Prospective Students and Families
We know planning your future has become more complicated. 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 prospective students and their families — and our teams continue to be committed to providing unparalleled support. Explore the updates shared below related to admissions, enrollment and more, or connect with our admissions team for more information.
Admissions Requirement Updates
We are waiving SAT/ACT requirements for first-year undergraduate applicants
Since standardized testing opportunities have been canceled due to COVID-19, we will be waiving SAT/ACT scores for academically qualified Fall 2020 applicants. The admissions office will continue to make admissions offers and award academic scholarships based on students' academic achievement, spiritual commitment and their ability to succeed at Biola.
Please note: This standardized testing exception is limited to ACT/SAT. International students are still required to demonstrate English-language proficiency by their TOEFL or IELTS scores. As of April 2, 2020, the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition is available everywhere that TOEFL iBT testing is normally available, with the exception of Mainland China and Iran. To request a special circumstance review, please contact email@example.com.
We are accepting "Pass/Fail” coursework for undergraduate applicants
In lieu of a letter grade, we are accepting "Pass/Fail” high school and college credit for incoming freshmen, transfer and graduate applicants.
Please note: This "Pass/Fail" exception is limited to coursework completed in Spring 2020 or Summer 2020, and assumes the course is otherwise transferrable.
Enrollment Updates for 2020
We plan to resume on-campus offerings fall 2020
While we will prioritize the safety of our students as the situation regarding COVID-19 continues to evolve, we do anticipate resuming in-person instruction for fall 2020. Additionally, all summer 2020 online courses will continue to be offered as planned. If you’re ready to take the next step in your education, explore our programs.
We plan to honor the official financial aid commitments that have been made to you
We know COVID-19 has created financial instability that deeply affects many of our students. We will continue to support and work with you to maximize your financial aid resources. In this time of uncertainty, our commitment to affordability remains unchanged.
We have extended the undergraduate deposit deadline to June 1
In order to ensure our students and their families have time to evaluate their situation in light of COVID-19, we are extending our undergraduate enrollment deposit deadline to June 1. The graduate enrollment deposit deadlines in mid-summer remain unchanged.
We are reducing the enrollment deposit to $100 and the housing deposit to $100
We know COVID-19 has created financial instability that deeply affects many of our students. That’s why we are doing our part to minimize costs by reducing the enrollment deposit from $300 to $100 and the housing deposit from $250 to $100. Students’ enrollment deposit ($300 pre-COVID or $100 post-COVID) will be credited back to their account on July 1, August 1 or October 1 — depending upon the date they submitted their deposit. For students who previously paid the $250 housing deposit, $150 will be refunded by July 1.
We are still issuing I-20s for fall 2020
We ask that international students continue to send in their required documents promptly following their admission. We also encourage you to check the current status of your local embassy in case of closures or changes to schedule.