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Year 2 Welcome - Fall 2021

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

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

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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. 

Registration for the Year 2 Welcome is closed. For those who have registered, we look forward to meeting you in person on Friday, August 20.  For those who did not register but have a placement in Malibu campus housing for Fall 2021, move-in is Saturday, August 28, or Sunday, August 29, between 1-5 pm. On both days, Year 2 students and their families:

  • Campus tours, available at 2 pm and 4:30 pm, meet at the flag pole by the Amphitheatre
  • Reception at the President and First Lady's home, from 2-4 pm for Year 2 students and families, shuttles to the Brock House are available by the Caruso School of Law, Lovernich Residence Hall, and Drescher Residence Hall (by the roundabout). 

If you have any questions, please reach out to Student Activities at student.activities@pepperdine.edu

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.  

Support Another Student

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). We recommend booking an afternoon flight (after 3 PM) as the shuttle will not arrive at LAX before 1 PM. 

  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. On those days, there will be campus tours available at 2 pm and 4:30 pm, as well as a reception at the President and First Lady's home from 2-4 pm for Year 2 students and families who could not attend the Year 2 Welcome. 

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

For those who did not register but have a placement in Malibu campus housing for Fall 2021, you will be able to move in as early as Saturday, August 28. If you have any questions, please reach out to Student Activities at student.activities@pepperdine.edu

  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.

  Are students required to take a COVID-19 screening test before arriving on campus?

All incoming students need to be compliant with the university immunization requirements. All students are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a completed exemption by July 31, 2021, to the Student Health Center Patient Portal. In addition, all students arriving from an international location and all students not fully vaccinated are required to have a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen viral test (not an antibody test) within and not more than 3 days prior to their arrival on campus to ensure the student does not have a current infection. Test results must be uploaded into your Patient Portal in the "Upload" section under "COVID-19 Test". Residential students who arrive without a test result or uploaded proof of vaccination will not be permitted to move onto campus. For more information on the University's COVID-19 policies, please visit their website.

  Will guests be allowed in the residence halls?

In the fall we anticipate that the university will be open and guests will be allowed in the residence halls. 

  Are parents and guests required to be fully vaccinated or take a COVID-19 screening test prior to arriving on campus? 

We highly encourage all parents and guests who will be attending [NSO or Year 2 Welcome] and visiting campus to be vaccinated or have a recent (3-days) negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen viral test (not an antibody test) to help keep our community safe and to enable the University to remain open for in-person classes and activities. Additionally, all Pepperdine community members including students, parents, faculty, and guests are required to cooperate with current University COVID-19 policies, including, but not limited to, wearing masks over the nose and mouth, contact tracing, and screening tests. The details of these expectations may be modified as infection rates, vaccination rates, and Los Angeles County guidance change. Updated information can be found on the University’s COVID-19 website.

Contact Us

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