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Pepperdine University 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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Pepperdine University accepts admission in Fall, Summer, Spring and Winter season. The university has a total enrollment of more than 3,560 students in Undergraduate Programs. The university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the field of Advertising, Business Administration, Creative Writing, Economics, Chemistry, Biology and Film Studies.

Fall 2019 admissions at Pepperdine University saw more than 13,000 applications. Out of these, it admitted only 4,241 students. Eventually, 826 students were enrolled last year.

With an acceptance rate of 40%, admissions at Pepperdine University are quite competitive. The application process is pretty selective. With Common application, the applicants have to submit the Pepperdine questions and supplemental writing as it plays an important role in their selection. The applicants can submit either ACT or SAT scores, subject tests are not compulsory.

About 2,345 international students applied for various programs at Pepperdine University. Out of these, only 479 international students were offered admissions. Admitted students had following academic characteristics:

  • Their unweighted GPA was 3.64-3.97
  • Transfer students had a GPA of 3.52- 3.94
  • Composite SAT score was 1300-1450
  • ACT Composite score was 28-32
  • TOEFL IBT 100-109


Application PortalUG - Common application
PG - Programs intended website
Application Fee$65
Acceptance Rate40%
SAT Score1300-1450
ACT Score28-32
Mode of PaymentCredit/Debit card or Check
Academic CalendarSemester
Intake SeasonsEvery quarter- Fall/ Winter /Springs/ Summer
Work ExperienceRequired for MBA
Financial AidWork-study, loans, grants and Scholarships
International AdmissionsInternational Applicants | Email

Pepperdine University, USA Admissions Deadlines

The applicants are advised to apply before given deadlines to be considered for admission:

Fall (Early action)November 1
Fall (Regular decision)January 15
Spring QuarterOctober 1
GraduateVaries from program to program

Pepperdine University, USA International Admissions

Pepperdine University’s Office of International Students (OISS) helps with a range of services, including admission requirements, immigration support, and student orientations.

Before applying to Pepperdine University, students must keep the following information in mind.

Academic requirements

  • Official High school transcripts and certificates, 
  • Academic recommendation, 
  • Different Standardized test scores
    • ACT/SAT scores, 
    • GRE/GMAT scores
  • Minimum GPA as specified by the program

International applicants must submit the Foreign Transcript Evaluation.

English Proficiency Test Score requirements

The students can fulfil the English proficiency requirement by submitting one of the following test scores. The minimum required score may vary for graduate programs.

Test NameMinimum Score Required
TOEFL IBT97- 107

Visa Process for International Students

Studying at Pepperdine requires a valid visa if the student is not from the US. Overseas students usually obtain an F-1 or J-1 visa in order to study here.

  • Pepperdine University renders the I-20 after students accept their offer of admission by submitting their Enrollment Form and Tuition Prepayment (Deposit).
  • The University will then issue the Form I-20 to the International Applicants.
  • The documents required to receive the Form I-20 are as follows:
    • Copy of passport
    • Proof of financial support
    • Bank statement
    • Sponsor letter, if applicable
  • After that, Applicants have to apply for the F-1 or J-1 visa.
  • In the end, Submit the form and make the payment.
  • Schedule and attend the visa interview.

Pepperdine University Undergraduate Admissions

The Pepperdine University, USA offers various Undergraduate programs and courses in various disciplines including Law, Business, Public Polity, Education and Psychology etc. The admission criteria and procedure for UG courses are mentioned below-

Academic Requirements - 

  • Academic transcripts, 
  • Minimum GPA, 
  • ACT/SAT scores 
  • Recommendations
  • English language efficiency

Students seeking admission have to submit their official program completion certificate and the mark sheets.

High school GPA3.62-3.95

Pepperdine University Graduate Admissions

Pepperdine University, USA also offers master level programs to students in various disciplines. All the master level programs have different eligibility criteria.

Application Fee: $65

Academic Requirements - 

  • Official transcripts, 
  • Relevant bachelor’s degree
  • Letter(s) of recommendation as many as specified by the program
  • Personal statement, 
  • Resume, 
  • Interview.

Requirements of some popular graduate courses are -

CourseApplication PortalApplication DeadlineAcademic RequirementsMinimum English Language Proficiency
MS in Applied Financeapp.applyyourself.comPriority: November 15
Standard: February 15
Final: April 1
Official transcripts, Letter of recommendation,
Essay, Resume, One year of experience
TOEFL IBT: 97- 102.
MS in Human resourceapp.applyyourself.comPriority: November 15
Standard: February 15
Final: April 1
Official transcripts, GMAT/GRE,
Letter of recommendation, Essay,
Resume, One year of experience
TOEFL IBT: 97- 102.
Master of Public Policypublicpolicy.pepperdine.eduJune 5Official transcripts,Two letters of recommendation,
Two essays, Resume
TOEFL IBT: 97- 102.
MS in Management and Leadershippublicpolicy.pepperdine.eduPriority: October 9;
Regular: November 6
Official transcripts, GMAT/GRE,
Letter of recommendation,
Essay, Resume, One year of experience
TOEFL IBT: 97- 102.
Master of Business Administrationapp.applyyourself.comFall Priority: November 15;
Regular: February 15
Official transcripts, GMAT/GRE,
Letter of recommendation,
Essay, Resume, One year of experience
TOEFL IBT: 97- 102.

The admission committee looks closely at an applicant's academic record, GPA, standardized test scores, background of service and leadership, LORs and personal statements.

Once the application is processed the applicant will receive an email from the Admissions Office which will include a unique link to the ‘App Tracker’. Through this, the applicant can monitor the application to-do lists and verify that items have been received by the Admission Office.

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