How hard is it to get into Pepperdine and can I get accepted? The school has a 36% acceptance rate ranking it #21 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 4,016 out of 11,265 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 20 percent. Pepperdine University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 20% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.
Find out which students are getting accepted at Pepperdine, which are not, and how your GPA, SAT, or ACT scores compare.
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|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||610|
|SAT Math 25th||610|
|SAT Composite 25th||1220|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||690|
|SAT Math 75th||730|
|SAT Composite 75th||1420|
|Average SAT Score||1320|
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Pepperdine University?
Pepperdine University typically requires applicants to be in the top 22 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1220 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 1320 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 2018 starting class
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1420 and Above||Good||>49%|
|1320 to 1420||Avg +||36%-49%|
|1220 to 1320||Avg -||25%-36%|
|1120 to 1220||Reach||16%-25%|
|Less than 1120||Low||<16%|
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||26|
|ACT Math 25th||26|
|ACT Composite 25th||26|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||34|
|ACT Math 75th||30|
|ACT Composite 75th||32|
|Average ACT Score||29|
What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Pepperdine?
Admission data indicates that Pepperdine 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 23 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 29 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 32 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #18 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 47 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Pepperdine University.Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|32 and Above||Good||>49%|
|29 to 32||Avg +||36%-49%|
|26 to 29||Avg -||25%-36%|
|23 to 26||Reach||16%-25%|
|Less than 23||Low||<16%|
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.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|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
83% of Pepperdine University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.
|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%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||19%||21%||20%|
The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 5, 2020.
What are the requirements for admission to Pepperdine University and what student information is used for admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Neither required nor recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Recommended|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Neither required nor recommended|
|Credit for Life Experiences||No|
|Subject||Percent of Class|
Los Angeles, California
Santa Paula, California
Aliso Viejo, California
Santa Clara, California
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Walla Walla, Washington
Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=121150 IPEDS survey data for Pepperdine University.
68% of students submit their SAT scores to Pepperdine. 47% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
36% 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.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1220 and 1420. 68% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 26 and 32. 47% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.