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International Applicants


Pepperdine considers an international student to be any individual that does not have United States Citizenship or a Permanent Resident Visa. In regards to the application process, the International Admission Committee evaluates all applications for international students as well as US Citizens attending school outside of the United States.

How to Apply

Both international first-year applicants and international transfer 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 15
Decisions sent: November 15
Enrollment deadline: December 1

Fall Term

Application deadline: January 5
Decisions sent: April 1
Enrollment deadline: May 1

Other Information

Seaver College of Pepperdine University does not have an Early Action or Early Admission program.
In order to better serve students, Pepperdine University no longer offers a Priority Application Deadline. There is only one application deadline per term.

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 Applicant Portal 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 Applicant Portal 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.