Pepperdine University

24255 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA
Christian college

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Majors offered at Pepperdine University

Biggest majors
Business Administration, Management and Operations
Psychology, General
International/Globalization Studies

Academics at Pepperdine University

SAT Score Range
Required with application
ACT Score Range
Required with application
Student Faculty Ratio
14 to 1
Somewhat Selective (36% Acceptance Rate)
School type
Non-profit Private 4-year institution

Demographics for Pepperdine University Students

Ethnicity BreakdownAsianBlackCaucasianHispanicMiddle EasternNative AmericanPacific Islander
Pepperdine University Students15%16%45%35%3%3%3%
All College Students11%21%37%25%2%2%1%
Gender breakdown
Pepperdine University Students
< 1% Gender nonconforming
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Common careers for Pepperdine University students

Common Careers and Their Average Annual Salary

Human Resources (HR) Director112k
Executive Director104k
Marketing Manager88k
Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)75k
Human Resources (HR) Manager73k
Operations Manager71k
Financial Analyst67k
Based on 5,873 student responses
59.4kAvg. Early Career Pay
106.9kAvg. Mid-Career Pay
47%in High-Meaning careers
7%in STEM careers

Net price of attending Pepperdine University

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Student reviews of Pepperdine University

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Recommended by

100% of students

Known for

Beautiful campus
Safe campus
Awesome study spaces and libraries
Comfortable dorms
Fun orientation programs



I loved Pepperdine's location and how you can go to the beach in less than 25 min. I loved the religious aspect of Pepperdine. The professors are excellent, and they care about their students. If you do not have a car, you cannot go places. Having a car here is so vital. Suppose you are into the enormous activities that revolve around D1 sport. Pepperdine is not the place for you. Its more of an academic school, and the school spirit for sports events are on the low side.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

I do not like the social aspect of Pepperdine. The campus is dead on the weekends. If you or your friends don't have a car good luck getting anywhere. The campus location is not ideal for students. The school spirit for athletic games is very low and it is sad.

Sebastian LoGiudice
Babysitting And Childcare
Exercise And Fitness
Art + 2 others



The environment and view are truly amazing. The professors are also very great.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

The food is not as good as it could be.

Joshua Fecht
Boy Scouts
Guitar + 3 others



Teachers and academics are excellent, social life and food are ok, but could be better. If you’re here for an education and don’t have trouble making friends this is the right school for you.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

The food is mid and it’s hard to make friends unless you join Greek life or aren’t afraid to really put yourself out there. My first semester was really bad because I wasn’t in classes I enjoyed, didn’t have a car, and felt isolated. Bring a car, or know someone who does and pay them gas money.

Alexandria Coons



I love the community that Pepperdine offers. As a smaller university, it is a lot easier to find and make close connections with fellow students as well as professors. The International Programs are phenomenal as well, especially the Heidelberg Program!

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

The communication, in general, could definitely be improved, specifically communications concerning tuition and other various costs. It is a pricey university as well, which is frustrating at times.

Breah Forrester
Painting and Studio Art
Drawing And Illustration



What I liked about Pepperdine University would be how interactive teachers are with their students. No matter what's happening, if a student is behind and needs help, the professors and teachers will make a way to help the student catch back on their work.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

What I don't like about Pepperdine University would be how there isn't that strong sense of community. Don't get me wrong, Pepperdine is a very welcoming school but the students themselves can be very isolated and just hang out in their tight-knit group instead of reaching out to other students to start new friendships.

Alexandra Devito
Theology and Religious Studies
Piano + 2 others



I would consider Pepperdine a very niche school, but if it is a good fit for you, you'll love it! I personally enjoy looking out my dorm room window and seeing a beautiful campus accompanied by stunning ocean views. Malibu, the town where the school is located, boasts so many awesome spots to shop, eat, and hang out with friends. Not to mention, you are never a few minutes away from the beach! In addition, the academics are stellar. I have some of the best professors who really care about the success of their students. Overall, Pepperdine is a great school and there are so many benefits to being a student here.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

Pepperdine is a smaller school, so the community is more tight-knit. This is great if you are looking for a more intimate space to get your education, but it could be a challenge for students who like to meet new people. Even though Malibu is awesome, nothing is close to campus so you really need a car if you want to get around. Even if you did bring a car, good luck finding parking on campus.

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