How to Apply as an International First-Year Student

Pepperdine considers an international student to be any individual that does not have United States Citizenship or a Permanent Resident Visa. However, the International Admissions Committee also evaluates undergraduate applications from US Citizens attending school outside of the United States.

When to Apply

Spring Term (January Intake)

Application deadline: October 15
(First-Year and Transfer Applicants)
Decisions sent: November 15
Enrollment deadline: December 1

Fall Term (August Intake)

Early Action deadline: November 1
(First-Year Applicants Only)
Decisions sent: January 10
Enrollment deadline: May 1

Regular Decision deadline: January 15

(First-Year and Transfer Applicants)
Decisions sent: April 1
Enrollment deadline: May 1

How to Apply

We strongly encourage students to utilize their name as it appears on their passport when submitting their application, documents, and registering for standardized tests to ensure all items are appropriately matched to the student's record. Please avoid using nicknames or abbreviated names.

STEP 1: Submit All Parts of the Common Application

The Common Application is a multi-part process that includes submission of the Common Application, the Pepperdine Questions, and Pepperdine Writing Supplement. All parts must be submitted through the Common Application Website. Be sure to review your Common App Dashboard to ensure that all parts have been submitted successfully.

  • $65 Application Fee (Non-Refundable)
  • Common App Personal Essay
  • Supplemental Pepperdine Questions

Important: You will receive a final confirmation e-mail from the Seaver College Office of Admission within 48 hours of our office receiving your Common Application submission. Please save and print this final confirmation. This final confirmation ensures successful completion of your application.

STEP 2: Submit Official High School Transcripts

 Official High School Transcripts or Official Exam Reports

  • Please include your Common Application ID on all documents you submit.
  • Pepperdine is committed to ensuring all students are evaluated fairly, therefore transcripts from each high school attended must be sent directly to Pepperdine University for evaluation. Grades transferred or translated from a previous school onto a current transcript are not accepted. If your current high school is within the United States, the U.S. high school may submit a copy of the original official transcript they received from a previous school.
  • If transcripts are not in English, English translations should be included.
  • Students from educational systems with external exams (i.e. GCSE/AS results, CBSE Board exams, etc.) should submit certified external exam results in addition to internal marks to finalize the high school transcript requirement.
  • Students who have completed A levels must request the official exam results from the testing agency (i.e. CIE, Edexcel, AQA) to be sent directly to Pepperdine.
  • Students who have completed an IB certificate of diploma, must request the official exam results from the IB organization (IBO) to finalize their high school transcript requirement and be considered for advanced standing credit.
  • If applicable, students must submit official transcripts from any dual enrollment college.
  • If an applicant is discovered to have falsified their academic documentation, Pepperdine University reserves the right to deny admission or dismiss the student from course study.

Please note that upon graduation, a final high school transcript must be submitted to ensure high school graduation has been achieved and for advanced standing credit evaluation.

Submit Electronically

Transcripts can either be submitted from the school through the Common Application system, Parchment, or eScrip-Safe.

Submit by Mail

If the transcripts are mailed, they must be official with an original signature of the school official(s) or the school seal on the transcript and sent directly from the school or submitted in an envelope sealed by the school. Transcripts should be mailed to the following address:

Pepperdine University
Seaver College - Office of Admission
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, California 90263-4392 

Please note: Faxed or e-mailed copies of transcripts are NOT accepted.

Secondary Credentials Required by Country

Please click on your country or province below to view the secondary credentials necessary to complete the high school transcript requirement. 

Brazil Mexico
China Panama
Colombia Peru
Ecuador Russia
Germany Singapore
Hong Kong South Korea
India Taiwan
Indonesia Thailand
International Baccalaureate (IB) United Kingdom
Canadian Provinces and Territories
Alberta Northwest Territories Quebec
British Columbia Nova Scotia Saskatchewan
Manitoba Nunavut Yukon
New Brunswick Ontario  
Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island  

STEP 3: Submit Official SAT I or ACT Scores

All first-year applicants are required to submit either SAT I or ACT scores. You do not have to submit both.

Our office will accept scores from both the old and new SAT tests. For further information, please visit our New SAT Policy page.

First-year applicants must take the SAT I or ACT by December in order to meet the January 5 application deadline. The optional ACT writing test and SAT writing/essay section are neither required nor recommended. The SAT II Subject Tests are also not required.

The International Admission Committee will consider all official test scores from multiple test dates. We will use the highest composite score from among each test that you've taken. This is called super scoring. There is no limit to the number of test scores you may submit to us for your application.
NOTE: If you have used a different name (e.g. nickname, middle name, etc.) when taking the SAT/ACT, you will need to notify our office by sending an e-mail to

Seaver College of Pepperdine University Codes:

SAT 1: 4630
ACT: 0373

SAT/ACT scores must be sent to us directly from the testing agencies to be considered official. You may contact the centers below to have your scores sent:

SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) – (866) 756-7346
ACT (American College Testing) – (319) 337-1313


STEP 4: Submit One Academic Recommendation

The Academic Letter of Recommendation must be from a core subject (math, science, English, history, foreign language) teacher or counselor who is familiar with the applicant's academic standing.

Include your Common Application ID on all documents you submit. This will assist in the accurate and timely processing of your application file.

Ways to Submit Academic Letter of Recommendation

Option A: Pepperdine Recommendation Form
Use this form to submit a request for your recommender to complete your recommendation.

If a recommender is going to submit a recommendation letter through the mail or a Pepperdine recommendation form, you are still required to "assign" and fill in the information on the Common Application. The information needed is the name of your recommender, title, and e-mail address. Tell your recommender to ignore the Common App form and we will manually link the recommendation letter (sent by mail or via a Pepperdine recommendation form) to your application file.

You must have all areas in the Common Application "assigned" in order to submit your application. Be aware that the "teacher" and "other recommender" both have to be assigned by you. If these recommenders have not been assigned, you will not be able to submit your application. The "other recommender" will not accept recommendations that are peer or family members.

Option B: Common Application Recommendation Form
Once in the Common Application, select "My Colleges" in the left-hand menu, and then "Assign Recommenders." Enter the required information for the form. Please note: you will need your recommender's name, position title, e-mail address, and work phone number to complete the form. Your recommender will then be contacted and invited to submit your recommendation through the Common Application system. If your recommender has already submitted your recommendation via the Common Application, please do not send additional hard copies as this will delay our ability to process your application file. Instead, please verify that these items were submitted on the School Forms tab in the Common Application system.

Please note: In order for Pepperdine to receive your recommendation, you must correctly assign your recommender to your Pepperdine application.

Option C: Hardcopy Letters
We prefer that recommendations be submitted online using an option above. However, if you are unable to use our forms, written recommendations or traditional letters can be mailed to the address below. Please make sure that the person completing your recommendation includes your first name, last name, current school, city, and state. Include your Common Application ID on all documents you submit. This will assist in the accurate and timely processing of your application file.

Seaver College Office of Admission
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90263-4392

Please Note: It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all required materials for the admission application file are received by the Office of Admission by the applicable deadline in order to be considered by the Admission Committee.

STEP 5: Submit Proof of English Proficiency

International first-year applicants must submit proof of English proficiency, which may be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • Old SAT I Critical Reading of 450
  • New SAT I Evidence-Based Reading and Writing of 500
  • ACT Reading score of 24
  • Internet Based TOEFL score of 80
  • Paper Based TOEFL score of 550
  • An attested or watermarked copy of an IELTS exam of a score of 6.5 or higher
  • A "C" or better in a transferable English Composition course (not ESL) at an accredited US college or university
  • A "C" or better on the UK system AS or A-Level English Exams (not ESL), or Hong Kong system HKALE English Exam
  • The ELS Language Centers' Master level 112 class with a grade of "B" or higher
  • IB 1 English grade result of 5 or better (not ESL).

NOTE: Waivers for demonstrated English proficiency may be rendered by the Admissions Counselor.

All test scores must be taken within 2 years of time of application.

Seaver College of Pepperdine University Codes:

SAT 1: 4630
ACT: 0373
TOEFL: 4630

IELTS: Needs to be mailed to Seaver Admission Office see below:

Pepperdine University
Seaver College - Office of Admission
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, California 90263-4392

All test scores must be sent to us directly from the testing agencies to be considered official. You may contact the centers below to have your scores sent:

SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) – (866) 756-7346
ACT (American College Testing) – (319) 337-1313
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – (877) 863-3546
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

STEP 6: Monitor Your App Tracker

Once your application is processed you will receive an email from the Admissions Office which will include a unique link to your "App Tracker," where you may monitor your application to-do lists and verify that items have been received by the Admission Office. There will be a delay between submission of an item and reflection of it in your App Tracker to-do list. Sending multiple copies of your documents will delay the processing of your application file.

*Seaver College of Pepperdine University does not have an Early Action or Early Admission program. Decisions are rendered no later than April 1 for the Fall term and November 15 for the Spring term.

STEP 7: Visa Application Process (I-20 checklist)

Obtaining Pepperdine I-20 & Visa

Pepperdine University renders the I-20 after students accept their offer of admission by submitting their Enrollment Form and Tuition Prepayment (Deposit). Please refer to the I-20 Checklist web page for further information regarding obtaining your Pepperdine I-20.

University Credit for International Curriculum

International Baccalaureate Higher Levels

General Requirements

Pepperdine requires completion of the IB diploma with passes in six subjects: either three passes at the Standard Level and three passes at the Higher Level, or two passes at the Standard Level and four passes at the Higher Level. For IB transfer units that are available, click here. Official copy required.

Advanced Placement

General Requirements

Pepperdine does not require Advanced Placement exams, but if they are submitted, an official copy is required.

Transfer Credit

Pepperdine grants up to 4 semester units per AP exam, depending on the exam. Please look at our current Advanced Placement Policy for required scores.

General Certificate of Education A-levels

General Requirements

Pepperdine requires 2 A-Level passes (A-C) and 3 subject passes (A-C) in O-Level, CSE grade 1, or GCSE grades A-C. Official copy required.

Transfer Credit

Pepperdine grants 8 semester credits per Advanced Level courses with final grades of "C" or better.

French Baccalaureate

General Requirements

Pepperdine requires completion of the The French Baccalaureate (Baccalauréat général). The Bac satisfies Pepperdine's requirement for high school completion with a minimum overall score of 10 (mention passable) from a lycée accredited by the French Ministry of Education. Official copy required.

Transfer Credits

Pepperdine grants 4 semester hours of credit (max 16) for exams passed with a score of 10 or higher and a coefficient of 4.

German Abitur

General Requirements

Pepperdine requires completion of the Abitur Examination and receipt of the Reifezeugnis or Zeugnis der Reife, or the Allgemeinen Hochschulreife. Official copy required

Transfer Credits

Pepperdine grants up to 30 semester hours of credit for students who pass the grade 13 courses with a minimum grade of 7.

Italian Maturità

General Requirements

Pepperdine requires completion of the Maturità magistrale, professionale, tecnica, classica, cientifica, linguistica, d'arte applicata, artistica, or musicale with a minimum total score of 36. Official copy required.

Transfer Credit

For the Maturità tecnica, classica, scientifica, and linguistica, Pepperdine grants between 12 semester credits (for scores of 36- 45) and 16 semester credits (for scores of 46- 60).

Cost of Attendance, Scholarships & Loans

Estimated Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is provided as a guide when estimating the costs of specified programs at Pepperdine University, Seaver College. The COA is based on normal charges incurred by most students; however individual charges may vary based on the student's choice of housing, meal plan, program of study, total units enrolled, and other miscellaneous items.

Seaver College2018-2019 Academic Year

(Flat Rate 12-18 units)*

Student Government Association (SGA) Fee $252

Room and Board

(Residence Hall Double Room and Basic Meal Plan)**

Estimated Indirect Costs:  
Books, Fees, Supplies $1,250
Health Insurance $2,643
Transportation $1,000
Personal Expenses $1,500
TOTAL $75,645

Per unit tuition cost (below 12 units or over 18 units): $1,685

** Student Health Insurance: For more information please see:

*** Students with dependents should add $500 per dependent per month

NOTE: The total cost of attendance is estimated by the Office of International Student Services for immigration purposes only. Actual tuition and living expenses may be higher or lower depending on a student's course load and living situation.


Pepperdine University offers various scholarships for international students, as well as an American co-signer loan option. For access to scholarships, applicants must provide a SAT or ACT score, dated within the last 2 years, at the time of application.

The Regents Scholars' Awards

All admitted students are automatically considered for the Presidential Scholars' Awards. Students do not need to apply for this scholarship. In general, approximately the top 10-12% of all admitted applicants are awarded the scholarship each year. These scholarships are awarded to Fall applicants only.

Blanche E. Seaver International Scholars' Awards

All admitted students are automatically considered for the Blanche E. Seaver International Scholars' Awards. Students do not need to apply for this scholarship. This merit based scholarship is offered to a limited number of candidates from diverse backgrounds.

The Lydia Hayne Scholarship Fund

Eligibility: Citizen of a country in Africa
Range: Full tuition, room, and board
This scholarship, set up by Lydia Hayne for African students, is offered only once every four years. Please contact the OISS office for the next availability date of the scholarship. Upon submission of the application, you must specify that you would like to be considered for this scholarship.

Charles Lam Scholarship

Eligibility: Citizen of Mainland China
Range: $8,000-$10,000 per year
This scholarship, established by Mr. Charles Lam for Chinese students who wish to attend Seaver College, is offered each semester. Pepperdine offers this award to two or three incoming freshman or transfer students. Selection of these scholarship recipients who meet the qualifying criteria shall be at the sole discretion of the University.

Church of Christ Scholarship

Students who are members of a congregation traditionally associated with the churches of Christ can be considered for the Church of Christ scholarships. Applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from a church leader (minister, elder, youth minister, etc.) of the Church of Christ congregation of which they are a member.
The deadlines are as follows:
Fall applications—February 15
Spring applications—November 1
For more information, please visit the University/Private Scholarship webpage.

Outside Scholarship Resources

We have obtained a list of various websites with loan/scholarship information, which may be useful for you in your academic endeavors. This information is listed below.


The Financial Assistance Office at Pepperdine has approved a loan program for international students. You may view educational loan options by visiting the Financial Assistance loan webpage.

Various private lending institutions offer private or alternative educational loans to international students. Most lending institutions require that you have a co-signer who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with a valid social security number in order to qualify. For more information, contact Citibank at (800) 745-5473, or apply online at

Graziadio Business School

Although the Graziadio Business School is known for its post baccalaureate degree offerings, an undergraduate Bachelors of Science in Management is offered as a degree completion program for students with over 60 completed transferable units and over 2 years of full time work experience.

For detailed application information visit the Bachelors of Science in Management website.