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Applying 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.

Attention applicants from China: If the primary email address used in your Common App features a Chinese domain such as @163.com, @126.com, or @yeah.net, please send an alternate email address with a non-Chinese domain (ex: Yahoo, Outlook, MSN) to admission-oiss@pepperdine.edu in order to ensure that you receive all future communications from Pepperdine University.

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. 

Country 
Brazil Mexico
China Panama
Colombia Peru
Ecuador Russia
Germany Singapore
Hong Kong South Korea
India Taiwan
Indonesia Thailand
International Baccalaureate (IB) United Kingdom
Japan  
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 admissions-oiss@pepperdine.edu.

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.

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 7: F-1 Visa Application Process

F-1 Visa Application Process

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 ISD form on our International Student Portal for further information regarding obtaining your Pepperdine I-20.