Academics & Student Life
Our commitment to academic excellence is as important as ever. As you prepare for the spring 2021 semester, please review the information below to learn more about important semester dates and milestones, student life details and more.
Important Spring Semester Dates
As you review the important semester milestones below, please note the following details and review the Academic Calendar for additional dates:
Phase 1 — January 11 and January 25 Start Dates
Eligible students in Phase 1 include:
- Clinical nursing students, speech pathology students
- Note: The January 11 start date marks the beginning of select online programs and some courses, and the January 25 start date marks the official start to the semester, with any available in-person courses for the spring 2021 semester beginning on January 25.
The following applies to Phase 1 students:
|Phase 1 Student Type||On-campus Housing||In-person Classes||Remote Classes||Required In-person Chapels||Optional In-person Chapel(s)|
|Clinical nursing students, speech pathology students||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes|
Phase 2 — February 15 Start Date
Eligible students in Phase 2 include:
- Students in enrolled in eligible courses (i.e. CMA, sciences)
- International students
- Note: The student groups for this phase are based on the categories of students being educated for jobs comprising the “essential workforce” as delineated by the State of California, and whose courses, based on the learning outcomes of those courses, cannot be taught without access to specialized equipment or campus facilities (e.g., labs, studios, etc.) will be able to return to campus.
The following applies to Phase 2 students:
|Phase 2 Student Type||On-campus Housing||In-person Classes||Remote Classes||Required In-person Chapels||Optional In-person Chapel(s)|
|Students in enrolled in eligible courses (i.e. CMA, sciences)||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
Phase 3 — March 1 Start Date
Eligible students in Phase 3 include:
- Student does not have any other feasible housing alternative (e.g. student lives further than 25 miles from campus) AND is committed to attending one in-person chapel each week. Additional information is available in this announcement.
The following applies to Phase 3 students:
|Phase 3 Student Type||On-campus Housing||In-person Classes||Remote Classes||Required In-person Chapels||Optional In-person Chapel(s)|
|Student does not have any other feasible housing alternative (e.g. student lives further than 25 miles from campus) AND is committed to attending one in-person chapel each week||Yes, if do not have any other feasible housing alternative (e.g. student lives further than 25 miles from campus)||No||Yes||Yes||No|
Five wellness days will replace spring break
There will be no spring break in order to minimize the risk of the virus spreading due to extended travel. However, we know it’s important for our students to have time off for mental health and wellness during the semester so we have created five wellness days to replace spring break. All students (except for online students) will observe February 8, March 2-3, April 22-23 as the five wellness days in which no class assignment will be due and classes will be cancelled. In addition, Biola will be closed for Good Friday on April 2.
Instructional Model for Spring 2021
All students will be welcomed back to campus in phases. Here’s what that means for your classes:
Option to stay remote
We will work to accommodate students who prefer to take their spring semester courses remotely.
How will classes be delivered?
For students returning to campus, they may experience that some of their classes will be in-person and some delivered virtually. This will depend on state guidance and county orders on classroom occupancy levels as well as faculty teaching decisions and other relevant factors.
Remote class delivery
During the spring 2021 semester, students may be taking a combination of on-campus and remote, synchronous classes. Students taking remote, synchronous classes must remain on the regular class schedule to support classroom participation.
Housing and Student Life
All Student Development services and programming will continue online, and in-person programming will be subject to current health regulations.
Spring housing will be available in phases as a part of our reopening plan. Please note the following details, as well as additional notes in our Housing FAQs:
Students already approved and those who qualify for housing (athletes, nursing clinical students, communications sciences and disorders students, all students in the master’s in speech pathology program, students who are homeless or have unsafe home environments) can stay in housing for the spring semester, or choose to move into housing if not currently housed.
Additional student housing will have the option to apply for a housing exception (e.g. students enrolled in specifically designated courses, international students and students who have no feasible residential options). Students who are approved will be able to move onto campus in spring 2021 as a part of our phased reopening. More details will be sent to approved students before the end of December.
For those eligible for housing: Housing will send instructions with details on applying for housing, if the student is not currently housed.
If you are homeless or living in an unsafe environment, please email email@example.com directly for details on applying for spring housing.
Housing eligibility: If we open housing to a higher concentration of students in the spring, we will not be able to guarantee any specific housing placement, and we do not yet know who would be eligible.
There will be ways, regardless of housing, for students to connect to the Biola community through Resident Advisors and floors, or through groups like Huddles.
We expect to be open for in-person classes in the fall 2021, and will expect to house all students who are required to live in campus housing (any student under the age of 20 at the start of fall semester).
Housing & Meal Plans
|Residence Halls||$2,341 - $2,833|
Note: These prices are discounted from the original semester price found on Biola’s website to reflect the later term start of January 21, 2021. See below for additional information on prorated charges.
|20 Flex Plan/$150 Flex||$2,325|
|15 Flex Plan/$150 Flex||$2,198|
|12 Flex Plan/$150 Flex||$1,876|
|10 Flex/$150 Flex||$1,735|
|10 Meal Plan||$1,600|
|Block Plan 175 "any time" meals/$150 Flex||$2,280|
|*5 Flex Plan/$50 Flex
(for Commuters/Apartments only)
Block Plan 20 "any time" meals/$350 Flex
Note: A minimum 10 meal per week plan is required for all students living in Residence Halls.