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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." Approximately 60% 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. Its current enrollment is 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 says the student-faculty ratio across its five undergraduate and graduate schools is barely in the double digits. The university 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. Pepperdine's 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 plethora of men's and women's NCAA Division I sports.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$72,600
% of students who get any grants
72%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$42,600
Average price for low-income students
$21,300
admissions
Acceptance rate
37%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1220/29
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
3,803
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
98%
% of need met
75%
% of students who get merit* grants
26%
Average merit grant
$18,084
student success
Graduation rate
87%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$26,000
Average salary within 3 years
$53,100
% 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, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* 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, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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