Pepperdine University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$62,390
4.95% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$47,804
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
0.61%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
48.7%
11,466 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
10,030
59.8% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
84%
624 Graduates

About

Pepperdine University is a higher education institution located in Los Angeles County, CA. In 2022, the most popular Masters Degree concentrations at Pepperdine University were Clinical Psychology (451 degrees awarded), General Business Administration & Management (448 degrees), and General Psychology (220 degrees).

In 2022, 3,292 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Pepperdine University. 63.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 36.7% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,336 degrees), 2.24 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (597 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Pepperdine University is $62,390, which is $32,240 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Pepperdine University is $62,390, which is $32,240 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $47,804.

In 2022, 92% of undergraduate students attending Pepperdine University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 39% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$62,390
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Pepperdine University was $62,390. The cost of tuition at Pepperdine University is $32,240 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

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Average Net Price

$47,804
2022 Value
16.8%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Pepperdine University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $47,804. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Pepperdine University grew by 16.8%.

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Other Student Expenses

$16,700
Room and Board
$1,250
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Pepperdine University was of $16,700 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 3.34% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,250. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

92%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
39%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

92% of undergraduate students at Pepperdine University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2021, when 92% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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0.61%
2019 Default Rate
10
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Pepperdine University was 0.61%, which represents 10 out of the 1640 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Pepperdine University received 11,466 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 3.28% annual growth. Out of those 11,466 applicants, 5,585 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 48.7% acceptance rate.

There were 10,030 students enrolled at Pepperdine University in 2022. 16% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Pepperdine University has an overall enrollment yield of 16.9%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

48.7%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
5,585
Accepted Out of 11,466

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Pepperdine University was 48.7% (5,585 admissions from 11,466 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 52.7%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 3.28%, while admissions declined by −10.6%..

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SAT Scores

16%
Submission Percentage (2022)
152
Scores Submitted (2022)

16% of enrolled first-time students at Pepperdine University in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Pepperdine University had a total enrollment of 10,030 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Pepperdine University is 5,998 students and the part-time enrollment is 4,032. This means that 59.8% of students enrolled at Pepperdine University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Pepperdine University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 42.9% White, 19.9% Hispanic or Latino, 11.5% Asian, 8.46% Black or African American, 5.19% Two or More Races, 0.369% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.329% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Pepperdine University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (27.2%), followed by White Male (18.9%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (11.4%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (27.2%), followed by White Male (14.7%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (11.7%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

59.8%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Pepperdine University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 10,030 students. The full-time enrollment at Pepperdine University is 5,998 and the part-time enrollment is 4,032. This means that 59.8% of students enrolled at Pepperdine University are enrolled full-time compared with 77.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

88%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Pepperdine University was 88%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84%), Pepperdine University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    4,298 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,994 enrolled students
  3. Asian
    1,156 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Pepperdine University is 42.9% White, 19.9% Hispanic or Latino, 11.5% Asian, 8.46% Black or African American, 5.19% Two or More Races, 0.369% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.329% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 47.5% White, 15.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.58% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 342 students (3.41%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 874 more women than men received degrees from Pepperdine University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Pepperdine University is white (1,336 degrees awarded). There were 2.24 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (597 degrees).

The most common Masters Degree concentration at Pepperdine University is Clinical Psychology (451 degrees awarded), followed by General Business Administration & Management (448 degrees) and General Psychology (220 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Pepperdine University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Psychology (960 degrees awarded), Legal (303 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (181 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Pepperdine University are Accountants & auditors (1,057,278 people), Other managers (804,936 people), Financial managers (515,660 people), Chief executives & legislators (413,286 people), and Elementary & middle school teachers (338,506 people).

The most specialized majors at Pepperdine University in 2022 are Psychology (960 degrees awarded), Legal (303 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (181 degrees), Business (1,039 degrees), and Math & Statistics (53 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Pepperdine University are Surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Physicians, Chief executives & legislators, and Legal support workers, all other

The most specialized majors at Pepperdine University are Psychology (960 degrees awarded), Legal (303 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (181 degrees), Business (1,039 degrees), and Math & Statistics (53 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Pepperdine University are Elementary & secondary schools (951,963 people), Computer Systems Design (630,577 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (577,618 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (555,266 people), and Banking & related activities (521,200 people).

The most specialized majors at Pepperdine University are Psychology (960 degrees awarded), Legal (303 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (181 degrees), Business (1,039 degrees), and Math & Statistics (53 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Pepperdine University.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 451 degrees awarded
  2. 448 degrees awarded
  3. 220 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common masters degree concentration at Pepperdine University was Clinical Psychology with 451 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

1,209
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
2,083
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 1,209 degrees were awarded to men at Pepperdine University, which is 0.58 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,083).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 382 degrees were awarded to men at Pepperdine University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.29 times more than the 295 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 404 degrees were awarded to men at Pepperdine University in Clinical Psychology, which is 5.53 times more than the 73 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

80%
100% Completion Time
89%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 80% of students graduating from Pepperdine University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 89% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 89% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Pepperdine University is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 2.08% of graduates (13 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    1,336 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    597 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    336 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Pepperdine University is white (1,336 degrees awarded). There were 2.24 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (597 degrees).

6.38% of degree recipients (210 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    810 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    526 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    410 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Pepperdine University is white female (810 degrees awarded). There were 1.54 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (526 degrees).

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Operations

Pepperdine University has an endowment valued at nearly $1.2B, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−0.615%) compared to the 1.13% average return (4.2M on 373M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2022, Pepperdine University had a total salary expenditure of 476M. Pepperdine University employs 129 Professors, 88 Associate professors and 88 Assistant professors. Most academics at Pepperdine University are Male Professor (91), Female Assistant professor (48), and Female Associate professor (45).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Pepperdine University are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 273 employees, Management, with 251 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 140 employees.

Endowment

$1.2B
2022 Endowment
4.85%
growth from 2021

Pepperdine University has an endowment valued at about $1.2B, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Pepperdine University grew 4.85% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $828M higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $13.7M - Federal
  2. $93k - State
  3. $351k - Local

As of 2022, Pepperdine University received $13.7M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $93k from state grants and contracts, and $351k from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$176M
2022 Salaries
10.2%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Pepperdine University paid a median of $176M in salaries, which represents 37.1% of their overall expenditure ($476M) and a 10.2% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 246M (41.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$51.1M
Instructional Salaries
421
Number of Employees

In 2022, Pepperdine University paid a total of $51.1M to 421 employees working as instructors, which represents 29% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $73.7M (30%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
129 Employees
Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
273 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Pepperdine University were Professor with 129 employees, Associate professor with 88 employees, and Assistant professor with 88 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Pepperdine University were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 273 employees, Management with 251 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 140 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Assistant professor
  3. Female Associate professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Pepperdine University was Male Professor with 91 employees, Female Assistant professor with 48 employees, and Female Associate professor with 45 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Pepperdine University.

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