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Parent and Family Welcome 2019

A Two-Day Orientation for Parents, Guardians & Sponsors of New Students

    • August 29-30, 2019
  • Various Locations Across Campus

Cost and Admission

This event is free to attend.


Parent and Family Welcome 2019

A two-day event to introduce and welcome the parents/guardians and families of all new students to the Biola Community.

**If your student is an International, MK, First Gen Scholar, Torrey Honors Institute student or athlete, please keep in mind that they may be asked to arrive to campus prior to this date for housing check-in and additional orientation activities. Details will be provided by the specific program or coach.


Questions?

Contact Stephanie Ramirez at:
(562) 906-4535
parents@biola.edu


Family Welcome Schedule

Find the schedule of events for Biola's family welcome below, with locations and times. Be sure to check for events that require advance registration.

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Important Hours to Remember

Residence Hall Check In

  • Thursday: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.

Family Orientation Information Booth, Fluor Fountain

  • Thursday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m.–3 p.m.

Student Orientation Information Booth, Fluor Fountain

  • Thursday: 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Bank and Resource Fair, SUB/Café Roadway   

  • Thursday: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

New Student ID Card, Student Services Building

  • Thursday: 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m.–6 p.m.

Thursday, August 29

Time Event  Location 
8:30–10 a.m. Chemistry Placement Exams

CHEM 105 General Chemistry I Exam

If your student already passed this exam at a previous event, they are not required to retake it. Majors requiring CHEM 105 General Chemistry I include:  BCHM, BIES, BIHB, BIOS, CHEM, KEHP, KPTH, NURS, PHAP, PHEP, PHSC, and PHYS. Passing this exam is a prerequisite to enrolling in CHEM 105 General Chemistry I (offered Fall only). Calculators are not allowed for this exam.

CHEM 120 Principles of Organic and Biochemistry Exam

If your student already passed this exam at a previous event, they are not required to retake it. Majors requiring CHEM 120 are Nursing and KEHP, Exercise Science and Health Promotion. Passing this exam is a prerequisite to enrolling in CHEM 120 Principles of Organic and Biochemistry which is offered Fall and Spring semesters. Note: students may bring a non-graphing calculator for the CHEM 120 exam. 

Business 103 (CHEM 105)

OR

Business 220 (CHEM 120 / Nursing)
10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Physics Placement Exam

If your student already passed this exam at a previous event, they are not required to retake it. BCHM, BIES, BIHB, BIOS, CHEM, KEHP, KPTH, NURS, PHEP, PHSC, and PHYS majors should plan to take this exam now even if you will not be taking the class this year.  Passing this exam is a prerequisite to enrolling in PHSC 111 Physics I (offered Fall only) or PHSC 132 General Physics I (offered Fall only).  All exam results will be posted by Student ID number in the third floor reception area of the Lim Center by 9:30 a.m. on Friday, August 30. 

Business 103
2–3 p.m. Regional Meet ups: Finding Biola Families from Area

While students are off meeting their orientation groups, Biola families get the opportunity to meet and greet with other families from their area. Go to your assigned location based off your home state and enjoy meeting other families from your “neck of the woods.”

  • Midwest: Café Banquet Room 
    • Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin 
  • Southwest & Central Mountains: The Talon 
    • Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma
  • International: Mosaic Cultural Center
  • Northeast: SUB Patio
    • Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware
  • Southeast: Sutherland Courtyard 
    • Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky
  • Pacific Northwest: Andrews Banquet Room
    • Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Alaska
  • California: Tent at Fluor Fountain
    • Northern California 
  • Islands : Fireplace Pavilion
    • Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico
Locations Assigned by Regions
4–6:30 p.m. Liberal Studies Department Welcome Reception
Liberal Studies students and families are invited to formally meet School of Education Dean, June Hetzel, and Liberal Studies Co-Chairs, Jenna Canillas and Lorelei Coddington. This is a time to welcome all new students and families, so come and join us for a brief program presentation starting at 4:00 pm in Mayers Auditorium. After the presentation, students and families are invited to walk over to Sutherland Hall upstairs for a School of Education tour, and to meet and greet faculty and staff. Light refreshments will be available during the tour. You won't want to miss this!
Mayers Auditorium
4–6 p.m. Chemistry, Physics and Engineering Department Welcome Reception (for CPE Majors and their families)
Mandatory for all Chemistry, Biochemistry, Applied Physics, Physics, Physical Science and Engineering Physics majors.  Families are welcome. Please arrive at 4:00 pm for a short presentation and to meet our faculty. Following this, we will have refreshments in the Alton and Lydia Lim Center and custom faculty-led tours for students and guests.
Business 109
3:45–4:45 p.m. School of Cinema and Media Arts Mixer
BY INVITATION ONLY
-- For Accepted CMA Majors and their Families to meet faculty and tour the Production Center
Production Center
5–7 p.m. Cinema and Media Arts Department Dinner

BY INVITATION ONLY -- For Accepted CMA Majors and their Families

$15.00 per person and Free for CMA New Students with Student ID Number.

Dinner for CMA Faculty, families, and new CMA students. Reservations and tickets required for students, families and guests. Please register for this event at www.biola.edu/student-orientation.
Tent at Fluor Fountain
Free Time / Dinner on your own

(Café doors close at 6:30 p.m.) 

After a busy day at Biola, you may wish to head off campus to explore the surrounding community. If you choose to stay on campus, you can eat from any of the 6 eateries or Café Biola. Meals in the Café are free for children ages 5 and under.

6–7:15 p.m. Commuter Parents & Families and Student Reception
Commuter students and their families are invited to the Collegium — Biola’s home-away-from-home for commuter students! Come to enjoy refreshments and meet Commuter Life staff before the University Welcome. This is a great chance to get to know the many other new students who are commuting to Biola.

Upper Student Union - The Collegium

7:30-8:15 p.m. University Welcome
You won’t want to miss this first official welcome to the Biola University community! President Barry H. Corey, our faculty, staff and students will join you to kick off the academic year and recognize the work of the Lord in bringing each student to Biola.
Metzger Lawn

Friday, August 30

Time Event     
9–9:45 a.m. Family Orientation: Spiritual Development
The development of your student’s spiritual life is a top priority for Biola. Hear from the office of Spiritual Development as they share the opportunities available to your student as well as how you can support your student along in their faith journey.
Tent on Lot F
8:45 a.m.–12 p.m. Young Siblings Fun in the Sun

Registration required, $20/child (includes snacks)

Siblings ages 5-13 are invited to join student leaders from Biola Youth Academics for snacks, games, swimming, and interactive activities while their parents attend seminars. Check in begins at 9:45 a.m. at the Cafe Banquet Room. Parents need to complete and submit a medical/photo release form for each child involved in the sibling events. Please note, registration will close at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28. Walk-ins will be accepted on a first come, first served basis depending on the available space. Register for Young Sibs.

Cafe Banquet Room
10–11 a.m. SOS Family Forum
Families, come hear from a panel of current Biola parents and students about how the Biola experience has impacted them thus far. There will be a time of Q&A in addition to some small group activities and meaningful interactions with your students’ orientation leaders.
Tent on lot F
10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Welcome Meet & Greet for Business Majors
Business students and parents are invited to meet Crowell School of Business Dean, Gary Lindblad, Business Chair, Dave Bourgeois and Business faculty and staff. At 11 a.m., our Academic Advisor will hold an advising session and be available to answer questions. We are excited to meet you and welcome you to the Business major!
Crowell School of Business Lobby
11:15 a.m.–12 p.m. Family Orientation: Supporting Your Student's Transition to College Life - and Beyond

Join us as we discuss the importance of consultant style parenting and how it promotes healthy relationships, grit, and resiliency in your college student.

Sutherland Hall
12–2 p.m. Lunch on your own (Students will be at Lunch with the Profs or eating lunch with their SOS group)
1–1:45 p.m. FirstGen Family Dessert Reception
This reception is to welcome new first generation college students (i.e., students who are in the first generation of their family to earn a bachelor's degree), parents and family members. All are invited to attend this dessert reception to learn about Biola's First Gen community​, meet campus leaders, and connect to information and resources.
Sycamore Lawn
1–1:45 p.m. Reception for Alumni Parents and Family
The Alumni and Parent Relations Team welcomes all alumni-parents to campus! Join us for coffee and cookies while meeting and getting to know other alumni-parents. You're the best examples of "Biolans for Life!" -- you experienced Biola yourself and are now making Biola a reality for your student. Come and connect!
Talon Coffee Shop
1:45–4 p.m. Young Siblings Movie Making and Screening ($10/child)
While parents, guardians, and students are off learning about Biola resources, young siblings can come learn about the behind the scenes of film-making and experience Biola’s high tech screening room. Check in begins at 1:45 p.m. at the Cinema & Media Arts Screening Room. Parents need to complete and submit a medical/photo release form for each child involved in the sibling events. Please note, registration will close at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28. Walk-ins will be accepted on a first come, first served basis depending on the available space." Register for Young Sibs here.
Cinema and Media Arts Screening Room
2-2:45 p.m. Family Orientation: Academics and Student Success
Come hear from the Dean of Student Success, Carrie Stockton, as she shares perspective into the first few weeks of college, advice for starting off well, Biola’s resources and practical tips for families.
Sutherland Auditorium
3-4 p.m.
Family Orientation: Student Wellness and Campus Safety
Attendees of this session will gain a better understanding of how their students will be kept safe, have opportunities to connect, and will be supported in their overall well-being. Speakers include Chief of Campus Safety, Chief John Ojeisekhoba, Dean of Student Wellness Lisa Igram and Dean of Community Life Sandy Hough.
Sutherland Auditorium
5–7 p.m.
FREE Biola Backyard BBQ for all students, parents/guardians and families
*Note: Dinner is come-and-go as you please.

TBD
7:30–9:30 p.m. Communion Service with President Corey for new students, parents/guardians and families

Our University President, Barry H. Corey, brings this busy day to a close by sharing in one of our most memorable traditions, a communion service for students and their families. This is a time where you will hear testimonies and praises given by some of your fellow students. This concludes the parent and family portion of Biola Welcome Week. Thank you for joining us and please travel home safely.

This concludes programs for the parents. We ask that you say your goodbyes to your student at this time. Saturday and Sunday are important days of STUDENT-ONLY orientation, and your students’ participation is critical to their adjustment to university life.


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Student Welcome Week Schedule

August 29 – September 7, 2018 is Welcome Week for ALL new undergraduate students.

The Biola Welcome Week 2019 schedule for students is NOW AVAILABLE! Please be aware that this information is subject to change as we approach the new school year. Welcome Week includes components that are REQUIRED for all new students, including freshmen, transfer students, commuters and international/global students. We are excited for you to become a part of this awesome community — and we are here to help that happen!

Welcome Week 2019 Liability Release

All new students must submit this form to participate in Biola Welcome Week 2019.

Sign Liability Release Form


Schedule

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Sunday, August 25

Monday, August 26

Wednesday, August 28

Thursday, August 29

Friday, August 30

Saturday, August 31

Sunday, September 1

Monday, September 2

Tuesday, September 3

Wednesday, September 4

Thursday, September 5

Friday, September 6

Saturday, September 7

Sunday, August 25

Time Event Location
1–5 p.m., 9–11 p.m. (these times only) Torrey Student Residence Hall Check-In
If you will be living on campus, you must check in during designated times today in order to be on time at Torrientation.
Housing Office (Student Services)

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Monday, August 26

Time Event Location
9 a.m.–4:30 p.m., 9–11 p.m. (these times only)

Global Student Residence Hall Check-In

If you will be living on campus, you must check in during designated times today in order to be on time at the New Global Student Orientation.
Housing Office (Student Services)

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Wednesday, August 28

Time Event Location
4:30–5:30 p.m. Chemistry Placement Exam Prep and Review Session (optional)
Lim 247
6–8 p.m. New Student-Athlete Orientation
Join the Athletic Department staff for a welcome and introduction to eligibility standards, resources and compliance topics as we break out into specific sessions with various staff members. The meeting will introduce new student-athletes to the Athletic Department and the responsibilities of being a NCAA student-athlete at Biola. We look forward to meeting all of the new 2019-20 student-athletes.
Business 109
8–10 p.m. All Student-Athlete Kickoff
Join the Athletic Department staff to kickoff the year reviewing NCAA requirements and institutional standards. The evening will conclude with an all student-athlete worship night. We look forward to seeing everyone to kickoff a strong 2019-20 year of competition!
Sutherland Auditorium

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Thursday, August 29

Time Event Location
8 a.m.–7 p.m. New Student Housing Check-In
The University formally opens its doors to all first time students. This time is set aside for new students to move into their residence hall rooms or apartments. Proceed directly to your assigned residence hall or apartment where our staff of Residence Life is ready to assist you in moving into your new home. Use this time wisely since you have a full and exciting week ahead. Don’t miss the mandatory Orientation Kickoff at 1:30 p.m.! Alternate Residence Hall check-in times available if you will not be checking in on Thursday.
Residence Halls & Apartments
8 a.m.–6 p.m. New Student ID Card
Please bring a valid government-issued photo ID to verify your identity (i.e. passport, driver’s license) when you come for your Biola ID card. Alternate Student Services hours available if you will not be checking in on Thursday.
Student Services Building
8 a.m.–6 p.m. Orientation Check In and Info Area
New Student Check In — Questions about Welcome Week for freshmen and transfers, Orientation Registration payment, event sign-up/purchase, Welcome Week T-shirt purchase/pick-up, Welcome Bags, general campus information
Parent and family Info — Questions about parent schedule and T-shirt purchase
Fluor Fountain
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Bank and Resource Fair
Local banks are here to facilitate new checking and savings accounts and to speak with you about your other financial concerns. In addition, you can visit resource tables to get information about student transportation, Biola resources and more. Don’t miss this opportunity!
SUB/Café Roadway
8:30–10 a.m. Chemistry Placement Exams

CHEM 105 General Chemistry I Exam

If you already passed this exam at a previous event, you are not required to retake it. Majors requiring CHEM 105 General Chemistry I include: BCHM, BIES, BIHB, BIOS, CHEM, KEHP, KPTH, NURS, PHAP, PHEP, PHSC, and PHYS. Passing this exam is a prerequisite to enrolling in CHEM 105 General Chemistry I (offered Fall only). Calculators are not allowed for this exam.

CHEM 120 Principles of Organic and Biochemistry Exam

If you already passed this exam at a previous event, you are not required to retake it. Majors requiring CHEM 120 are Nursing and KEHP, Exercise Science and Health Promotion. Passing this exam is a prerequisite to enrolling in CHEM 120 Principles of Organic and Biochemistry which is offered Fall and Spring semesters. Note: students may bring a non-graphing calculator for the CHEM 120 exam.

All exam results will be posted by Student ID number in the third floor reception area of the Lim Center by 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 30. A downloadable study guide, self-assessment, and other resources to prepare for these exams can be found at the Biola Academic Advising website. For questions contact Peggy Giboney at cpedept@biola.edu.

Business 103 (CHEM 105) or Business 220 (CHEM 120/Nursing)
10 a.m.–12 p.m. Music Department Reception & Orientation
All music majors and minors are invited to the Annex Courtyard for a short breakfast reception and welcome before moving into Room 122 for an important and informative orientation meeting with the Conservatory Staff. Mandatory for music majors and minors.
Music Annex Courtyard and Crowell Hall Room 122
10:30 a.m.–noon Physics Placement Exam
If you already passed this exam at a previous event, you are not required to retake it. BCHM, BIES, BIHB, BIOS, CHEM, KEHP, KPTH, NURS, PHEP, PHSC, and PHYS majors should plan to take this exam now even if you will not be taking the class this year. Passing this exam is a prerequisite to enrolling in PHSC 111 Physics I (offered Fall only) or PHSC 132 General Physics I (offered Fall only). All exam results will be posted by Student ID number in the third floor reception area of the Lim Center by 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 30. A downloadable study guide, self-assessment, and other resources to prepare for these exams can be found at the Biola Academic Advising website. Note: students may bring a non-graphing calculator for the Physics exam. Questions? Contact Peggy Giboney at cpedept@biola.edu
Business 103
1:30–3:30 p.m. The Official Orientation Kickoff (REQUIRED for all new students)
You definitely won’t want to miss this memorable event! A long-standing Biola University tradition, it is one that is sure to inform as well as entertain. The Student Orientation Services leaders will begin your Biola experience with a highly charged presentation that will give you a glimpse into your new community. Following this presentation, students will meet with their SOS leaders for the first time to get to know other new students in a small-group atmosphere.
Chase Gymnasium
3:30–6 p.m. Commuter Hospitality House
Commuter students and their families are invited to take a break and enjoy the Collegium (Latin for “Gathering Place”) our home-away-from-home for students who live off-campus. Enjoy a snack, check out our beautiful home, and get to know Commuter Life staff. A great place to get connected on campus! (Commuter Lockers also available: $30/year; $20/semester — cash/check)
The Collegium — Upper Student Union
4–6:30 p.m. Liberal Studies Department Welcome Reception

Liberal Studies students and families are invited to formally meet School of Education Dean, Dr. June Hetzel, and Liberal Studies Co-Chairs, Dr. Jenna Canillas and Dr. Lorelei Coddington. This is a time to welcome all new students and families, so come and join us for a brief program presentation starting at 4:00 pm in Mayers Auditorium. After the presentation, students and families are invited to walk over to Sutherland Hall upstairs for a School of Education tour, and to meet and greet faculty and staff. Light refreshments will be available during the tour. You won't want to miss this!

Mayers Auditorium
4–6 p.m. Chemistry, Physics and Engineering Department Welcome Reception (for CPE Majors and their families)

Mandatory for all Chemistry, Biochemistry, Applied Physics, Physics, Physical Science and Engineering Physics majors. Families are welcome. Please arrive at 4:00 p.m. for a short presentation and to meet our faculty. Following this, we will have refreshments in the Alton and Lydia Lim Center and custom faculty-led tours for students and guests.

Business 109
5–7 p.m. Christian Ministries Majors Welcome Dinner Talbot East Andrews Banquet Room
Varies Free Time / Dinner on your own (Café doors close at 6:30 p.m.)
After a busy day at Biola, you may wish to head off campus to explore the surrounding community. If you choose to stay on campus, please feel free to dine at Café Biola. Meals in the Café are free for children ages 5 and under with paid adult.
Various
*5–7 p.m. Cinema and Media Arts Department Dinner (BY INVITATION ONLY — For Accepted CMA Majors and their Families)
$15.00 per person and Free for CMA New Students with Student ID Number.
Dinner for CMA Faculty, families, and new CMA students. Reservations and tickets required for students, families and guests. Please register for this event starting June 15.
Tent at Fluor Fountain
6–7:15 p.m. Commuter Parent and Student Reception
Commuter students and their families are invited to the Collegium — Biola’s home-away-from-home for commuter students! Come to enjoy refreshments and meet Commuter Life staff before the University Welcome. This is a great chance to get to know the many other new students who are commuting to Biola.
The Collegium — Upper Student Union
7:30–8:15 p.m. University Welcome
You won’t want to miss this first official welcome to the Biola University community! President Barry H. Corey, our faculty, staff and students will join you to kick off the academic year and recognize the work of the Lord in bringing each student to Biola.
Metzger Lawn

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Friday, August 30

Time Event Location
8 a.m.–7 p.m. New Student Residence Hall Check-In Residence Halls and Apartments
8 a.m.–6 p.m. New Student ID Card
Please bring a valid government-issued photo ID to verify your identity (i.e. passport, driver’s license) when you come for your Biola ID card.
Student Services Building
8 a.m.–5 p.m. Orientation Check-In and Info
New Student Check In — Questions about Welcome Week for freshmen and transfers, Orientation Registration payment, event sign-up/purchase, Welcome Week T-shirt purchase/pick-up, Welcome Bags, general campus information
Parent Info — Questions about parent schedule and T-shirt purchase
Fluor Fountain
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Bank and Resource Fair
Several important resources from our community will be available. Don’t miss this opportunity!
SUB/Café Roadway
8:45–10:30 a.m. Freshman & Transfer Academic Orientation (REQUIRED for all new students)
A motivating introduction to your classroom learning at Biola! During this time, you will receive valuable information to help you successfully navigate through your academic journey. Bring your Student ID card to check in and a mobile device (e.g., cell phone, tablet) or laptop. Plan to arrive early to avoid long check-in lines!
Sutherland Auditorium + Calvary Chapel
8:45–11 a.m. Transfer Academic Orientation (REQUIRED for all transfer students)
A motivating introduction to your classroom learning at Biola! During this time, you will receive valuable information to help you successfully navigate through your academic journey. Bring your Student ID card to check in and a mobile device (e.g., cell phone, tablet) or laptop. Plan to arrive early to avoid long check-in lines!
Calvary Chapel
10:30 a.m.–noon Academic Advising & Major Open House
Locations for Academic Advising will be announced at the Academic Orientation Session (8:45 am). If you do not already have your fall classes or if you still have questions, this is the time to meet with your Academic Department. Even if you do not need assistance with your course schedule, you are welcome to drop in to learn about your major's First Year Seminar, your assigned academic advisor and more.
Will be announced at the Academic Orientation Session at 8:45 a.m.
10:30 a.m.–noon Welcome Meet & Greet for Business Majors
Business students and families are invited to meet Crowell School of Business Dean, Gary Lindblad, Business Chair, Dave Bourgeois and Business faculty and staff. At 11:00 am our Academic Advisor will hold an advising session and be available to answer questions. We are excited to meet you and welcome you to the Business major!
Crowell School of Business Lobby
10:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Commuter Student Hospitality House

Commuter Students and their families are invited to take a break and enjoy the Collegium (Latin for “Gathering Place”) our home-away-from-home for commuter students. Enjoy a snack, check out our beautiful home, and get to know Commuter Life staff. A great place to get connected on campus! (Commuter Lockers also available: $30/year; $20/semester — cash/check)

The Collegium — Upper Student Union
*11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Lunch with Your Profs
Come and enjoy a delicious lunch while getting to know some of the outstanding professors who will be teaching your classes. They’ll offer valuable insights into how to be successful during your time at Biola. Learn from their wisdom and ask your questions! Prior registration and payment required starting June 15. Space is limited!
Talbot East Andrews Banquet Room (Freshmen) or Metzger Board Dining Room (Transfers)
12-1 p.m. Lunch with Your SOS Group (Students who are not going to Lunch with Profs) Meet your SOS Leader in front of Caf or otherwise specified
12:45–5 p.m. Mandatory Music Orientation for all Incoming Music Majors

There are a variety of mandatory meetings and placement auditions taking place throughout the day. Listed below are the meeting times; students have also received an email with more details about which meeting(s) they are required to attend. Please email anna.glenn@biola.edu for clarification.

  • 12:45-2:30 Voice Teacher Placements
  • 1:00-2:00 Worship Arts/Commercial Music & Composition Area Meetings
  • 2:30-4:00 Piano, Strings, and Winds/Brass/Percussion Area Meetings
  • 2:45-5:00 Choral Ensemble Placements
Crowell Hall (various locations depending on major and instrument)
1–1:45 p.m. FirstGen Family Dessert Reception
This reception is to welcome new first generation college students (i.e. students who are in the first generation of their family to earn a bachelor's degree), parents and family members. All are invited to attend this dessert reception to learn about Biola's First Gen community​, meet campus leaders and connect to information and resources.
Sycamore Lawn
2–3 p.m. SOS Class Tour
Not sure where your classes will be? You’ll want to meet up with your SOS Leader and SOS group for a fun and interactive tour. Be sure to have your class schedule handy so your SOS Leader can help you locate your classrooms.
Check with your SOS leader
3:45–5 p.m. Department of Media, Journalism & PR — New Student Welcome
Come discover all the ways to plug into the major, tips for academic advising, and activities you can participate in to make the most of your time while in the program. This is the perfect way to get a strong start to your time at Biola!
Business 109
3–7 p.m. Commuter Student Hospitality House
Commuter students and their families are invited to take a break and enjoy the Collegium (Latin for “Gathering Place”) our home-away-from-home for commuter students. Enjoy a snack, check out our beautiful home, and get to know Commuter Life staff. A great place to get connected on campus! (Commuter Lockers also available: $30/year; $20/semester — cash/check)
The Collegium — Upper Student Union
3–7 p.m. Free Time
5–7 p.m. Biola Backyard BBQ
All new students and parents are invited to enjoy a delicious complimentary dinner before attending the Communion Service that will take place on Metzger Lawn. This is a come-and-go event.
TBD
7:30–9:30 p.m. Communion Service (New students and families are invited)
Our university president, Dr. Barry H. Corey, brings this busy day to a close by sharing in one of our most memorable traditions, a communion service for students and their families. This is a time where you will hear testimonies and praises given by some of your fellow students. This concludes the parent and family portion of Biola Welcome Week. Thank you for joining us and please travel home safely.
Metzger Lawn

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Saturday, August 31

Time Event Location
9:30–11:30 a.m. Student Life Orientation (REQUIRED for all new students)
Please bring your Student ID card to check in.
Come to learn more about why "the community" at Biola is so highly regarded by students, staff and faculty. Important topics covered will be our Community Standards, Diversity, Student Wellness, Title IX and Campus Safety.
Sutherland Auditorium, Calvary Chapel
10 a.m.–7 p.m. New Student Residence Hall Check-In Residence Halls, Housing Office
12–5 p.m. Welcome Week Event Registration
If you have any questions about Welcome Week, would like to sign up and pay for events, or get general campus information, please take a moment to stop by the SOS office.
SOS Office — Upper Student Union Building
Noon (or otherwise specified) Lunch with Your SOS Group Meet in front of the Cafe
1–2:45 p.m. Student Life Workshops (REQUIRED for all new students)
Bite-sized workshops presented by the SOS Staff and other Student Life groups to help you in your transition. Learn about the Biola community traditions, mission trips, student employment opportunities, and more from your student leaders. Workshop locations can be found on the handout you received at the Student Life Orientation (9:30 a.m.).
Myers Classrooms, Business Building
3–3:45 p.m. Class Tour (Take 2)
Missed out on the class tour the first time around? No worries - connect with your SOS leader for this second-chance opportunity to get your bearings before classes officially begin.
Sutherland Auditorium and Calvary Chapel
3–7 p.m. Free Time
This is a great time to relax, unpack or go shopping for any needed items for dorm rooms or classes.
Various
*7–9 p.m. President’s Academic Commencement Dinner, "Dressy Casual" Attire
On Tuesday you will begin your academic journey in your own adventure of scholarship and excellence. Come meet President Barry Corey (DBC) and celebrate your induction into higher education at Biola University by being a part of Biola’s Academic Commencement Dinner. A distinguished faculty member has been invited to come and share insights about your time here at Biola University and your SOS Student Directors will give you a window into their journeys as well. Advance registration and payment available starting June 15.
TBD

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Sunday, September 1

Time Event Location
10:30–11:45 a.m. Campus Worship
Spiritual Development invites you to join in a time of community worship and fellowship.
Sutherland Auditorium
12:30–1:30 p.m. A Strong Start — Share in the Vision (REQUIRED for New Cinema and Media Arts Students) Production Facilities
1–7 p.m. New Student Residence Hall Check-In Residence Halls, Housing Office
2–5 p.m. SOS Hangout Day
Be sure to join your SOS group for a relaxing afternoon to hang out with the people in your group and meet people in other groups. You will all be going out into the local community for fun and games. Transfer Students: you will be heading out with fellow transfer students and transfer leaders for a fun afternoon.
Check with your SOS leader
*5:30–7 p.m. Free Commuter Student Dinner: Pizza & Ice Cream Sundaes in the Collegium!

(Free; registration required)

Make an evening of it! Commuter Students, come get to know each other, the Commuter Life Team, your SGA Commuter Senators, and then go to the Community Commissioning and Singspiration together!

The Collegium, Upper Student Union Building
7:30–8:15 p.m. Community Commissioning (REQUIRED for all new students)
The student and staff leaders on Biola's campus will be welcoming you into the Biola Community in a simple, ceremonial event. Come receive our vision for you as a new member of our community.
Metzger Lawn
8:15–9:15 p.m. Singspiration (immediately following Community Commissioning)
Spiritual Development continues its long tradition of Sunday evening on-campus praise and worship. Come and worship the Lord led by fellow Biola students.
Metzger Lawn

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Monday, September 2

Time Event Location
4:30–8 p.m. Splash! & Dinner
You won’t want to miss the Labor Day Splash! event. You’ll be joining new and returning students at this Student Programming & Activities (SPA) sponsored BIOLA TRADITION. It’s a great way to close your first weekend at Biola before classes start. Your ticket includes dinner, entrance into the Splash! water park, and a night of fun entertainment with your fellow Biolans. Meet with your SOS leader in advance to receive your wristband for entry. Advance registration and payment available starting June 15.
Check with your SOS leader

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Tuesday, September 3

Time Event Location
8:30 a.m.–7 p.m. Commuter Collegium Open House
(Collegium membership not needed until Monday, September 10)
Commuter Students! We’d love to have you join the Collegium. It’s a great place to make connections, store your lunch, and rest in between chapel and classes. For more information about membership, stop by our office or visit our Commuter Life page.
The Collegium — Upper Student Union
1–4 p.m. Mosaic Cultural Center Open House
The Student Enrichment and Intercultural Development (SEID) office invite you to join us for an open house full of celebration, connection, and snacks! Come learn more about programs and events for FirstGen Students, the Biola Gospel Choir, our Ethnic and Cultural Community Groups, and much more! The Mosaic Cultural Center (MCC) is a space open for ALL students which includes lounge and study space, a kitchen and department offices.
Rose Hall facing Talbot East
9:30–10:30 p.m. Muffins, Mingling & Missions
Come enjoy some muffins and learn all about the Student Missionary Union from SMU President, Carly Micheal!
Fireside Pavilion

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Wednesday, September 4

Time Event Location
8:30 a.m.–7 p.m. Commuter Collegium Open House
(Collegium membership not needed until Monday, September 10)
Commuter Students! We’d love to have you join the Collegium. It’s a great place to make connections, store your lunch, and rest in between chapel and classes. For more information about membership, stop by our office or visit our Commuter Life page. Note: Closed during Convocation.
The Collegium — Upper Student Union
9:30–10:20 a.m. Convocation (REQUIRED for all new students)
Be sure to join the Biola community and President Barry H. Corey as we begin the school year, focusing our hearts and minds on God’s will for us as a community.
Chase Gymnasium
*6–7:30 p.m. Transfer Student Dinner
A complimentary catered dinner exclusively for transfer students. Come hear from current students about their journey transferring to Biola and get some insight on how to make the most of your Biola experience. Pre-registration available starting June 15.
Café Banquet Room

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Thursday, September 5

Time Event Location
8:30 a.m.–7 p.m. Commuter Collegium Open House
(Collegium membership not needed until Monday, September 10)
Commuter Students! We’d love to have you join the Collegium. It’s a great place to make connections, store your lunch, and rest in between chapel and classes. For more information about membership, stop by our office or visit our Commuter Life page. Note: Closed during Convocation.
The Collegium — Upper Student Union
*5–8 p.m. Student Enrichment & Intercultural Development (SEID) BBQ (free with registration)
Relax and make new friends at the SEID BBQ for all students from diverse backgrounds, including first generation college students! Student Enrichment & Intercultural Development (SEID) exists to support you to thrive during your time at Biola. Learn about various programs and events that SEID offers that will connect you to a community on campus. Pre-registration available starting June 15.
Mosaic Cultural Center
9 p.m. (or otherwise specified) Welcome Back All-Hall Meeting
Meet with your Hall community and Residence Life Staff for an “All-Hall” gathering. Join us for a time of connection, celebration, and community building! Check with your RA or Hall Information Board for the exact meeting time and location.
Your Residence Hall

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Friday, September 6

Time Event Location
8:30 a.m.–7 p.m. Commuter Collegium Open House
(Collegium membership not needed until Monday, September 10)
After closing, we invite you to accompany us to Soul Group Info Night where you can hear how to get connected to a regular small group with other commuter students. For more information about Collegium membership, please stop by our office or visit our Commuter Life page.
8:30–10:15 a.m. (if you have an 8:30 class, please join us after class at 9:30) Veteran Student Welcome & Orientation Brunch

Veteran students, enjoy a delicious meal and meet university personnel who support Veteran student connection and success here at Biola! We are excited to meet you, introduce you to vital resources, and have you get to know each other. For more information please email Jen Alvarez at jennifer.alvarez@biola.edu. Sponsored by Commuter Life.

Metzger Board Dining Room
5–5:45 p.m. Soul Group Info Night
Would you like to be part of a small group in a comfortable setting? Come and hear how you can be a part of this great opportunity. You’ll hear from students who have participated in Soul Groups this past year as well as SOS Leaders and Commuter Life Leaders who will be leading Soul Groups this fall semester. Bring a friend!
Sutherland Auditorium

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Saturday, September 7

Time Event Location
8 a.m.–noon Bibles + Brunch
Start the first Saturday morning of the semester with a takeout meal from the Caf and a devotional time with your SOS Leader and group. Pre-registration requested at biola.edu/student-orientation starting June 15.
Meet in front of Café

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