We're In Division II

Biola University is happy to announce the NCAA’s decision to approve our application to begin the NCAA Division II membership process and join the Pacific West Conference.

Why Division II

Rivalries Renewed

Comprised of former longtime rivals like Azusa Pacific, California Baptist, Point Loma and Concordia-Irvine, the PacWest Conference will be a terrific home for the Biola University Eagles. In addition, we are excited to form new rivalries with PacWest powers like Dixie State University, the Academy of Art and the other eight PacWest member institutions. It is a fantastic mix of public and private institutions and institutions that are faith-based or potential places to spread the gospel.

Community Engagement

Part of the NCAA Division II Strategic Positioning statement is its philosophy of Life in the Balance. Included in this Division II approach is a development of positive societal attitudes in service to community. We are excited about a budding partnership between Biola and Special Olympics and the formation of a Student Athlete Advisory Committee to enhance our community engagement efforts.

Fan Experience

The NCAA places a strong emphasis on game environment and a positive fan experience. We are excited to come alongside a national affiliation that values this area and can provide support at a local and national level to make Biola Athletics events something special for the student body and student-athletes. The transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II has already fostered greater campus collaboration for this effort.

Academic Excellence

Another prong of the NCAA’s philosophy of Life in the Balance is dedicated to providing growth opportunities through academic achievement. Biola Athletics has a strong history of academic success that we know will only continue to grow upon our entrance to the NCAA Division II. Division II student-athletes have a federal graduation rate that is nearly 10 percent higher than the average of the general student population.

Read the news release for more information on Biola's decision to join the NCAA Division II.

Meet the PacWest

Academy of Art logo

Academy of Art

San Francisco, CA

Azusa Pacific University logo

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, CA

Brigham Young University-Hawaii logo

Brigham Young University-Hawaii

Laie, HI

California Baptist University logo

California Baptist University

Riverside, CA

Chaminade University logo

Chaminade University

Honolulu, HI

Concordia University (CA) logo

Concordia University (CA)

Irvine, CA

Dixie State University logo

Dixie State University

St. George, UT

Dominican University logo

Dominican University

San Rafael, CA

Fresno Pacific University logo

Fresno Pacific University

Fresno, CA

University of Hawaii-Hilo logo

University of Hawaii-Hilo

Hilo, HI

Hawaii Pacific University logo

Hawaii Pacific University

Honolulu, HI

Holy Names University logo

Holy Names University

Oakland, CA

Notre Dame de Namur University logos

Notre Dame de Namur University

Belmont, CA

Point Loma Nazarene University logo

Point Loma Nazarene University

San Diego, CA

Timeline

The transition to NCAA Division II is a three-year process which begins in the 2016–2017 academic year and ends with Biola University as an active member of NCAA Division II in the fall of 2019.

2016–2017

1st Year Provisional Period (dual affiliation)

Throughout the 2016-2017 academic year, Biola University will be part of the first-year provisional class and will continue to compete against NAIA and Golden State Athletic Conference members.

2017–2018

2nd Year Provisional Period

During the second year of the provisional period, Biola University’s athletic schedules will begin to include Pacific West Conference members such as Azusa Pacific, California Baptist, Point Loma, Fresno Pacific and Concordia-Irvine, but will not yet be eligible to compete in Division II playoffs. Biola will compete in postseason competition through the National Christian College Athletic Association.

2018–2019

3rd Year Provisional Period

During the 2018-2019 academic year, Biola University will be granted provisional membership into NCAA Division II and will continue to play PacWest Conference teams but will not yet be eligible to compete in NCAA Division II playoffs. Biola will compete in postseason competition through the National Christian College Athletic Association.

2019–2020

Full Division II Member

In the fall of 2019, Biola University will complete the Division II membership process and be eligible to compete in NCAA Division II playoffs.

Support

Financially

As we begin the Division II membership process in the coming months, we count on your faithful support as we continue to upgrade our athletic facilities and step up our scholarships for student-athletes.

To learn more about how you can support Biola University through the Eagles Athletic Association, contact Kevin Royse at (562) 906-4128.

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Spread the Word

We hope you are excited about Biola University beginning the Division II membership process! Here are a few ways you can join us spreading the word about this exciting news:

Compliance Information

The process of transitioning to NCAA Division II status and joining the PacWest Conference is exciting for Biola University alumni, friends and donors. However, joining Division II comes with enhanced expectations to help us create an atmosphere of compliance. In general, Division II rules are more stringent than NAIA rules which will require you to “Ask Before You Act” in the instance that you want to do something for a specific student-athlete or one of our teams.

Although not comprehensive, the list below provides a few examples of what Biola employees, alumni, friends and/or boosters are prohibited from providing:

  • Making recruiting contacts with prospective student-athletes.
  • Making telephone calls to prospective student-athletes or his/her parents or legal guardians.
  • Making arrangements for a prospect or the prospect's relatives or friends, to receive money or financial aid of any kind.
  • Providing transportation for a prospect or the prospect's relatives or friends to visit our campus.
  • Providing free tickets or tickets at a reduced cost for prospects or the prospect’s relatives or friends to attend an athletic event/function.
  • Entertaining high school, prep school or community college coaches.
  • Providing honorarium to a student-athlete for a speaking engagement.
  • Providing free or reduced-rent housing.
  • Providing special discounts for goods and services (e.g. car repairs, legal services, meals).
  • Providing gifts of any kind, including birthday cards, gift cards and holiday gifts.
  • Providing cash or loans in any amount, or signing or co-signing for a loan.
  • Feel free to contact Amy Jungkeit regarding any questions you may have at (562) 777-4014