Pepperdine University (CA)

Pepperdine University (CA)

Common Application


Regular Decision: Jan. 5, 2017

Essay Questions:

Common Application Essays:

The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don't feel obligated to do so. (The application won't accept a response shorter than 250 words.)

l   Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please          share your story.

l   The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn            from the experience?

l   Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

l   Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal                         importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

l   Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.


Supplemental Essay Questions: 

l   Write a letter to your future roommate at Pepperdine. Tell them what characteristics would make you a good roommate and what you are looking forward to most in college. (50-300     words)

l   The university affirms that truth, having nothing to fear from investigation, should be pursued relentlessly in every discipline. Although Pepperdine University is a distinctly Christian     institution, students, faculty, and staff members of all faith traditions are welcome to become part of the Pepperdine University community. Please tell us a little bit about how faith     has influenced your life. (50-300 words)


Documents Required:

  • $65 application fee
  • High School Transcript
  • Academic Recommendation
  • Official score report from SAT or ACT
  • 1 Teacher Evaluation
Other Information:

Address: 24255 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90263

Phone: 310-506-4392
FAX: 310-506-4861
Application Info:

SAT/TOEFL Code: 4630
ACT Code: 0373