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Colleges / Pepperdine University

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate49%

About Pepperdine University

Pepperdine University is a private, religious university in the suburb of Malibu, California. Pepperdine University was founded in 1937. The university enrolls around 10,030 students per year, including 3,662 undergraduate students.

Pepperdine University Acceptance Rate 2022

In 2022, Pepperdine University accepted 49% of applicants. Out of 11,466 applications received in 2022, 5,585 students were offered admission.

Pepperdine University Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 49%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Average GPA 3.8
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 16%

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Pepperdine University is located in the town of Malibu, California, near Los Angeles.

If you want to see Pepperdine University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Pacific Coast Highway to Malibu, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Los Angeles International.

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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

Feb 15

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

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

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

Pepperdine University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1290 - 1460


Math SAT Range

635 - 750


Reading SAT Range

650 - 730

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

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1460 and Above


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1290 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Pepperdine University students is 1367. Applicants with SAT scores of 1460 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Pepperdine University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1290 to 1460 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1290 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Pepperdine University.

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Pepperdine University is like? There are approximately 10,030 students enrolled at Pepperdine University, including 3,662 undergraduate students and 6,368 graduate students. 94% percent of students attend school full-time, 56% percent are from CA and 44% percent of students are from other states.


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