Pepperdine University Admission Chances

Acceptance Chances

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Pepperdine University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionHigh

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 highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for average applicants.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores. Only 20% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.


SAT Requirements

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Pepperdine University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 610
SAT Math 25th 570
SAT Composite 25th 1190
SAT Scores for Pepperdine University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 700
SAT Math 75th 700
SAT Composite 75th 1390
SAT Scores you need to get in

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

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.

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 >51%
1290 to 1390 Avg + 38%-51%
1190 to 1290 Avg - 26%-38%
1090 to 1190 Reach 17%-26%
Less than 1090 Low <17%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Pepperdine University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 25
ACT Math 25th 24
ACT Composite 25th 25
ACT Scores for Pepperdine University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 32
ACT Math 75th 30
ACT Composite 75th 30
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 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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Pepperdine University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness 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%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Pepperdine University has not reported high school GPA data for its accepted students.


Admission Statistics

Pepperdine University admission statistics
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%

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.