Skip to main content

Parent and Family Welcome 2021

Cost and Admission

This event is free to attend.


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

*Note: 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 Family Engagement at:
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.

Jump to Thursday's Schedule

Jump to Friday's Schedule


Important Hours to Remember

Residence Hall Check In

  • Thursday and Friday: 8 a.m.–12 p.m.

Family Orientation Information Booth, Fluor Fountain

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

Student Orientation Information Booth, Fluor Fountain

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

Resource Fair, Sutherland/Rose Walkway

  • Thursday and Friday: 1–5 p.m.

Thursday, August 26

Time Event  Location 
8 a.m.–12 p.m. Residence hall check-in for new students
8 a.m.–5 p.m. New Parent Info Book
Questions about parent schedule, Parent Folder pick-up for parents of early arrivals and parent T-shirt purchase (cash/check).
Fluor Fountain
8 a.m.–5 p.m. Campus Business
Use this time to visit the bookstore, Financial Aid Office, the Registrar or other campus offices to be ready to start classes on Monday.
Various
1–5 p.m. Resource Fair
Explore campus resources for your well being and support as well as ways to get involved as a new student at Biola.

Sutherland/Rose Walkway
1–5 p.m. Respite & Reflection Spaces
Spend some time resting and reflecting in the midst of the business of the day.
Various
3–4 p.m. Parent and Family Regional Meetups
Get to know other students and their families from your neck of the woods at this open house, come-and-go style event. Go to your assigned location based on your home state and enjoy meeting other families.
  • Midwest: Café Banquet Room
    • Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin
  • Southwest and 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: Sycamore Lawn
    • Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Alaska
  • California: Tent at Fluor Fountain
  • Islands: Fireplace Pavilion
    • Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico
Various
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 six eateries or Café Biola. Meals in the Café are free for children ages five and under.

6:30–7:30 p.m. Commuter Student Orientation Check In

Fluor Fountain

7:30-8:30 p.m. University Welcome for all new students and parents/guardians
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 27

Time Event     
8 a.m.–3 p.m. New Parent Info Booth
Questions about parent schedule, Parent Folder pick-up for parents of early arrivals and parent T-shirt purchase (cash/check).
Fluor Fountain
8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Residence hall check-in for new students
We've set this time aside just for students who started in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 to move in. Go directly to your residence hall to check in for NSO and housing, and get your key. Student leaders will be there to help you move in!


8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Campus Business
Use this time to visit the bookstore, Financial Aid Office, the Registrar or other campus offices to be ready to start classes on Monday.

Various
8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Residence hall check-in for all returning students
If you were a new student in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, and haven't moved in yet, you are welcome to move in during this time.


9 –10 a.m. Academic Orientation (mandatory for all new students)

Learn tips for success in your academic journey, meet your orientation leader and group, and get to know faculty in your major. Bring your student ID and wear your name badge, and plan to arrive early to avoid check-in liens.


9 a.m.–12 p.m. Parent and Family Seminar
Learn more about ways faculty and staff will ensure your student's academic, spiritual, emotional and physical well being. You will feel supported, excited and challenged by what you hear!
Tent and Sutherland Auditorium
1–2 p.m. Parent and Family Welcome
Hear from President Corey, university leadership and parent council members as they share their experiences as current and former Biola parents.
Sutherland Auditorium
1–5 p.m. NSO Check In for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021
1–5 p.m. Commuter Hospitality House
Commuter students, families and supporters, come to the Collegium to take a break between orientation events, enjoy snacks and meet the Commuter Life staff.
The Collegium
1–5 p.m. Resource Fair
Explore campus resources for your well being and support as well as ways to get involved as a new student at Biola.
Sutherland/Rose Walkway
1–5 p.m.
Respite and Reflection Spaces
Spend some time resting and reflecting in the midst of the business of the day.
Various
5–7 p.m.
President's Welcome Dinner
Enjoy a classic cookout dinner and meet President Corey. All are welcome.
Fireplace Pavillion Tent
7:30–8:30 p.m. University Communion

Share in one of our most memorable traditions as new Biola students begin their Biola journey with worship and communion.

*Note: Parent and Family events will conclude on Friday, August 27 following University Communion.


Return to top