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Seaver College at a Glance

Seaver College is consistently recognized among the top-ranked universities in California and the United States.



Best National Universities
U.S. News and World Report

USNWR - National Universities Badge


Best Value Schools
U.S. News and World Report

USNWR - Best Value Schools Badge


Best Colleges for Veterans
U.S. News and World Report

USNWR - For Veterans Badge


Best Undergraduate Teaching
U.S. News and World Report

USNWR - Best Undergraduate Teaching



The curriculum at Pepperdine emphasizes the broad discovery of many 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.


Graduates Degrees


Academic Divisions







Malibu location on California map

Located in the heart of Malibu and surrounded by the rolling foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, Seaver College overlooks the Pacific Ocean and is just minutes from the city limits of Los Angeles.

International Programs


of Students Participate in International Programs


in the Nation for Study Abroad Program
(U.S. News and World Report)

USNWR - Study Abroad Badge

international global map with location tags



Among the Top in the Nation for Number of Students who Study Abroad
(Institute of International Education)

International Campuses

  •  • Buenos Aires  • Florence  • Heidelberg  • Hauteville  • London  • Washington DC


Go Waves!

pepperdine color swatches

School Colors

Blue and Orange

Willie the Wave

Athletic Mascot

Willie the Wave

Pepperdine Spirit Flag

Student Fan Club


Olympic Highlights

Since 1956, 59 student-athletes and alumni have either competed in or coached at the summer Olympics.

olympic gold medal

7 Gold

olympic silver medal

8 Silver

olympic bronze medal

4 Bronze



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.


  • 19 Students - Average Class Size
  • 42:58 Male-Female Ratio
  • 63% Number of Students Living on Campus

Campus Life

  • 110 Student Clubs
  • 13 Fraternities and Sororities
  • 1,000+ On-Campus Events Each Semester


  • 4 Fitness Centers
  • 2 Fields
  • 1 Olympic-Sized Pool


  • 17 Men and Women Division 1 Teams
  • 14 National Championships
  • 12 Individual National Championships

First-Year Retention Rate

  • Fall 2021 to Fall 2022- 88%
  • Fall 2020 to Fall 2021 - 93%
  • Fall 2019 to Fall 2020 - 85%

Race and Ethnicity by the Numbers

  • 46% White 
  • 18% Hispanic or Latino
  • 14% Asian
  • 9% International
  • 7% More than One Race
  • 4% Black / African American

Seaver Faulty in Classroom


Our accomplished faculty seek to develop personal relationships with students and serve as mentors, research partners, and graduate school and career advisors.


Number of Faculty Holding Highest Degree in Field


Student-Faculty Ratio

Higher Purpose

Seaver students singing for convo in front of Stauffer Chapel

Seaver College is a Christian university where students learn at the intersection of faith and reason and are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership. From local service initiatives to programs that explore the enduring relationship between Judaism and Christianity, Pepperdine affirms its mission and encourages spiritual formation through opportunities that serve a global community. 


Chapel exists to create gatherings for first- and second-year residential undergraduate students to feel welcomed into the community and explore their faith through the themes of love, truth, goodness, and beauty. This required programming provides a model of vibrant faith practice for students as they become leaders in the world, just as George Pepperdine envisioned.


Number of Core Chapel Students Will Attend Each Semester

Number of Connection Chapels Students Will Attend Each Semester

Spiritual Life

Christian values, rooted in a Church of Christ heritage, are at the heart of academics and spirituality at Pepperdine. Students explore topics of faith and reason, creation care, and social justice, and examine the broad content of a liberal arts education in dialogue with the Christian faith. Pepperdine welcomes people of all faith and encourages forthright conversation in a common pursuit of truth.

Top 12 Religious Affiliations for All Undergraduate Students

religious breakdown pie graph image

    Other Christian (47%)
    Catholic (14%)
    None (9%)
    Agnostic (7%)
    Church of Christ (7%)
    Spiritual (6%)
    Atheist (3%)
    Identity Not Listed (3%)
    LDS (Mormon) (1%)
    Muslim (1%)
    Buddhist (1%)
    Hindu (1%)



Pepperdine community participating in acts of service

Service is an integral part of our mission, demonstrated through the volunteer work of our students, faculty, and staff.


of Students Volunteer


Donated Service Hours per Year

Service Yellow Ribbon

Inspired by our motto, "Freely ye received, freely give," Pepperdine is dedicated to expanding its student veterans program in an effort to support those who served and gave freely.


of Student Veterans Are in the Yellow Ribbon Program



Some of the greatest benefits of earning your degree at Pepperdine are the school's professional preparation and leadership development opportunities, which provide real-world experiences rooted in ethical decision-making and critical thinking in a global context.


of Graduates Are Employed, Accepted to Grad School, Volunteering Full Time, or in the Military Six Months After Graduation


of Students Graduate in Four Years


of Undergraduate Students Receive Financial Assistance 


or Higher Average Job Success Rate Over the Past Three Years

For more information on Seaver College outcomes, visit Success After Seaver.

Pepperdine community participating in acts of service


Six-Year Graduation Rate

  • Class of 2016: 84%
  • Class of 2015: 83%
  • Class of 2014: 87%

Grad School Success Rate

  • Class of 2020: 90%
  • Class of 2021: 95%
  • Class of 2022: 72%


*All academic, enrollment, and financial statistics listed are based upon figures or official estimates available as of July 25, 2023, and some may be subject to change.