First-Time College Students

We're still accepting 2015 applications!

We are happy you're here! A first-time college student is one who will be attending a college or university for the first time. To apply to Biola as a first-time student, follow the steps below.

  • Steps to Apply

    1. Complete and submit your official application for admission. Every advantage goes to the early applicant!

    2. Submit a non-refundable $55 application fee.* If applying online, you may submit the fee by credit card. Otherwise, please send a check or money order made payable to Biola University, with the student's name indicated on the memo-line, to the address below:

      Office of Admissions
      Biola University
      13800 Biola Avenue
      La Mirada, CA 90639

      * Biola will accept the College Board or ACT fee waiver, or you may submit the Biola Request for Application Fee Waiver form and accompanying documentation.

    3. Submit an official transcript from each high school attended, current through the time of application. Transcripts will be considered official only when sent directly from the institution to Biola via the aforementioned address above. Final official transcripts must be submitted upon completion of course of study and must include graduation date.

      Note: Homeschool students and international students have special instructions for high school transcripts.

    4. Submit your scores from the SAT (Code 4017) or ACT (Code 0172). The SAT or ACT is required of all applicants except those who are transferring in from another school.

  • Admission Requirements

    • The student must be an evangelical believer in the Christian faith.

    • The student must have at least a 3.0 unweighted high school GPA.

      Note: The average unweighted high school GPA for incoming freshmen at Biola is 3.54.

    • The student must have at least a 920 Critical Reading / Math score on the SAT, or a Composite 19 score on the ACT.

      Note: The average Critical Reading / Math SAT score for incoming freshmen at Biola is 1,110. The average Composite ACT score is 24.

    • The student must have graduated from high school or earned an equivalent degree (GED). The following is a recommended high school curriculum:

      • 4 years of English
      • 3 years of Mathematics
      • 2-4 years of Foreign Language
      • 2 years of Science
      • 2 years of Social Science

      Note: Elective courses in fine arts and PE are encouraged. Prospective nursing candidates must have one year each of chemistry and algebra. Biology majors must have one year each of chemistry and physics.

      Deficiencies in the student's high school curriculum may be made up while at Biola. Homeschool students and international students have an adjusted standard in this area.

  • Application Deadlines

    To qualify for an application deadline, all materials must be received in the Admissions Office by the appropriate deadline date. If a student qualifies for a specific application deadline, they will be notified of admission by the corresponding notification date.

    Applying for Fall Semester

    Deadline Type Apply By Notified By
    Early Action 1 Nov. 15 Jan. 15
    Early Action 2 Jan. 15 Feb. 15
    Regular Mar. 1 Apr. 1

    Note: Applications for the fall semester that are received after March 1 are considered late, and are processed if space is available and time allows.

    More Information on Early Action Deadlines

    Applying for Spring Semester

    Deadline Type Apply By Notified By
    Regular Nov. 15 As Processed

    Note: There is only one application deadline when applying for the spring semester. Applications will be accepted after November 15, but are processed if space is available and time allows.


  • Fall Receptions

    September 13, 2015

    Biola University will be in a city near you holding receptions for applicants of Biola University and their families. This is a free opportunity to hear from an admissions counselor, an alumnus, as well as connect with other local students and families considering Biola University for their future!

  • Saturday Tour & Brunch at Biola

    September 19, 2015

    Trying to visit as many colleges as possible? Come and enjoy Brunch at Biola! We know how hectic it can be to take time out of your week to visit a college campus, that's why we have opened up a Saturday tour followed by a nice brunch at our Cafeteria.

  • Biola Bound

    October 24, 2015

    Do you want to visit Biola, but live out-of-state or in zip codes 94000-96199? Biola Bound may be the perfect visit opportunity for you! Come for a great weekend, explore what Biola has to offer, and have some fun in Southern California.

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