Purpose. Service. Leadership.
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 25 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. At least 67% of all Seaver undergraduate students study abroad during their sophomore year. Year-round residential programs in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Florence, Italy; Heidelberg, Germany; Lausanne, Switzerland; London, United Kingdom; and Shanghai, China offer Seaver students a unique opportunity to gain both an academic and a personal understanding of other cultures, institutions, and languages.
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.
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.
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#55 Best Colleges National University Rankings | U.S. News & World Report
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Among the Top 20 Most Beautiful Campuses | The Princeton Review
#11 Most Popular Study Abroad Program | The Princeton Review
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.
• 5 separate Graduate and Undergraduate schools
• 82 Degree Programs (University wide)
• 13:1 student-teacher ratio (University wide)
• 85% Undergraduate students employed, accepted to grad school, volunteering or in military six months post graduation
“I love how students get to know their professors on a personal level due to small class sizes and how the faculty and administration make it a priority to mentor and invest in all aspects of their students.”
“My study abroad experiences have further pushed my intellectual boundaries, broadened my connection to the world’s cultures, and made me realize that the world’s societies are much more interconnected than I had previously thought.”
“I wanted to attend a top-50, academically prestigious university that would allow me to thrive and grow in my spiritual journey. To me, Pepperdine offers that combination at a higher level than any other school in the world.”
“Through Pepperdine's mission, I have been able to live with purpose, explore service opportunities, and reach my goals, which has really helped my world view not only grow but also broaden.”