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2016 Undergraduate Tuition
3.49% growth from 2015
After Financial Aid
2014 Student Loan
Default Rate
2016 Acceptance Rate
11,111 Applicants
2016 Enrolled Students
72.4% full-time
2016 Graduation Rate
553 Graduates


The median tuition at Pepperdine University is $49,770, which is $17,560 more than the national median tuition of $32,210.

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $39,637.

In 2016, 72% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 40% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

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Pepperdine University received 11,111 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 12% annual growth. Out of those 11,111 applicants, 4,097 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 36.9% acceptance rate.

There were 7,826 students enrolled at Pepperdine University in 2016, and 61% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Pepperdine University has an overall enrollment yield of 18.1%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

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Pepperdine University has a total enrollment of 7,826 students. The full-time enrollment at Pepperdine University is 5,669 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,157. This means that 72.4% of students enrolled at Pepperdine University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Pepperdine University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 42.4% White, 12.4% Hispanic or Latino, 10.7% Asian, 7.14% Black or African American, 3.46% Two or More Races, 0.43% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.26% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Pepperdine University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (12.2%), followed by White Male (7.94%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (3.49%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (6.58%), followed by White Male (5.42%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (2.02%).

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In 2016, 404 more women than men graduated from Pepperdine University. The majority of students graduating from Pepperdine University are White. These 1,050 graduates mean that there were 3.56 times more White graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 295 graduates.

The most common Bachelor's Degree awarded at Pepperdine University is General Business Administration & Management with 182 graduates, followed by General Psychology with 76 graduates and General Economics with 51 graduates.

The most specialized major across all degree types at Pepperdine University, meaning they have significantly more graduates than the national average across all institutions, is Math & Statistics, with 165 graduates, followed by Legal with 179 graduates and Psychology with 369 graduates.


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Pepperdine University has an endowment valued at nearly $793M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $-18,485,000 (-2.33%), compared to the 1.09% average return ($2.96M on $270M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, Pepperdine University had a total expenditure of $302M. Of that $302M, they spent $133M on salaries and $42.4M on benefits.

Pepperdine University employs 128 Professors, 85 Associate professors, and 84 Assistant professors. Most academics at Pepperdine University are Male Professors (96), Male Associate professors (49), and Female Assistant professors (43).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Pepperdine University are: Management, with 239 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 172 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 170 employees.



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