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Get the facts about Pepperdine University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Pepperdine University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Pepperdine University was awarded 94 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is communication and journalism.

Overall Quality

Pepperdine is ranked #149 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

Pepperdine also holds the #19 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

See all of the rankings for Pepperdine University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Pepperdine?

Acceptance Rate

Pepperdine University has an acceptance rate of 40%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for Pepperdine.

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 is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at Pepperdine it is much better at 10 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus 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 3,604 undergraduates at Pepperdine with 3,300 being full-time and 304 being part-time.

Pepperdine Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Pepperdine make around $65,500 per year during the early years of their employment. 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 located in Malibu, California. Malibu is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

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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 learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

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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