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Prospective Students and Families

Biola University is excited to welcome students back to living and learning on campus starting fall 2021! As you prayerfully plan for your future, know that the Biola community is committed to supporting you as you explore our programs, student life and more. We know the COVID-19 pandemic has presented unique challenges to your college search, but our admissions team is excited to offer several safe and engaging ways to see if Biola is the right place for you.

Learn more about campus visit opportunities, counselor appointments and more. If you're interested in learning about the nexts steps in your Biola journey, visit our What's Next page 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

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.


Find more details about our fall 2021 semester below, or view our full list of frequently asked questions.

Is Biola fully reopening in Fall 2021?

Yes, Biola will return for Fall 2021. Our students will be returning to living and learning on campus for the new academic year. We are hopeful for a strong return of students in the fall with a much more normal semester beginning August 30 with all in-person classes except those pre-designed for online delivery.

Can I choose to attend Biola remotely?

Accommodations for remote classes will only be available for students who cannot travel to the United States or have other health conditions which prevent them from being on campus. Fully remote options will be available for the fall through the Learning Center for any student who is unable to attend in person.

Will Biola offer residential housing in the fall?

We currently expect our residential living will resume at our typical capacity with two students per bedroom.

What will Fall 2021 on-campus life look like?

With the increase of vaccination distribution across the state and cases dropping significantly, we are hopeful we will see robust in-person activities — the normal slate of collegiate athletics with fans, plays, lectures, concerts, art exhibits and the like. All on-campus services and offices will be open for students to access with appropriate physical distancing, and in some cases, at a reduced capacity.

Will students be required to wear masks?

At this point, we are planning for all faculty, staff and students to follow physical distancing guidelines and wear a face covering at all times except while eating or drinking. If the county guidelines change regarding wear masks, we will update our community.

What number should students or families call if they have questions about Biola’s reopening plans?

Students and families are encouraged to call the main Biola line at 562-903-6000 and they will be directed to the fall support team, who can help serve them. The support team will answer as many questions as they are able and will transfer students or families to other Biola teams if they are unable to answer a specific question.

Do international students who are in a lockdown country have the opportunity to do remote learning?

Students who are not able to travel to the United States due to restrictions will have the opportunity for accommodations to continue to do remote learning in the fall. They will need to contact the Learning Center to make their arrangements.