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First-Time College Admissions Process

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Steps to Apply

Complete and submit your FREE undergraduate application for admission

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Complete three short response questions

Complete these three brief questions within the application.


  1. Describe how and when you made a decision to follow Christ. (300–400 words)
  2. Using personal examples, share about your recent spiritual growth. (300–400 words)
  3. Why are you interested in attending Biola University? (100-200 words)

Check to see if your program has additional requirements

The following programs require an additional application process. Review admission requirements for:

Submit your high school transcript

Submit a transcript from each high school attended, current through the time of application, in the “Supplemental Items & Documents” tab within the application.

An unofficial transcript is acceptable for your application submission, and can be uploaded as a .jpg, .png or .pdf file. Transcripts can also be emailed to

Note that an official transcript is required once you have been admitted. Official transcripts may be submitted by one of the following ways:

  1. Sent directly from the institution to Biola using a digital service, such as Parchment.
  2. Sent directly via email from the institution to
  3. Physically delivered in an untampered envelope sealed by the institution. 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.

OPTIONAL: Submit your scores from the SAT (Code 4017) or ACT (Code 0172)

Biola is a Test-Optional University

We do not require freshman applicants to submit SAT/ACT scores. The Admissions Office will continue to make admissions offers and award academic scholarships based on students' academic achievement, spiritual commitment and their ability to succeed at Biola.

If you've taken these tests, you may submit your scores to strengthen your overall academic qualifications and reduce the need for placement exams later in the enrollment process. We do not penalize students who do not submit tests scores. Learn more about Biola's test-optional process.

Note: International students are still required to submit one test score for proof of English proficiency (SAT, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS, PTE Academic, or IB English).

Admission Requirements

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

  • The student must be a 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 Nursing Program has a separate GPA requirement. Please refer to the admission requirements for the Nursing Program.
  • 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 30 January 15
Early Action 2 January 15 February 15
RegularMarch 1As Processed
Rolling AdmissionsWe are still accepting applications for Fall 2024

Important Notes:

  1. If a student submits their application by an Early Action deadline, they will learn about admittance earlier than the standard application and notification dates. Early Action is non-binding. Students have until June 1 to notify Biola of their intent to attend.
  2. Some programs have different application and notification deadlines and may require separate application. For more information please visit application steps for Snyder School of Cinema and Media Arts, Torrey Honors College, Conservatory of Music, the Pre-Clinical Nursing Program, and the Stewart Science Honors Program.

Apply for Spring Semester

Deadline Type Apply By Notified By
Early Action October 15 As Processed
Regular November 30 As Processed

Note: Applications are still accepted after the application deadline.

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