LA MIRADA, CALIF. — To ease move-in stress for new Biola University students, the college is implementing a new style of welcoming incoming students and their families on move-in day. As students arrive at their dorms, Biola student leaders and staff will unload new students’ cars and deliver their belongings straight to their dorm room.

The unique experience will begin when first-year students enter Biola’s campus on Thursday, August 24 when they are greeted by their orientation staff and watch a special message from Provost and Senior Vice President, Matthew Hall. After receiving a “dash pass” to their assigned residence hall on campus, they will be directed to drive through campus to get there. A team of Biola volunteers, including over 400 Biola athletes in their team gear, will greet students at their dorm. They will unload and deliver the student’s belongings directly to their dorm room. This is a brand-new complimentary service designed to help ease any stress felt by students and families on such a momentous day.

Students and families are encouraged to enjoy other Welcome Week activities, including a university-wide welcome ceremony on Thursday evening, and orientation and departmental reception sessions on Friday, leading up to Biola’s tradition of a special communion service before family departures. Welcome Week activities can be seen on the webpage.


What: Biola University will welcome first-year students and families by unloading and delivering their belongings straight from their cars to their dorm rooms.

When: Thursday, August 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Students are given move-in windows)

Where: Biola University, 13800 Biola Ave. La Mirada, CA 90639, Lot C entrance off of Biola Ave.

On site Media Contact: Sarah Dougher, (310) 753-1193,

About Biola University: Biola University is a nationally ranked Christian university in the heart of Southern California. It has been recognized as one of America's best colleges, earning a spot in the top tier of the "best national universities" category of U.S. News and World Report's Best Colleges 2023 rankings. Founded in 1908, Biola is committed to the mission of biblically centered education, scholarship and service — equipping men and women in mind and character to impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ. With nearly 6,000 students at its Southern California campus and around the world, Biola's eight schools offer more than 150 academic programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. For more information, visit or call (562) 777-4061.