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Admission Interviews

Interviews are informational and serve as a tool for students to evaluate their fit with Pepperdine University. Although the interview is informational in nature, interviewers will also provide an evaluative report that will be included in the applicant's admission file and treated as an additional letter of recommendation. Your chances of admission will not be negatively affected if we are unable to offer you an interview.

The optional interview provides an opportunity for applicants to have a meaningful conversation with a Pepperdine admission representative. This conversation allows you to learn more about Pepperdine, and the Admission Office to learn more about you.


Interview Questions

All students will be asked the following questions during the interview:

  1. Can you tell me something about yourself that we wouldn't find within your application (such as something you'd like to explain on your transcript, interruptions to your educational progression, something you're passionate about, information about your home life, or anything else)?
  2. The three core components of our mission statement are purpose, service, and leadership. Pick one and tell me a little about how you incorporate this value into your life.
  3. How will obtaining a college degree help you leave a positive impact on the world?

Transfer Students

If you are a transfer applicant who has graduated from high school, please register for one of the transfer applicant interview times available.
Please note that if you have taken college courses but have not yet graduated from high school you are considered a first-year applicant.

International Students

If you are an international student, or a student attending school outside of the United States, please email Scot McClamma (scot.mcclamma@pepperdine.edu) in the Office of International Student Services to schedule an interview.

Reapplicants

If you have previously applied to Seaver College and plan on applying for Fall 2021 through the reapplication form, we unfortunately are unable to offer you an interview. Please contact your admission counselor if you have any questions.

FAQs

  Who can register for an interview?

First year and transfer applicants applying for Fall 2021 can register for an admission interview. Please note that only first time applicants can register for an interview. If you are a reapplicant, please email your admission counselor with any questions.

  How do I register for an interview?

You can register for an interview online. Please note that transfer student interviews are only offered on Thursdays between 10:00am-12:00pm PST.  

  How are interviews conducted?

Interviews will be conducted through Zoom. Please note that we will email you the Zoom link prior to your interview and you can choose to join by video or phone.

  How long are interviews?
Interviews are 15 minutes long. Due to the high demand for admission interviews we are unable to extend this time for any student.
  Are interviews available for all majors?
Yes, first-year and transfer applicants can register for an interview regardless of intended major.
  What should I wear for my interview?
We encourage you to dress however you feel most comfortable for the interview. If your interview will be conducted over Zoom, we encourage you to turn your camera on if you feel comfortable doing so.
  What should I bring to my interview?
Just yourself! Please do not bring any transcripts, resumes, or other admission documents to the interview.
  Who will be conducting the interview?
All interviews will be conducted by a Pepperdine admission representative. Please note that students are unable to request an interview with a specific admission representative.
  At what point in the application process can I register for an interview?

Students applying for Fall 2021 can register for an interview at any point in the application process. You can register for an interview before or after submitting the Common Application.