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 3,300 undergraduate students hand-selected from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, religious, ethnic, geographic, and rigorous academic backgrounds. With more than 110 student clubs and organizations, an active student government, Greek life, a strong athletic tradition, more than 1,000 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.
Welcome to Waves Nation, where 17 men’s and women’s Division I athletic teams compete for victory and the Riptide Spirit Crew bleeds 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 are ranked #1 by the Institute for International Education for undergraduate study abroad participation. International program locations include Buenos Aires, Argentina; London, England; Lausanne, Switzerland; Heidelberg, Germany; Florence, Italy; Shanghai, China; and Washington, DC.
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 94% of the 2016 graduating class participated in internships, student teaching, on- or off-campus employment, and undergraduate research. Pepperdine’s four-year graduation rate is 77%, which is approximately 36% 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.
Fall 2017 Admit Averages (Mid-50%)
First-year GPA: 3.61–3.94
Transfer GPA: 3.51–3.86
SAT Reading and Math: 1250–1380
ACT Composite: 27–32
45 majors and 37 minors
13:1 student-faculty ratio
Approximately 3,300 undergraduate students
Students representing all 50 states and more
than 70 countries
40% male, 60% female
Average class size of 19
August enrollment: January 5
January enrollment: October 15
More than 84% of undergraduate students received some form of financial assistance during the 2016–2017 academic year.