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Pepperdine University Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into Pepperdine University? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 3,781 out of 9,923 applicants or 38% were admitted making Pepperdine University a more competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for average applicants.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores. Pepperdine University typically accepts and attracts B+ average high school students. Only 20% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 6,548 3,375 9,923
Accepted 2,221 1,560 3,781
Acceptance Rate 34% 46% 38%
Enrolled 440 305 745
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 20% 20% 20%

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Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to Pepperdine University and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that Pepperdine University regularly accepts students with ACTs of 25 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 22 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 28 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 30 and above have very competitive chances. 53 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Pepperdine University.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1190 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1090. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1290 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 66 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1190 1390
SAT Reading 610 700
SAT Math 570 700
ACT Composite 25 30
ACT English 25 32
ACT Math 24 30

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

 What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
30 and Above Good >54%
27 to 30 Avg + 38%-54%
25 to 27 Avg - 29%-38%
23 to 25 Reach 21%-29%
Less than 23 Low <21%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1390 and Above Good >51%
1290 to 1390 Avg + 38%-51%
1190 to 1290 Avg - 26%-38%
1090 to 1190 Reach 17%-26%
Less than 1090 Low <17%

Estimated GPA Requirements

You will need very good grades in high school to get into Pepperdine University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Pepperdine University was 3.59 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Pepperdine University will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 39% Good
3.50 to 3.75 25% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 21% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 11% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 4% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 0% Low
2.25 to 2.50 0% Low
2.00 to 2.25 0% Low

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 5, 2017.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Pepperdine University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=121150 IPEDS survey data for Pepperdine University.