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

First-Time College Admissions Process

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we are making the following changes:
“Pass/Fail” coursework will be accepted and SAT/ACT requirements will be waived for applicants. Please see below for more information.

We are still accepting applications for fall 2020.

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

    In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we are accepting “Pass/Fail” coursework for applicants. In lieu of a letter grade, we are accepting "Pass/Fail” high school and college credit for incoming applicants.

    Note: The “Pass/Fail” exception is limited to coursework completed in Spring 2020 or Summer 2020, and assumes the course is otherwise transferrable.

    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)

    In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we are waiving SAT/ACT requirements for applicants. Since standardized testing opportunities have been canceled due to COVID-19, we will be waiving SAT/ACT scores for academically qualified Fall 2020 applicants. 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.

    Note: The standardized testing exception is limited to SAT/ACT only. International students are still required to submit one of the following standardized tests: SAT, ACT, TOEFL, or IELTS. As of April 2, 2020, the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition is available everywhere that TOEFL iBT testing is normally available, with the exception of Mainland China and Iran.

    The SAT or ACT is required of all applicants except those who are transferring in from another school. Biola accepts the Classical Learning Test (CLT) in place of the SAT/ACT (with the exception of recruited athletes). 

    Not sure about the strength of your standardized test scores? 

    We offer test-optional (SAT or ACT scores not required) admission on a case-by-case basis. International students, prospective STEM majors and athletes are not eligible for test-optional admission.


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 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 or a 64 CLT score.
  • 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 We are still accepting applications for fall 2020

Note: Some programs have different application and notification deadlines and may require separate application. For more information please visit application steps for Cinema and Media Arts, Torrey Honors Institute, Conservatory of Music and the Pre-Clinical Nursing Program.


Learn More About Early Action Deadlines


Apply for Spring Semester

Deadline Type Apply By Notified By
Regular October 15 As Processed

Note: Applications are still accepted after the application deadline.