Pepperdine University

Pepperdine University

Pepperdine University was established in 1937 as a private university. The university offers enrollment to more than 3,000 undergraduates and over 2,000 postgraduate students. The main campus overlooks the Pacific Ocean, and is right next to the city limits of Malibu, California. This university has a number of other campuses, namely the:

  • Encino Graduate Campus
  • Irvine Graduate Campus
  • Santa Clara Center
  • Westlake Village Graduate Campus
  • West Los Angeles Graduate Campus

Pepperdine University offers a large number of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in arts, business, computer science, physical sciences, general education, religion and fine arts.

The sports teams of the Pepperdine University are nicknamed the Waves, and they participate in sports including baseball, golf, tennis, volleyball, soccer, water polo, lacrosse, golf, cross-country, ice hockey and swimming.

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Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu , CA 90263
General Phone: (310) 506-4000

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Pepperdine University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management973business management, business administration, accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, international business, marketing, business and related services
Therapy and Counseling397psychology, clinical psychology, organizational psychology, psychobiology
Education and Teaching319education, educational administration, educational admin and supervision, English teaching, music teaching, physical education teaching, chemistry teaching, education courses
Law260law, legal professions
Liberal Arts204American studies, Asian studies, European studies, Latin American studies, German language, French language, Spanish language, English, creative writing, ...
Media173communication studies, journalism, radio and television, public relations, advertising, public relations and advertising, communication and journalism
Family and Social Work63food and nutrition, public policy analysis
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy28exercise science
Drama and Performing Arts22theatre design, acting, directing, stagecraft
Science20biology, biochemistry, biopsychology, natural sciences, chemistry, physics courses
Religion and Philosophy18philosophy, religion, philosophy and religious studies, ministry, theological and ministerial studies
Music10music, music history and theory, music theory and composition
Mathematics10mathematics, mathematics and computer science
Art Studies8art studies
Fine Arts6art history and criticism
Computer Science and Engineering1computer support

Number of programs and degrees for Pepperdine University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Master's degree1,40017
Bachelor's degree80959
Doctor's degree913
First-professional degree2122

Pepperdine University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Pepperdine University had a total enrollment of 7,582 students (6,748 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 45%
Women 55%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 42%
Graduate 49%
First Professional 9%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 49%
Black 7%
Hispanic 9%
Asian 11%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 16%
(Foreign Students) 6%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 16%
20-21 18%
22-24 17%
25-29 20%
30-34 10%
35-39 7%
40-49 7%
50-64 4%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)5%
State unknown2%
New York2%
New Jersey1%

Pepperdine University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 88 %

Pepperdine University Room and Board (2007)

Pepperdine University offers campus housing for 2,102 of its 6,748 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Malibu, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Pepperdine University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal560670
SAT Math570680
SAT Writing560670

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT87%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Pepperdine University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 36,770
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 36,770
Room and board $ 10,480
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 1,500

Financial Aid:
Pepperdine University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 1014900)

Pepperdine University Faculty

Pepperdine University has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year103$123,25026$116,710
Associate professoracademic year47$104,47932$92,437
Assistant professoracademic year37$79,58241$69,862
Instructoracademic year10$51,73416$39,498
Lectureracademic year3$55,14110$58,368
No academic rankacademic year31$71,09311$68,279
All faculty totalacademic year231$101,456136$79,585

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Pepperdine University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball West Coast Conference
Baseball West Coast Conference
Track West Coast Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports306090

Pepperdine University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other

Drama And Performing Arts
Directing and Theatrical Production
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology

Education And Teaching
Chemistry Teacher Education
Education, General
Education, Other
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching

Family And Social Work
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Public Policy Analysis

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Law (LLB, JD)
Legal Professions and Studies, Other

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Asian Studies/Civilization
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
European Studies/Civilization
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International/Global Studies
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other
Public Relations/Image Management
Radio and Television

Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Religion And Philosophy
Divinity/Ministry (BD, MDiv)
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
Religion/Religious Studies
Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Natural Sciences
Physics, Other

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology
Psychology, General

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