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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?

Biola University is a place where you can develop spiritually while growing intellectually. As you pursue your bachelor’s degree, you can expect a high level of academic rigor paired with a warm, welcoming community of fellow believers. Begin the transfer process today!

We are now accepting applications for Spring 2022 and Fall 2022.

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Transfer Pathways

If you’re in the process of mapping out your transfer journey, you can either contact our transfer admissions team, schedule an appointment or check your coursework on your own. Make sure to review the following key transfer policy and transfer pathway details:

Minimum Number of Courses Required

Students transferring to Biola University are not required to complete a specific set of college courses, and also do not need to meet a minimum amount of college credits completed prior to applying. We do, however, recommend that you follow our core curriculum as a guide to get started.

If You Know Your Major

Review the list of programs we offer to find the major that is congruent with your current discipline. The “Course Sequence” page in each catalog program page will help you understand all program requirements (e.g. B.S. in Business Administration “Course Sequence”). To check how courses transfer from your current institution, please check our transfer course equivalency tool (TES).

If You’re Still Deciding on a Major

If you haven’t chosen a major yet, we can help. Take a look at the various academic programs Biola offers, review our core curriculum requirements and see which of your completed courses transfer into Biola using our transfer course equivalency tool (TES). If you have questions about a specific course or just want help with choosing your major please contact your counselor.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to Biola as a transfer student, 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).
  • Have at least a 2.5 cumulative college GPA.
    • The Pre-Clinical Nursing Program has a separate GPA requirement. Please refer to the admission requirements for the Pre-Clinical Nursing Program.
  • Have graduated from high school or earned an equivalent degree (GED).
  • Have 15 credits (22.5 quarter credits) or more post-high school. 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 includes submitting your high school transcripts and ACT or SAT scores.

Steps to Apply

  1. Complete and submit your official application for admission
  2. Submit the $45 application fee
    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 and supplemental items, and check to see if your program has additional requirements.
    Your application will not be reviewed until your essay has been submitted.

    The following programs require additional supplemental items. Review additional admission requirements for:

  4. Submit an official transcript

    In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we are accepting “Pass/Fail” coursework completed in Spring 2022 or 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.

    Transcripts will be considered official only when a) sent directly from the institution to Biola, or b) physically delivered in an untampered envelope sealed by the institution.

    Submit a final transcript from each college attended (final transcripts from high schools are only required if you have completed less than 15 transferable credits post-high school).

  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 are limited due to COVID-19, we will be waiving SAT/ACT scores for academically qualified Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 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: International students are still required to submit a proof of English proficiency. Please check the required documents for international students.

    This applies only if you have completed less than 15 transferable credits post-high school.

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.

Deadline TypeDeadline
Fall Early Action 1November 15
(notified by January 15)
Fall Early Action 2January 15
(notified by February 15)
Fall Regular DeadlineWe are still accepting applications for fall 2021
Spring Regular DeadlineOctober 15

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.

Financial Aid

Biola offers institutional, federal and state financial aid to transfer students. Explore our available scholarships to see what you qualify for, use our net price calculator to estimate your financial need and explore grant and loan opportunities.

Visit Office of Financial Aid

Transfer Resources

You’ll be supported every step of the way in your journey to transfer to Biola University. Take a look at the various organizations, resources and opportunities available to you as a Biola student:

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

Important Transfer Policies

Familiarize yourself with Biola's official transfer policies. Students transferring to Biola University are not required to complete a specific set of college courses, and also do not need to meet a minimum amount of college credits completed prior to applying. We do, however, recommend that you follow our core curriculum as a guide to get started.