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 17 for students to begin signing contracts.

December 1, 2017

Priority deadline to submit a housing contract.

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

Request Campus Housing and Residence Life

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

Complete the I-20 Checklist as soon as possible so that you will have the maximum amount of time to receive your Form I-20 required to schedule your F-1 visa appointment at the US Embassy/Consulate.

December 1, 2017

Questions regarding the
I-20 Checklist? Contact the Office of International Student Services at (310) 506-4246. Email

I-20 Checklist

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. Your To Do List is located in your Student Services Center in WaveNet.

December 15, 2017

Questions regarding financial assistance? Contact the Office of Financial Assistance at (310) 506-4301. Email

Accept/Decline financial aid award instructions

Financial Assistance Website

Register for New Student Orientation (NSO)*

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

December 1, 2017

NSO questions? Contact Student Activities at (310) 506-4201. Email

Register Now


Complete your Health History Form*

All new students must complete and upload the Health History Form with up-to-date immunizations by the deadline date. 

December 1, 2017

Health History Form questions? Contact the Health Center at (310) 506-4316, prompt 3.

Health Center Requirements

Submit Health Insurance Waiver*

All new and returning students must submit the electronic health insurance waiver by the deadline date. Please review the Pepperdine insurance mandate to understand posting dates for charges and waiver deadlines. 

January 4, 2018

Student health insurance questions? Contact Wells Fargo at (800) 853-5899.

Pepperdine Insurance Mandate and Waiver Submission

2. Placement Exams and Surveys

Item and Action Required Date Due and Department Contact Links

Language Placement Exams

Incoming 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 two semesters are required to take a language placement exam.

December 1, 2017

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

Incoming students whose major or academic plan requires Calculus must take the Calculus Readiness Exam.

See the mathematics placement website to determine whether or not your major or academic plan requires the Calculus Readiness Exam. If you are transferring credit for College Algebra, you do not need to take the Calculus Readiness Exam.

December 1, 2017

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, 2018

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 and Residence Life Exemptions and Accommodations

Submit applications for disability accommodations or residency exemptions. 

December 1, 2017

Priority deadline to submit exemption and or accommodation requests.

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


Residency Exemption

Disability Accommodation

Review Student Records Policy and FERPA Guidelines

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

December 15, 2017

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

Guest Access Information

Student Records Policy

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 15, 2017

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

Register Your Vehicle

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 15, 2017

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. 

January 2, 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 8, 2018

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

Access the Assignment