Pepperdine University

Private, Four-years School Located in Malibu, CA

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How much is the Pepperdine tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, Pepperdine's tuition & fees is $66,742.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $88,802 when a student lives on-campus.

Pepperdine Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Tuition & Fees$66,742
Books & Supplies Costs$1,000
On-campus Room & Board$18,560
On-campus Expenses$2,500
Off-campus Room & Board$18,560
Off-campus Expenses$2,500
2023-2024 Projection
Tuition & Fees$62,390

How Much Does it Cost to Go to Pepperdine for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $307,253 at Pepperdine. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $413,969. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $260,922.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$70,547$93,647$58,507
Sophomore (2024-25)$74,569$99,907$62,764
Junior (2025-26)$78,821$106,614$67,352
Senior (2026-27)$83,315$113,800$72,300
4 Years Total$307,253$413,969$260,922
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$74,569$99,907$62,764
Sophomore (2025-26)$78,821$106,614$67,352
Junior (2026-27)$83,315$113,800$72,300
Senior (2027-28)$88,065$121,503$77,637
4 Years Total$324,770$441,824$280,052
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$78,821$106,614$67,352
Sophomore (2026-27)$83,315$113,800$72,300
Junior (2027-28)$88,065$121,503$77,637
Senior (2028-29)$93,086$129,764$83,396
4 Years Total$343,287$471,681$300,685
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$83,315$113,800$72,300
Sophomore (2027-28)$88,065$121,503$77,637
Junior (2028-29)$93,086$129,764$83,396
Senior (2029-30)$98,393$138,624$89,613
4 Years Total$362,859$503,691$322,946
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$88,065$121,503$77,637
Sophomore (2028-29)$93,086$129,764$83,396
Junior (2029-30)$98,393$138,624$89,613
Senior (2030-31)$104,003$148,131$96,326
4 Years Total$383,547$538,022$346,973

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, Pepperdine' tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $20,937. Compared to private, four-years colleges in California, its tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $23,111.
In-StateOut-of-State
Pepperdine University$66,742
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,672
Public Schools$7,199$12,960
Private Schools$20,937
California Four-years Colleges$20,867
Public Schools$4,034$13,259
Private Schools$23,111

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between Pepperdine and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (private, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
LocationUndergraduateGraduate
Pepperdine UniversityMalibu, CA$66,742$42,020
Duquesne UniversityPittsburgh, PA$47,146$26,568
Wake Forest UniversityWinston-Salem, NC$64,758$39,350
Northeastern UniversityBoston, MA$63,141$28,100
Drexel UniversityPhiladelphia, PA$60,663$37,074
Marquette UniversityMilwaukee, WI$48,700$23,845
Carnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburgh, PA$63,829$49,450
George Washington UniversityWashington, DC$64,990$35,154
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroy, NY$61,884$61,873
Boston UniversityBoston, MA$65,168$64,712
Brandeis UniversityWaltham, MA$64,946$61,578

Financial Aid and COA

At Pepperdine University, 3,421 students (92%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $33,245.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at Pepperdine is $55,557 for students living on-campus and $55,557 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 972 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $32,348 and the average amount of student loans is $8,440.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
COA (on-campus)$88,802
COA (off-campus)$88,802
Tuition & Fees$66,742
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$22,060
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$22,060
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$55,557
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$55,557
Average Financial Aid$33,245
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship3,42192%$33,245
Pell Grants71519%$4,841
Federal Student Loan1,43539%$6,468
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid97295%-
Grants or Scholarships96594%$32,348
Federal Grants19319%$6,589
Pell Grants19319%$5,161
Other Federal Grants19119%$1,442
State/Local Grants15015%$8,114
Institutional Grants96494%$29,800
Student Loan Aid44944%$8,440
Federal Student Loans42441%$5,278
Other Student Loans10510%$14,774

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

Pepperdine's acceptance rate is 52.71%. A total of 11,855 applicants applied to and 6,249 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 1,024 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 16.39%.
To apply to Pepperdine, 4 items are required - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school record, Recommendations and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and 1 items are recommended to submit - Completion of college-preparatory program. SAT and ACT scores are considered during the admissions process but are not required to be submitted.
TotalMenWomen
Applicants11,8554,282$7,573
Admitted6,2492,211$4,038
Enrolled1,024400$624
Acceptance Rate52.71%51.63%53.32%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)16.39%18.09%15.45%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankNeither Required Nor Recommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRecommended
RecommendationsRequired
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither Required Nor Recommended
Admission test scoresConsidered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

SAT and ACT Scores

The SAT and ACT scores are considered but not required to apply to Pepperdine. The average SAT score of the enrolled first-time students is 1,350 and the average ACT score (ACT composite) is 28.
Its SAT score is much higher than the national average score of 1,168. The ACT score is much higher than the national average score of 24.
Average25th75th
SAT Total1,3501,2601,440
National Average1,168
California Average1,305
SAT EBRW670630710
SAT Math680630730
ACT Composite282530
National Average24
California Average29
ACT Math262329
ACT English292433

Student Population

Pepperdine University has a total of 10,030 students including 3,662 undergraduate and 6,368 graduate students. By gender, there are 3,602 male students and 6,844 female students attending Pepperdine. The school offers online degree programs and 3,100 students enrolled online exclusively (30.91% of all students).
TotalMaleFemale
Total10,446 3,6026,844
Undergraduate3,708 1,5702,138
Graduate6,738 2,0324,706

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address24255 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA
Phone310-506-4000
WEBwww.pepperdine.edu/
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered97 Programs
Online Program Offered3 Online Programs
Graduate Program Offered35 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate48.71%
Yield16.87%
Student Population10,030
Graduation Rate83%
Retention Rate88%
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate13 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties391 (Full-time), 450 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs1,557 (Full-time), 515 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$116,648
Average Staff Salary$82,613