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Education Profile

Picture yourself here.
MALIBU, CALIFORNIA—a mere 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles and a short drive from all that Southern California has to offer, Pepperdine University’s oceanfront location offers students the chance to study near one of the world’s most vibrant and influential metropolitan cities yet live in a safe and relaxed beachside community. Pepperdine sits high atop Malibu’s Santa Monica Mountains, with an 830-acre campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Where faith and learning meet
As a private Christian liberal arts university, Pepperdine is at the forefront of holistically developing the next generation of leaders through a rigorous curriculum, faculty mentorship, tailored research opportunities, and timely lectureship series. The liberal arts curriculum at Pepperdine serves as the foundation upon which you can explore, debate, and address life’s deepest questions and the world’s greatest challenges. The outcome is a transformational educational experience that allows you to explore your passions, enrich your life through new academic encounters, and graduate with fundamental knowledge to draw upon throughout your life. 

A vibrant community
Pepperdine’s residential campus is home to approximately 3,200 undergraduate students hand-selected from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, religious, ethnic, geographic, and rigorous academic backgrounds. With more than 60 student clubs and organizations, an active student government, Greek life, a strong athletic tradition, more than 150 sponsored on-campus events each year, intramural and club sports, student-led spiritual life activities every day of the week, and theater and dance productions, there is always an activity to join and an opportunity for you to build lasting friendships. 

AYO Waves
Welcome to Waves Nation, where 17 men’s and women’s Division I athletic teams compete for victory and the Riptide Spirit Crew bleed orange and blue! Pepperdine teams have won an impressive 13 national team championships and 12 individual national championships. Team sports include men’s baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, tennis, track, volleyball, and water polo, as well as women’s basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track, indoor volleyball, and sand volleyball.

An international experience
When you are a Pepperdine student, the world is at your fingertips. Study with Pepperdine faculty and fellow students in Pepperdine-owned facilities around the world. More than 60% of students participate in one of Pepperdine’s highly regarded international programs, which have ranked consistently in the top 10 by the Institute for International Education for the past seven years in a row. International program locations include Buenos Aires, Argentina; London, England; Lausanne, Switzerland; Heidelberg, Germany; Florence, Italy; Shanghai, China; and Washington, D.C.

The Pepperdine impact
A degree from Pepperdine is highly valued and respected in a competitive global marketplace. Choosing to enroll at Pepperdine not only launches a personal, academic, and spiritual transformative journey but also a practical foundation that is rooted in ethical decision-making, real-world application, and a supportive community. Approximately 95% of the 2015 graduating class participated in internships, student teaching, on- or off-campus employment, and undergraduate research. Pepperdine’s four-year graduation rate is 76%, which is approximately 35% higher than the national average.

University mission statement
Pepperdine is a Christian university committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership.


Pepperdine at a Glance
Fall 2015 Admit Averages (Mid-50%)
First-year GPA: 3.57–3.94
Transfer GPA: 3.37–3.77
SAT Reading and Math: 1190–1360
SAT Critical Reading, Math, and Writing: 1780-2040
ACT Composite: 27–31

Fast Facts
44 majors and 37 minors
13:1 student-faculty ratio
Approximately 3,200 undergraduate students
Students representing all 50 states and more than 70 countries
40% male, 60% female
Average class size of 19

Application Deadlines
August enrollment: January 5
January enrollment: October 15

Financial Assistance
More than 79% of undergraduate students received some form of financial assistance during the 2014–2015 academic year.