Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA

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Pepperdine University: A truly collaborative community

Nationally recognized for its high academic standards and commitment to student success, Pepperdine is a Christian university where students grow in knowledge and character. Located on a scenic campus in Malibu, Seaver College is the University’s liberal arts undergraduate institution, providing rich opportunities for intellectual and spiritual exploration. Pepperdine is home to eight academic divisions: Business Administration, Communication, Fine Arts, Humanities and Teacher Education, International Studies and Languages, Natural Science, Religion and Philosophy, and Social Science. Inside and outside of the classroom, Pepperdine’s mission is to develop students to live lives of service, purpose, and leadership.

In alignment with our Christian heritage, the Pepperdine community supports justice and the treatment of every individual with respect and compassion. Pepperdine’s administration and faculty are deeply committed to all aspects of diversity and believe that diversity not only enriches our educational experience but that it is critical to it. One way this commitment is lived out is through our Intercultural Affairs Office (ICA), which strives to connect, engage, and inspire students through educational programs and experiences. Throughout the year, ICA facilitates off-campus trips to several destinations, including San Francisco, Downtown Los Angeles, and Zion National Park. There are also several on-campus programs for students to attend, such as the Heritage month series.

In light of 2020’s COVID-19 outbreak and the ongoing fight for justice in our country, Pepperdine has reflected and reevaluated the systemic issues within the nation and the framework of our University. The university president, Jim Gash, is committed to leading the charge to build a diverse, informed, loving, and unified community that becomes a light of cultural unity to the world. Current action items include hiring a Chief Diversity Office, establishing a Presidential Action Advisory Team, and focusing on collaboration and trust throughout the entire Pepperdine community.



#19 of 100 Most Beautiful College Campuses |


#55 Best Colleges National University Rankings | U.S. News & World Report


#49 Best Value National Universities | U.S. News & World Report


Among the Top 20 Most Beautiful Campuses | The Princeton Review


#11 Most Popular Study Abroad Program | The Princeton Review

Diversity and Access

The Office of Admission at Pepperdine University is committed to assisting all students through their application and admission journey. We recommend finding and connecting with your admission counselor, as well as checking out resources that best fit your student profile and needs.

Our Diversity and Access webpage is a great place to start. Here you will find an application workshop, ways to schedule a virtual tour, find events to attend and assist your application, scholarship resources, and much more.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “I love how students get to know their professors on a personal level due to small class sizes and how the faculty and administration make it a priority to mentor and invest in all aspects of their students.”

    • Elizabeth Chung, ‘20
  • “My study abroad experiences have further pushed my intellectual boundaries, broadened my connection to the world’s cultures, and made me realize that the world’s societies are much more interconnected than I had previously thought.”

    • Daniel Iturri Calvo, ‘20
  • “I wanted to attend a top-50, academically prestigious university that would allow me to thrive and grow in my spiritual journey. To me, Pepperdine offers that combination at a higher level than any other school in the world.”

    • Joshua Leow, ‘22
  • “Through Pepperdine's mission, I have been able to live with purpose, explore service opportunities, and reach my goals, which has really helped my world view not only grow but also broaden.”

    • Daniel Kibuuka, ‘19