Diversity and Access
Pepperdine's commitment to diversity stems from a Christian heritage that compels us to love justice and to treat every individual equally with respect and compassion. Our faith also confirms that we are finite and therefore our knowledge is incomplete. It is through the inclusion and experience of others from diverse points of view that we often begin to see dimensions of truth previously unseen by us. Diversity not only enriches the educational endeavor, but it is also critical to it.
Pepperdine views diversity as one facet of the prism of values formed by our mission. Diversity will not be merely a means to an end or a way to enrich the experience of the majority. It will be characterized by a relentless aspiration on the part of the entire University community, including boards, administration, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends, to ensure full engagement of the issues, and to become a clear reflection of the communities we serve.
Pepperdine is committed to assisting prospective and current students, and their families, in their college experience. We understand that navigating the college choice process can be challenging and the Office of Admission wishes to serve as a resource for you during this time. Please utilize the resources below, or contact the Office of Admission at 310.506.4392 with any questions that may arise.
A first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor's degree at a four-year college or university. This means you will be the first to attend a four-year college/university and obtain a bachelor's degree. We have several areas for support for our first-generation Waves and we invite you to explore more here.
Spanish Speaking Students & Families
Pepperdine's Office of International Student Services is dedicated to assisting international students in their application process and time while at Pepperdine.
Student Clubs & Organizations
In addition to service, Greek, special interest, and student-led ministry organizations, Pepperdine has cultural clubs that allow students to explore the diversity in their community and connect with students alike.
Pepperdine Summer Preview
PSP offers an introduction to college life as rising high school seniors prepare to tackle the application process. This on-campus, overnight program will explore many aspects of life at Pepperdine, geared specifically toward first-generation college students.
Virtual Campus Tour
Can't make it to campus quite yet? Enjoy our virtual tour of campus and the residential halls, available in English, Spanish, and Mandarin.
Scholarships for First-Generation Students
Pepperdine offers multiple scholarships specifically for first-generation students. Please utilize this resource to learn how to further fund your education.