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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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.

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Virtual Information Sessions
September 27 and October 19 at 5:00-6:00 PM (Pacific Time)

We invite prospective students and their families to join us for a virtual information session. Admission Counselors will lead a presentation about Pepperdine University and the admission process, and current students will answer your questions live.



First-Generation Student Workshops
November 15 and January 4 at 4:00–5:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Pepperdine Admission Counselors will cover all parts of the college application process during this workshop aimed at first-generation students. First-generation college students are identified as students whose parents or guardians have not obtained a Bachelor's degree from a four-year college. Topics include how to write a successful application essay, navigate financial aid, apply through the Common Application, and more!


  First-Generation Students (Scholarships & Resources)

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

Pepperdine offers multiple scholarships specifically for first-generation students. Please utilize this resource to learn how to further fund your education.

  Horizon Scholars Program for Current and Former Foster Youth 

The Pepperdine Horizon Scholars Program supports current and former foster youth students at all five Pepperdine schools in fulfilling their goals and dreams in higher education. Our dedicated professionals offer services that encourage students to become self-supporting, successful professionals; conscious community leaders; and role models for other young people.

  International Students

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. 

  Posse Scholars Program
The Posse program helps identify scholars with exceptional leadership and academic potential, to receive a full-tuition scholarship from one of their partner universities. Pepperdine has been a proud Posse partner, since 2010. 
  Pepperdine Summer Preview

PSP offers an introduction to college life as rising high school seniors prepare to tackle the application process. This program will explore many aspects of life at Pepperdine, geared specifically toward first-generation college students.

This event is for rising high school seniors, attending a high school in Southern California, who identify as first-generation college students, meaning neither parent graduated with a bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university. This is an overnight program where students will be staying in residence halls on campus and all transportation, food, and lodging expenses will be paid for.

When: July 2023
Where: Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90263 
Who: Rising high school seniors, who attend a high school in Southern California and who identify as first-generation college students, meaning neither parent graduated with a bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university.
Application deadline: Spring 2023

  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.