Pepperdine Undergraduate Admissions FAQ

What is the average GPA and standardized test score for an admitted student?

Admit Averages (Mid-50%):

High School GPA: 3.61 - 3.94 (unweighted)

Transfer GPA: 3.51 - 3.86 (unweighted)

SAT: 1250 -1380

ACT Composite: 27 - 32


*Please note that we only super score the SAT and not the ACT. For further information on our test score policies, check out the New SAT Policy page

Do I need to take the SAT II Subject Exams?

No, Pepperdine only considers the SAT I and/or ACT exams.

If my SAT/ACT scores appear on my high school transcript, are they official? Does that mean I don't need to have them sent by the College Board?

No. We require the scores to be sent directly from the testing agency. 

How many students apply, and how many do you accept?

This past application season (Fall 2017) we received 12,417 applications and admitted 4,867 students.

What is the demographic breakdown of the student body?

Seaver College has approximately 3,300 undergraduates with 60% female and 40% male. We have students from all 50 states and over 70 nations. Currently about 50% of our students are from California, 10% are international, and the rest come from all 50 states. Our top 5 states of origin are California, Texas, Washington, Arizona, and Colorado. Our top 5 countries of origin are China, Indonesia, Thailand, South Korea, and Singapore. Seaver College has an ethnic profile of 43% Caucasian, 13% Asian, 15% Hispanic, 7% African American, <1% Native American, and <1% Pacific Islander.

Where can I find your application?

Pepperdine and Seaver College exclusively use the Common Application. The Common Application is an online admission application used by over 400 colleges and universities across the country, and serves to simplify the college admission process for students applying to multiple schools. Applicants fill out one Common Application, and can submit it to any of the other institutions that also use the application.

What do you look for on an application?

The admission committee looks closely at an applicant's academic record, GPA, standardized test scores, background of service and leadership, and character as exhibited in references and short answer/personal statements. 

Does Pepperdine offer early action or early decision?

Pepperdine offers early action admission for first-year students for the fall term, but does not offer early decision admission. Early action is nonbinding, meaning applicants are not required to enroll at Pepperdine if admitted. The early action application deadline for first-year students is November 1, and applicants will receive an admission decision by January 10. The regular decision application deadline for first-year and transfer students is January 15, and applicants will receive an admission decision by April 1. For a complete application timeline, check out the Application Deadlines page

Do my AP or IB courses transfer to Pepperdine?

Typically, students receiving a "3" or higher on AP tests (a "4" or higher is required for the English exam) will receive credit for AP courses. In regard to IB credit, students receiving a "5" or higher on IB tests (a "6" or higher is required for the English exam) will typically receive credit. For a complete list of approved AP or IB course transfers, please visit the following site:

What courses are required for me to complete in high school?

There are no minimum courses you have to complete.

How many units must be completed to be considered a transfer student?

Transfer applicants are high school graduates who have taken transferable college units at the time of application. Students who took colleges courses prior to graduating high school are not considered transfer students and should apply as a first-year student.

What are the most popular majors at Pepperdine?

Pepperdine is a liberal arts university with excellent programs across all the academic offerings. The largest academic divisions at Seaver College are the Business Division, Communication Division, Social Science Division, and the Natural Science Division. We currently offer 45 majors and 37 minors across 8 academic divisions.

The top 5 majors by number of students are:

Business Administration
Sports Medicine

What is the average class size at Seaver College? What is the student to professor ratio?

The average class size is 19 students, and the student to professor ratio is 13:1.

Do you have Teaching Assistants or Graduate students teaching classes?

No. All classes are taught by a professor. 90% of full-time faculty have earned a doctoral or terminal degree.

What do students do for fun?

Pepperdine's location is ideal for a variety of activities ranging from hiking, camping, swimming, and surfing. The university is located approximately 30 minutes from Los Angeles, where students frequently attend professional athletic events, go to comedy and music venues, go shopping, eat at different cultural restaurants, and explore the art exhibits at the Getty, LACMA, MOCA, and Annenberg Space for Photography.

On campus, Pepperdine hosts student-led coffeehouses with live music and poetry, improv comedy, world-class NCAA athletics, cookouts, and much more. Seaver College has over 110 clubs and organizations that range from the major-specific (Pre-Health, Pre-Law) to the truly quirky (Swashbuckler Pirate society). One great thing about having high student participation is that if a certain club isn't already available, it is easy for any student to start one. Our students also show off their school spirit by supporting our athletic teams! We have 17 men's and women's NCAA Division I athletic teams, 9 club teams, and 6 intramural sports.

How do your study abroad/international programs rank compared to other universities?

The Institute of International Education (IIE) has ranked Pepperdine's international programs as number 1 for the number of students we send to study abroad, and in the top 10 for popularity of our study abroad programs. Over 60% of undergraduate students study abroad in one of 7 academic year programs that focus on the liberal arts/general education curriculum. The academic year programs include Buenos Aires, Argentina; Florence, Italy; Heidelberg, Germany; London, England; Shanghai, China; Lausanne, Switzerland, and Washington, D.C. Altogether there are 30 different opportunities to study abroad, including over a dozen summer programs. For further information, check out our International Programs website

Do I have to live on campus my first year?

Yes. Students entering as a first-year are required to live on campus and have a meal plan their freshman and sophomore years. Transfer students are required to live on campus for one academic year. On-campus housing is not guaranteed for junior and senior years, and spaces are available by a lottery process to upperclassmen.

We have 22 identical residence halls that provide suite-style living with a common room and restroom surrounded by 4 fully furnished double bedrooms. Approximately 60% of our undergraduates live on campus. For videos of the residence halls and further information about housing, please visit the Housing and Residence Life website

What percentage of students are employed after graduation?

6 months after graduation, 87% of 2015 graduates were employed, accepted to graduate school, volunteering full time, or in the military. For a complete breakdown of graduate outcomes, please visit our Success After Seaver page.

What is the cost of tuition?

Tuition and Room and Board for the 2017-2018 academic year is $66,862. Approximately 84% of students at Pepperdine receive some form of financial assistance. For more information about financial assistance, please visit the Office of Financial Assistance's website

Can I bring my car on campus as a freshman?

Yes. All students can have a car on campus for all 4 years. There is no parking fee, but students must register their car with the Department of Public Safety upon arriving on campus.