Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA

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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 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. 

Grow in your faith with others
Pepperdine actively seeks out and creates ways for you to examine, challenge, and grow in your faith through general education religion courses, , Seaver 200 gatherings, The Hub for Spiritual Life, on-campus University Church of Christ, an affiliated campus ministry program, student-led spiritual life programs, prayer and worship gatherings, service projects, mission trips, Chaplain’s Office, and Spiritual Life Advisors in the student residence halls. 

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. 

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 80% 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; 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 2019 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 

Student Body Profile
• Fall 2021 Admit Averages (Mid-50%)
• First-year GPA: 3.69–3.96
• Transfer GPA: 3.66–3.93
• SAT total: 1310–1460
• ACT composite: 29–33

Fast Facts
• 45 majors and 47 minors
• 13:1 student-faculty ratio
• Approximately 3,300 undergraduate students
• Students representing all 50 states and more than 70 countries
• 42% male, 58% female
• Average class size of 19

Application Deadlines
• Early Action: November 1
• Regular Decision: January 15

Financial Assistance
• More than 92% of undergraduate students receiving some form of financial assistance for 2020-2021 academic year

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