Seaver College At a Glance

Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences is the liberal arts school of Pepperdine, ranked #52 in U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges National University Rankings.

#52 Best Colleges - U.S. News & World Report

#25 Best Value Schools - U.S. News & World Report

#9 Best College Value in the West/SW - Kiplinger

#39 Highest ROI Colleges in California -

#9 Most Entrepreneurial Universities - Forbes



The curriculum at Pepperdine emphasizes the broad discovery of all disciplines, as well as a deep concentration in one area of study. Semester-long general education courses sharpen critical thinking, improve information literacy, and build a learning community.

9 Graduate Degrees

8 Academic Divisions

44 Majors

37 Minors

 Unique and Enriching First-Year Seminars

Social Action and Justice

Justice: Pain of Betrayal, Nature of Conscience | Media and Social Movements: Human Rights | True Love, Wealth, and Poverty Science and Religion | Humanity in Conflict: Moral Choice

Great Books Colloquium

Great Books



#2 Most Beautiful Campus in the Nation - The Princeton Review

Malibu campus


International Programs

MORE THAN 60% of Pepperdine undergraduates take part in AT LEAST one international study program. SHANGHAI | BUENOS AIRES | LAUSANNE | HEIDELBERG | FLORENCE | LONDON. Additional internship and specialty summer programs on 6 continents.



Over 91% of our faculty hold the highest degree in their field. Thanks to our low student-faculty ratio, our faculty serve as mentors, research partners, and graduate school and career advisors.

13:1 Student-faculty ratio, average class size 19 students




Our close-knit, supportive community is the ideal setting for students to explore their interests and talents outside of the classroom, while making meaningful and lasting friendships.

40% | 60% Male/Female Ratio

60% of students live on campus | 115+ student clubs and organizations including Greek life

student events

150 Sponsored on-campus events each semester

Be an active participant...

Get involved through intramural sports, fitness, yoga, and outdoor recreation. Our campus equipment rentals include surfing, snorkeling, camping, and hiking gear.

4 fitness centers, 2 fields, and 1 olympic size pool.

17 Men and Women Division 1 Teams

13 Team National Championships

12 Individual National Championships

...or an enthusiastic spectator.

BLUE & ORANGE School colors

Willie the Wave Athletic Mascot

Riptide Student Fan Club


Olympic Highlights

An impressive 48 Student-athletes and alumni have either competed in or coached at the summer Olympics since 1956.

6 gold medals - 2 silver medals - 1 bronze medal

Sarah Attar, London Olympics, 2012


Spiritual Life

Christian values, firmly rooted in a Church of Christ heritage, are at the heart of each academic pursuit and spiritual journey. Pepperdine is a safe place to explore the deeper topics of faith and doubt, social justice, and other macro-level issues that arise from the teachings of a liberal arts education.

Pepperdine is a campus where all faith traditions are welcomed and encouraged to challenge each other in the pursuit of truth.



beach prayer



At Pepperdine, service is an integral part of our mission and is lived out through the volunteer work of our students, faculty, and staff. Our volunteer center offers local, national, and international opportunities for all students to step forward and serve.

Over 69,000 hours of service: Engaging 65% of Seaver students making a positive impact.

With our University motto ‘Freely ye received, freely give,’ we are dedicated to expanding our student veterans program in an effort to support those who served and gave freely.

From 2013, Pepperdine’s student veteran enrollment increased by 29%.

Yellow Ribbon Program: 72% of our current student veterans are in the Yellow Ribbon Program, enabling them to attend tuition-free.



One of the greatest values of earning your degree at Pepperdine is the professional preparation and leadership groundwork rooted in ethical decision making, critical thinking, real-world application, and global perspective.

98,000+ Alumni

51% of students were employed on graduation day

96% of students participated in student employment, internships, and student teaching

79% of Pepperdine undergraduate students received some form of financial assistance during the 2014-2015 academic year.


A 4-Year Graduate Rate: 76% (approx. 37% higher than the national average)

All academic, enrollment, and financial statistics listed are based upon figures or official estimates available as of June 15, 2015, and some may be subject to change.

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