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First-year students will be assigned an initial class schedule by academic advisors. Each student's first semester class schedule is developed and reviewed by a team of advisors in consultation with related faculty members and academic and administrative offices. (Subsequent semester schedules are determined by the student in collaboration with an academic advisor).
In planning your first semester schedule, we are committed to placing you in the appropriate first term major and general education requirements. Every class in which we register you will fulfill one of those requirements based on the information you give us on the NSO Registration and Academic Response Form. (More info on why we pre-assign you to classes) Transfer students will register during NSO following academic counseling with their major division.
Not all students are required to take certain classes in their first year of study. For example, a communications student does not need to take a math class in the first term, but someone pursuing a business program might. During NSO you will have the opportunity to change your schedule to include elective coursework or to reflect a change of major should the need arise.
If you are entering Pepperdine with 30 or more units under your belt (from a regionally accredited university) you are considered a transfer student. That means you will register for classes with your academic division during NSO. Once we receive your official transcripts, we enter the courses on your record which will update your Degree Audit Report, a tool that helps you track your progress. You should look at WaveNet to be sure that we have included these units on your record. Please keep in mind, though, that sometimes it takes several weeks after the end of the grading period for a school to mail out transcripts. We suggest that you bring to NSO an unofficial copy of your transcripts (or sealed official one if you have it) so that when you register with your new academic division, you will be able to show them your most recent accomplishments.
If you are unable to obtain the required immunizations prior to NSO you should still complete and submit your health history form by the August 4 deadline. Failure to comply with this deadline will result in a registration hold on your account. Note that the Health Center will be able to give you these immunizations on campus, but NSO is very busy time so we urge you not to wait until then to care of this.
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Yes. Incoming freshmen with less than 30 A.P. or college transfer units should complete the First Year Seminar Voyage readings and writing assignment before arriving on campus for orientation. (access the readings)
Housing is unable to accommodate early arrivals.
Students unable to arrive during their assigned check-in time, and arrive later than 6 p.m. should check in at the Howard A. White Center (HAWC).
Orientation ends for parents Thursday, August 22, at 3 p.m. Orientation events continue for students through the end of the week. Classes begin Monday, August 27.
The location and physical terrain of the Malibu campus present significant challenges for cellular service coverage. The university Information Technology group continues to work with cellular service providers to offer better coverage options to our campus community. Unfortunately, this negotiation process is slow due to regulatory and technical constraints. In addition, we have been challenged by some of the recent acquisitions in this market. (current status of cellular coverage)
New students are usually assigned to a suite-style residence hall. Each two-person bedroom is approximately 170 square feet and each suite (including four bedrooms) is approximately 1,014 square feet. (more info)
We have created a schedule of courses for new freshmen for a variety of reasons.