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Begin Your Journey

Headed to college for the first time? Learn all about our process here.

First-Time College Admissions Process

Steps to Apply

  1. Complete and submit your official application for admission
    Every advantage goes to the early applicant.
  2. Submit a non-refundable $45 application fee
    If applying online, you may submit the fee through your application portal, 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. Complete the required essay
    Your application will not be reviewed until your essay has been submitted.
  4. Submit an official transcript
    Submit a 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.
  5. 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

Please note the following admission requirements for first-time college students.

  • The student must be an evangelical believer in the Christian faith (the applicant's statement of faith will be articulated in the personal essay section of the application).
  • 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 1000 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing+Math score and a 26 Reading Test score on the New SAT, or a Composite 19 score on the ACT.
  • 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.

Apply for Fall Semester

Deadline Type Apply By Notified By
Early Action 1 November 15 January 15
Early Action 2 January 15 February 15
Regular March 1 April 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.

Learn More About Early Action Deadlines


Apply for Spring Semester

Deadline Type Apply By Notified By
Regular November 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.