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Pepperdine University

Pepperdine University is a relatively young institution (founded in 1937) that characterizes itself as "a Christian university committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values." More than half of students at the school are Christian, and all students are required to attend programs in the Convocation Series, a set of events aimed at deepening Christian faith or examining issues within a Christian framework. The university currently enrolls about 3,500 undergraduates and 4,000 law and grad students. Undergrads have a choice of about 45 majors and 40 minors, and the university keeps the student-faculty ratio low across its five undergraduate and graduate schools; it's barely in the double digits. Pepperdine also touts its graduate schools of education, psychology, business, public policy, and law, offering undergrads a vision of what they might pursue upon completion of their studies. The primary campus is in the Pacific Coast community of Malibu, Calif., well-known as a surfer and movie star haven and about 30 miles from downtown L.A. The university also has five graduate campuses in southern California, as well as six international campuses. Pepperdine's athletic teams, the Waves, compete in a variety of men's and women's NCAA Division I sports.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$74,000
% of students who get any grants
76%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$38,800
Average price for low-income students
$26,350
admissions
Acceptance rate
40%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1300/29
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
3,594
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
99%
% of need met
74%
% of students who get merit* grants
28%
Average merit grant
$17,846
student success
Graduation rate
85%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$25,840
Average salary within 3 years
$56,400
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
43%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Jan 5

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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