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Pepperdine University Admission Requirements


Acceptance Rate

36.9%
Admission Difficulty for Pepperdine University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionHigh

Can I get into Pepperdine University? The school has a 37% acceptance rate. Last year, 4,097 out of 11,111 applicants were admitted making Pepperdine University a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 22 percent. Pepperdine University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 18% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
1180-1390
Applicants Submitting SAT
61%
SAT Scores for Pepperdine University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 600
SAT Math 25th 580
SAT Composite 25th 1180
SAT Scores for Pepperdine University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 680
SAT Math 75th 710
SAT Composite 75th 1390
SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Pepperdine University?

Pepperdine University typically requires applicants to be in the top 27 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1180 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 1075. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1285 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 61 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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Pepperdine University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1390 and Above Good >50%
1285 to 1390 Avg + 37%-50%
1180 to 1285 Avg - 26%-37%
1075 to 1180 Reach 17%-26%
Less than 1075 Low <17%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
26-31 
Applicants Submitting ACT
56%
ACT Scores for Pepperdine University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 25
ACT Math 25th 25
ACT Composite 25th 26
ACT Scores for Pepperdine University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 33
ACT Math 75th 29
ACT Composite 75th 31
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Pepperdine University?

Admission data indicates that Pepperdine University regularly accepts students with ACT's of 26 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 18 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 24 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 31 and above have very competitive chances. 56 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Pepperdine University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Pepperdine University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
31 and Above Good >53%
28 to 31 Avg + 37%-53%
26 to 28 Avg - 28%-37%
24 to 26 Reach 20%-28%
Less than 24 Low <20%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Avg. High School GPA
3.59
Typical High School Grades
B+

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's for admitted Pepperdine University students
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 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

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Admission Statistics

Pepperdine University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 7,416 3,695 11,111
Accepted 2,484 1,613 4,097
Acceptance Rate 33% 44% 37%
Enrolled 448 295 743
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 18% 18% 18%

Fall 2018 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 5, 2018
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2018 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 5, 2018.

Admission Requirements

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

Pepperdine University Admission Requirements
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

High School Credits Accepted at Pepperdine University
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.