Pepperdine University

24255 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90263

School Details

Pepperdine University was founded in 1937 as Pepperdine College in South Central Los Angeles, California. In the 1960s the school faced problems with its location and decided to move. In 1972 the school moved to its current location in Malibu, California and just a year earlier it had obtained University status by adding its Law School.

Pepperdine University provides Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees through its accreditation from the Western Association of Colleges and Schools and is classified as a private, not for profit, four year institution. On top of their overall accreditation, the school has also received special accreditation for its Law, Dietetics, Clinical Psychology, and Music programs. Pepperdine University operates with the mission of being committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership. The university is affiliated with the Churches of Christ.

The main campus is located on several ridges overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu, California. Most of the campus buildings were built in the Californian and Mediterranean style of the 1908s with stuccoed walls and red tile roofs. To the northwest of the main campus lies the Drescher Graduate Campus, completed in 2003.

When applying to Pepperdine University, potential students must submit a high school diploma or equivalent, their SAT scores, and complete an online application, although each school has some specific requirements which can be found on the university's website. Students who attend Pepperdine University return for a following year at a rate of 93% for full-time students and 100% for part-time students. Students at Pepperdine University typically graduate within the four years it is expected to take to earn a Bachelor’s degree at a rate of 70% and graduate within six years at a rate of 81%.

There are 7,539 students currently enrolled at Pepperdine University, of these students, 4,065 of which are graduate students and 3,474 of which are undergraduate students. There are also 4,412 students considered adult learners over the age of 24. Students at Pepperdine University are mostly full-time enrollments making up 88% of the student body leaving 12% as part-time enrollment students. The gender break down shows a student body with about 56% female students and 44% male students. There is some racial diversity with 49% of students being white, 14% Hispanic, 11% Asian, 7% African American, 7% non-residents, 1% American Indian, and 1% Native Hawaiian. The remaining 11% of students are considered two or more races or have their race/ethnicity unknown. Only 51% of the students are in-state, while 42% are out-of-state and 6% are from foreign countries.

Students have a variety of options academically at Pepperdine University. There is a mix of over 40 degree programs within five academic schools. The different academic schools are:

  • Frank R. Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences
  • The George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management
  • The School of Law
  • The School of Public Policy
  • The Graduate School of Education and Psychology

For students with a hectic schedule, the university offers online courses for almost all of its degree programs, graduate and undergraduate.

There are a total of 566 faculty members, all of which are considered instructional faculty and generally hold the highest degree in their field. These faculty members make up a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio which makes for smaller than average class sizes and some personal learning experiences.

Students can find many ways to stay busy outside of class. Some of ways for a student to spend free time is through participating in extracurricular activities. There are currently 15 active student organizations and clubs at Pepperdine University. These organizations and clubs include:

  • Malibu Graduate Business Society
  • Asian Business Club
  • Challenge for Charity
  • Consulting Collective
  • Entertainment Club
  • Entrepreneurship Society
  • Finance Club
  • Graziadio Christian Business Society
  • Graziadio Student Ambassadors
  • High Tech Business Management Association
  • Marketing Society
  • MBA Women International
  • Net Impact
  • Toastmasters Club
  • Values-Centered Leadership Lab

The Athletic teams at Pepperdine University play in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Division I. There are currently 15 teams, including:

  • Men’s and Women’s Track
  • Baseball
  • Men’s and Women’s Basketball
  • Women’s Beach Volleyball
  • Men’s and Women’s Golf
  • Women’s Soccer
  • Women’s Swimming and Diving
  • Men’s and Women’s Tennis
  • Men’s and Women’s Volleyball
  • Men’s Water Polo

Pepperdine University offers the assistance and guidance of its financial aid office to help students with the cost of achieving higher education. The financial aid office can help students with tuition payment plans, pre-paid tuition plans and can help students find and apply for grants, scholarships and loans. Currently, 73% of the student population accepts some form of grant or scholarship aid. 


Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission


School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Churches of Christ

  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctor's degree
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