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Important Transfer Policies

As you prepare to transfer to Biola University, make sure to pay close attention to our course transfer policies and admissions requirements. Also, our counselors are available to answer any questions you have about the process, so don’t hesitate to reach out with your questions. Please note that current applicants should contact their admissions counselor to receive their transfer evaluation.

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.

Have questions? Contact the Office of Transfer Admissions if you have any questions about the transfer process.

Undergraduate Transfer Policy

  1. Biola University will accept credit for equivalent courses from schools accredited by regional or national agencies recognized by CHEA (Council for Higher Education Administration), including distance education courses.
  2. Biola University measures all courses in semester credits of credit. Quarter credits are converted to semester credits by reducing the quarter credits by one-third. Such a reduction does not mean loss of credit.
  3. A maximum of 70 semester credits are acceptable from two-year community colleges.
  4. Transfer students may fulfill their Core Curriculum (GE) requirements by completing Biola University's Core Curriculum (GE), completing the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC), or completing CSU Breadth.

    The IGETC/CSU Breadth model for either the University of California (UC) or the California State University (CSU) systems is accepted by Biola University with the following provisions:
    • The current foreign language requirement for all bachelor’s degrees cannot be completed by the IGETC/CSU Breadth certification.
    • The current ENGL 313 (Writing in the Disciplines) requirement cannot be fulfilled by the CSU Breadth certification.
    • The minimum of 120 credits for graduation will remain the same.
    • In addition to IGETC/CSU Breadth certification, students must take all major-specific Core Curriculum (GE), prerequisite, and support courses if not met through IGETC/CSU Breadth.
    • Official documentation certifying IGETC/CSU Breadth completion must be received by the Office of the Registrar by the graduation petition deadline (March 15 for Spring, November 15 for Fall) prior to receiving commencement and/or graduation clearance.
  5. All students are required to take a minimum of 24 credits of upper-division coursework in their major, 15 of which must be taken at Biola University.
  6. Biola has a residency requirement for biblical studies. Of the 30 credits of Bible coursework required for all students, 15 credits must be taken at Biola.
  7. Grades do not transfer — only credit amounts. A student's grade point average is computed only on work completed at Biola University.
  8. Courses may not transfer for several reasons: repeat of work already taken, low grades ("D+" or lower), technical or vocational courses, remedial courses, etc.
  9. College-level credit earned during the 9th–12th grades will be given credit, including Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and CLEP exams.
  10. A non-music major is limited to a maximum of 8 credits of credit in applied music (including ensembles), and a non-physical education major is limited to eight credits of credit in physical education or skill courses.
  11. The combined total of transferred credits plus completed Biola credits determines student level:
    • Freshman: 0-26 credits
    • Sophomore: 27-56 credits
    • Junior: 57-87 credits
    • Senior: 88 credits and above