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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).

Biola Preview Day is a two-day event where students and parents have the chance to explore different aspects of the Biola community. You'll spend time chatting with current students, connecting with faculty at academic open houses, worshiping at chapel, touring the campus and dorms, and much more! The event also includes Admissions and Financial Aid sessions loaded with information and an open time for Q&A. Our desire is to help you get your questions answered so that you can more confidently navigate through this vast college decision process!

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, registration for Honors Hour will open in January 2023.

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.


Contact Admissions Events at:
(562) 903-4752 x5353

Biola Preview Day Tentative Schedule of Events

Sunday, February 20

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! 
  • Campus Tours
    • 2:30-3:45pm

    • 2:45-4:00pm

    • 3:00-4:15pm

    • 3:15-4:30pm (Spanish Tour)

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. 

Sutherland Auditorium
5:15–6:50 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 & Supporters Members 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 Fountain parking lot
7–7:50 p.m. Freshman Admissions 101 and Q&A
Biola Admissions Made Easy

Sutherland Auditorium 

7–7:50 p.m. Freshman Admissions & Financial Aid Overview and Q&A (Spanish Preferred)

Andrews Banquet Room

7–7:50 p.m. Transfer Admissions Overview and Open Q&ACalvary 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 p.m.

Biola Carnival 

Metzger Lawn

    Monday, February 21

    Time Event Details
    7–9:30 a.m. BreakfastLocation: The Caf
    8:00 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. Financial Aid 101 Workshop - Funding Your Future

    Calvary Chapel 

    8:45–9:15 a.m. Student Wellness Session - Practical Tips for Discernment & Decision Making During Your College Search Journey & OnwardAndrews Banquet Room
    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. Campus Tour

    10:30-11:20 a.m Parent Resources Session 

    11:30-12:15 p.m. Student Panel Life Panel 

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

    11:30-12:00 p.m. Lim Center 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
    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! 

    2:30–3:30 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
    2:30–3 p.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. 
    Talbot East 
    2:30-3:30 p.m.

    FirstGen Info Session & Open House
    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 p.m.Additional Afternoon Tour Opportunities
    • 2:30 p.m. Dorm Tour 
    • 3 p.m. Campus Tour
    • 3:30 p.m. Dorm Tour
    • 4 p.m. Campus Tour 
    Admissions Welcome Center 

    Academic Department Open Houses Info

    Monday, February 21

    Time Event Location
    1:30–2:30 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. We will also give a tour of our facilities.
    Lim 222
    1:30–2:30 p.m.School of Humanities and Social Sciences Open House
    Join for dessert and connect with faculty during our meet and greet!
    Emerson Lobby
    1:45–2:30 p.m.Math & Computer Science Open House
    Drop by to talk with our faculty and current students and grab an ice cream treat!
    1:45–2:30 p.m.Math and Computer Science Dept. Open House & Faculty Meetings
    Come see our math and computer science offices and labs and meet wtih a faculty member one on one.
    LIM 141 - the reception office for Math and Computer Science Dept.
    1:30–2:30 p.m.Crowell Cahoot - Business Department Open House
    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, and spend some connecting with the Dean of business school.
    Crowell Business
    1:30–2:30 p.m.Communication Sciences and Disorders Department Open House
    Meet and Greet on the lawn then tour the Department and Speech Clinic
    Dorothy English Lawn
    1:30–2:30 p.m.Cinema & Media Arts Open House
    Tour the Production Center facilities and see an inside look at all of the equipment and resources available to Biola students! Then hear a short presentation from a few CMA Faculty & Staff and get your questions answered!
    Production Center
    1:30–2:30 p.m.School of Fine Arts and Communication Open House
    Join us in Crowell Hall for a lively time consisting of a student and faculty panel, as well as Q&A time where you can get a real look at what it means to be a part of the School of Fine Arts and Communication family. Following this, there will be a meet and greet with our amazing faculty, tours of department spaces, and of course, refreshments!
    Crowell Hall-Lansing Recital Hall, refreshments and snacks will be provided outside following the panel discussion and Q&A
    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!
    Professor Liz Hall Office Rose Hall #153
    1:30–2:30 p.m.Biblical & Theological Studies Open House (Bible Minor & BTM Major)
    We will briefly share about the structure of the major and the required courses for the Bible minor. Bible & Theological Studies faculty and students will be in attendance to answer questions. Light refreshments
    will be served!
    1:30–2:30 p.m.Nursing Department Open House
    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! Sign up for a tour at the Biola Fair & Luncheon, and then, meet us in the Lim Lower Level Lobby at your scheduled time!
    Lim Lower Level
    1:30–2:30 p.m.School of Education Open House
    Connect with a faculty member and academic advisor for the School of
    Education and get your questions answered about what it could look like for you to be a student in this program!
    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 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).



    • 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.


    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?