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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 Spring 2021 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 international.coordinator@biola.edu.

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 coursework completed in Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 by incoming freshmen and transfers, assuming the course is otherwise transferrable.

Enrollment Updates for Spring 2021

We plan to honor the official financial aid commitments that have been made to you

If any student wants to take a gap year as a result of being remote in the fall, we will honor their academic scholarship and preserve their semester-based financial aid package for their return to Biola in accordance with normal state, federal and institutional financial aid policies, including but not limited to the calculation of need-based aid.

We are reducing the undergraduate enrollment 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. Students’ enrollment deposit will be credited back to their account at the start of the semester.