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Fall 2024 New Student Orientation

Cost and Admission

This is a paid event.

Costs are charged to each student's account as a mandatory fee.

Registration details will be available soon.

The New Student Orientation team is eager to welcome incoming Fall 2024 students and their families to campus. NSO is designed to equip you for a successful start as you transition to Biola as well as connect you and family to campus resources and the Biola community. Attendance is mandatory for all students. Please make plans to attend on these dates:

  • Friday, August 30: Programming for new students and families/supporters. It is requested that families say their goodbyes following the last event on Friday.
  • Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1: Programming for new students only.

Please note:

  • Residence Hall move-in is August 30. You will receive communication from Housing and Residence Life regarding that process.
  • You will receive more information about NSO in July and all new students will be assigned an Orientation Student Leader.
  • Torrey Students — Please see Torrientation
  • Global Students — Please see Global Orientation
  • FirstGen Students — please see Summer Bridge
  • Athletes — Please connect with your coach about early arrival

View the Fall 2024 Orientation Schedule.


Contact Campus Engagement at:

Browse Related

Friday, August 30: Move In and Family Programming

Time Event Location
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Residence Hall Move In / NSO Check In

New students planning to move into a Biola Residence Hall will be wholeheartedly welcomed from the moment they arrive on campus. The Housing and Residence Life Department will provide all necessary details about a fully supported move-in experience.

All Residence Halls
12-1 p.m. Lunch on Your Own
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Clearance Party (Residential) / NSO Check In
Once you have been directed to your initial parking destination, orientation staff will welcome you to take your final steps toward becoming a student. You will be directed to register for orientation, make sure you are cleared for classes and receive info on making your way to your new residence! Yummy snacks, Biola swag and bathroom breaks will be provided!

Student Services Walkway

2 -3:30 p.m. Clearance Party (Commuters) / NSO Check In
Once you have been directed to your initial parking destination, orientation staff will welcome you to take your final steps toward becoming a student. You will be directed to register for orientation, make sure you are cleared for classes and receive info about the rest of the day! Yummy snacks and Biola swag will be provided!

Student Services Walkway

2-5 p.m. Class Tours / Resource Fair

Visit our Resource Fair, go on a guided tour, finish any task you are needing to complete or relax with an iced beverage! Tours leave every 30 minutes (Families welcome).

Fluor Fountain
3:30-5 p.m.

Meet with Orientation Leaders
New students will enjoy the opportunity to meet their orientation leaders and gather in orientation groups in this exciting time to interact with fellow students!

Meet at Metzger
3:30-5 p.m.

Family Welcome Session Option
All family members and supporters are invited to hear from key campus departments as they take a deep dive into how families can partner with you to keep your student safe and healthy both physically and emotionally.


5:30-7 p.m. Biola President's BBQ
Dr. Barry Corey invites all new students and their families and supporters to attend this dinner to enjoy a restful evening of wonderful conversation and delicious food.

Your NSO Registration covers the cost for your family to attend the Biola BBQ. Grab the delicious buffet BBQ meal and find a place to sit in the many offered spaces.
Fireplace Pavilion
5:30-7 p.m.CMA Dinner

CMA Majors are invited to this special dinner to meet CMA classmates and hear from key CMA faculty and the Dean of Snyder School of Cinema and Media Arts. Student dinner is free, guest dinner is $15.

Tent/Lot F
5:30-7 p.m.SOFAC Dinner

SoFAC Majors are invited to attend this special dinner to meet SoFAC faculty and hear from the Dean of the School of Fine Arts and Communication. Student dinner is free, guest dinner is $15.

7:30–9 p.m. University Welcome / Communion Service
A beloved Biola event that families cherish for years to come — join us for worship and communion on the lawn with your family, and be fully welcomed to the Biola community. Following this prayer filled event is the perfect time to say goodbye to your student.
Metzger Lawn
9:30-11 p.m.Res Hall Welcome Event 
Students who moved into a residence hall will be officially welcomed and experience the excitement of living on campus with their Biola community.
Residence Halls


Saturday, August 31: Student-Only Programming

Time Event Location
8-8:50 a.m.NSO Check InChimes
9:15-10:30 a.m.

Student Life Orientation
Join all new students for a fun, interactive orientation to being a student on Biola’s campus.

Metzger Lawn
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.Orientation Leader Meet-Ups
Meet and connect with fellow new students and enjoy significant interactions that will remain important as you start your time at Biola.

Various — Across Campus

12-1 p.m. Lunch with Leaders
Join your Orientation Group for Brunch in the Cafe and a fun connection activity

Note: Commuter students receive meal ticket passes.
Biola Caf / Various
12-1 p.m.Transfer Student Lunch
All transfer students are invited to attend a catered lunch. Come with your orientation leader and learn more about being a transfer student at Biola!
Kim Dining Room
2-3:30 p.m.Academic Orientation
New students will learn more about how to best succeed academically from staff members who are invested in ensuring that you have all the tools you need to successfully begin classes.
4-5:30 p.m.Community Orientation
Each Residence Hall will host a discussion on what it means to thrive in the dorms and manage roommate expectations. Commuters will meet for a discussion about how to get involved as a commuter on campus and resources that are available for commuters.
5-6:30 p.m.Dinner on your own (Commuter)

Commuter meal tickets will be available for commuter students.

5-6:30 p.m. Dinner with Residence Halls Biola Caf
6:30 p.m. Residence Hall Mandatory Meetings
All students living in Sigma, Hart or Alpha are required to attend this meeting to hear important information about living in your residence hall.
  • Sigma — Mayers Auditorium
  • Hart — Andrews Banquet Room
  • Alpha — Sutherland Auditorium
8 p.m. New Student Student Glow Roll - hosted by HRL

Don’t miss this epic event of neon roller skating! Bring your own skates, or use the ones provided at the event.

Parking Lot S


Sunday, September 1

Time Event Location
10–11 a.m. Campus Worship
A formal time of Sunday morning worship happens just once a year on campus. Come join this special event to sing praise to the Lord and hear a message from Biola’s Spiritual Development team.
1-4 p.m.CLUB SUB — Connection Event
An amazing time of lawn games, video games, bracelet making, hammock naps, music, food and more! Bring a new friend or two and soak in the college campus life!
7:30–9 p.m. Community Commissioning and Singspo

Be officially commissioned as a Biola student with this special ceremony, made more significant as you are joined by returning students for a night of connection and appreciation.

Metzger Lawn


Monday, September 2

Enjoy your final day of summer by exploring our corner of Southern California! We will provide a list of area student favorites: coffee shops, donut shops, beaches, museums and so much more!

Tuesday, September 3

Classes Begin! Pro tip: Take a class tour during NSO to help locate all your classes.

Wednesday, September 4

Time Event Location
9:30–10:20 a.m. Convocation
Kick off the academic year and meet new students.
Chase Gym


See you in August!

Incoming students will receive emails from your Orientation Leader this summer! Email us with any questions at

Note: Students may need to arrive early for orientation if they are involved in these various programs: