New Student Checklist

Getting Started

The New Student Checklist outlines the steps to prepare you for your first trimester at the Graziadio School and ensure your smooth transition into the program. If you have any questions, please contact your program advisor.

Step 1   

Access the WaveNet student portal and create your ID Profile. WaveNet is Pepperdine's online student portal, providing access to relevant student resources, including your course schedule, grades, financial aid information, and activity posted on your student account. All this information is accessible through the Student Center tab. The Student Center may have a familiar appearance because it uses the same interface as the Applicant Center, which you accessed to manage and monitor the status of your admission application. Your access changes from Applicant Center to Student Center once you are admitted to your program. If you were recently admitted, the system takes 24 to 48 hours to update your access to the Student Center.


Create your ID Profile allows you to reset your WaveNet password by receiving a PIN on a mobile device or alternate email address.

Step 2

All students are highly encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students starting in the new 2018-2019 school year, should make sure to complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA. 

Upon completion of the FAFSA, the next step is to complete the online entrance counseling. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at or (310) 568-5530 to finalize your financial aid package. Your financial aid award summary will be posted in the Student Center section of WaveNet. We have provided instructions on how to view and accept your awards.

Step 3

In acknowledgment of the financial obligation associated with being enrolled at Pepperdine University, all students must review and sign a Student Financial Responsibility Agreement (SFA) form. This form will appear as a "To-Do" item in your Student Center accessible through WaveNet 24-48 hours after receiving your admittance letter. It must be signed prior to each academic term in order to receive clearance to register for courses. Upon logging into your Student Center, you will notice a registration "hold" pertaining to the SFA form. After you have reviewed and provided your electronic signature on the form, this hold will be automatically removed. To avoid delays with course registration, please be sure you have completed this step in advance of the first meeting with your program advisor.


If you have questions related to the SFA form, we encourage you to contact the University Office of the Registrar ( or 310-506-7999).

Step 4  

Add your Pepperdine email to your mobile device/laptop.

Step 5

Review your academic program plan to gain a better understanding of the sequence of courses in your program.

Step 6   

Materials required for your courses will be available in the Student Center within WaveNet. We have provided instructions on how to access the course material list. Purchase your books online or visit the bookstore at the West LA campus. If there are no materials listed for your course, check back periodically before the start of the term. 

Step 7

Courses (also known as Sakai) is Pepperdine's learning management system allowing faculty to share course information such as the syllabus, reading materials and more. Review the details of the weekend-long workshop you are required to attend as part of your Organizational Behavior class. Information regarding the workshop location and hotel reservations will be posted in the Resources section within the BSCI 650 (Master's students) and BSCI 468 (BSM students) course page in Sakai approximately two weeks prior to the scheduled workshop weekend.

Step 8 

Review the parking information provided and process for obtaining a parking pass at the West LA campus.

Step 9 - International Students Only

  • Review the new student information provided by the Office of International Student Services (OISS).
  • Complete the International Student Data form to request your I-20 form.
  • International students are eligible to purchase the University Health Insurance (SHIP) by calling USI Insurance Services at 800-853-5899. Enrollments will be paid by credit card over the phone.

Additional Information

Veteran Services - The Registrar's Office provides information regarding veteran services and programs. If you are a veteran, military service personnel and/or a qualified dependent intending on using VA benefits, please review the services and programs available.