Pepperdine University Reviews and Ranking Awards

Malibu, California

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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.

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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.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting Suburb: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 14:1
Graduation Rate 86%
Year Founded 1937

Student Enrollment

Total Students7,961


Undergraduate Student

Male 1,487
Female 2,140

Graduate Student

Male 1,777
Female 2,557

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Male 4,598
Female 8,166


Male 1,609
Female 2,450

Acceptance Rate32%

Male 35%
Female 30%

Enrollment 735

Male 154
Female 118
Application Fee $65
High School GPA Required
High School Rank NA
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations Required
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline August 3
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

As a private university, Pepperdine isn’t exactly cheap. However, the school does deliver 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 2018-2019
Net Price $42,135
Average Total Aid $30,867
Students Receiving Financial Aid 92%
Room & Board $15,670

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $55,892
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $55,892
  • Books and Supplies - $1,250
  • Room & Board - $15,670
  • 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

Student Population 7,961

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 298 Total Graduates / 32%
Business Administration and Management, General 255 Graduates
International Business/Trade/Commerce 23 Graduates
Accounting 14 Graduates
Finance, General 6 Graduates
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 187 Total Graduates / 20%
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other 57 Graduates
Advertising 34 Graduates
Radio and Television 25 Graduates
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 22 Graduates
All Social Science Majors 88 Total Graduates / 9%
Economics, General 43 Graduates
Political Science and Government, General 37 Graduates
Sociology 8 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 65 Total Graduates / 7%
Psychology, General 65 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 26%

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.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $58,300
College Grads Average Salary $72,789
College Grads Mid Career Salary $103,900
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $727,890
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,766,890
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $168,540
10 Year Projected ROI $559,350
20 Year Projected ROI $1,598,350
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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