Pepperdine University

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Pepperdine University can be found in Malibu, CA, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. There are around eight thousand students enrolled each year at Pepperdine University.

Many of the students accepted into this school have scored in-between 1700 - 2010 on the SAT exam. We were able to estimate the Pepperdine University average GPA (3.42 - 3.71) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. This school has an acceptance rate of about 37% with 22% of applicants deciding to attend. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Pepperdine University Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Pepperdine University was reported as 37.3% in Fall 2013 with over 9,720 college applications submitted to Pepperdine University. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • SAT Scores: 1700 - 2010
  • Average GPA: 3.42 - 3.71

How Hard Is It to Get into Pepperdine University?

Applicant Selectivity: High

The selectivity of applicants for undergraduate admissions to Pepperdine University is considered high, with many applicants scoring in the top percentiles on the SAT or ACT exam, as well as having an excellent high school GPA.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Pepperdine University has been on an upward trend when compared to previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 34.4%
  • 2010-2011: 30.6%
  • 2011-2012: 31.6%
  • 2012-2013: 38.4%
  • 2013-2014: 37.3%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 35.6%

How Does Pepperdine University Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Pepperdine University is forty-nine percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Mount St. Mary's College74.1%
California Lutheran University48.0%
Loyola Marymount University54.1%
Otis College of Art and Design46.3%
California State University-Channel Islands64.4%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Pepperdine University (Fall 2013)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading560 - 660
Math570 - 680
Writing570 - 670
Total Score1700 - 2010
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