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 New Student Orientation

Seaver students at NSO welcome new students

New Student Orientation facilitates a successful college transition by introducing new students and families to Pepperdine's engaging campus community, academic environment, Christian mission, and support resources in a welcoming atmosphere conducive to building new relationships.

A student who participates in New Student Orientation should be able to:

  1. Cultivate a sense of community
  2. Make informed decisions about academic choices
  3. Locate and utilize campus services and resources
  4. Discover opportunities available outside the classroom
  5. Understand the nature and importance of Pepperdine's Christian faith and heritage
  6. Develop a growing love and pride for Pepperdine
  7. Feel reassured about the decision to attend Pepperdine for his or her college education.

Rock the Brock

Seaver students at Rock the Brock

At the beginning of each school year, seniors are invited to Rock the Brock, a special party at the President's House. The senior class enjoys eating delicious food, and receiving prizes which include a dinner and a movie package, Songfest and Dance in Flight tickets, and "Waves of Relief" presidential awards worth up to $5,000. The event is presented by Seaver and George Pepperdine College Alumni Affairs and Student Activities. Seniors won't want to miss this evening of fun celebrating their achievement!

Waves Weekend

Two Seaver students at Waves Weekend

Each year, Seaver and George Pepperdine College Alumni Relations and Student Activities collaborate to plan a weekend full of fun and exciting events. Waves Weekend celebrates our entire Pepperdine community from students and their families to alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the University's five schools and colleges.

Christmas Tree Lighting

Seaver students in front of lit tree

The Christmas tree lighting is an annual tradition where the Pepperdine community gathers on Joslyn Plaza for a time of worship and celebrating the birth of Christ.  The program culminates in the lighting of the Christmas tree.


Songfest performance with Seaver students

Songfest is Pepperdine's longest-running on-campus student tradition. Held for the first time in 1973, every spring hundreds of students participate in this annual theatrical stage show. Songfest blends music, dance, and original storytelling with community-building, creativity, and friendly competition. Every year, student groups produce shows that are based on an annual theme, and feature material which is chosen, developed, and written by student leaders over the course of the school year. The group shows are evaluated at each performance by a panel of judges in several categories, and at the conclusion of the final performance, the best overall group show is presented with the Sweepstakes Award.

In addition to the group material, each Songfest show also features performances by a small and select group of student hosts, who present specially-prepared material that has been created and rehearsed under the guidance of the Songfest staff. Songfest showcases some of the best qualities of student life at Pepperdine, as student performers come from all walks of campus life and hold drastically varying levels of performing experience. With every year's production, friendships are forged, lessons are learned, and life-long memories are made as students work together side-by-side. For both the participant and the attendee, Songfest is a special experience, unlike any other at Pepperdine. For the most current information about Songfest, please visit the Songfest website at www.pepperdinesongfest.com.

Dance in Flight

Dance in Flight performance

Dance in Flight, the resident dance company at Pepperdine University, embodies the diversity and essence of Seaver College and the liberal arts tradition. For over 25 years, Dance in Flight has provided a safe environment for emerging student dancers and choreographers to cultivate creativity, physical expression, and teamwork in a professional performing atmosphere. Dance in Flight is both a dance company and an offering to the community, a chance to polish a craft and create a public celebration. DIF is art and faith in action. The company members come from a variety of dance backgrounds, interests, and fields of study. United by their passion for the art of movement, they are dedicated to presenting an impressive showcase of student artistry. The annual showcase is one of the largest, most beloved, and well-attended events at Pepperdine.

For more information, please visit the Dance in Flight website at www.pepperdinedif.org.