New and Continuing Students
In light of the nationwide health crisis surrounding COVID-19, Biola University is taking proactive steps to protect our community. We recognize these changes impact our students and their families, so our teams continue to be committed to providing unparalleled support.
Explore our updates below relating to Fall 2020 enrollment, including information on our Modified Hybrid-Flexible (HyFlex) instructional model.
Information for New Biola Students
We’re excited for you to join the Biola University community this fall! Please read the important information below about your arrival to campus.
New Student Orientation
New Student Orientation is a significant time for all our incoming students, where we welcome them into the Biola community.
All incoming students, including freshmen and transfers, will participate in an online Orientation prior to their arrival for the fall semester, which will include information from Spiritual Development, tips for wellbeing, academic success and more. We are also planning a memorable in-person campus welcome experience designed to help new students meet and build connections with other new students, leaders, faculty and staff while meeting physical distancing guidelines.
Continue checking your @biola.edu email address for updates regarding your orientation schedule.
We plan to offer on-campus housing for our students.
Barring any county restrictions, housing will be available for new and continuing students this fall. Housing will look somewhat different due to physical distancing guidelines from state and county officials. We are in the process of developing Biola’s housing guidelines based on the county’s guidance.
Keep an eye out for more information about your housing assignment coming to your @biola.edu email address.
Receiving Your Course Schedule
The Advising Center registers all incoming undergraduate students into their first semester courses. For information on accessing your first-semester class schedule, visit the registration website.
Modified HyFlex (Hybrid-Flexible) Instructional Model
In order to align with state and county guidance for physical distancing and to ensure a safe return to campus, Biola’s fall courses will start on August 31 using a Modified Hybrid-Flexible (HyFlex) model.
The Modified HyFlex model allows for Fall 2020 courses to accommodate both remote and in-person instruction. Through the Modified HyFlex model, Biola students will experience the best of classroom learning with a high academic quality and instructional integrity. An individual class may include students who are simultaneously:
- In the classroom,
- Connected via live web conference from their dorms, or
- Connected via live web conference across the US or abroad
Note: Post-traditional students and pre-established fully-online courses will not be affected by the Modified HyFlex model.
Understanding the Modified HyFlex Model
Faculty in each academic program are actively working this summer to determine which classes will be offered in which Modified HyFlex format.
Biola’s Digital Learning team is hard at work with our faculty to prepare for the fall and is designing multiple delivery modalities in order to serve the needs of a wide variety of students. Not all of Biola’s courses will be available fully online or remote within the Modified HyFlex model; some courses will only be available in-person due to the nature of the educational experience. These may include classes that require hands-on learning components that cannot be offered in an online format.
Biola is waiting on CDC guidelines being released in the coming weeks to help determine which modality each course will be taught in. Once decisions are made, students will receive updated schedule information to their @biola.edu email and they will have the opportunity to adjust their course schedule, if desired.
How the Modified HyFlex Model Supports Student Safety
Biola will assure all classrooms are set up to maintain a six-foot distance between students.
Additionally, Biola will establish protocols on how we are gathering together in and outside of the classroom, monitoring health, virus testing, designating quarantined rooms when necessary, mitigating transmittal risks with face coverings, thoroughly and consistently sanitizing exposed areas, housing our residential students safely and preparing flexible course delivery options to be able to pivot seamlessly for any number of reasons.
Biola is actively working to develop the best course of action for our returning international students.
Biola is closely monitoring the situation regarding travel and visas for international students. Faculty are working to offer as many classes either online or in a remote format as possible so international students can continue their Biola education uninterrupted.
Below are the options being considered for international students:
- Remote Start — Biola is considering a remote start for international students.
- Deferred Enrollment — Should international students not be able to arrive in time for the start of classes in the fall, Biola will work with those students to help them change their arrival to January
- Opportunity for Virtual Drop-in — We encourage international students who cannot come to Biola due to travel and visa restrictions to start their Biola education from home with online and remote classes and to engage with the Biola community virtually. Prospective students: please contact your admissions counselor to confirm your interest in this opportunity.
If U.S. embassies open and issue visas for international students giving them the ability to attend Biola on-ground classes in the fall, we will evaluate the risk levels from the different countries and determine if international students will need to quarantine for 14 days, and if so, where they should quarantine.