Pepperdine University

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$49,770

3.49% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$39,637

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

2.57%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

36.9%

11,111 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

7,826

72.4% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

87.1%

553 Graduates

About

Pepperdine University is a higher education institution located in Los Angeles County, CA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Pepperdine University were General Business Administration & Management (182 degrees awarded), General Psychology (76 degrees), and General Economics (51 degrees).

In 2016, 2,480 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Pepperdine University. 58.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 41.9% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (1,050 degrees), 3.56 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (295 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Pepperdine University is $49,770, which is $23,914 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Pepperdine University is $49,770, which is $23,914 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $39,637.

In 2016, 72% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 40% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$49,770

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Pepperdine University was $49,770. The cost of tuition at Pepperdine University is $23,914 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

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Average Net Price

$39,637

2016 Value

17.5%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Pepperdine University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $39,637. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Pepperdine University grew by 17.5%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,810

Room and Board

$1,500

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Pepperdine University was of $13,810 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,500. The cost of room and board increased by 3.14% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

72%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

40%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

72% of undergraduate students at Pepperdine University received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a growth of 4.35% with respect to 2015, when 69% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.

2.57%

2015 Default Rate

43

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Pepperdine University was 2.57%, which represents 43 out of the 1671 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Pepperdine University received 11,111 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 12% annual growth. Out of those 11,111 applicants, 4,097 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 36.9% acceptance rate.

There were 7,826 students enrolled at Pepperdine University in 2016, and 61% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Pepperdine University has an overall enrollment yield of 18.1%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

36.9%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

4,097

Accepted Out of 11,111

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Pepperdine University was 36.9% (4,097 admissions from 11,111 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 38.1%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants grew by 12%, while admissions grew by 8.36%.

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SAT Scores

61%

Submission Percentage

454

Scores Submitted

61% of enrolled first-time students at Pepperdine University in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Pepperdine University has a total enrollment of 7,826 students. The full-time enrollment at Pepperdine University is 5,669 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,157. This means that 72.4% of students enrolled at Pepperdine University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Pepperdine University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 42.4% White, 12.4% Hispanic or Latino, 10.7% Asian, 7.14% Black or African American, 3.46% Two or More Races, 0.434% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.256% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Pepperdine University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (29.7%), followed by White Male (19.3%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (8.47%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (21%), followed by White Male (17.3%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (6.46%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

72.4%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Pepperdine University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 7,826 students. The full-time enrollment at Pepperdine University is 5,669 and the part-time enrollment is 2,157. This means that 72.4% of students enrolled at Pepperdine University are enrolled full-time compared with 78.1% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

90%

2016 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 90%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), Pepperdine University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    3,320

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    972

  3. Asian

    840

The enrolled student population at Pepperdine University is 42.4% White, 12.4% Hispanic or Latino, 10.7% Asian, 7.14% Black or African American, 3.46% Two or More Races, 0.434% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.256% 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 51.9% White, 12.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.36% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2016, 404 more women than men received degrees from Pepperdine University. The majority of degree recipients at Pepperdine University are white (1,050 degrees awarded). There were 3.56 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (295 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Pepperdine University is General Business Administration & Management (182 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (76 degrees) and General Economics (51 degrees).

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 Math & Statistics (165 degrees awarded), Legal (179 degrees), and Psychology (369 degrees).

Workforce

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 Miscellaneous managers (241,636 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (237,500 people), Counselors (177,891 people), Social workers (137,771 people), and Postsecondary teachers (130,264 people).

The most specialized majors at Pepperdine University are Math & Statistics (165 degrees awarded), Legal (179 degrees), Psychology (369 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (30 degrees), and Communications (182 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The most specialized majors at Pepperdine University are Math & Statistics (165 degrees awarded), Legal (179 degrees), Psychology (369 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (30 degrees), and Communications (182 degrees).

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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 (535,241 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (312,769 people), Hospitals (241,790 people), Insurance carriers & related activities (171,184 people), and Computer Systems Design (169,015 people).

The most specialized majors at Pepperdine University are Math & Statistics (165 degrees awarded), Legal (179 degrees), Psychology (369 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (30 degrees), and Communications (182 degrees).

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Degrees

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

  1. 182 degrees awarded

  2. 76 degrees awarded

  3. 51 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Pepperdine University was General Business Administration & Management with 182 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 1,038

  2. 1,442

In 2016, 1,038 degrees were awarded to men at Pepperdine University, which is 0.72 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,442).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 379 degrees were awarded to men at Pepperdine University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.69 times more than the 224 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 224 degrees were awarded to women at Pepperdine University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.591 times less than the 379 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

75%

100% Completion Time

84%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 75% of students graduating from Pepperdine University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 84% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 85% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

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 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 (67.2%).

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, 7.23% of graduates (40 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,050 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    295 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    222 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Pepperdine University is white (1,050 degrees awarded). There were 3.56 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (295 degrees).

8.95% of degree recipients (222 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    581 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    469 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    203 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Pepperdine University is white female (581 degrees awarded). There were 1.24 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (469 degrees).

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Operations

Pepperdine University has an endowment valued at nearly $793M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $-18.5M (-2.33%), compared to the 1.54% average return ($4.18M on $271M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, Pepperdine University had a total expenditure of $302M. Of that $302M, they spent $134M on salaries and $302M on benefits.

Pepperdine University employs 124 Professors, 91 Associate professors, and 85 Assistant professors. Most academics at Pepperdine University are Male Professors (91), Female Associate professors(46), and Male Assistant professors (45).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Pepperdine University are: Management, with 253 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 179 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 175 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$793M

2015 Endowment

0.342%

growth from 2014

Pepperdine University has an endowment valued at about $793M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Pepperdine University grew 0.342% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $522M 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. $3.18M - Federal

  2. $9k - State

  3. $384k - Local

As of 2015, Pepperdine University received $3.18M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $9k from state grants and contracts, and $384k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

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$134M

Salary Expenditure

$302M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Pepperdine University had a total expenditure of $302M. Of that $302M, they spent $134M on salaries and $302M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

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Salary Expenditure

$134M

2015 Salaries

2.64%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Pepperdine University paid a median of $134M in salaries, which represents 44.2% of their overall expenditure ($302M) and a 2.64% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.8% growth from 2013 and a 2.32% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 206M (43.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$40.7M

Instructional Salaries

381

Number of Employees

In 2015, Pepperdine University paid a total of $40.7M to 381 employees working as instructors, which represents 30.4% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $62.1M (30.2%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

124 Employees

Management

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

253 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Pepperdine University were Professor with 124 employees; Associate professor with 91 employees; and Associate professor with 85 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Pepperdine University were Management with 253 employees; Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 179 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 175 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Female Associate professor

  3. Male Assistant professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Pepperdine University was Male Professor with 91 employees, Female Associate professor with 46 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 45 employees.

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

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