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Biola Preview Day 2023

Cost and Admission

This is a paid event.

Registration for Biola Preview Day will close on Wednesday, February 15th at 11:59 p.m. (PST).


There’s no better way to know if Biola University is right for you than coming to visit our sunny Southern California campus. At Biola Preview Day, you’ll get a first-hand look at Biola in action by interacting with current students, worshiping at one of our weekly chapels, attending our academic open houses to meet with professors, sitting in classes, touring campus and dorms, and much more. This two-day event will allow ample time to get your questions answered through Admissions and Financial Aid sessions and a chance to meet with your Admissions Counselor to discuss anything from campus life to career goals. During your time on campus, you'll experience what makes student life and academics at Biola unique.

Additionally, if you're interested in learning more about Torrey Honors College and want to connect with their team to get your questions answered, make sure to register for Honors Hour happening from 1-3 p.m. just before Biola Preview Day Check-In on Sunday, February 19th. Pre-registration is required, register here

On-campus, overnight housing will be offered for prospective students only and will be reserved for students from out of state or those in California who live 100+ miles from Biola's campus. Space is limited and will be given on a first-come-first served basis. Overnight housing is not be guaranteed. If you are hoping to stay overnight in the dorms for Biola Preview Day, but you do not fall in one of the two categories outlined above, there will be an option on the registration form to be added to the waitlist should a space open up. Registrants will be notified if their overnight housing request has been approved. 

If you are looking for accommodations near campus, check out our local accommodations recommendations page.


The dates for Biola Preview Day in the Fall (November 12–13, 2023) are subject to change. Registration for the fall Biola Preview Day will open in August 2023.


Frequently Asked Questions

How will I be able to connect with my major/program of interest?

During Biola Preview Day there will be a variety of opportunities for you to connect with faculty, staff and students that are currently in the program that you’re interested in. You’ll have the opportunity to sit in on a real-time class, visit and Academic Department Open House where you’ll be able to chat with faculty and current students, as well as visit The Biola Fair & Luncheon. At the Biola Fair & Luncheon you’ll be able to connect with multiple programs and majors if you’re still exploring your interests!

Will I be able to sit in on a class?

Yes! We’re curating a list of real-time classes for you to be able to sit in depending on your major. You’ll receive a final list of class visits available once you arrive at the Event Check-In and receive your event materials.

Will I be able to see the dorms?

Yes! There will be dorm tours offered throughout the event. However, sign-ups are required. Sign-ups for dorm tours will open on Monday morning starting at 8:00 a.m.

What does the registration fee include?

The registration fee includes three meals; Sunday dinner, Monday breakfast, and Monday lunch. If the registration fee poses an obstacle to your attendance at Biola Preview Day, please reach out and let us know at admissions.events@biola.edu.

 


Questions?

Contact Admissions Events at:
(562) 903-4752 x5353
admissions.events@biola.edu


Biola Preview Day Tentative Schedule of Events

Sunday, February 19

Time Event Location
1–3 p.m.Honors Hour

If you're interested in learning more about Torrey Honors College and want to connect with their team to get your questions answered, make sure to register for Honors Hour. Registration for Honors Hour will open in January. 

Talbot East Banquet Room 

2–4 p.m.Event Check-In
During event check-in you’ll receive your event schedule for the weekend and get connected with our admissions team. You’ll also have the opportunity to join a campus tour and chat with an admissions representative and learn more about the FirstGen office! 
  • Campus Tours
    • 2:30-3:45pm

    • 2:45-4:00pm

    • 3:00-4:15pm (Spanish Tour)

    • 3:15-4:30pm 

Fluor Fountain

4:30–5:15 p.m.Event Kickoff Session

Biola Preview Day Kickoff! During this session you'll hear a word from our University President and get and overview of the event schedule and all the opportunities to take advantage of during your time on campus. (Doors open at 4:15p.m.) 

Sutherland Auditorium
5:20–6:50 p.m. Student Dinner

Prospective students have the opportunity to enjoy dinner in our Cafeteria! Along with other prospective students and our current student ambassador team.

The Caf
5:15–6:50 p.m. Welcome Banquet Parent, Family Members & Supporters Dinner

Parents and family members are invited to dinner for the opportunity to connect with other prospective families and get a glimpse of the heart of Biola through stories from current students and parents, and a word from one our esteemed faculty members.

Tent on Lot F - Near Fluor Fountain
7–7:50 p.m. Biola Admissions 101 and Q&A - First-Time Freshman

Sutherland Auditorium 

7–7:50 p.m. Biola Admissions 101 and Q&A - Transfer StudentsCalvary Chapel 
8–8:50 p.m. Singspiration Worship Chapel
Join in with our current student body for our weekly, student favorite, Sunday evening worship chapel! 
Chase Gymnasium
9-10:30 p.m.

Biola Bash!  

Sutherland Way

    Monday, February 20

    Time Event Details
    7–9:30 a.m. BreakfastLocation: The Caf
    8 a.m.Admissions Counselor Appointment Sign-ups & Dorm Tour Sign Ups  
    Dorm Tour Sign Ups and Admissions Counselor Appointment Sign ups open at 8 a.m.! Appointments and Dorm Tour will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.
    Fluor Fountain 
    8 a.m.–4 p.m. Late Check-In

    Just joining us? No worries! Be sure to check-in at the Event Information table before continuing with your experience! 

    Location: Fluor Fountain
    8:30–9:20 a.m. Meet Your Student's Support Team!
    Join this session for the opportunity to ask questions and connect with our Campus Safety, Residence Life, Commuter Life, and Spiritual Life campus leaders to learn more about how Biola cares for the well-being of its students. 

    Andrews Banquet Room - Talbot East

    8:30–9:20 a.m. Study Abroad Info Session
    Curious about what Study Abroad opportunities are available at Biola? Don't miss this session! Hear from our Study Abroad department on what opportunities are available for our Biola students and tips on best practices for preparing to go abroad during your undergraduate education.
    Kim Dining Room
    8:30–9:25 p.m.Campus TourAdmissions Welome Center
    9:30–10:20 a.m. Monday Morning Chapel

    Sutherland Auditorium

    Various TimesCreate Your Own Adventure - Morning Opportunities:

    Various Times - Class Visits

    Various Times - Counselor Appointments

    10:30-11:45 a.m. Dorm Tour

    10:30-11:30 a.m. Your Career Journey Starts Now! Connect with our Career Center, meet your Career Advisor, and learn about how Biola equips our students for life after graduation. 

    11:30-12:15 a.m Financial Aid 101 Workshop 

    11:30-12:15 p.m. Biola & Beyond: The Biola Student Experience Panel 

    11:30-12:30 p.m. Dorm Tour

    Various Locations - See visit folder for specific session location

    12–1:30 p.m. The Biola Fair & Luncheon

    The Biola Fair & Luncheon is your opportunity to chat with a wide variety of our departments on campus and get a glimpse of what resources are available to our Biola students! You can chat with departments like the Student Missionary Union, Student Government Association and Study Abroad as well as Spiritual Life, Pastoral Care, Campus Safety and more!  

    Lot F - Fluor Fountain
    Create Your Own Adventure - Afternoon Opportunities:
    1–2:30 p.m. Academic Department Open Houses
    If there is any opportunity we recommend attending most, it would be this one! As a potential Biolan the majority of your time would be spent in classes, doing homework and projects and connecting with our dynamic faculty. You'll have the opportunity to chat with current students, staff and faculty from your field of interest during these open houses and get an idea of what it might be like to study in that major as a student at Biola!   
    Various locations
    1–5 p.m.Collegium Open House 

    Biola's on campus home-away-from-home for our commuter community! Swing by anytime to tour the lounge and get connected to current commuter students and the Commuter Life staff! 

    1:30–4:30 p.m.Biola Application Helpdesk 

    Whether you just started your application or are about to finish, the Admissions team is here to help you through the process. Join us at our application workshop where we can provide feedback, guidance, and tips for the Biola application. Included in this session is access to computers to submit your application in real time and high school transcript drop off.

    Library Computer Labs
    1:30-2 p.m.Student Wellness Session - Practical Tips for Discernment & Decision Making During Your College Search Journey & OnwardAndrews Banquet Room - Talbot East 
    2:30-3:30 p.m.

    FirstGen Cafecito | FirstGen Cafe
    Learn more about our FirstGen college student community and programming at Biola and then have the opportunity to connect with the FirstGen staff and current students! 

    Mosaic Cultural Center
    2:30–4:30 p.m.Additional Afternoon Tour Opportunities
    • 2:30 - 3:45 p.m. Campus Tour 
    • 2:45 - 3:45 p.m. Dorm Tour
    • 3 - 4 p.m. Dorm Tour
    • 3 - 4:15 p.m. Campus Tour
    • 3:15 - 4:15 p.m. Dorm Tour 
    • 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. Campus Tour 
    Campus Tours will leave from the Admissions Welcome Center 

    Dorm Tours will leave from Fluor Fountain 

    Academic Department Open Houses Info

    Monday, February 20

    Time Event Location
    2–3 p.m.Department of Kinesiology and Public Health Open House
    Prospective Students and Families will have the opportunity to connect with faculty, staff, and current students from within the Kinesiology and Public Health department and have the opportunity to tour our facilities and labs. The facilities tour will begin promptly at 2 p.m. 
    Lim 222
    1:30–3:30 p.m.School of Humanities and Social Sciences Open House
    Are you interested in majoring in the humanities? Come to the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Open House at Emerson Hall! We'll mingle, have drinks & dessert, and a brief meet and greet with faculty from our departments including English, History, Modern Language, Philosophy, Sociology, and Political Science.
    Emerson Lobby
    2 – 3 p.m.Computer Science Conversations Open House
    Computer Science Program Chair, Professor Grace Lew, will provide an overview of our computer science programs and be available to answer any of your questions. Light refreshments will be provided! 
    Lim 141 
    2 – 3 p.m.Mathematics Discussions & Open House 
    Mathematics Program Chair, Dr. Jason Wilson will be providing an overview of our six different math emphasis programs and the varied career paths available that these majors can lead to. Light refreshments will be served!
    LIM 141
    1:30–2:30 p.m.Crowell School of Business Department Open House & Student Panel 
    Meet students, staff, and faculty from the Business school. Learn more about the different programs offered within the business school, hear from current business students about their experience in the different programs! 
    Crowell Business
    Building
    10:30 a.m. –12 p.m.Communication Sciences and Disorders Department Open House
    Connect with our staff and faculty and then take the opportunity to tour our on-campus Speech Clinic. 
    Dorothy English Lawn - near Mcnally 
    1:30–3 p.m.The Cinema & Media Arts Experience 
    At the Cinema & Media Arts Experience Session,

    students will have the opportunity to tour the Production Center facilities and studios, and see an inside look at all of the state-of-the-art equipment and resources available to Biola students! You’ll then watch one of our current student’s short films, and hear a short presentation from a few of our CMA Faculty & Staff and get your questions answered!

    Make sure to arrive at 1:30 p.m., the tour will start shortly after.
    Production Center
    10:30 a.m. –12 p.m.School of Fine Arts and Communication Open House
    Are you interested in influencing culture through art, music, performance, or communication? The School of Fine Arts and Communication can equip you. Join faculty and current students from our programs in Art, Music, Theatre, Communication, Public Relations, and Journalism for our SOFAC Experience event. You'll have the opportunity to tour our top notch facilities, participate in an open Q&A, and even win some School swag! Meet us at the steps of Bardwell Hall on Monday at 10:30 AM. See you there!
    Bardwell Hall
    1:30–2:30 p.m.Psychology Open House and Q & A
    Professor Hall will be available to connect with families and answer general questions for prospective students interested in the psychology major. Don't miss out on learning how the Rosemead School of Psychology trains students in psychology, promotes investigation and integration of psychology and theology and encourages the use of students' education in ministry and service.
    Professor Liz Hall Office Rose Hall #153
    10:30–12:30 p.m.Nursing Department Tour
    Come on a tour of the Skills and Simulation Labs. See clinical nursing
    students in action, while talking with senior nursing students about the program! 
    Lim Lower Level
    Lobby
    1:30–2:30 p.m.School of Education Open House
    Join this informational session to gain an overview of the Liberal Studies and Early Childhood degree programs offered at Biola University. You'll also have the opportunity to get your questions answered by our department faculty and learn how our innovative curriculum, experienced faculty and unique learning opportunities will give you the tools you need to go out into the field and make a meaningful impact on your future students and community.
    Sutherland Hall / 2nd Floor / SOE Conference Room
    1:45–2:30 p.m.Chemistry, Physics & Engineering Open House
    Have the opportunity to tour the Chemistry, Physics and Engineering labs, learn how Biola trains and mentors students to become skilled scientists who will glorify God and be good stewards of his creation as they serve others in research, academia and industry and ask questions about these programs!
    Third Floor Lim - CPE Reception
    1:45-2:30 p.m.Torrey Honors College
    Enjoy some light refreshments and meet with current students and our Admissions team. 
    Emerson Patio
    1:30-2:30 p.m. Occupational Therapy Open House
    Come and learn about the Occupational Therapy program! Explore a field designed to encourage people to live their best life through engaging in meaningful everyday activities!
    King's Court (Lower Level Lim Center Patio) 
    1:45-2:45 p.m.Cook School of Intercultural Studies Open House
    Meet and greet with professors from the Cook School of Intercultural Studies! There will be a short talk on what studying intercultural studies looks like at Biola and a time to ask faculty questions. Light refreshments provided. Engage in a World-Changing, Life-Touching, and Culture-Bridging Mission at Cook!
    Marshburn Hall Lawn 

    Connect With Our Vibrant Academic Departments

    Questions to ask during the Biola Fair and Academic Department Open Houses (students, faculty and staff).

     

    Professors

    • What is your favorite part of teaching at Biola?
    • What is your favorite class to teach?
    • Are classes more lecture-based or discussion-based?
    • What type of assignments do your students work on?
    • How would you describe a student that is best fit for this program?

    Students

    • Why did you choose your major or program?
    • How many hours do you typically spend studying?
    • What is a 'must take' class in your program?
    • Best piece of advice for an incoming student?
    • How do your professors support you?
    • How did you find a balance between community, school and work?

    Staff

    • What are the strengths of this program?
    • What makes Biola different from other universities?
    • What are my career options with this major?
    • What type of minor would a student pair with this area of study?
    • Does the department help students find internships?

     

    Want to Know More About how to get Involved?

    During the Biola Fair & Luncheon, you'll have the opportunity to meet staff and current students from our different student life departments and groups across campus, such as the Student Missionary Union, Career Center, Residence Life and more! Below are some great questions to ask if you're not too sure where to begin.

     

    Campus Engagement

    • What are some of the Biola traditions on campus?
    • What are some of the most popular clubs?
    • What intramurals does Biola offer?
    • What is Mock Rock?

    Student Missionary Union

    • What kinds of global/local missions have students gone on in the past?
    • What is Missions Conference?
    • What is the application process like to join a missions team?

    Campus Engagement

    • What kinds of on-campus jobs does Biola have?
    • How does Biola prep students for getting a job after graduation?
    • Does Biola still provide resources and support for their students after they graduate and become alumni?

    FirstGen & SEID

    • What is FirstGen?
    • What resources does Biola provide to support FirstGen students?
    • What is the Scholars Program?
    • What is Biola Shares?
    • Can anyone join the Gospel Choir?
    • Virtual (Online)

    Cost


    International Students Virtual Event Information

    Schedule

    • Biola Admissions Information Session
      • Date: Monday, February 20 2023 
      • Time: 6–6:45 a.m. (PST)
      • Description: Biola Preview Day is a virtual event where international students and parents have the chance to learn about different aspects of Biola University, our campus, and community, and the application process. You will meet an international admissions counselor and hear testimonies from current international students. This session will include information on scholarships available to international students. You will also learn how you can take a virtual tour of our campus from anywhere worldwide. This virtual session will end with an open time for Q&A. Our desire is to help you get your questions answered so that you can more confidently navigate the process of choosing a college for your next “home.”
    • Biola Drop-In Booth
      • Time: 6:50–7:20 a.m. (PST)
      • Description: This time is set aside for students to drop by a "virtual lobby" to ask any questions they might have about Biola University (degree programs, campus life, spiritual community, activities, and events on campus). Feel free to jot down some questions and come prepared to meet with an international admissions counselor.

    Questions?

    Contact International Admissions at undergrad.international@biola.edu.