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First-Year Students

First-year students apply through the Common Application. First-year applicants are considered students still in high school or students who have graduated high school without completing any college credits.

You will also need to submit high school transcripts and an academic recommendation. SAT/ACT scores are optional, while proof of English proficiency is required for international applicants. Please refer to the instructions on our First-Year Applicant or International First-Year Applicant pages.

Transfer Students

Transfer students apply through the Pepperdine Transfer Application. Transfer applicants are considered students who have both graduated from high school and completed college credits.

You will also need to submit final high school transcripts or an equivalent test, college transcripts from every institution, and an academic recommendation. SAT/ACT scores are optional, while proof of English proficiency is required for international applicants. Please refer to the instructions on our Transfer Applicant or International Transfer Applicant pages. 

Reapplicants

If you have applied within the past two application terms, then you are eligible to complete the free reapplication process. You will need to submit the reapplication form and updated application materials (e.g. recent transcripts). Please refer to the instructions on our Reapplicants page

Application Deadlines

  Fall Term - First-Year Applicants

Early Action

Application deadline: November 1
FAFSA deadline: November 1
Decisions sent: January 10
Enrollment deadline: May 1

Regular Decision 

Application deadline: January 15
FAFSA deadline: February 15
Decisions sent: April 1
Enrollment deadline: May 1

Applicants will receive the same consideration for admission and financial assistance regardless of whether they apply for Early Action or Regular Decision.  Early Action admission offers are nonbinding. Please refer to the FAQ page for additional information.

  Fall Term - Transfer Applicants

Application deadline: February 15
FAFSA deadline: February 15
Decisions sent: April 1
Enrollment deadline: June 1

  Spring Term - All Applicants

Application deadline: October 1
FAFSA deadline: October 15
Decisions sent: November 15
Enrollment deadline: December 1