Orientation Schedule: Fall 2014

New Student Orientation Schedule

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Color Key

  • Red = Mandatory Event
  • Blue = Global Student Event
  • Purple = Registration Required
  • Green = Parent and Family Event

Friday, August 22

Move-In Day & Meal Plans Begin


New Student Residence Hall Check-In, Residence Halls

8:00 am - 7:00 pm

The University formally opens its doors to all FIRST TIME students. This time is set aside exclusively for new students to move into their residence hall rooms. Proceed directly to your assigned residence hall where our staff of Residence Life is ready to assist you in moving into your new home.  Use this time wisely since you have a full and exciting week ahead. We'll see you in the morning at the Orientation Kickoff!  Please check back of schedule to see alternate Residence Hall check-in times if you will not be checking in on Friday.


New Student ID Card, Student Services Building

8:00 am – 7:00 pm

Please bring a valid government-issued photo ID to verify your identity (i.e. passport, driver’s license) when you come for your Biola ID card.  Please check back of schedule to see alternate Student Services hours if you will not be checking in on Friday.


SOS Info Booth, Fluor Fountain

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

If you have any questions about orientation week, would like to sign up and pay for events, or get general campus information, please take a moment to stop by the SOS Info Booth.


Bank and Local Business Fair, SUB/Café Roadway

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Local banks are here to facilitate new checking and savings accounts and to speak with you about your other financial concerns. In addition, you can visit local community tables to get information about transportation, Disneyland and more. Don’t miss this opportunity!


Biola English Placement Exam (BEPE), Business 102 and 105

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

All students whose native language is not English are required to take the BEPE unless they have scored 100 IBT/250 CBT/600 PBT or above on the TOEFL, or have scored above 480 on the verbal portion of the SAT.  Students are directed to take the BEPE by their admissions advisor.

A cash fee of $25.00 and a photo ID are required and must be presented at the beginning of the exam. The fee is applied toward tuition upon enrollment. Results of the test will be posted at the ELSP Office in Rood 53B (McNally Classrooms).


Global Parent and Student Presidential Welcome and Luncheon, Talbot East Andrews Banquet Room

11:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Dr. Barry Corey, President of Biola University, will offer his welcome and words of encouragement as you begin this new journey.  You will also have a chance to meet special Faculty and staff who will share their Biola experiences and offer advice for your student’s transition.


Chemistry Placement Exam, Sutherland Auditorium (CHEM 105) or Bardwell 112 (CHEM 120/Nursing)

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

If you already took this exam and passed it over the summer or at the Biola June Academic Advising event, you are not required to retake this exam.

In order to enroll in CHEM 105 General Chemistry I or CHEM 120 Principles of Organic and Biochemistry, you must take a chemistry placement exam. The exam determines whether you have the skills necessary for success in these courses. If you do not pass, you are required to take CHEM 104.  CHEM 104 is offered both Fall and Spring semesters. You must receive a B- or better in CHEM 104 to proceed to CHEM 120 or CHEM 105. CHEM 105 is only offered in the fall semester, so that General Chemistry II, CHEM 106, can be offered sequentially in the spring. CHEM 120 is offered both spring and fall semesters. Please plan accordingly once you have your placement exam results. Majors requiring chemistry include:  PHSC, PHEP, BCHM, BIOS, BIHB, BIES, KEHP, KPTH, and NURS.  A study guide for this exam can be found at the Academic Advising website.  Note: students may bring a non-graphing calculator for the CHEM 120 exam only.


Physics Placement Exam, Sutherland Auditorium

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

If you already took this exam and passed it over the summer or at the Biola June Academic Advising event, you are not required to retake this exam.

In order to enroll in PHSC 111 Physics I or PHSC 132 General Physics I, you need to take the Physics Placement Exam. This test determines whether you have the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary for success in PHSC 111 or PHSC 132. If you do not pass, you need to plan to take PHSC 092 Introduction to Physics, which is only offered in the spring. Upon completing with a satisfactory grade, you will be able to take PHSC 111 or PHSC 132 the following fall. PHSC 111 and PHSC 132 are only offered in the fall so that their sequential classes may be offered in the spring semesters. By taking PHSC 092 in the spring you will be prepared for your required physics class the following fall semester. Majors requiring PHSC 111 or PHSC 132 include PHSC, PHEP, BCHM, BIOS, BIES, BIHB, KEHP, and KPTH.  A study guide for this exam can be found at the Academic Advising website.  Note: students may bring a non-graphing calculator for the Physics exam.


Mandatory Placement Exam for Music Majors, Crowell Hall Room 122

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

All Music Majors are required to take a Written Theory, Sight-singing and Dictation exam at this time.  A study guide for this exam can be found at the Academic Advising website.  The Director of the Conservatory will be giving a brief overview of the Conservatory of Music prior to the exams.


Mandatory Keyboard Placement Exam, Crowell Hall Room 105

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

All non-keyboard Music Majors (including Composition and Worship majors with piano emphasis) are required to take this exam. Each student will sign up for one test period (of approximately five minutes) during this time. The sign up sheet will be available during the Theory Placement Exam.


Torrientation Parent and Family Reception, Tent on McNally Field

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Parents, join your new Torrey student for the last event of Torrientation. Meet your student's Torrey group and enjoy some sweet treats and tea while hearing from our director, Dr. Paul Spears. Prior registration required. Call 562-906-4555.


Free Time / Dinner on your own

(Cafeteria doors close at 6:30 pm)

It has been a long day, so you may want to head off campus to explore the area around Biola.  A list of local stores and restaurants can be found in the Welcome Packets. If you choose to stay on campus, please feel free to dine at the Biola Cafeteria.  Meals in the Cafeteria are free for children ages 5 and under.  


Commuter Welcome Packets available for pick-up, Upper Student Union - The Collegium

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Commuters, please drop by the Collegium to pick up the Welcome Packet and detailed Student Schedule Booklet. One packet per family, please.  (Prior to 4:00 pm and after 6:00 pm, please come to the Info Booth to pick up your packet.)


Cinema, Media, Arts Department Dinner, Dorothy English Lawn/Production Center

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm (By Invitation Only -- For Accepted CMA Majors and their Families)

Dinner, Tour of the Production Center and Program (CMA Faculty, Parents, and New Students). Reservations and tickets required for students, parents and guests. $15.00 per person and Free for CMA New Students with Student ID Number.  Register here.


Commuter Parent and Student Reception, Upper Student Union - The Collegium

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Off-Campus Students and their Parents are invited to the Collegium--Biola’s home-away-from-home for students who live off-campus! Come enjoy refreshments and meet Commuter Life staff before the University Welcome.  Coming without your parents?  No worries! This is a great chance to get to know the many other students who are commuting to Biola.


Distinguished Scholars Reception, Giumarra Courtyard, Library

6:00 pm -  7:30 pm (By Invitation Only - Open House)

Student recipients of the President's or Trustees' Scholarships and their families are invited to celebrate their accomplishments while enjoying light appetizers and dessert. School Deans and members of the President's Administrative Council will be present to congratulate you and encourage you as you embark on your academic and spiritual journey at Biola.


University Welcome, Metzger Lawn

7:30 pm - 8:15 pm

You won’t want to miss this first official welcome to the Biola University community! President Barry H. Corey, our faculty, staff and students will join you to kick off the academic year and recognize the work of the Lord in bringing each student to Biola.


Biola Night at Target, 1893 W. Malvern Ave. Fullerton, CA

9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Join Biola for an exclusive night at Target as you shop for all of your back to college needs! All Biola students, faculty, and staff with a valid Biola ID will receive 5% of your entire purchase. An additional 5% off will be applied for all REDcard and Target Debit Cardholders. There will be a live DJ, free popcorn, live prize drawings and more!

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