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Pepperdine Admission Requirements

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Chances of getting into Pepperdine University

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
42%
Admission Difficulty for Pepperdine University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very High 
Applicant Competition Average 
How hard is it to get into Pepperdine and can I get accepted?

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.

Test Optional

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..

Pepperdine SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1200-1410
Applicants Submitting SAT 
68%
SAT Scores for Pepperdine University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 600
SAT Math 25th 600
SAT Composite 25th 1200
SAT Scores for Pepperdine University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 690
SAT Math 75th 720
SAT Composite 75th 1410
Average SAT Score 1310

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 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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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Pepperdine University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1410 and Above Good >58%
1305 to 1410 Avg + 42%-58%
1200 to 1305 Avg - 28%-42%
1095 to 1200 Reach 17%-28%
Less than 1095 Low <17%
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Pepperdine ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
26-31 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
47%
ACT Scores for Pepperdine University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 27
ACT Math 25th 25
ACT Composite 25th 26
ACT Scores for Pepperdine University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 34
ACT Math 75th 30
ACT Composite 75th 31
Average ACT Score 28

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 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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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Pepperdine University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
31 and Above Good >61%
28 to 31 Avg + 42%-61%
26 to 28 Avg - 30%-42%
24 to 26 Reach 21%-30%
Less than 24 Low <21%
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Pepperdine GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.69
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 3.69 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's for admitted Pepperdine University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 14.0% Good
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

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High School Class Rank

88% 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 49%
Top 25% of class 88%
Top 50% of class 99%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Pepperdine University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 7,506 4,262 11,768
Accepted 2,951 1,974 4,925
Acceptance Rate 39% 46% 42%
Enrolled 425 308 733
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 14% 16% 15%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 5, 2023
Days left to Apply
92

Applicants have 92 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jan 5, 2023.

Application Fee

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

Application Requirements

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

Pepperdine University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not 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?

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.

What SAT score is required for Pepperdine University?

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.

What ACT score is required for Pepperdine University?

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.