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Located in famous Malibu, California, it's hard to imagine a more beautiful location for a college campus. Perhaps the gorgeous Pacific Ocean views inspire the terrific academics and campus life at Pepperdine. Undergraduate students are able to major in one of many fields including business, history, economics, or any number of arts, science, and humanities fields. The university also features online options for a management degree and the ability to complete a bachelor's degree in management concurrent with an MBA.
Overview of Pepperdine University
When students aren't filling their minds with knowledge and wisdom the campus offers loads of extra-curricular activities to help broaden their experience. Campus recreation is focused around fostering student's spiritual lives on top of their social and physical well-being. There are loads of clubs, intramural and club sports, aquatics, and outdoor recreation opportunities that are sure to spark the interest of everyone.
Since Malibu is just minutes from Los Angeles, students will find that landing an internship in their chosen field is a snap. Furthermore, LA has plenty to offer students in terms of cultural, shopping, and entertainment options that there is no reason to ever be bored. Furthermore, while on campus students will find that all of their needs are met by the department of Housing and Residential Life.
|School Type||Private not-for-profit|
|Campus Setting||Suburb: Large|
|Student Faculty Ratio||13:1|
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Rank||NA|
|High School Transcripts||Required|
|College Prep Program||Recommended|
|SAT/ACT||Considered But Not Required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||Required|
|Application Deadline||January 15|
|Common Application Accepted||Yes|
Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
Pepperdine University delivers a top-quality education in return for the tuition students pay. Once all books and fees are tallied, a first-year full-time student will pay around $57,000 in academic costs. When living expenses are tallied, students pay $75,000. This is not the total that they actually pay, however; financial aid packages help to bring down those costs significantly.
In fact, 91% of Pepperdine first-year students receive assistance in the form of grants or scholarships. The average package comes to $30,000. Many students also supplement their financial picture with loans that average around $8,000. Once all aid packages and expenses are tallied, the average net price at Pepperdine is $42,000. For those students who receive Title IV aid, lower income families pay a net of $31,000 and the highest income bracket pays $45,000.
|Average net price||2020-2021|
|Average Total Aid||$36,967|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||97%|
|Room & Board||$18,560|
- Tuition In-State - $63,142
- Tuition Out-of-State - $63,142
- Books and Supplies - $1,000
- Room & Board - $18,560
- Other - $2,500
Pepperdine University not only takes students' breath away with its gorgeous campus environs, but it also stuns them with the overwhelming quality of the education. Pepperdine has a terrific national reputation that is backed up by the educational statistics they report. Their retention rate, graduation percentages, and class sizes all combine to yield graduates that are poised for greatness.
For starters, PU's retention rate is nearly unbeatable. Their first-year, full-time students return for a second year at a rate of 91% and 67% of their part-timers also return. This indicates that those first-year students arrive on campus and find top-notch instruction, academics resources, and campus amenities. In fact, this satisfaction continues for 86% of students who remain in Malibu through graduation. Though Pepperdine doesn't post their transfer-out rates, many of those non-graduates likely move on to complete their degree elsewhere.
These impressive academic statistics are likely at least partially rooted in Pepperdine's eye-popping student-to-faculty ratio. For a campus with 3,500 undergraduate students, their 13 to 1 student/faculty ratio is terrific. This indicates that, once a student completes their core curriculum and enters their major, their classes are going to have 13 or fewer students.
Student Population Total
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|All Business Majors||265 Total Graduates / 29%|
|Business Administration and Management, General||218 Graduates|
|International Business/Trade/Commerce||24 Graduates|
|Finance, General||8 Graduates|
|All Communication Majors||155 Total Graduates / 17%|
|Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other||56 Graduates|
|Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication||18 Graduates|
|Communication, General||11 Graduates|
|All Social Sciences Majors||97 Total Graduates / 11%|
|Economics, General||51 Graduates|
|Political Science and Government, General||34 Graduates|
|All Psychology Majors||78 Total Graduates / 8%|
|Psychology, General||77 Graduates|
|Industrial and Organizational Psychology||1 Graduates|
|Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies||64 Total Graduates / 7%|
|Kinesiology and Exercise Science||39 Graduates|
|Sport and Fitness Administration/Management||25 Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||28%|
Outcome & Salary
Once Pepperdine students enter the workforce, the true quantitative value of their education is shown. There are many ways to value a bachelor's degree, but entry-level salaries are a great way to assess the financial realities and, for Pepperdine students these realities are quite sunny.
The top earning Pepperdine alumni come from their accounting department. Those alumni start their careers earning $62,000 before bonuses and benefits are considered. On the lower end, physical education majors start their working lives earning $25,000. Regardless of these starting salaries, all Pepperdine graduates are able to turn their degrees into graduate school enrollments, often at some of the top institutions in the nation.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||$63,400|
|College Grads Average Salary||$81,000|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||$112,200|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$810,000|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$1,932,000|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$168,540|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$641,460|
|20 Year Projected ROI||$1,763,460|
|No College Education Salary Comparison|
|National Average Salary||$38,792|
|10 Year Projected Income||$387,920|
|20 Year Projected Income||$775,840|