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Pepperdine University
Malibu, CA
Pepperdine, founded in 1937, is a private, church-affiliated, arts and sciences university. Programs are offered through the Schools of Law and Public Policy; the Divisions of Business, Communications, Fine Arts, Humanities, Natural Science, Religion, and Social Science; and the Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Its 830-acre campus is located in Malibu, 12 miles from Santa Monica.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 3,542
   Women 2,080 (58.7%)
   Men 1,462 (41.3%)
Graduate Students 4,284
Entrance Difficulty Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate 37% of 11,111 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline January 5
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.64
SAT Math 616 average
560-680 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 601 average
550-650 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 28 average
26-31 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests   X    
Essay X      
Extracurricular Activities X      
Cost of Attendance $68,352
  Tuition and Fees $50,022
  Room and Board $14,330
Average Percent of Need Met 75%
Average Freshman Award $38,688
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 381
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 25% of classes
10-19 students: 44% of classes
20-29 students: 20% of classes
30-39 students: 7% of classes
40-49 students: 2% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Over 100 students: 1% of classes
Malibu Population 12,832
Nearest Metropolitan Area Los Angeles
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 98% of freshmen, 57% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot King Neptune
Sororities 32% of women participate
Fraternities 24% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.4% American Indian/Alaskan Native
12.3% Asian
5.4% Black/African-American
16.0% Hispanic/Latino
5.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.3% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
54.0% White
6.1% Unknown
International Students 10.6% from 68 countries
First-Year Students Returning 89.5%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 76.4%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 63%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 17.0%