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Pepperdine University Data & Information Overview

288 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
53% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Pepperdine University Ranked?

#94 Best Colleges in Nation
#16 Best Colleges in CA
Public Relations, Advertising, & Applied Communication Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Pepperdine University was awarded 288 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is public relations, advertising, & applied communication.

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Overall Quality

Pepperdine is ranked #94 out of 2,217 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2024 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Pepperdine held the #155 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Pepperdine is also ranked #16 out of 168 schools in California.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Pepperdine?

53% Acceptance Rate
65% Of Accepted Are Women
19% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Pepperdine University is a competitive 53%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 19% of students accepted to Pepperdine submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 630 and 710. Math scores were between 630 and 730.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Pepperdine University  ( 630 to 710 )

SAT Math Scores for Pepperdine University  ( 630 to 730 )
Pepperdine received ACT scores from 3% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 25 and 30.

ACT Composite Scores for Pepperdine University  ( 25 to 30 )

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Pepperdine University Faculty

13 to 1 Student to Faculty
50% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1, Pepperdine University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Pepperdine University is 50%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  50 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Pepperdine University

93% Freshmen Retention
79% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 93% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Pepperdine University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  93 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Pepperdine the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 79%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  79 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Pepperdine University.

Pepperdine University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,132 Full-Time Undergraduates
40.5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
57.7% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,459 undergraduates at Pepperdine with 3,132 being full-time and 327 being part-time.

How Much Does Pepperdine University Cost?

$38,846 Net Price
41% Take Out Loans
$30,896 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Pepperdine is $38,846. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Pepperdine

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$36,264 $25,909 $32,267 $35,375 $44,598

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Pepperdine, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Pepperdine, approximately 41% of students took out student loans averaging $7,724 a year. That adds up to $30,896 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Pepperdine is 1.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Pepperdine Graduates Make?

$72,035 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Pepperdine make about $72,035 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Pepperdine graduates since it is 70% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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Location of Pepperdine University

California State
3,132 Full-Time Undergraduates
Suburb Campus Setting
Located in Malibu, California, Pepperdine University is a private not-for-profit institution. The suburban atmosphere of Malibu makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

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Contact details for Pepperdine are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 24255 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90263
Phone: 310-506-4000

Pepperdine University Majors

58 Majors With Completions
1,127 Undergraduate Degrees
2,820 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 58 majors graduated from Pepperdine University. Of these students, 1,127 received undergraduate degrees and 2,820 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 174 $53,559
Public Relations & Advertising 148 $46,780
Chemistry 126 NA
General Psychology 90 $32,424
Health & Physical Education 72 NA
Economics 65 $51,799
General Biology 57 $22,639
International Studies 46 NA
Political Science & Government 46 $41,350
International Business 31 $51,228

Learn more about the majors offered at Pepperdine University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Pepperdine

36% Take At Least One Class Online
29% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2020-2021, 3,749 students took at least one online class at Pepperdine University. This is a decrease from the 9,554 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 3,749 3,015
2019-2020 9,554 9,554
2018-2019 1,804 1,636
2017-2018 891 891
2016-2017 981 398

Learn more about online learning at Pepperdine University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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