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Please be sure to review these action items carefully. 

1. Ensure a Successful Transition: Mandatory Actions

Items in this first group include mandatory actions that must be completed to ensure a successful transition to Pepperdine, as marked by the asterisks.

 Item and Action Required Date Due and Department Contact  Links

Register for New Student Orientation (NSO)*

Review all the NSO pages for important information before school starts.

July 16, 2023 (*Registration is now OPEN!)

Registration is a 2 part system: 

1. Student registers for NSO by logging into WaveNet at https://wavenet.pepperdine.edu using your Pepperdine network ID and password. In your Student Center, click on the link for "Register for NSO." 

Register yourself and any guests or family members for orientation. If you are a first-year student, select your first-year seminar class preference.

2. Payment Portion for Guests: NSO Payment is Open.

NSO questions? Email Student Activities or contact them at 310.506.4201.

Download the Pepperdine mobile app 

Download the Navigate App

There's a lot to do to get ready for your first day on campus. The Navigate App will help you get everything done this summer as well as keep you on track throughout your college journey.

June 15, 2023

Questions about the App? Email.


To download the free app, search "Navigate Student" in the App Store or Google Play Store and log in with your University network ID and password. 

Read about the wellness offerings included in the Wellness Fee

Pepperdine University Mobile App

App Store

Google Play Store

Sign up for Housing*

The Housing Portal opens May 15, 2023 for new first-year and transfer students to submit their housing applications for the 2023-2024 academic year! Students who submit applications after the deadline are still guaranteed housing, but they will not have the option of selecting a roommate nor are they guaranteed notification of their placement by July 3.  All placement notifications will be sent prior to check-in day.

More information can be found on our website!

June 16, 2023

Questions about housing? Email the Housing and Residence Life Office at housing@pepperdine.edu or contact them at 310.506.7586. 

Housing and Residence Life

Complete your Health History Form*

Students must complete the Health History Form, enter up-to-date immunization dates, and upload immunization records in their patient portal by the deadline date.

August 15, 2023

Health History Form questions? Contact the Health Center at 310.506.4316, prompt 3

 Health Center Requirements

Complete Immunization Requirements

All incoming students need to be compliant with the university immunization requirements. 

August 15, 2023

University Immunization Requirements

Patient Portal


Confirm Financial Assistance*

Accept / decline your Financial Aid Award in WaveNet.

Complete Financial Aid items listed in your To Do List.

 June 1, 2023

Questions regarding financial assistance? Email the Office of Financial Assistance or contact them at 310.506.4301.
Accept/Decline financial aid award instructions

Financial Assistance Website

International Students ISD Deadline in Order to Obtain I-20 for the F-1 Visa*

Sign into the OISS portal and complete the International Student Data (ISD) Form to receive your Form I-20 required to schedule your F-1 Visa appointment at the US Embassy / Consulate.

Immediate submission recommended due to visa delays:

July 15, 2023

Questions regarding the
Student Data Form (ISD)? Email the Office of International Student Services or contact them at 310.506.4246.

Technical trouble with the International Student Portal or E Forms? Email the OISS Tech Manager.

Find the ISD Form under "F-1 Services" located in the International Student Portal which is accessible at oiss.pepperdine.edu. Use the same credentials you use to log into WaveNet.

International student welcome and resources.

Complete AlcoholEdu® for College

AlcoholEdu® for College is a research-based, student friendly, online alcohol education program designed to assist students in making healthy decisions regarding alcohol use in college: Log in information will be sent to your Pepperdine email address.

August 14, 2023
Questions about AlcoholEdu® for College? Contact the Counseling Center at 310.506.4210. 


Log in instructions will be sent to your Pepperdine email after June 1, 2023.

Complete the Sexual Assault Prevention Program for Undergraduates

Complete On-Line Sexual Assault Prevention Program: Log in information will be sent to your Pepperdine email address.

August 14, 2023

Questions about the Sexual Assault Prevention Program? Contact the Office of Title IX at 310.506.6321.


Log in instructions will be sent to your Pepperdine email after June 1, 2023.

Complete Your Health Insurance Requirement*

Pepperdine requires that all students* have a U.S. based health insurance plan. To meet this requirement, students must select one of two options: 1) Enroll in SHIP or 2) Waive SHIP on the AHP Insurance Dashboard.

*The requirement for US-based health insurance does not apply to international students studying exclusively online in their own country.

August 15, 2023

Student health insurance questions please visit our website. 


University Health Insurance Requirement

AHP Insurance Dashboard

World Waves Program

International students, join the World Waves Program next Fall to connect with your peers in and out of the classroom. In addition to activities such as luncheons, community meals, and mentoring by student leaders, World Waves includes a weekly one-unit course that promotes intercultural exchange and success at Pepperdine.

Priority Deadline:  June 15, 2023

Final Deadline:  August 1, 2023

Questions regarding the World Waves Program? Contact the Student Success Center.

Students can access the application here.

World Waves Website

Review the Student Code of Conduct

Our community standards are designed to help us create a nurturing, caring, and safe environment where everyone can learn and grow as we prepare for lives of purpose, service and leadership.

July 15, 2023

Student policy questions? Contact Community Standards Office at (310) 506-4471.

Review Student Code of Conduct

2. Placement Exams and Other Important Information

Item and Action Required Date Due and Department Contact Links

Calculus Placement Exam

Students may be required to take the Calculus Readiness Exam. See the mathematics placement website to determine if you are required to take the exam.

June 1, 2023

Questions about the Calculus Readiness Exam? Contact Stephanie Adler. Email

Take Calculus Readiness Exam or View Mathematics Placement Website

Disability Accommodations Information


Language Placement Exams

Students who studied French, German, Chinese, or Spanish in high school, have no college credits in the language, and plan to continue their studies in that language within the next year are required to take the exam.

June 30, 2023

Placement Exam questions? Contact Larry Levy in the International Studies and Languages Division at (310) 506-6735. Email

Complete Language Placement Exam

Disability Accommodations Information

Incoming Student Survey

Complete the OIE Incoming Student Survey. This is an important survey that helps the University make decisions. You can access and complete the survey at anytime until midnight on the Sunday before the first day of Fall classes.

August 20, 2023

Contact Jazmin Zane in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness at 818-702-1041, or via email if you have questions regarding the survey.

Click Here to Complete the Incoming Student Survey.

3. Helpful Information Before School Starts

Item and Action Required Date Due and Department Contact Links

Housing Exemptions and Accommodations

Students seeking a housing exemption or medical accomodation should complete necessary forms and applications by posted deadlines.

June 1, 2023

Priority deadline to submit exemption and or accommodation requests.

Questions about housing? Contact the Housing and Residence Life Office at (310) 506-7586. Email

Disability Accommodation

Housing Exemptions

ID Card "Selfie"

Submit a selfie for your Pepperdine ID card, which you will need for dorm and meal point access. In order for your picture to be approved, it must follow all of the required guidelines. 

August 6, 2023

Questions about uploading/submitting a selfie? Contact Tech Central at (310) 506-4357. Email 

Submit Your Selfie

Selfie Etiquette

Register your Vehicle for Campus Parking

If you are approved to live on campus, register before your arrival. Permits are now virtual so there is no tag to put on your car once you register.

Register online on the first day of NSO - 

Vehicle registration questions? Contact Kirsten Clark in the Office of Public Safety at (310) 506-4700. Email.

Register Your Vehicle

Record Your Name Pronunciation

Log into Courses to record your name pronunciation. This
helps our faculty and staff know how to properly say your name.

August 13, 2023

For any questions or issues with submitting your recording, contact Information Technology at (310) 506-4357. Email

Record Your Name Pronunciation

Log into Courses with your Pepperdine network ID and password.

Review Student Records Policy and FERPA Guidelines

Before setting up your Guest Access, please review Pepperdine's Student Records Policy & FERPA Guidelines.

June 30, 2023

Guest Access questions? Contact OneStop at (310) 506-7999. Email

Guest Access Information

Student Records Policy

Review the Convocation Program

Incoming students are enrolled in Convocation. Learn about the diverse opportunities available to you which satisfy this spiritual life requirement. 

August 1, 2023

Questions about Convocation? Contact the The Hub for Spiritual Life at (310) 506-4275. Email.

Access the Convocation Home Page

First Year Seminar Reading Assignment

The Center for Faith and Learning provides a reading and journal assignment to all incoming first year students to help you focus on the question of vocation. The assignment does not apply to students with 30+ transfer units taken at another college.

August 21, 2023

Vocation Reading questions? Contact the Center for Faith and Learning at (310) 506.4141. Email

Access the Assignment

Download the TimelyCare App

TimelyCare offers free health services to students 24/7 from anywhere in the U.S.

Students can download this app anytime but the due date is August 14, 2023.

Questions, contact wellness@pepperdine.edu

Download the app