Steps to Apply
Complete and submit your official application for admission
Whether you are a first-time or transfer student, we strongly encourage international students to apply early.
- 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 applicant's name indicated on the memo-line, to the address below:
Office of Admissions
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.
- Complete the required essay
Your essay must follow the prompt found in your application. Your application will not be reviewed until your essay has been submitted.
- Submit an official transcript
Submit a transcript from each secondary and post-secondary school attended, current through the time of application. Transcripts must arrive with a certified English translation documenting your coursework, examinations taken, grades received, passing and maximum marks, and evidence of secondary school graduation. Transcripts will be considered official only when sent directly from the institution to Biola either by mail or parchment service.
- Submit your scores from one of the following standardized tests
Please look at the admissions requirements below for the minimum score requirements:
- SAT (Code 4017)
- ACT (Code 0172)
- Submit your completed Affidavit of Support
Please note the following admission requirements for international students.
First-Time International 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 a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent to that according to the grading system used by the country that a student is applying from. (Please note that Biola does not have a translation or evaluation service, and students are required to submit records in English. If the school does not issue an English translation, the student is responsible to get an official translation done by a known agency. Please see the transfer student information below regarding transferring college units to Biola).
- The student must submit one of the following standardized tests:
- SAT: 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.
- ACT: The student must have a minimum composite score of 19.
- TOEFL: This is an English language proficiency test taken by non-native speakers of English. A minimum iBT score of 80 (Speaking 20+ and Writing 20+). Students who don’t yet meet this requirement should consider Biola’s English Language Program.
- IELTS: A minimum of Band 6.5.
- Financial Requirements: each student must demonstrate a significant amount of financial resources to meet the cost of education at Biola University (tuition, room, board, health insurance). Please refer to the current tuition and costs.
Transfer International Students
- If transferring from a school within the United States:
- Please follow the steps to apply and admissions requirements for transfer students.
- 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 the American Education Research Corporation. A 2.5 GPA is required for international transfer students.
Requirements for I-20 Issuance
A student who is accepted and desires to attend Biola must pay the enrollment deposit and complete the steps listed on the What's Next page. In addition, international students are required to complete the following steps in order to receive an I-20 from Biola University:
- Copy of a valid passport (no expired passports will be accepted)
- Affidavit of Financial Support and bank statements
- For those who are currently studying in the US with an F1 visa (in high school or college), there is a transfer of SEVIS records that must be done by the school that has issued your current I-20 (Biola Transfer Authorization Form).
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.
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.
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.
Meet the International Admissions Team
Biola's international student admissions team is here to help. Meet our staff and contact them with any questions you might have.
International Admissions Coordinator
Recruitment Officer (Hong Kong)
International Admissions Representative