#11 Best Private Colleges in California

Pepperdine Demographics & Diversity

Malibu, California

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Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity
Very High

A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at Pepperdine are predominantly White with a smaller Hispanic population. The school has very high racial diversity. 53% percent of students are minorities or people of color (BIPOC). The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.

Racial demographics of Pepperdine University students
Race Percent of Students
White 47%
Black 6%
Hispanic 16%
Asian 12%
American Indian / Alaskan 0%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 5%
International 10%
Race Unknown 4%

Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity

There are 99% more female students than male students enrolled at Pepperdine University with a gender ratio of 67% women to 33% men. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, Pepperdine has a lower gender diversity than other US colleges and is less inclusive of males.

Male to female gender ratio for Pepperdine University students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 33%
Women 67%
Enrollment by gender for Pepperdine University students
Gender Number of Students
Men 3,357
Women 6,673

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity

Pepperdine serves a low number of students outside of California, with 45 percent of the student body residing in-state.

Enrollment by geographic location for Pepperdine University students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 45%
Out of State 43%
Foreign 11%
Unknown Location 0%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$79,068 per year

19% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
Segment Percent of Students
Students Over 25 Years Old 7.1%
Part time Undergrads 8.4%

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=121150 IPEDS survey data for Pepperdine University.