Pepperdine University

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School Overview

Pepperdine University is a medium-sized, private, university located in Los Angeles, California that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Although completely independent, the university is affiliated with the Churches of Christ. On the University’s 830-acre campus near Malibu is situated the University’s academic schools and colleges which include the School of Law, Seaver College, the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, the School of Public Policy, and the Graziadio School of Business and Management. Pepperdine University also has several international campuses located in England, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Argentina, and China.

General Information

Admission Office

24255 Pacific Coast Highway

Malibu, CA 90263-4392

(310) 506-4392

Fax: (310) 506-4861

Contact: Mike Trushke

Director of Admission
Main Address

24255 Pacific Coast Highway

Malibu, CA 90263

(310) 506-4000

Total undergrads: 3,404

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 782

Degree-seeking undergrads: 3,386

Graduate enrollment: 3,567


Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $65

Online application fee: $65
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 34%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 88%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $34,700 $36,770 $37,850 $39,080 +3.25%
Books and Supplies $1,000 $1,000 $1,200 $1,200 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $9,930 $10,480 $10,900 $11,390 +4.50%
Other $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $47,130 $49,750 $51,450 $53,170 +3.34%
In-state Off Campus $35,700 $37,770 $39,050 $40,280 +3.15%
In-state with Family $35,700 $37,770 $39,050 $40,280 +3.15%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $29,040
In-state Student Fees $120
Out-of-state Tuition $29,040
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $120

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 580 74%
Grant or scholarship aid 535 68% $14,527,290 $27,154
• Federal grants 85 11% $510,669 $6,008
• Pell grants 85 11% $299,586 $3,525
• Other federal grants 81 10% $211,083 $2,606
State and local government grant or scholarships 60 8% $556,057 $9,268
Institutional scholarships or grants 534 68% $13,460,564 $25,207
Student loan financial aid 369 47% $2,292,609 $6,213
• Federal student loans 341 44% $1,797,272 $5,271
• Other student loans 59 8% $495,337 $8,396

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 877 1405 286
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 8 3
American/united States Studies/civilization 3
Asian Studies/civilization 3
European Studies/civilization 1
Latin American Studies 4
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 21
Biology/biological Sciences, General 21
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 275 815
Accounting 16
Business Administration and Management, General 211 744
Finance, General 6 18
Human Resources Development 27
International Business/trade/commerce 42 8
Organizational Leadership 18
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 161
Advertising 49
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other 23
International and Intercultural Communication 9
Journalism 14
Organizational Communication, General 11
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 22
Radio and Television 30
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 3
Education 11 201 56
Chemistry Teacher Education 4
Education, General 132
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other 4
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 43 43
Educational/instructional Technology 26 9
English/language Arts Teacher Education 4
Mathematics Teacher Education 2
Music Teacher Education 1
English Language and Literature/letters 35
Creative Writing 7
English Language and Literature, General 15
Rhetoric and Composition/writing Studies, Other 13
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 20
French Language and Literature 3
German Language and Literature
Italian Language and Literature 3
Spanish Language and Literature 14
History 11 3
History, General 11 3
Human Services, General 50
Public Policy Analysis, General 50
Legal Studies, General 202
Law 202
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 22
Humanities/humanistic Studies 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 21
Mathematics and Statistics 6
Mathematics, General 6
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, General 63 49
Biopsychology 3
Dispute Resolution 49
International/global Studies 52
Mathematics and Computer Science 3
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1
Natural Sciences 2
Nutrition Sciences 2
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 31
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 31
Physical Sciences 8
Chemistry, General 5
Physics, General 3
Psychology 46 278 28
Clinical Psychology 164 28
Psychology, General 46 114
Social Sciences 108
Economics, General 29
Political Science and Government, General 64
Sociology 15
Theology and Religious Vocations 6
Divinity/ministry 4
Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other 2
Visual and Performing Arts 51
Acting 7
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 8
Art/art Studies, General 9
Dramatic/theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other 8
Film/cinema/video Studies 4
Music Theory and Composition 1
Music, General 9
Music, Other 1
Technical Theatre/theatre Design and Technology 4
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

Asian Studies B
European Studies B
Latin American Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Acting B
Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Multimedia B
Music – General B
Music History/Literature B
Music Theory/Composition B
Theater Design/Stagecraft B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
International Business B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Advertising B
Broadcast Journalism B
Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B
Organizational Communication B
Public Relations B
Radio/Television B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Chemistry Teacher Education B
Education – General B
English Teacher Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Speech Teacher Education B


Engineering – General B

English Language & Literature

Creative Writing B
English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Foods/Nutrition Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
German B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Humanities B
Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Global Studies B
Mathematics/Computer Science B
Natural Sciences B
Nutrition Sciences B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B
Sport/Fitness Administration B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Pepperdine University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(310) 506-4000
Type of School:4-year, Private non-profit
Address:24255 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90263
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:7,826
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):80%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:13 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:6,923 (88% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$50,022
Out-of-state Tuition:$50,022
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:84%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$26,515

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Pepperdine University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Pepperdine University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies41
Biological and Biomedical Sciences1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services46
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs92
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services2
English Language and Literature/Letters3
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics5
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Mathematics and Statistics11
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies51
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies3
Philosophy and Religious Studies21
Physical Sciences2
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Social Sciences3
Theology and Religious Vocations2
Visual and Performing Arts101
Grand total63243

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Pepperdine University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services11
Grand total12

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Pepperdine University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,500

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid62984%
Grant or scholarship aid62484%$26,515
Student loan aid33745%$9,328

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid2,54872%$32,067
Federal student loans1,40140%$7,532

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Pepperdine University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Pepperdine University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants11,1113,6957,416
Percent admitted100%44%33%
Percent admitted who enrolled7%8%6%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Pepperdine University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment7,826
Undergraduate enrollment3,542
Graduate enrollment4,284

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Pepperdine University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
    • Law (LAW) - Professional schools
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSYD) - PsyD Doctoral programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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