2013-2014 163 163

Learn more about online learning at Pepperdine University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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