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Transferring to Biola? It’s simple — our team will partner with you every step of the way.

Transfer Students Admissions Process

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Why Transfer to Biola?

By The Numbers

Transfer Success

From evaluating transfer credits to mapping out clear steps to graduation, we’re committed to making the process transfer-friendly. In fact, transfers have a strong record of succeeding at Biola and beyond.

  • 25%

Rate of Biolans who are transfers from community colleges and four-year institutions

  • 87%

Rate of Biolans employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation

  • 2.5

Average number of years it takes transfer students to complete major coursework


Steps to Apply

  1. Complete and submit your official application for admission
  2. Submit a non-refundable $45 application fee (waived until November 15)
    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
    Submit a final transcript from each high school and each college. Transcripts will be considered official only when sent directly from the institution to Biola.
  5. Submit your scores from the SAT (Code 4017) or ACT (Code 0172)
    This applies only if you have completed less than 15 transferable credits post-high school.


Admission Requirements

Please note the following admission requirements for transfer students.

  • You 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).
  • You must have at least a 2.5 cumulative college GPA.
  • You must have graduated from high school or earned an equivalent degree (GED).
  • If you have fewer than 15 semester credits (22.5 quarter credits) post high school, then you must apply as a freshman-transfer student and meet the admission requirements for First-Time College Students, which include submitting your high school transcripts and ACT or SAT scores.

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 the fall semester.


Learn More About Early Action Deadlines


Apply for Spring Semester

Deadline Type Apply By Notified By
Regular November 15 As Processed

Note: Applications are still accepted after November 15.

Transferring Credits

Looking to map out your transfer journey or see how your current credits transfer? Contact your counselor or schedule an in-person appointment.

Biola University participates in the following transfer pathway programs:

  • IGETC model for the University of California (UC) system
  • CSU breadth for the California State University (CSU) system
  • Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) model for California community colleges (AICCU)

Interested in learning more? Hear are ways to get more information:

Financial Aid

We desire to make attending Biola University a reality for every student, offering institutional, federal and state financial aid to transfer students.

Explore our Transfer Academic Scholarships to see the award for which you may be eligible or use our outside scholarship search tool to discover additional scholarship opportunities.

Looking to crunch the numbers? Utilize our net price calculator to gain an estimate of your financial needs or determine your eligibility for federal and state aid, like the Pell Grant or the Cal Grant, by learning more about grants and loans.

Transfer Resources

You’re not alone during your transition to Biola. We offer dozens of on-campus, intentional resources and opportunities to find your community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Still have questions? Select from these frequently asked questions and get all the information you need. If you still have questions please contact us at transfer.admissions@biola.edu or call us at 562-903-4752.

Are there required courses I need to take before I transfer?

No, you do not need to take specific courses before you transfer. The minimum requirements are 15 semester credits, or 22.5 quarter credits, of any completed college-level coursework after you have graduated from high school. If you have taken less than 15 semester credits, or 22.5 quarter credits, please submit your high school transcripts and ACT or SAT scores. This means you do not need a college level math, English, foreign language or science with a lab to transfer to Biola..

If I am following the IGETC or CSU Breadth how will that affect my transfer process?

Biola accepts the completed IGETC or CSU GE as fulfilling the General Education requirements with the below provisions.

The IGETC model for the California State University (CSU) system or University of California (UC) is accepted by Biola University with the following provisions:

  1. The current foreign language requirement for all bachelor degrees will be retained.
  2. The minimum of 120 credits for graduation will stay the same.
  3. In addition to the IGETC, all specific GE, prerequisites and required support courses required by the major degree must be met.
  4. Official IGETC certification must be received by the Office of the Registrar by the appropriate deadline prior to receiving commencement and/or graduation clearance.

Transfer students may fulfill their Core Curriculum (GE) requirements by completing CSU Breadth curriculum, with the following provisions:

  1. The current foreign language requirement for all Bachelor degrees cannot be completed by the CSU Breadth certification.
  2. The current English 313 (Writing in the Disciplines) requirement cannot be fulfilled by the CSU Breadth certification.
  3. The minimum of 120 credits for graduation will remain the same.
  4. In addition to the CSU Breadth certification, students must take all major-specific Core Curriculum (GE), prerequisite, and support courses if not met through CSU Breadth.
  5. Official documentation certifying CSU Breadth completion must be received by the Office of the Registrar by the appropriate deadline prior to receiving commencement and/or graduation clearance.

What is the process for admission to Biola’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program?

Biola’s Bachelor of Science (BSN) in Nursing Program is a 3.5–4.5 year program. Students must be admitted to and complete Biola’s pre-clinical nursing program. A student may not apply to Biola’s clinical nursing program until after completing at least one semester in Biola’s pre-clinical Nursing program.

Your pre-clinical nursing time frame depends on the number of prerequisites you've completed (typically 1 semester to 1 year). The clinical nursing program will take 2.5​ years to complete, which results in a BSN degree and eligibility to take the NCLEX state board exam.

In order to understand how your prerequisites transfer, use the nursing degree plan and visit our Transfer Equivalency Tool to find the course equivalents at your institution. If your course is not listed, we can help you! Simply email transfer.admissions@biola.edu and we’ll help you with your course evaluation process.

Application Process:

Admission into Biola’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing does not require a separate application beyond the general Biola University transfer application. Acceptance into the BSN program guarantees admission into pre-clinical nursing major, but not clinical nursing. There is a separate application process for the clinical nursing program that must be completed after finishing the pre-clinical nursing program requirements. The number of students applying varies from semester to semester, but there are only 30 spaces open each semester.

Below are the requirements for transfer students applying to the pre-clinical nursing program:

  • New Transfer Students with less than 2​4​ semester credits:
    • Meets Biola general academic, spiritual and social admissions requirements
    • High school cumulative 3.2 GPA & (SAT 510 in each area- or 21 ACT-C & 20 ACT-M)

  • New Transfer Students with 2​5​ or more semester credits:
    • Meets Biola general academic, spiritual and social admissions requirements
    • Cumulative college 3.2 GPA with no repeated science courses
    • No more than one “C” in any science prerequisite that has been taken
  • Alternative MSN and other Health Science Career Educational Tracks
    • If you do not want to commit an additional 3.5 to 4.5 years to your undergraduate education, there are alternative tracks to a nursing career — Human Biology, Biochemistry, or Biological Science programs will prepare you to apply for a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN). Please note that once you are accepted into these alternative programs, you will not be able to switch into the Nursing program at a later point in time. For more information on the program, please visit the Nursing Department website.
    • MSN program duration varies from school to school, but typically takes 3–4 years to complete. In roughly the same amount of time you would commit to a BSN, you can complete your B.S. degree at Biola and move forward to complete your MSN. Human Biology, Biochemistry, Biological Science and Communication Sciences and Disorders programs also prepare you for additional careers in the medical field.