Steps to Apply
Complete and submit your official application for admission
Every advantage goes to the early applicant.
- 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 student'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 application will not be reviewed until your essay has been submitted.
- Submit an official transcriptIn response to the COVID-19 crisis, we are accepting “Pass/Fail” coursework completed in Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 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.
Submit a transcript from each high school and each college attended. Transcripts will be considered official only when sent directly from the institution to Biola. It is suggested that students have at least a 3.0 unweighted high school GPA for first-time freshmen, or 2.5 GPA for transfer students.
- 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 Fall 2020, 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: The standardized testing exception is limited to SAT/ACT only. International students are still required to submit one of the following standardized tests: SAT, ACT, TOEFL, or IELTS. As of April 2, 2020, the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition is available everywhere that TOEFL iBT testing is normally available, with the exception of Mainland China and Iran.
Only submit these scores if you have completed less than 15 transferable credits post high school. Biola accepts the Classical Learning Test (CLT) in place of the SAT/ACT (with the exception of recruited athletes).
Not sure about the strength of your standardized test scores?
We offer test-optional (SAT or ACT scores not required) admission on a case-by-case basis. International students, prospective STEM majors and athletes are not eligible for test-optional admission.
Please note the following admission requirements for veterans applying to Biola University.
- 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 at least a 3.0 unweighted high school GPA. Note: The average unweighted high school GPA for incoming freshmen at Biola is 3.54.
- 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, or a Composite 19 score on the ACT or a 64 CLT score.
- The student must have graduated from high school or earned an equivalent degree (GED). The following is a recommended high school curriculum:
- 4 years of English
- 3 years of Mathematics
- 2-4 years of Foreign Language
- 2 years of Science
- 2 years of Social Science
Note: Elective courses in fine arts and PE are encouraged. Prospective nursing candidates must have one year each of chemistry and algebra. Biology majors must have one year each of chemistry and physics. Deficiencies in the student's high school curriculum may be made up while at Biola. Homeschool students and international students have an adjusted standard in this area.
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 fall 2020|
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 College, 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.
Covered Veteran Programs
Please see the following list of covered veteran program.
- Chapter 30 — MGIB (Montgomery GI Bill®)
- Chapter 31 — VA Vocational Rehabilitation
- Chapter 33 — Post 9/11 GI Bill®
- Visit our scholarships page for details on the Ahmanson Veterans Scholarship.
- Chapter 35 — Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA)
- Chapter 1606 — MGIB-SR (Selected Reserves)
NOTE: GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by the VA is available at benefits.va.gov/gibill.
Program application and eligibility requirements are made with California State University, Fullerton. For further information regarding this program call or email: (657) 278-3007 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Air Force (AFROTC)
Program application and eligibility requirements made with Loyola Marymount University and the University of Southern California. For further information, contact one of the following: Loyola Marymount University at (310) 338-2770 or University of Southern California at (213) 740-2670.