The acceptance rate at Pepperdine is 42%. It ranks #24 in California and #166 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. Pepperdine is a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 4,925 out of 11,768 applicants were admitted.
The school has very high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 21 percent (SAT 1200/1410 ACT 26/31). Pepperdine University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.69. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 15% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.
The Pepperdine application fee is $65 and applications are due by Jan 5.
Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Pepperdine University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 68% of students submitted SAT scores and 47% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||600|
|SAT Math 25th||600|
|SAT Composite 25th||1200|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||690|
|SAT Math 75th||720|
|SAT Composite 75th||1410|
|Average SAT Score||1310
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Pepperdine University?
Pepperdine University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 24 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1200 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 1310 out of 1600. Pepperdine ranks #15 in California and #116 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 68 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.
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|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||27|
|ACT Math 25th||25|
|ACT Composite 25th||26|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||34|
|ACT Math 75th||30|
|ACT Composite 75th||31|
|Average ACT Score||28
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 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. The school ranks #19 in California and #137 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 47 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Pepperdine University.
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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 3.69 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #26 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.
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|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|3.75 to 3.99||37.0%||Avg|
|3.50 to 3.74||26.0%||Avg -|
|3.25 to 3.49||15.0%||Reach|
|3.00 to 3.24||7.0%||Reach|
|2.50 to 2.99||1.0%||Low|
|2.00 to 2.49||0%||Low|
|1.00 to 1.99||0%||Low|
|less than 1.00||0%||Low|
GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021
88% 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||49%|
|Top 25% of class||88%|
|Top 50% of class||99%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||14%||16%||15%|
Applicants have 92 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jan 5, 2023.
The cost for prospective students to apply to Pepperdine University is $65.
What are the requirements for admission to Pepperdine University and what student information is used for admission decisions?
|Test Scores||Considered but not required|
|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|
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.
42% of those who apply are granted admission to Pepperdine. Admission competition is low and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1200 and 1410. 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 31. 47% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.