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Veteran Center for Military Affiliated Students

The Biola Veteran Center for Military Affiliated Students, located in the Upper Student Union, is designed to provide a place for rest, camaraderie and productivity. The center is equipped with computers, a printer, fridge, eating area, lending library, smart tv and central meeting area, providing a welcoming and functional environment for veterans and military affiliated students. We now also have a beautiful patio for your outdoor enjoyment! We look forward to welcoming you into our community.

New Student Veteran Orientation
New Student Veteran Orientation

Orientation is for all present and former military personnel and is designed to promote a successful start to your academic journey at Biola. Orientation is being offered in two phases, first through a remote Canvas course and second a lunch during Biola Welcome Week. In the remote course you will learn about resources available to you including student services, financial aid, student activities and campus life. The in-person orientation will include a free lunch, a visit to the Vet Center, and a time to meet other student Vets, the Vet Center staff, and several other faculty and staff who will be great resources for you on your educational journey at Biola.

All new student Veterans will receive an invitation to the remote course VMAS 101 – Student Veteran Orientation Canvas course. The in-person orientation lunch is held on August 27th from 12–2 p.m. in the Kim Dining Room next to Café Biola.

Veteran Community Lunch
Veteran Community Lunches

Veteran Community Lunches happen approximately two to three times each semester, and are designed to offer our student veterans an opportunity to connect with each other, meet key administrators and faculty and to learn about upcoming resources offered by Military Affiliated Student Programs. We look forward to seeing you at lunch this semester!

Lunch dates this semester:
Thursday, February 23, 2023
Upper SUB

Tuesday, March 28, 2023
12–2 p.m.
Vet Center and Patio

Tuesday, April 25, 2023
12–1:30 p.m.
SUB patio

Veterans Visit Day and Family Reception
Veterans Day Chapel and Brunch

Veterans Day Chapel was initiated for student veterans to share their stories, bring awareness to the greater Biola community and celebrate the diversity that student veterans bring to our campus. Please join us again this fall as we celebrate our Student Veterans on Wednesday, November 9, 2022.

Take a look at a few of the previous years Veterans Day Chapels:

Biola Veteran Association - BVA
Biola Veteran Association - BVA

The Biola Veteran Association (BVA), a student run chapter of Student Veterans of America, serves as a source of support, representation and camaraderie for all Veterans and Service members at Biola. In addition, the BVA seeks to cultivate mutual relational connections and educational outreach to the Biola community at large.

Military Affiliated Students
Military Affiliated Students

There are over 150 military affiliated students at Biola University! Your transition to Biola may be the latest in a long line of transitions you have already experienced. Resilience and flexibility are hallmarks of those from military families. We welcome you to the Biola Community!

If you have a loved one currently serving or who has served in the U.S. Military, we encourage you to attend the upcoming connection lunch. More information to come.

Challenge Coins and Honor Cords
Challenge Coins and Honor Cords

In recognition of your service to our country and of your educational journey at Biola, Veteran and Military Affiliated Student Programs would like to gift all current Student Veterans with a Biola Veteran Challenge Coin.

Also, if you are graduating this semester, we would like to present you with an Honor Cord to wear during your graduation ceremony in recognition and appreciation for your service.