: Malibu, Calif. Undergraduate enrollment
: 3,474 Total cost
: $56,872 Average need-based aid
: $38,389 Average net cost
: $18,483 Kiplinger's rank
: #47 among private universities
Founded in 1937 and dedicated to affirming Christian values, this school accepts students of all faiths. Pepperdine began life as a college and became a university in 1970; it opened its current Malibu campus, on 830 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean, in 1972. Students here are eligible for both need-based and non-need-based aid; 75% receive some form of help with the college bills.
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