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About New Student Orientation

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What is New Student Orientation?

New Student Orientation (NSO) is a program intentionally designed for incoming students and their family members. The program will include information on academics, student activities, student services, living on campus, international programs, and much more. University administrators, faculty, staff, and upper-division students will be available throughout the program to answer all of your questions about college life.

Who Attends New Student Orientation?

NSO is designed for new students who have enrolled at Seaver College and their parents or other family members. There are specific sessions designed for students and specific sessions for parents during NSO. The parent portion will end Thursday, August 15 at 3:00 PM and students will remain on campus until school starts on Monday, August 19.  A majority of the students attending In-person NSO will be accompanied by one or more parents; however, there will be several students attending without parents. In addition, there will be faculty, staff, and current student leaders present to assist with answering any questions.

When Is New Student Orientation?

In-Person Orientation (for all new students & transfers): Tuesday, August 13 - Sunday, August 18, 2024

  • International Students Move-in and Check-in: Monday, August 12, 2024 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM; Parent portion starts that Monday and ends Thursday around 3 PM. International students and their families can arrive anytime between 10 AM - 2 PM.
  • Domestic Students Move-in and Check-in: Tuesday, August 13, 2024 from 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM (students will receive an email with their time slot for arrival)
  • Parents and Families: Parent portion is Tuesday, August 13 - Thursday, August 15; Programming ends around 3 PM on Thursday for parents and families. Family members can stay in a local hotel. 

Check-in Location

In-person NSO will take place for all students on the Seaver College Malibu campus.

Check-in for international students on Monday, August 12 will be on Upper Mullin Town Square.

Check-in for domestic students on Tuesday, August 13 will be in Firestone Fieldhouse Parking lot.

See Interactive Campus Map for more information.

Once you check in, you will move into your residence hall if you are living on campus. Your Resident Advisor (RA) and Spiritual Life Advisor (SLA) will be there to meet you when you arrive at your residence hall. Also, Orientation Leaders will assist you with moving in your belongings. After moving in, you will need to relocate your car to one of the side streets or Parking Lot S (located new our Drescher campus). You will not be able to leave your car in front of the residence hall.

Orientation Schedule

During NSO, student and parent schedules will overlap at times, but we also have specifically designed programming for students as well as parents. Please see below for the Fall NSO 2024 schedules.

  • Fall 2024 Student Schedule COMING IN AUGUST
  • Fall 2024 Parent Schedule COMING IN AUGUST
  • International students check-in and move into their Residence Halls
  • International student dinner and trip to Target.
  • Domestic students check-in and move into their Residence Halls (all day)
  • Required international student session (morning)
  • Campus Tours offered
  • Lunch and dinner offered
  • President Jim Gash and First Lady Joline Gash welcome everyone in the evening

*Check-in times will be emailed during the summer. 

  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner offered 
  • Student sessions all day, including academic life and advising, meet First-Year Seminar professors, meet with Divisions and Majors, music and theater auditions, evening activity in residence halls
  • Parent sessions all day, including learning about Pepperdine’s rich history, academic support resources, student employment opportunities, health services, keeping students safe and well

*All day activities for both students and parents.

  • Breakfast and lunch offered (students will have a picnic dinner that night)
  • International Programs presentation for both students and parents
  • Waves Expo for students and parents to learn how students can get involved and succeed in college
  • Goodbye Blessing with parents and students
  • Students learn about physical, emotional, and spiritual health through Life Outside the Classroom
  • Movie on Alumni Park (for students)

*Parent’s portion ends at 3 PM.

  • Multiple afternoon excursions to choose from
  • President’s reception at their home

*For students

  • Yoga
  • Frosh Follies Rehearsals during the day and performance at night with a fun Aftermath

*For students

  • Worship service
  • Hike to the Cross
  • All-School Candlelight Gathering

*For students

Registration Fees

There is NO registration fee for incoming Seaver students. They will start using their meal points during NSO.

The registration fee for family members is $200 per person (13 and over).  Here is the payment link.

This fee covers:

  • Meals and snack breaks during orientation
  • Entrance to all orientation sessions and athletic events
  • Orientation materials (orientation program, orientation app, Pepperdine t-shirt, and name tag).

Please note there is NO fee for family members who are only moving their student into the residence halls and not planning to stay for the entire Orientation.

Also, fees do not include transportation to and from the airport or lodging for parents. 

Refund Policy

If you need to cancel any parent or guest NSO registration, please contact Student Activities at nso@pepperdine.edu or 310.506.4201 to request a refund.


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