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Deny FAQs

Why did I not receive admission?
This year, we received approximately 12,400 applications for the Fall 2017 term. Our applicant pool was not only large, but also it was composed of talented and academically qualified students. Our decisions were very difficult. We anticipate the size of the incoming Fall 2017 class to be only 890 students.

What criteria do you use when making decisions?
Decisions are based on a variety of criteria. While academic achievement and test scores are weighed heavily, the Admission Committee also strongly considers a variety of other factors. We value an applicant's achievements outside of the classroom and a sustained commitment to school and community activities. The response an applicant chooses for the essay, in addition to demonstrating writing fluency, convey to us the applicant's creativity, uniqueness, character, and intellectual vitality. We look for strong leadership qualities, intellectual curiosity, spirituality, as well as a student's potential to make a significant, positive contribution to the Pepperdine community. All of these elements play a role in the outcome of the decision. The Admission Committee considers each application in the context of the total applicant pool.

Can I appeal my decision?
All of our admission decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

Will you place my name on a waitlist?
We have offered places on our waitlist to selected applicants and no additional applicants will be added to this list.

Why was my friend admitted when he/she had a lower GPA and/or lower test scores than mine?
Due to the fact that schools, classes, programs, and individuals vary, it is difficult to make comparisons without viewing the entire applicant pool as a whole. Along with an applicant's GPA and test scores, we also strongly value and consider personal achievements and qualities which are nearly impossible to quantify and compare. Only the Admission Committee has the benefit of making informed decisions based on reviewing the entire applicant pool.

How can I reapply to Pepperdine?

If you wish to be reconsidered for a subsequent term at Pepperdine University, please refer to the instructions on our reapplication webpage.

We hope that this information has been helpful to you and has given you a context for understanding the University's decision.