Pepperdine University

Pepperdine University


Founded in 1937, Pepperdine is a private Christian university committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service and leadership. Each year over 3,200 undergraduates from every state of the union and from more than 70 countries attend Seaver College, situated on the University’s stunning Malibu campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Renowned for its high academic standards, its nationally acclaimed Division I Athletics program, and its internationally ranked study abroad programs, Pepperdine is a unique community that is committed to serving the needs of each and every student.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Scholarship & Financial Aid Posse Foundation

Pepperdine participates in the Posse Foundation, a program that brings talented inner-city youth to campus to pursue their academics and to help promote cross-cultural communication. Posse students are nominated by their high school to the program and share a collaborative support system with a special mentor to adjust to campus and college life. Pepperdine’s Posse Scholars hail from Washington, D.C.

Scholarship & Financial Aid Scholarships

Pepperdine University does its best to be financially accessible for all qualified students. We offer four scholarships that are specific to minority students. They are: the Seaver College Endowed Scholarship, the Richard Eamer Endowed Scholarship, the Hispanic Advisory Council Scholarship, and the Hispanic Society Endowed Scholarship. Pepperdine also works with a variety of Los Angeles schools to set up campus tours and provides information sessions for these students.

Summer Bridge & Orientation Pepperdine Summer Preview (PSP)

The Pepperdine Summer Preview prepares newly enrolled, first-generation college students for life at Pepperdine by acquainting them with the University’s campus community prior to New Student Orientation. Through attending faculty-led community sessions, participating in a local service project, exploring off-campus offerings and living in the dorms, students build relationships with their peers and build ties with Pepperdine academic and student life resources.

Scholars & Leadership Guardian Scholars Program

Pepperdine's Guardian Scholars Program supports talented, former foster youth in their journey to become successful collegians. Faculty and staff create a dependable network to equip students with the tools, resources, and community that can support Guardian Scholars as they strive to achieve their goals.

Scholars & Leadership Leadership Education and Development (L.E.A.D.)

Leadership Education and Development programs offer students the opportunity to enhance their self-awareness, leadership skills and community involvement to promote impacting citizenship on campus and beyond. L.E.A.D. hosts an annual leadership training day, student leadership conference, leadership summit, Project L.E.A.D. alternative spring break trip and more.

Student Life & Support Intercultural Affairs Office

The Intercultural Affairs Office serves as one of the many avenues on campus where students can gain the awareness, knowledge and skills necessary to become culturally competent. The office facilitates and sponsors a variety of workshops, seminars, excursions, forums, debates and convocation programs throughout the year in order to promote intercultural awareness and understanding between and amongst students.

Student Diversity

  • 3,228
  • 40/60
  • 20%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 11%
  • 5%
    Black or African American
  • 16%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 48%
  • 6%
    Two or more races
  • 3%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 11%

Student Success

  • 94%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 84%
    Six-year graduation
  • n/a
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 98%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 57%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 381
    Full-time faculty
  • 71
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 13:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Business Administration, Psychology, Sports Medicine, Economics, Political Science, Advertising

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Armenian Student Association (ASA), Black Student Association (BSA), Chinese Student Association (CSA), Dramatically Reconstructing Education Through African-American Men (D.R.E.A.M), Judaic Cultural Awareness Club (JCAC), Korean Student Association, Latino Student Association, Pepperdine Asian Student Association (PASA), Pepperdine Native American Student Organization (PNASO/Pepperdine Natives), Blue and Orange Indonesian Society, Hawaii Club, Japan Club


Cost of Attendance

  • $49,770
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $252
    Required Fees
  • $14,330
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $70,770,999
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $42,790
    Average aid package
  • $28,622
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 20%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 50%
    Students with financial need
  • 99%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 97%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 51%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 11,831
    # of applicants
  • 37%
  • 3.59
    Average HS GPA
  • 29
    ACT Composite
  • 550—650
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 550—670
    SAT Math
  • 560—650
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 1/5
    Regular application closing date
  • $65
    Application Fee
  • $65
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date