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Academic Advising at Biola

Learn more about Biola’s academic advising model and how to find your academic advisor.

Traditional Undergraduate Academic Advising

During their first year at Biola, students are assigned an academic advisor who specializes in their major. Their advisor gives important information about registration and academic support to help students make the most of campus resources. After the first year, a student's primary academic advisor shifts to a faculty member within their major. If a student is Undeclared, they will continue advising with The Advising Center until a major is declared.

  1. First Year at Biola

    Advisor from the Advising Center

  2. Second Year & Beyond

    Faculty Advisor from Department

Note: Students in Nursing, Accounting/Business and Education majors will be advised by their academic program and will not meet with the Advising Center for first-year advising.

Online Bachelor's Academic Advising

Online Bachelor’s students will begin their academic journey at Biola with a full-time Academic Advisor from the Advising Center. After learning the fundamentals of registration and graduation planning from their Academic Advisor, Online Bachelor’s students will then work with their academic program to receive academic advising for completing the remainder of their degree.

Students will be notified when the transition from the full-time Academic Advisor to the academic program will take place. On top of receiving support from a staff or faculty member, students will always have access to the Peer Academic Advisor dedicated to supporting Online Bachelor’s students.

  1. Beginning of Biola Journey

    Full-time Academic Advisor from the Advising Center

  2. Remainder of Biola Journey

    Staff or Faculty Advisor from student's academic department

Teach-out Program Note: Biblical Ministries and Interdisciplinary Studies majors are advised by the Advising Center. Communication, Early Childhood, Entertainment Business, Organizational Leadership, Public Relations and Digital Media Management majors are advised by their academic departments. For questions about teach-out, see our Online Bachelor's FAQ page. All students regardless of program will have access to the support of the Peer Academic Advisor.

Find My Advisor

Use the following steps to find your assigned academic advisor:

  1. Log into MyAccount and navigate to the “Degree Planning” tab and then “Degree Audit.”
  2. Your advisor will be listed in the top section of your Degree Audit. If you are on a mobile device, click “Show more” in the top section to see your advisor.
  3. To find their contact information, click the envelope icon in the upper right hand corner.

Screenshot highlighting the advisor location in the bottom left corner in Degree Audit

No advisor listed? Email and request to be assigned an advisor.

Schedule an Appointment

Use the following steps to schedule an appointment with a staff or Peer Advisor in the Advising Center:

  1. Log into Navigate and click “Schedule Appointment”
  2. Select the type of appointment (Undergraduate Academic Advising if you want to meet with your First-Year Advisor OR Peer Advising if you want to meet with a Peer Advisor), service, and date.
  3. Select the preferred day and time of your appointment. This calendar automatically syncs with your assigned first-year/peer advisor.
  4. Select In-Person or Virtual and share a brief description of what you hope to discuss. Schedule the appointment, and you will receive an email confirmation shortly after.

Academic Advisors in the Advising Center

headshot of Austin Burns-Robertson
Austin Burns-Robertson

Traditional Undergraduate Students

Study Abroad

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Cristal Carrillo

Traditional Undergraduate Students

Talbot School of Theology (Bible, Theology and Ministry) and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (English, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Spanish, Undeclared)

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Jonathan Hernandez

Traditional Undergraduate Students

Snyder School of Cinema and Media Arts (Cinema & Media Arts, Writing for TV & Film, Game Design & Interactive Media)

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Veronica Cruz-Schwerin
Veronica Cruz-Schwerin

Traditional Undergraduate Students

School of Science, Technology and Health - Division of Science & Technology (Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Engineering Physics, Health Sciences, Mathematics, Robotics, Physics, Physical Science); Athletes

Note: On maternity leave for Fall 2023.

Matthew Roberts
Matthew Roberts

Traditional Undergraduate Students

Rosemead School of Psychology, Cook School of Intercultural Studies, Undeclared

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Josh Suaverdez
Josh Suaverdez

Online Bachelor's Students

Bible, Theology, and Apologetics, Business Management, Psychology

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Diamond Glaze

Traditional Undergraduate Students

School of Fine Arts and Communication (Music, Theatre, Art, Communication Studies, Journalism & Integrated Media, Public Relations & Strategic Communication)

To Be Determined

Traditional Undergraduate Students

School of Science, Technology and Health - Division of Health (Communication Sciences & Disorders, Kinesiology, Public Health)

Department Academic Advisors

Students in Nursing, Accounting/Business, and Education majors will be advised by their academic program and will not meet with the Advising Center for required advising. Torrey Honors College students have additional advising support provided by their program. Refer to the list below for the program advisor’s contact information.

Raeann Lopez

School of Science, Technology and Health: Nursing

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Allison Walton

Crowell School of Business (Accounting, Business Administration)

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Anna Glenn

Special Programs: Torrey Honors

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Note: On maternity leave for Fall 2023. Contact for assistance.

headshot of Melinda Soto
Melinda Soto

School of Education (Early Childhood, Liberal Studies: Elementary Education, Liberal Studies: Multidisciplinary)

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Peer Academic Advisors

Peer Academic Advisors

Our Peer Academic Advisors (PAA's) are here to provide you with accurate academic advising information to help you achieve your academic goals at Biola. These trained student leaders coach fellow students in major/minor advising, class registration, and other academic requirements (e.g. filling out a Graduation Petition).

Meet the Peer Advisor Team