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International Students Admissions Process

Steps to Apply

Complete and submit your FREE undergraduate application for admission

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Complete three short response questions (formerly personal essay)

Once you’ve submitted the initial portion of your application, complete these three brief questions within the “Supplemental Items” tab of the application.


  1. Describe how and when you made a decision to follow Christ. (300–400 words)
  2. Using personal examples, share about your spiritual growth over the past 3 years. (300–400 words)
  3. Please share why you're 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 transcript

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. 

See specific transcript requirements based on your application type:

  • First-Time College Student (Freshman)

    Note: First-time college students will have graduated from secondary school before enrollment at Biola, or have taken less than 15 college credits.

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

  • Transfer Student

    The student must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative college GPA.

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

    If transferring from a school outside of the United States:

    • Students who desire to get transfer credit for college courses taken outside of the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by an independent credential evaluation agency located in the United States, such as SpanTran (Biola Discount), World Education Services (WES) or Foundation for International Services (FIS).
    • Be sure to choose "Course by Course Report" and have the evaluation agency send them directly to Biola University via online portal or post (13800 Biola Ave, La Mirada, CA 90639) in order for the transcript to be considered official.

In response to the impacts of COVID-19, we are accepting “Pass/Fail” coursework completed in Fall 2022 for applicants. In lieu of a letter grade, we are accepting "Pass/Fail” high school and college credit for incoming applicants, assuming the course is otherwise transferrable.

Submit proof of English proficiency

To meet this requirement, submit one of the following:

  • Official transcript showing a minimum one year study in a U.S. undergraduate program (transfer students only).
  • Standard Requirements
    • SAT: 26 (Reading)
    • ACT: 19 (Composite)
    • TOEFL: 80
    • IELTS: 6.5
    • PTE Academic: 58
    • IB: 5 on IB English A courses
    • Duolingo: 120
  • Admission with Biola Committee Review
    • SAT: 24 (Reading)
    • ACT: 16 (Composite)
    • TOEFL: 70
    • IELTS: 6.0
    • PTE Academic: 50
    • IB: 5 on IB English B courses
    • Duolingo: 115

Students who don’t yet meet this requirement should consider Biola’s English Language Program.

Due to limited testing availability during the COVID-19 season, Biola is currently accepting Duolingo test scores as an alternative to TOEFL or IELTS scores. Submitting Duolingo scores may also result in a brief internal English proficiency assessment as part of the admissions process.

F-1 Visa Application Process

  • After accepting Biola’s offer of admission by submitting an enrollment deposit, a Form I-20 will be issued to you. Explore the process on how to obtain an F-1 visa.
  • Transfer Authorization Form: For students who are currently studying in the U.S. with an F-1 visa, there is a transfer of SEVIS record that must be done by the school that has issued your current I-20.

Submit documents for I-20 issuance

  • Copy of a valid passport
  • Affidavit of Financial Support (Sponsor Form)
  • Supporting bank statements

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

We are still accepting applications for Fall 2022

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 May 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 Cinema and Media Arts, Torrey Honors College, Conservatory of Music and the Pre-Clinical Nursing Program.

Apply for Spring Semester

Deadline Type Apply By Notified By
Regular October 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.

Tuition, Costs & Scholarships

Learn more about costs and scholarships available for international undergraduate students. Students will be automatically considered for an academic scholarship with a completed application to Biola.

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Helpful International Student Resources

Preparing to start your journey at Biola University? Here's some important information you'll need to know. Take a look at the resources below to get started.

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