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Are you ready for premier Christian higher education? There are two ways to begin your application to Biola University today — online or by downloading a paper application.

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Note to Applicants

For over 100 years, Biola University has equipped students academically and spiritually to impact the world for Christ. We're excited that you are ready to add to this rich heritage of cultural influence!

As a Biola student, it's important that you possess a Christian commitment and character that match that of the university. We welcome all applicants who are personally committed to faith in Christ.

Biola offers equal access to applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, sex or disability.

We look forward to assisting you in the application process!

– André Stephens
Associate Vice President of University Admissions

Admissions Process

The Biola admissions process usually begins the fall or winter of a student's senior year in high school, when an application is submitted. Depending on the application deadline for which a student has applied, they will usually be notified of admittance in the winter or spring of the senior year.

Why Biola?

Students share why they chose Biola

Applying for Admission

For information on the admissions process that is specific to you — including application deadlines, materials, and requirements — find yourself in the list below.

If you prefer, you can start your application now. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact your admissions counselor

After Acceptance

Upon acceptance into Biola University, you will be asked to submit enrollment and housing deposits by May 1. Prior to your arrival on campus, you will also be asked to complete a medical examination form and will be contacted regarding your class schedule, housing accommodations, and other details. Please visit the What's Next section to see the necessary steps you need to follow in order to enroll into Biola University.

Applications for Specific Programs

The following programs require a separate application, in addition to the Biola University Undergrad application, in order to be accepted into them. Admission into Biola University does not guarantee admission into these specialized programs: Torrey Honors Institute, Cinema and Media Arts Program (due February 1), Nursing Department, and The Conservatory of Music.

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 as space is available and time allows.

Early Action

Biola currently offers three application deadlines to prospective students:

  • November 15 (Early Action 1),
  • January 15 (Early Action 2), and
  • March 1 (Regular Admission).

The university adopted this format in 2004 to keep pace with enrollment growth.

What Is Early Action?

Early Action is a process for admitting students that utilizes application deadlines and notification dates to provide admission decisions in a reasonable amount of time.

Early Action allows the institution to shape and track enrollment goals. Admissions officers evaluate each student for what they can bring to the institution, and choose from among qualified candidates at each predetermined decision date.

Biola has reached the point where more traditionally qualified applicants apply than can be admitted, and Early Action enables the university to more effectively respond to controlled growth and selectivity initiatives.

Effect on Applicants

If a student is accepted under one of the Early Action application deadlines, they are not required to attend Biola. Early Action is non-binding. The student has until May 1 to notify Biola of their intent to attend.

If a student is not admitted in one of the early rounds, there are two things that may occur. If the student is clearly not a good match for Biola, they will be denied admission. If there is a possibility of future admission — with improved test scores or GPA — the decision will be deferred until the next round. The student has the opportunity to provide additional materials to strengthen their candidacy.

The benefit of Early Action for the student is learning of admittance to a top-choice school early. Besides peace of mind, Early Action also allows the student to focus on financial aid deadlines and visiting campus without worrying about admittance.

Regular admission deadlines are March 1 for fall semester and November 15 for spring semester.