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First-Year Applicants

Definition

Prospective first-year applicants are students who have not graduated from high school at the time of application.

How to Apply

First-year applicants will submit their application to Pepperdine through the Common Application. The Common Application is available each year on August 1. Applying to Pepperdine is a multi-step process, so be sure to review the process and requirements sections below.

When to Apply

Spring Term

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

Fall Term - Early Action

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

Fall Term - Regular Decision First-Year Students

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

Application Process

STEP 1: Submit All Parts of the Common Application

The Common Application is a multipart process that includes submission of the Common Application, the Pepperdine Questions, and Pepperdine Writing Supplement. All parts must be submitted through the Common Application website. Be sure to review your Common App dashboard to ensure that all parts have been submitted successfully.

Important: You will receive a final confirmation email from the Seaver College Office of Admission within 48 hours of our office receiving your Common Application submission. Please save and print this final confirmation. This final confirmation ensures successful completion of Step 1.

STEP 2: Submit Additional Required Materials

  • Include your Common Application ID on all documents you submit. This will assist in the accurate and timely processing of your application file.
  • All additional materials must be submitted or postmarked by the application deadline.
  • We strongly recommend that you submit as many materials in electronic format as possible as this will expedite processing of your application file.

STEP 3: Monitor Your Application and To-Do Lists

Monitor your application to-do lists via the Pepperdine "App Tracker" to verify that items have been received by the Admission Office. There will be a delay between submission of an item and reflection in your App Tracker to-do list. Do not send multiple copies of the same item. This will cause delay of processing your file. We recommend verifying on your Common Application account and with your school that all materials have been submitted in a timely manner. 

Please Note: It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all required materials for the admission application file are received by the Office of Admission by the applicable deadline in order to be considered by the Admission Committee.

Application Requirements

Common Application

Please be aware that there are multiple steps to complete your Pepperdine application via the Common Application.

$65 Application Fee (Non-Refundable)

Common App Personal Essay

Pepperdine Essay Question

In addition to the Common App Personal Essay, applicants are required to submit a written response via the Common App to the following Pepperdine question:

Pepperdine is a Christian university where all are welcomed and encouraged to challenge each other in the pursuit of truth. Students, faculty, and staff members from all backgrounds participate in conversations of faith inside and outside of the classroom. Considering that Pepperdine is a Christian university, why are you interested in attending and how would you contribute to conversations of faith on campus? (300-500 words)

Official High School Transcripts

  • Official high school transcripts are required of all prospective first-year students who have not yet graduated at the time of application. Please include your Common Application ID on all documents you submit. This will assist in the accurate and timely processing of your application file.
  • If your school official has already submitted your transcript via the Common Application, please do not send additional hard copies as this will delay our ability to process your application file. Instead, please verify that these items were submitted on the School Forms tab in the Common Application system.
  • If you have attended more than one high school, you must submit an official transcript from each school if the grades from the earlier school(s) do not appear on your last high school transcript.
  • If you have attended high school(s) outside of the United States, you must submit official copies of each international transcript and any certified external exam results, regardless of whether the grades appear on your current school's transcript. Visit the international admission website for instructions. 
  • A cumulative sixth-semester transcript (through grade 11) must be submitted at the time of application.
  • If accepted, the final transcript with graduation date listed must be submitted prior to enrollment.

Submit Electronically

Transcripts can either be submitted from the school through the Common Application Naviance system, Parchment,  eScrip-Safe, or SCOIR.

Submit by Mail

If the transcripts are mailed, they must be official with an original signature of the school official(s) or the school seal on the transcript and sent directly from the school or submitted in an envelope sealed by the school. Transcripts should be mailed to the following address:

Seaver College Office of Admission
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263-4392

Please note: Faxed or emailed copies of transcripts are NOT accepted.

Academic Recommendation

The Academic Letter of Recommendation must be from a core subject (math, science, English, history, foreign language, religion) teacher or counselor who is familiar with the applicant's academic standing.

Include your Common Application ID on all documents you submit. This will assist in the accurate and timely processing of your application file.

Ways to Submit Academic Letter of Recommendation

Option A: Pepperdine Recommendation Form
You can use this form to submit a request for your recommender to complete your recommendation. Please see the video walkthrough for more information.

Option B: Common Application Recommendation Form
Once in the Common Application, select "My Colleges" in the left-hand menu, and then "Assign Recommenders." Enter the required information for the form. Please note: you will need your recommender's name, position title, email address, and work phone number to complete the form. Your recommender will then be contacted and invited to submit your recommendation through the Common Application system. If your school official has already submitted your recommendation via the Common Application, please do not send additional hard copies as this will delay our ability to process your application file. Instead, please verify that these items were submitted on the School Forms tab in the Common Application system. Please see the video walkthrough for more information.

Please note: In order for Pepperdine to receive your recommendation, you must correctly assign your school official(s) to your Pepperdine application.

Hard Copy Recommendations
We prefer that recommendations be submitted online using one of the above options. However, if you are unable to use our forms, written recommendations or traditional letters can be mailed to the address below. Please make sure that the person completing your recommendation includes your first name, last name, current school, city, and state. Include your Common Application ID on all documents you submit. This will assist in the accurate and timely processing of your application file.

Seaver College Office of Admission
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90263-4392

Please Note: It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all required materials for the admission application file are received by the Office of Admission by the applicable deadline in order to be considered by the Admission Committee.

SAT I or ACT Test Scores (Optional)

Pepperdine is test optional for Fall 2021 and Spring 2021. Although we do not require test scores, you have the option to submit either official test scores through the testing agency or self reported test scores through our test score form. Once your application has been processed, you will receive access to the Pepperdine Applicant Portal where you can access the test score form. If test scores are self-reported at the time of application, official test scores will be required upon admission to Pepperdine. Please note that self-reported test scores will only be accepted through Pepperdine's test score form. Test scores reported on the Common Application or transcripts will not be accepted.


If you choose to submit test scores, first-year applicants must take the SAT I or ACT by October in order to meet the November 1 early action deadline or by December in order to meet the January 15 application deadline. The optional ACT writing test and SAT writing/essay section are neither required nor recommended. The SAT II Subject Tests are also not required.

Note that if you have used a different name (e.g. nickname, middle name, suffix, etc.) when taking the SAT/ACT, you will need to notify our office by sending an email to admission-seaver2@pepperdine.edu.

Seaver College of Pepperdine University Codes:

SAT I: 4630
ACT: 0373

SAT/ACT scores must be sent to us directly from the testing agencies or through our self-reported test score form via the Pepperdine Applicant Portal. You may contact the centers below to have your scores sent:

SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) – 866.756.7346
ACT (American College Testing) – 319.337.1313

Please note: We do not accept test scores sent by email or through your school.

Interview (Optional)

First-year students applying for Fall 2021 have the option to sign up for an admission interview as part of the application evaluation process. Visit the Admission Interviews webpage for additional interview information and FAQs.