Biola University is happy to announce the NCAA’s decision to advance Biola into the second provisional year in the NCAA Division II membership process.
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 seven 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
1st Year Provisional Period (dual affiliation)
Biola successfully completed all requirements of the 1st year provisional period. On Friday, July 14, 2017 the NCAA Division II notified the University that it was approved to move on to the 2nd year provisional period.
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.
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.
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.
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.Give online
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: