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 3,400 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, indoor volleyball, sand volleyball, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, and track.
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 in the top five 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 2018 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.