Transfer Students

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We are happy you are here! A transfer student is one who has earned college units after graduating from high school, or a high school graduate who is currently in the process of earning college units. To apply to Biola as a transfer student, follow the steps below:

  • Steps to Apply

    1. Complete and submit your official application for admission.

    2. Submit a non-refundable $55 application fee.

    3. Submit an official transcript from each high school and each college attended. Transcripts will be considered official only when sent directly from the institution to Biola.

    4. If you have completed less than 15 transferable units post high school, submit your SAT or ACT scores.

    5. Be mindful of Biola's application deadlines.

  • Transfer Student Admissions Requirements

    • You must be a believer in the Christian faith.
    • You must have at least a 2.5 cumulative college GPA.
    • You must have graduated from high school or earned an equivalent degree (GED).
    • If you have fewer than 15 semester units post high school, then you must apply as a transfer student and meet the admission requirements for First-Time College Students.
  • Community College Transfers

    • California Transfer Students

      Students are allowed to transfer a maximum of 70 units from a community college. There are three ways to determine if units are transferable to Biola.

      1. Follow Biola's Undergrad Pre-Approved Courses and Degree Requirement Sheets.
      2. Familiarize yourself with the IGETC and the details of Biola's Transfer Policy.
      3. Contact your Transfer Admissions Counselor with questions.
    • Out of State Transfer Students

      Students are allowed to transfer a maximum of 70 units from a community college. There are three ways to determine if units are transferable to Biola.

      1. Become familiar with your general education pattern via Biola's Degree Requirement Sheets.
      2. Find classes at your current institution that are equivalent to the general education classes listed on your Degree Requirement Sheet.
      3. Contact your Transfer Admissions Counselor to get your general education classes pre-approved before registering at your current college.
  • Four Year Transfers

    Students are allowed to transfer unlimited units from a four year accredited institution. There are three ways to determine if units are transferable to Biola.

    1. Become familiar with you general education pattern via Biola's Degree Requirement Sheets.
    2. Find classes at your current institution that are equivalent to the general education classes listed on your Degree Requirement Sheet.
    3. Contact your Transfer Admissions Counselor to get your general education classes pre-approved before registering at your current college.
  • Bible Bridge Program

    Student must take at least 15 of the 30 required units of Biblical Studies at Biola University. Biola offers the Bible Bridge Program as a unique way to get a head start on the Bible requirement. If you are accepted for the upcoming school year, then Bible Bridge may be an option for you. You may want to inquire quickly since space is limited.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Still have questions? Select from these frequently asked questions and get all the information you need. If you still have questions please contact us at transfer.admissions@biola.edu or call us at 562-903-4752.

    • Do I apply as an incoming transfer student or incoming freshman?

      If you have enrolled in at least one college level class after your high school graduation date, and will not be applying to Biola the semester after your high school graduation date, then you will apply as a transfer student. If you are currently in high school or have not taken any college classes after graduation, you will apply as an incoming freshman.

    • Are there required courses I need to take before I transfer?

      No, you do not need to take specific courses before you transfer. This means you do not need a college level math, english, foreign language, or science with a lab to transfer to Biola. The minimum requirements are 15 semester credits, or 22.5 quarter credits, of any college-level coursework after you have graduated from high school. If you have taken less than 15 semester credits, or 22.5 quarter credits, please submit your ACT or SAT test scores.

    • What classes should I take at my current college to prepare for Biola?

      First, it would be in your best interest to have an idea of what major you are leaning towards. Once you have an idea of what major interests you, locate its Degree Requirement Sheet to find out what General Education Classes are needed to fulfill your degree. If you are looking to get your general education classes pre-approved beforehand, either locate your college’s Undergrad Pre-Approved Courses or contact a Transfer Counselor if your college is not listed. Transfer Counselors can help get general education courses AND major specific courses pre-approved, via email.

    • Are the general education credits I have taken transferable?

      Credit will only be accepted from institutions accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency with similar accredited academic programs (i.e .WASC, ABHE, ATS etc.). If you are curious about the classes you have taken so far, a credit evaluation will be provided for you at the point of acceptance into Biola. If a credit evaluation is needed to determine if you want to apply, please request an Unofficial Credit Evaluation from a Transfer Counselor via email.

      Directions for completing the Unofficial Credit Evaluation Form once you receive it from a Transfer Counselor:

      • Fill out the form with courses you’ve already taken, are currently taking, and/or plan to take
      • Return the form back to your Transfer Counselor via email (i.e. Please do not copy and paste transcript to email, fax or scan, or create your own document. Simply type directly on the credit evaluation form and send it back to your Transfer Counselor as an attachment)
      • Your Transfer Counselor will return the form to you with detailed notes about how your credits transfer. Please keep this form for your records!
    • Are the major specific credits I have taken transferable?

      Credit will only be accepted from institutions accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency with similar accredited academic programs (i.e .WASC, ABHE, ATS etc.). If you are curious about the major specific classes you have taken so far, a credit evaluation will be provided for you at the point of acceptance into Biola. If a credit evaluation is needed to determine if you want to apply, please request an Unofficial Credit Evaluation from a Transfer Counselor via email.

      Directions for completing the Unofficial Credit Evaluation Form once you receive it from a Transfer Counselor:

      • Fill out the form with major specific credits that you’ve already taken, are currently taking, and/or plan to take.
      • Be sure to include the course description for major specific credits specifically.
      • Return the form back to your Transfer Counselor via email (i.e. Please do not copy and paste transcript to email, fax or scan, or create your own document. Simply type directly on the credit evaluation form and send it back to your Transfer Counselor as an attachment)
      • Your Transfer Counselor will return the form to you with detailed notes about how your major credits transfer. Please keep this form for your records!
    • Are online credits transferable?

      Online Credit will only be accepted from institutions accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency with similar accredited academic programs (i.e .WASC, ABHE, ATS etc.). English Composition may not be taken online. Communication courses may not be taken online without approval from the Communication Department. For pre-approval, please contact a Transfer Counselor. Also, for more detail please see our Distance Education Policy.

    • If I am doing the IGETC, how will that affect my transfer process?

      Transfer students following the IGETC are encouraged to complete it before they enroll at Biola University. However, if it is not completed beforehand you are still eligible to transfer under our Transfer Student Admissions Requirements. If you are almost finished with your IGETC but are shy one class, that class can be completed during your first semester at Biola and transferred backward to your community college to become IGETC certified. Your IGETC certification can be certified for either the CSU or UC focus. IGETC is compatible with most majors excluding our Liberal Studies degrees, Science degrees, Bachelors of Fine Arts degree, or Bachelors of Music degree. We do offer bachelors of Science degree in Music and Fine Arts that work well with IGETC.

      The IGETC will cover general education courses except for any required general education courses specified as required on your Degree Requirement Sheet. The IGETC does not necessarily fulfill Biola’s foreign language requirements either. Also, you will still be required to complete Biola’s minimum of 130 semester credits to graduate from Biola. You can still apply to Biola even if you have not completed Biola’s foreign language requirements or any of Biola’s required general education courses. For more detailed information, please review our Transfer Policy and/or contact a Transfer Counselor.

    • What if my college is not listed with the Undergrad Pre-Approved Courses list?

      If your school is not listed with the Undergraduate Pre-Approved Courses, your credits can still be eligible to transfer. These pre-approved lists are not exhaustive and are primarily for local students. If you are curious about the classes you have taken so far, a credit evaluation will be provided for you at the point of acceptance into Biola. If a credit evaluation is needed to determine if you want to apply, please request an Unofficial Credit Evaluation from a Transfer Counselor via email.

      Directions for completing the Unofficial Credit Evaluation Form once you receive it from a Transfer Counselor:

      • Fill out the form with courses you’ve already taken, are currently taking, and/or plan to take
      • Return the form back to your Transfer Counselor via email (i.e. Please do not copy and paste transcript to email, fax or scan, or create your own document. Simply type directly on the credit evaluation form and send it back to your Transfer Counselor as an attachment
      • Your Transfer Counselor will return the form to you with detailed notes about how your credits transfer. Please keep this form for your records!
    • What are the requirements for the Pre- Nursing program?

      The Baccalaureate Nursing Program is essentially a 5 year program for new incoming transfer students, regardless of the number of nursing pre-requisites that were completed prior to the start of the pre-nursing program. The BSN consists of 2 years of pre-nursing course work and 3 years of clinical nursing courses. Therefore, it is best that you transfer to Biola sooner rather than later because of the overall expected 5 year time commitment. You do not have to have all of your nursing perquisites done before transferring and are in fact encouraged to transfer early given the 5 year commitment that has to be made when you transfer. If you are accepted into our pre-nursing program, which does not require a separate application, then you can work on any miscellaneous nursing pre-requisites, general education classes, and bible prior to applying to the clinical portion of our program

      If you do not want to commit an additional five years to your undergraduate education, there are alternative tracks to a nursing career – Human Biology, Biochemistry, or Biological Science programs will prepare you to complete a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN). Please note that once you are accepted into these alternative programs, you will not be able to switch into the Nursing program at a later point in time.

      MSN program duration varies from school to school, but typically takes three to four years to complete. In roughly the same amount of time you would commit to a BSN, you can complete your B.S. degree at Biola and move forward to complete your MSN.

      Human Biology, Biochemistry, Biological Science and Communication Sciences and Disorders programs also prepare you for additional careers in the medical field.

    • How will my credits transfer into the Pre-Nursing Program?

      If you have already taken several G.E. classes that are transferable, you do not have to retake those classes. However, the two year residency requirement before the clinical portion of your program is still required. This will provide you with the possibility of double majoring or double minoring in areas that could compliment your vocation as a nurse, as you wait 4 semesters before completing the separate application for the clinical program.

      If you do not want to commit an additional five years to your undergraduate education, there are alternative tracks to a nursing career – Human Biology, Biochemistry, or Biological Science programs will prepare you to complete a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN). Please note that once you are accepted into these alternative programs, you will not be able to switch into the Nursing program at a later point in time.

      MSN program duration varies from school to school, but typically takes three to four years to complete. In roughly the same amount of time you would commit to a BSN, you can complete your B.S. degree at Biola and move forward to complete your MSN.

      Human Biology, Biochemistry, Biological Science and Communication Sciences and Disorders programs also prepare you for additional careers in the medical field.

    • How can I set up an appointment or speak to someone about transferring to Biola?

      For general inquiry questions regarding the transfer process, please contact your Transfer Counselor. For more specific questions, you can either set up a phone appointment by calling the Admissions Front desk at (562)903-4752 or you can set up a in person visit via our Visit Request Form.

    • What can I do to start the transferring process?

      Apply to Biola and submit the following items:

      • Non-refundable $55 application fee
      • Official college transcripts from all colleges attended
      • Official High School or GED Transcripts
      • Transcripts are official if they are mailed directly to Biola from your respective institution
      • Electronic Transcripts will not be accounted for as official transcripts

      If you have taken 15 or more transferable semester credits, or 22.5 quarter credits, after graduating high school, the minimum GPA needed is a 2.5. If you have taken less than 15 semester credits, or less than 22.5 quarter credits, then submit your ACT or SAT scores. Please note that AP/IB/dual enrollment units do not count toward the 15 transferable units unless they were taken after high school graduation. There is more detailed information about our transfer requirements listed on our Transfer page.

    • Where can I submit the application fee or find an application fee waiver form?

      You can pay online for the admission application fee, or you can fill out the application fee waiver form.

    • What are some helpful links that I can look into as I consider transferring to Biola?

    • What types of financial aid are available to transfer students?

      We have many resources that will direct you to the different types of aid offered to Biola Transfer Students. Biola offers institutional, federal, and state financial aid to eligible transfer students.

      Our Financial Aid webpage provides steps on how to apply for financial aid as well as a net price calculator, which will give you an estimate of how much aid you may be eligible to receive.

      For information on scholarships, please visit our Scholarship Page. Depending on your transfer GPA, you may be eligible for a Transfer Academic Scholarship. You can also visit our Outide Scholarship Search Website, which has a detailed list of outside scholarships available to Biola transfer students.

      Submitting your FAFSA ASAP will determine your eligibility for federal and state aid, like the Pell Grant or the Cal Grant. More information on these grants can be found on our Grants Page. Also, visit the Loans Page to learn about the types of loans available to transfer students.

 

  • Spring Receptions

    April 11, 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 for Fall 2015!

  • Junior Sessions

    April 1, 2015

    Juniors in high school!! Do you want a taste of the college experience? Join us at Biola University on one of our many available dates for a Junior Session. You will have the opportunity to go to chapel, attend a Junior (information) Session given by one of our Admissions Counselors, tour the campus, eat lunch in the cafeteria (on us!), and attend a class in the afternoon (optional).

  • Biola Bound

    April 18, 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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