New Student Checklist

Please be sure to review these action items carefully. If you arrive on campus prepared for orientation, you will be able to make new friends and learn about the many resources available to help you succeed in college.

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 red asterisks.

 Item and Action Required Date Due and Department Contact  Links

Sign up for Housing*

The portal opens November 15 for students to begin signing contracts.

December 1, 2018

Deadline to submit a housing contract. Questions about housing? Email the Housing and Residence Life Office  or contact them at (310) 506.7586. 

Housing and Residence Life

Register for New Student Orientation (NSO)*

Go through all the NSO pages for important information before you arrive on campus.

December 4, 2018

NSO questions? Email Student Activities or contact them at (310) 506.4201.

Register for New Student Orientation

International Students: Obtain your Form I-20 and F-1 Visa*

Complete the international Student Data Form (ISD) as soon as possible to receive your Form I-20 required to schedule your F-1 visa appointment at the US Embassy/Consulate.

December 10, 2018

Questions regarding the
Student Data Form (ISD)? Email the Office of International Student Services or contact them at (310) 506.7586. 

Technical trouble with the International Student Portal or E Forms? Email the Office of International Student Services. 

Find the ISD Form under "F-1 Services" through the International Student Portal. Use the same credentials you use to log into WaveNet. 

International student welcome and resources.

Confirm Financial Assistance*

Priority deadline to accept/decline your financial aid awards and submit financial aid documents requested in your To Do List. This list is located in your Student Services Center in WaveNet.

December 15, 2018

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

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. 

July 27, 2018

Health History Form questions? Contact the Health Center at (310) 506.4316, prompt 3.

Health Center Requirements

Submit Health Insurance Waiver*

Students must provide proof of their own health insurance through the online waiver system by the deadline if they do not want to enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan.

August 15, 2018

Student health insurance questions? Contact USI Insurance Services at (800) 853.5899.

Pepperdine Insurance Mandate and Waiver Submission

2. Placement Exams and Other Important Information

Item and Action Required Date Due and Department Contact Links

Language Placement Exams

Students who studied French, German, 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.

December 4, 2018

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

Complete Language Placement Exam

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.

December 4, 2018

Questions about the Calculus Readiness Exam? Contact Dr. Timothy Lucas at (310) 506-4479. Email

Take Calculus Readiness Exam or View Mathematics Placement Website

Complete the Alcohol Education Program*

Complete On-Line Alcohol Education Program: MyStudentBody.

January 2, 2019

Alcohol education program questions? Contact the Counseling Center at (310) 506-4210. Email

MyStudentBody-Alcohol Instructions

3. Helpful Information Before you Arrive

Item and Action Required Date Due and Department Contact Links

Housing Exemptions and Accommodations

Submit applications for disability accommodations or residency exemptions. 

December 1, 2018

Priority deadline to submit exemption and or accommodation requests.

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

Residency Exemption

Disability Accommodation

ID Card "Selfie"

Submit a selfie for your Pepperdine ID card. Make sure to follow all of the required guidelines when submitting.

December 17, 2018

Deadline to submit your selfie in time to have it approved and processed by NSO.

Questions about uploading/submitting a selfie? Contact Information Technology at (310) 506-4173. Email 

Submit Your Selfie

Register your Vehicle for Campus Parking

If you are bringing a vehicle, register it before arriving on campus and have your permit sent to your on-campus mailbox.

December 22, 2018

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

Register Your Vehicle

Hear My Name

Log in to our Hear My Name system to record your name pronunciation. This
helps our faculty and staff know how to properly say your name.


December 28, 2018

For any questions or issues with submitting your recording, contact Information Technology at at (310) 506-4173. Email

Record Your Name

Log in 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.

December 28, 2018

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

Guest Access Information

Student Records Policy

Review the Student Policies

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.

December 28, 2018

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

Review Student Policies

Review the Convocation Program

Incoming students are enrolled in Seaver 200: Convocation. Learn about the diverse opportunities available to you which satisfy this chapel requirement. 

December 28, 2018

Questions about Convocation? Contact the Office of the Chaplain at (310) 506-4999. 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.

January 7, 2019

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

Access the Assignment