First-Time College Students | Admissions Process

We are happy you're here! A first-time college student is one who will be attending a college or university for the first time. To apply to Biola as a first-time student, follow the steps below.

Steps to Apply

  1. Complete and submit your official application for admission. Every advantage goes to the early applicant!

  2. Submit a non-refundable $45 application fee.* If applying online, you may submit the fee through your application portal, otherwise please send a check or money order made payable to Biola University, with the student's name indicated on the memo line, to the address below:

    Office of Admissions
    Biola University
    13800 Biola Avenue
    La Mirada, CA 90639

    * Biola will accept the College Board or ACT fee waiver, or you may submit the Biola Request for Application Fee Waiver form and accompanying documentation.
  3. Complete the required essay. Your application will not be reviewed until your essay has been submitted.

  4. Submit an official transcript from each high school attended, current through the time of application. Transcripts will be considered official only when sent directly from the institution to Biola via the aforementioned address above. Final official transcripts must be submitted upon completion of course of study and must include graduation date. Note: Homeschool students and international students have special instructions for high school transcripts.

  5. Submit your scores from the SAT (Code 4017) or ACT (Code 0172). The SAT or ACT is required of all applicants except those who are transferring in from another school.

Admission Requirements

  • The student must be an evangelical believer in the Christian faith
    (the applicant's statement of faith will be articulated in the personal essay section of the application).
  • The student must have at least a 3.0 unweighted high school GPA. Note: The average unweighted high school GPA for incoming freshmen at Biola is 3.54.
  • The student must have at least a 1000 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing+Math score and a 26 Reading Test score on the New SAT, or a Composite 19 score on the ACT.
  • The student must have graduated from high school or earned an equivalent degree (GED). The following is a recommended high school curriculum:

    • 4 years of English
    • 3 years of Mathematics
    • 2-4 years of Foreign Language
    • 2 years of Science
    • 2 years of Social Science

  • Note: Elective courses in fine arts and PE are encouraged. Prospective nursing candidates must have one year each of chemistry and algebra. Biology majors must have one year each of chemistry and physics. Deficiencies in the student's high school curriculum may be made up while at Biola. Homeschool students and international students have an adjusted standard in this area.

Smart Start Program

Biola University students must take 30 units of biblical studies courses in order to fulfill their Bible minor requirements. Biola offers the Smart Start Program as a unique way to get a head start on the Bible requirement. You can take one or two classes during the summer before your first semester at Biola, and they will cost 70% less than during the semester, giving you a head start on your Bible minor. You may want to inquire quickly since space is limited..

Application Deadlines

To qualify for an application deadline, all materials must be received in the Admissions Office by the appropriate deadline date. If a student qualifies for a specific application deadline, they will be notified of admission by the corresponding notification date.

Applying for Fall Semester

Deadline Type Apply By Notified By
Early Action 1 Nov. 15 Jan. 15
Early Action 2 Jan. 15 Feb. 15
Regular Mar. 1 Apr. 1

Note: Applications for the fall semester that are received after March 1 are considered late, and are processed if space is available and time allows.

More Information on Early Action Deadlines

Applying for Spring Semester

Deadline Type Apply By Notified By
Regular Nov. 15 As Processed

Note: There is only one application deadline when applying for the spring semester. Applications will be accepted after November 15, but are processed if space is available and time allows.