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
- 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. Secondary transcripts will be considered official only when sent directly from the high school guidance counselor to the admissions counselor through email or through mail. Only university transcripts must arrive with a certified English evaluation and translation documenting your coursework, examinations taken, grades received, passing and maximum marks and evidence of secondary school graduation. If any secondary coursework is not documented in English, it must be translated by a certified translator or translation company.
- 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)
Please note the following admission requirements for international students.
First-Time International 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 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 70. Students who don’t yet meet this requirement should consider Biola’s English Language Program.
- IELTS: A minimum band of 6.0.
- Students who are ready to begin undergraduate degree programs within a supportive language cohort will be enrolled in the Accelerated Learning Placement (ALP) program in addition to receiving full acceptance into the university. The ALP program consists of credit-bearing, Core Curriculum (GE) courses (in English composition, speech communication, and modern languages) designed to increase proficiency in English-language critical thinking, information literacy, and written and oral communication.
- Placement in the ALP track is based on language scores: TOEFL (iBT) 70+ or IELTS 6+.
- 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 World Education Services. 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
- Bank statements
- Current bank statement reflecting the amount on affidavit of support
- Certificate of balance from the bank reflecting availability of funds
- 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.
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|
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.
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.