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Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA 4-Year Private

About Pepperdine University

Pepperdine University is a private, religous school located in the suburban setting of Malibu, CA, less than an hour from Los Angeles.

Founded in 1937, the institution currently enrolls around 9,554 students a year, including 3,459 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $881,140,497. The school spends $16,624 for each full-time student enrolled.

2021 Admissions Facts About Pepperdine University

Acceptance rate: 42%

Average GPA: 3.69

Mean ACT score: 29

Mean SAT score: 1298

Early Decision or Early Action: No/Yes

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: January 15

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: April 1

Pepperdine University Acceptance Rate 2021

Pepperdine University is a very difficult school to get accepted to. Around 42 percent of all applicants are admitted to Pepperdine University each year.

The average high school GPA for a student at Pepperdine University is 3.69 /4.0. The mean SAT scores for students who get into Pepperdine University is 1298. The mean ACT scores is 29.

In 2021, 1,106 applicants were waitlisted and 329 students were ultimating offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is Pepperdine University a good school?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Pepperdine University, around 85 percent return for their sophomore year. Out of the 655 students who started at Pepperdine University as first-time freshman, 522 graduate within four years.

Around 89 percent of students who started at Pepperdine University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $32,352 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Pepperdine University sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So the real question to ask yourself: is Pepperdine University a good school for YOU?

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The deadline to apply to Pepperdine University for Fall 2022 is January 1. All applicants will receive an admissions decision by April 1.

Read on to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics and majors and more. You can also see what others are saying about Pepperdine University in the College Confidential forums and get personalized recommendations for colleges and universities that offer what you're looking for in a school.

College Info

24255 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu, CA 90263

Campus Setting: Suburban

Pepperdine University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Jan 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Pepperdine University is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Pepperdine University is Jan 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Pepperdine University ACT Scores


ACT Range

27 - 32

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

32 and Above


27 to 32


27 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Pepperdine University is 29. Students with an ACT score of 32 and above have a good chance of getting into Pepperdine University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 27 and 32 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 27 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Pepperdine University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1250 - 1430


Math SAT Range

620 - 750


Reading SAT Range

610 - 700

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1430 and Above


1250 to 1430


1250 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Pepperdine University students is 1332. Applicants with SAT scores of 1430 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Pepperdine University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1250 to 1430 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1250 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Pepperdine University.

Pepperdine University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Pepperdine University is like? There are approximately 8,824 students enrolled at Pepperdine University, including 3,583 undergraduate students and 5,241 graduate students. 93% percent of students attend school full-time, 55% percent are from CA and 45% percent of students are from other states.


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