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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.

 

#49

Best National Universities
U.S. News and World Report

#47

Best Value Schools
U.S. News and World Report

#23

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

#13

Best Undergraduate Teaching
U.S. News and World Report


 

Academics

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.

7

Graduates Degrees

8

Academic Divisions

45

Majors

46

Minors


 

Location

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

#2

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

international global map with location tags

 

#12

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

International Campuses

  •  • Buenos Aires  • Florence  • Heidelberg  • Lausanne  • 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

Riptide

Olympic Highlights

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

olympic gold medal

8 Gold

olympic silver medal

8 Silver

olympic bronze medal

6 Bronze


 

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.

Undergrads

  • 19 Students - Average Class Size
  • 2:3 Male-Female Ratio
  • 74% Number of Students Living on Campus

Campus Life

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

Wellness

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

Athletics

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

First-Year Retention Rate

  • Fall 2018 to Fall 2019 - 91%
  • Fall 2017 to Fall 2018 - 91%
  • Fall 2016 to Fall 2017 - 90%

Race and Ethnicity by the Numbers

  • 48% White 
  • 13.5% Hispanic or Latino
  • 12.2% Asian
  • 10.7% Nonresident Alien
  • 8.7% Other / Unknown
  • 4.9% African American

Seaver Faulty in Classroom

Faculty

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

96%

Number of Faculty Holding Highest Degree in Field

13:1

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. 

Seaver 200

Seaver 200 is a required program for first- and second-year undergraduate students to explore their faith and feel welcomed into community. 

4

Number of Foundation Gatherings Students are Required to Attend Each Semester

6
Number of Breakout Groups 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 (53%)
  •  
    Catholic (18%)
  •  
    Church of Christ (12%)
  •  
    None (11%)
  •  
    Jewish (1%)
  •  
    Muslim (1%)
  •  
    Buddhist (1%)
  •  
    Other (1%)
  •  
    Hindu (1%)
  •  
    Agnostic (0%)
  •  
    LDS (Mormon) (0%)
  •  
    Atheist (0%)

 

Service

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.

72%

of Students Volunteer

75,000

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.

80%

of Student Veterans Are in the Yellow Ribbon Program


 

Outcomes

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.

85%

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

77%

of Students Graduate in Four Years (~35% Higher than National Average)

92%

of Undergraduate Students Received Financial Assistance During the 2019–2020 Academic Year

92%

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 2012: 83%
  • Class of 2013: 86%
  • Class of 2014: 87%

Grad School Success Rate

  • Class of 2017: 83%
  • Class of 2018: 90%
  • Class of 2019: 81%

 

*All academic, enrollment, and financial statistics listed are based upon figures or official estimates available as of July 1, 2021, and some may be subject to change.