Cost and Admission
This is a paid event.
- Registration for the November Biola Preview Day will close on Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. (PST).
- Registration for the February Biola Preview Day will open on Monday, October 2, 2023.
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 via the Biola Preview Day event registration form happening from 1-3 p.m. just before Biola Preview Day Check-In on Sunday, November 12th. Pre-registration is required.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Admissions Events at:
(562) 903-4752 x5353
Biola Preview Day Tentative Schedule of Events
Sunday, November 12
|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.
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!
|4:30–5:15 p.m.||Event Kickoff Session
Biola Preview Day Kickoff! During this session you'll hear a word from Biola's University President, Dr. Barry Corey, and Provost, Dr. Matthew Hall. Along with an overview by our Admissions Team of the event schedule and all the opportunities to take advantage of during your time on campus. (Doors open at 4:15p.m.)
|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.
|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, the Associate Vice President of Campus Safety, and a word from the Dean of the Snyder School of Cinema and Media Arts, Tom Halleen.
|Tent on Lot F - Near Fluor Fountain|
|7–7:50 p.m.||Biola Admissions 101 and Q&A - First-Time Freshman & Transfer Students|
|8–8:50 p.m.||Singspiration Worship Chapel|
Join in with our current student body for our weekly, student favorite, Sunday evening worship chapel!
Monday, November 13
|7–9:30 a.m.||Breakfast||Location: 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.
|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.||Who's Here to Help? Q&A with Biola Key Leaders & Student Support Team - Parent Session |
Join this session to hear from and ask questions to our Associate Vice President of Campus Safety, Associate Dean of Chapels & Spiritual Direction, Associate Vice President of Student Success, Director of Housing and Residence Life, and Associate Director of Commuter Life.
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 Tour||Admissions Welome Center|
|9:30–10:20 a.m.||Monday Morning Chapel|
Join Biola's current student body for Monday Morning chapel and hear from Biola's esteemed faculty member Dr. Eric Thoennes.
|Various Times||Create Your Own Adventure - Morning Opportunities:
Various Times - Class Visits
Various Times - Counselor Appointments
10:30-11:45 a.m. Dorm Tour
10:30-11 a.m. Student Wellness Session - Practical Tips for Discernment & Decision Making During Your College Search Journey & Onward
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
|10:30-5 p.m.||Collegium Hospitality Open House |
Biola's on-campus home-away-from-home for our commuter community! Swing by anytime to tour the space and get connected to current commuter students and the Commuter Life staff!
|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 Housing and Residence Life, Student Government Association, Study Abroad, Spiritual Life, student clubs 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!
|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|
SEID Coffee Chat | Cafecito
|Mosaic Cultural Center|
Office of Innovation Open House
|2:30–4:30 p.m.||Additional Afternoon Tour Opportunities||Campus Tours will leave from the Admissions Welcome Center |
Dorm Tours will leave from Fluor Fountain
Academic Department Open Houses Info
Monday, February 20, 2023 (last year's Open House opportunities)
|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.
|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.
|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!
|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!
|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!
|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.
|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!
|1:30–3:30 p.m.||Psychology Department Open House|
Prospective students and their families are invited to stop by and chat with staff and faculty and explore the psychology department. Learn more about how Biola’s psychology major integrates a Christian worldview as an essential part of understanding, how people think, behave and relate. Integrating the scientific study of human behavior with a biblical understanding of human nature.
|Rosemead Psychology Front Desk|
|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|
|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|
|1:30 & 2:15 p.m.||Chemistry Labs Tour & Open House|
Have the opportunity to tour the Chemistry labs and 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! Two tours will be offered, the first starting at 1:30 p.m. and then second starting at 2:15 p.m.
|Third Floor Lim Center - CPE Offices|
|1:30 & 2:30 p.m.||Physics & Engineering Open House
Have the opportunity to tour the 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! Two tours will be offered, the first starting at 1:30 p.m. and then second starting at 2:30 p.m.
|Third Floor Lim Center - CPE Offices|
|10:30-11:30 a.m. OR 2-3 p.m.||Torrey Honors College Open House & Faculty Connect |
Join us on for an informal meet and greet with Torrey professors and current students. If you were not able to attend Honors Hour, join us at this open house and learn more about Biola's Torrey Honors College!
|1- 2:30 p.m.||Cook School of Intercultural Studies Open House|
What is Intercultural Studies? Stop by our open house to find out! Meet with professors and current students to see what studying intercultural studies looks like at Biola. Light refreshments provided. Engage in a World-Changing, Life-Touching, and Culture-Bridging Mission at Cook!
Biology, Health Sciences, & Allied Health Open House
|Biological Sciences Office Suite - Lim Center 1st Floor|
Connect With Our Vibrant Academic Departments
Questions to ask during the Biola Fair and Academic Department Open Houses (students, faculty and staff).
- 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?
- 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?
- 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.
- 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?
- 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?
- Monday, November 23, 2023
- 6 a.m.–7:20 a.m. PST/Los Angeles, CA, USA (To view what time it will be in your city, go to timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter)
- Virtual (Online)
International Students Virtual Event Information
- Biola Admissions Information Session
- Date: Monday, November 13, 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.
Contact International Admissions at email@example.com.