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Chances of getting into Pepperdine University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
31.7%
Admission Difficulty for Pepperdine University
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Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionHigh
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How hard is it to get into Pepperdine and can I get accepted? The school has a 32% acceptance rate ranking it #16 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 4,049 out of 12,764 applicants were admitted making Pepperdine a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 18 percent. Pepperdine University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 18% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. Pepperdine University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pepperdine SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1230-1450
Applicants Submitting SAT
68%
SAT Scores for Pepperdine University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 610
SAT Math 25th 620
SAT Composite 25th 1230
SAT Scores for Pepperdine University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 700
SAT Math 75th 750
SAT Composite 75th 1450
Average SAT Score 1340

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Pepperdine University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 20 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1230 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 1120. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1340 out of 1600. The school ranks #15 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 68 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Pepperdine University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1450 and Above Good >44%
1340 to 1450 Avg + 32%-44%
1230 to 1340 Avg - 22%-32%
1120 to 1230 Reach 14%-22%
Less than 1120 Low <14%
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Pepperdine ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
27-32 
Applicants Submitting ACT
47%
ACT Scores for Pepperdine University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 28
ACT Math 25th 25
ACT Composite 25th 27
ACT Scores for Pepperdine University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 30
ACT Composite 75th 32
Average ACT Score 29

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that Pepperdine regularly accepts students with ACT's of 27 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 15 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 24 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 30 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 32 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #17 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 47 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Pepperdine University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Pepperdine University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
32 and Above Good >47%
29 to 32 Avg + 32%-47%
27 to 29 Avg - 24%-32%
25 to 27 Reach 17%-24%
Less than 25 Low <17%
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Pepperdine GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

What GPA do you need to get into Pepperdine University?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into Pepperdine. 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. The school ranks #37 in California for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Pepperdine 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 Competitiveness
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

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

83% of Pepperdine University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Pepperdine University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 47%
Top 25% of class 83%
Top 50% of class 96%
Bottom 50% of class 4%
Bottom 25% of class 0%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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Admission Statistics

Pepperdine University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 8,166 4,598 12,764
Accepted 2,417 1,632 4,049
Acceptance Rate 30% 35% 32%
Enrolled 391 335 726
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 16% 21% 18%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 5, 2022
Days left to Apply
71

Applicants have 71 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on Jan 5, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Pepperdine University is $65.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Pepperdine University and what student information is used for 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.

FAQs

Does Pepperdine University prefer SAT or ACT?

68% of students submit their SAT scores to Pepperdine. 47% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Pepperdine University?

32% of those who apply are granted admission to Pepperdine. Admission competition is high and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Pepperdine University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1230 and 1450. 68% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Pepperdine University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 27 and 32. 47% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.