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Year 2 Welcome

We are excited to welcome you to this special week-long program! After experiencing a non-traditional first year, we recognize you have not had the opportunity to be together on campus. With the promise of an in-person fall semester, we are thrilled to create this special welcome for you. Our goal for this program is for Year 2 students, both Sophomore and transfers who started their journey at Pepperdine in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021, to:

  • Be welcomed with hospitality
  • Develop a sense of class identity
  • Build friendships and lasting relationships
  • Become acquainted with campus spaces and resources
  • Strengthen your connection to Pepperdine




Friday, August 20 - Thursday, August 26


Friday, August 20 - Saturday, August 21 (mid day)

Program Information

Students will participate in special programming on campus in Malibu, followed by a three-day off-campus retreat. The week-long experience will include some of the traditional events from New Student Orientation like the President’s Reception and Frosh Follies as well as new activities created just for our Year 2 students. Check-in and move-in will begin on August 20, 2021 at 9 AM. More information regarding your specific check-in time will be sent in mid-July. 

Your parents and family members are invited to join us for a short program to meet other parents, students, and staff, and to be immersed in the Pepperdine community. Family members are responsible for arranging their own transportation and lodging. 

There is a registration fee for both student and parent participation. All students and parents must register by Thursday, July 1. For students who need financial support, there is an opportunity to apply to receive funding. See below for details. 

Your arrival to campus will begin with Check-In and Move-In. Some program highlights include: President’s Welcome, Campus Tours, Movie in the Park, and the President’s Reception. There will be opportunities to meet your peers, and hang out together before some students go abroad. Upperclassmen students will be around to be both your guides and friends as you get comfortable in your new home. The full schedule will be available in August. 

To create a traditional Year 2 experience, Housing and Residence Life will be hosting an off campus retreat at Forest Home an outdoor camp in San Bernardino, California. This retreat will be filled with fun opportunities like swimming, kayaking in the lake, outdoor activities like zip lining, worshipping together in nature, participating in the Frosh Follies tradition, and more.

For our parents and families, there is a special program designed for you that will occasionally overlap with your daughter’s or son’s schedule. The program for parents and families consists of Check-In and Move-In, Campus Tours, President’s Welcome, and Goodbye Blessing. There will be opportunities for parents and families to meet each other, students, and staff. The full schedule will be available in August.  

Student Registration

The Year 2 Welcome is optional, but we hope you will join us. The fee for Seaver students to attend is $1,500. Register early and receive a $250 discount. Early bird pricing ends on June 1, 2021 at 11:59 PM (Pacific). 

  • On campus housing 
  • All meals during the week-long program 
  • Transportation, lodging and meals at off campus retreat 
  • Specialized activities and programming 
  • Welcome materials (program guide, Pepperdine t-shirts, mask, name tag, water bottle) 

Student fee does not include transportation/Travel to Malibu. 

The deadline for student registration is Thursday, July 1, 2021.

Parents & Families Registration

The Year 2 Welcome is optional for parents and families. The registration fee for family members is $75 per person (12 and over). This fee covers:

  • Meals and snack breaks
  • Entrance to all sessions and receptions
  • Welcome materials (program guide, Pepperdine t-shirt, mask, name tag).

Parents' and families' fees do not include transportation to and from the airport or lodging. Guests 12 years old and under are free.  

Parents and family members' registration ends on Thursday, July 1, 2021.


We recognize it has been a challenging year financially and not everyone can afford to pay the full cost of the program. Though this program is optional, we do not want cost to hinder any student from attending. For students who are unable to pay the registration fee, please follow the steps below:

  1. Fill out the Financial Support Form PRIOR to registering for this program. The Year 2 Financial Support Committee will review applications and determine need based on your responses and Tuition Grant Percentage (TGP)  that qualified for need-based aid
  2. Follow instructions when you receive an email that will disclose the amount of support you are being extended (if approved), including details on how to register and your discount code for registration
  3. Fill out a W-9 or W-8 BEN (international students only) in order to complete the process
  4. Register for the Year 2 Welcome

All financial support will be provided on a rolling basis. This form is for students only and you must use your Pepperdine email address. For questions regarding this form or financial support, please contact Student Activities, student.activities@pepperdine.eduThe deadline to apply for financial support is Friday, June 25 at Noon (Pacific) (EXTENDED DEADLINE) in order to register in time for the Year 2 Welcome. 


Please Note: All financial support provided for this program may be taxable and international students will have to work with our Payroll Office upon receiving the financial support. Financial support for the Year 2 Welcome is separate from any financial assistance you receive from the Office of Financial Assistance and will not appear on your student account. Additionally, your current financial assistance funds cannot be used for this event. 

For anyone who is able, we invite you to donate to students by supporting those who are unable to afford the cost of Year 2 programming. By giving to the Year Two Fund, you can help ensure that every member of the class has an opportunity to attend—helping them bounce back from a year of challenge and uncertainty by starting their on campus experience with an unforgettable Pepperdine welcome. There will be another opportunity to donate directly on the registration page.




  Can I attend if I’m going abroad in the fall?

Yes, all Sophomore students and Year 2 students (who were new students in the Fall 2020 or Spring 2021) are welcome to attend. Students living in Malibu will be able to return to campus after the off campus programming and stay in the residences halls before school begins. Students participating in IP (including Washington D.C.), will need to return home following the conclusion of the program or make other living arrangements.

  Can I select which dates I want to attend?

No, students must attend the full weeklong program to participate in the Year 2 Welcome.

  Where will I stay?

If you are studying in Malibu for the fall, you will move into your Fall 2021 housing assignment early. If you are studying in an IP program, you will receive a temporary housing placement in either Rockwell Towers, Seaside Hall or Lovernich Apartments. We will do our best to place you with other Sophomore students for the short stay. We will not be able to accommodate requests at this time.

  Is there a cost associated with the program? 

Yes, there will be a cost for students to attend which includes all housing, meals, and activities. There is an opportunity to apply for financial support. Travel to and from Malibu will NOT be included in the cost of the program. If parents and guests would like to participate in parent programming, there will also be a small fee for attendance. 

  How long will it take for a decision to be made regarding financial support? 

The Financial Support Committee reviews applications twice a week. You should receive an email from Student Activities within a week. 

  If I am participating in an International Program (including Washington D.C.) for the Fall 2021 semester, can I remain on campus until my program leaves? 

No, unfortunately, there is no housing available for IP students. Additionally, the current visitation policy prohibits students from having guests due to COVID-19 precautions. IP students will need to return home after the Year 2 Welcome or make other off-campus arrangements prior to their program departure. As a convenience, after the off campus retreat, there will be busses designated to take these students directly to the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to return home (if traveling by plane). 

  What considerations are you taking due to COVID-19? 

Currently, we believe that we will have limited restrictions due to COVID-19, but we are planning to have extra busses and extra cabins at camp in case of possible restrictions set by LA County and the University.

  If I am unable to attend the Year 2 Welcome and I am studying in Malibu for the semester, when is the earliest I can move in? 

Move in is Saturday, August 28 or Sunday, August 29, between 1-5 pm.

  Can I move in early if I miss the Year 2 Welcome? 

Unfortunately, Housing is unable to accommodate early arrivals.

  If my plans changed, can I get a refund? 

In order to receive a full refund, you must email Student Activities, student.activities@pepperdine.edu, by July 8 with your first and last name, CWID, and the list of names in your group that you are requesting a refund for.

Contact Us

For all questions regarding Year 2 Welcome, please contact Student Activities: student.activities@pepperdine.edu