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Biola University

La Mirada, CA

At A Glance

Main Address

13800 Biola Ave

La Mirada, CA 90639-0002

www.biola.edu

Admission Office

13800 Biola Avenue

La Mirada, CA 90639-0001

(562) 903-4752

Fax : (562) 903-4709

admissions@biola.edu

Contact : Amanda Slaughter

Associate Vice President of University Admissions

Type of School

Medium

Private

university

Bible college

4-year school

Coed

Regionally Accredited

Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Interdenominational

College Board Code: 4017

Quick Facts

Percentage of students graduating within 6 years : 74.0%

Total undergraduates : 4,043

First-time degree-seeking freshmen : 841

Percentage of financial need met (average) : 61.0%

Average financial aid package : $26,680.00

In-State Tuition : $53,490.00

Out-of-State Tuition : $53,490.00

School Calendar

Semester

Degrees Available

Certificate

Bachelor's

Master's

Doctoral

Setting

Large Town (10-50k)

Suburban

Residential campus

Other Characteristics

Biblically centered Christian institution. Every undergraduate student graduates with Bible minor.

Deadlines

Admission

Application rolling begin : Dec 15

Regular application due: No Regular Application Deadline

Priority application due : Mar 1

College will notify student of admission : --

Student must reply to acceptance by : --

Housing deposit due : May 1

Early Decision And Action

Early action application due : Jan 15

College will notify student of early action admission by : Feb 15

Tests

SAT Reasoning/ACT Score report due : May 1

SAT subject score report due : --

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Application due : --

Financial Aid Priority Application due : Feb 1

College will notify student : --

Student must reply : --

Transfer Students

Transfer Application closing date : --

College will notify student of transfer decision by : --

Transfer priority application date : --

Transfer student must reply : --

Transfer deadline for filing financial aid forms : --

Transfer priority financial aid deadline : --

College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about : --

Student must reply to financial aid decision by : --

Major and Learning Environment

Learning Environment

Calendar type : Semester

Student-faculty ratio : 12 to 1

Degrees Offered in : Certificate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral degrees

Graduating in 6 years : 74.0%

Returning for sophomore year : 83.0%

Accreditation and Associations

Regionally Accredited

Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Most Popular Majors

Bachelor's
Business/Marketing : 16.0%
Visual and Performing Arts : 15.0%
Communications/Journalism : 9.0%
Education : 8.0%
Health Professions : 8.0%
Psychology : 8.0%
Biology : 7.0%
Social Sciences : 7.0%
Theology and Religious Vocations : 7.0%

All Majors

Levels at which colleges offer undergraduate majors are designated by these letters :

A = Associate degree, B = Bachelor's degree, C = Certificate degree, D = Doctor degree, M = Master degree

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry B
Biology/Biological Sciences, General B

Business, Management, Marketing, & Related Support
Accounting B
Business Administration and Management, General B M
International Business/Trade/Commerce B
Management Information Systems, General B
Marketing/Marketing Management, General B

Communication, Journalism & Related Programs
Broadcast Journalism B
Journalism B
Public Relations/Image Management B
Radio and Television B
Speech Communication and Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences, Support Services
Computer Science B

Education
Education, General B M
Elementary Education and Teaching B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching B
Secondary Education and Teaching B

Engineering
Engineering, General B

English Language, Literature & Letters
Creative Writing B
English Language and Literature, General B

Foreign Language, Literatures & Linguistics
Spanish Language and Literature B

Health Professions & Related Clinical Sciences
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General B
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse B

History
History, General B

Legal Professions & Studies
Pre-Law Studies B

Liberal Arts & Sciences, Gen Studies & Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies B

Mathematics & Statistics
Mathematics, General B

Multi & Interdisciplinary Studies
Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness Studies
Exercise Science and Kinesiology B
Sports, Kinesiology, and Physical Education/Fitness, General B

Philosophy & Religious Studies
Philosophy B D M
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General B
Physics, General B

Psychology
Applied Psychology B
Clinical Psychology D M
Psychology, General B D M

Social Sciences
Anthropology B
Social Sciences, General B
Sociology B

Theology & Religious Vocations
Bible/Biblical Studies B M
Missions/Missionary Studies D
Pastoral Studies/Counseling D M
Religious Education B D M
Theology/Theological Studies B D M

Visual & Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General B
Cinematography and Film/Video Production B
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts, General B
Drawing B
Film/Cinema/Media Studies B
Fine/Studio Arts, General B
Intermedia/Multimedia B
Music Performance, General B
Music Theory and Composition B
Music, General B
Painting B
Photography B
Sculpture B
Theatre/Theatre Arts Management B

Learning outside the classroom

Many colleges offer special programs like the opportunity to study abroad or participate in internships to get on-the-job training. Nearly all colleges provide extra academic help or tutoring to students who need it.

Special Study Options

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Visiting/Exchange Student Program

Honors Program

Internships

Dual Enrollment of High School Students

Independent Study

Double Major

Teacher Certification

Off-Campus Study Options

Study Abroad

Washington Semester

Extended Class Availability

Extensive evening or early morning classes

Distance Learning

Computer Services

225 Public computers, available in: Computer Center, Libraries

Dorms wired for access to campus-wide network

Dorms wired for high speed internet connections

Computer repair service available on campus

Student web hosting available

Wireless network available

Campus Life

Campus General Information

Size : Medium-sized

Unique Facilities : concert hall, electron microscope, blackbox theater, recording studio, film studio, MIDI lab for music composition, electronic piano lab, archaeological dig site, art studio, on-campus olive grove, center for multi-ethnic and cross-cultural engagement

Geographic Location : 22 miles from downtown Los Angeles.

Large Town

Suburban

Residential Campus

Total undergraduates : 4,043

First-time degree-seeking freshmen : 841

Degree-seeking undergrads : 4,031

Graduate enrollment : 2,060

Student General Information

All students average age : 21

Full time students average age : 20

In state students : 76.0%

Out of state students : 24.0%

Part Time students : 6.0%

Percentage of males : 37.0%

Percentage of females : 63.0%

Race/Ethnicity

Two or more races : 6.0%

Black African American : 2.0%

Asian : 18.0%

Hispanic/Latino : 21.0%

Race Ethnicity Unknown : 3.0%

White : 46.0%

Non-Resident Alien : 3.0%

Other Activities & Organizations

Other Activities & Organizations : Christian service assignment and regular church attendance encouraged. Students adhere to code of conduct and sign contract. Use and possession of drugs and/or alcohol not permitted. Any student under 20 required to live on campus unless living with relatives.

Student Newspaper : The Chimes

Student Newspaper URL : chimes.biola.edu

Housing Policies

First-year students living in college housing : 88.0%

All undergraduates living in college housing : 63.0%

Housing Options

Apartments For Married Students

Apartments For Single Students

Men's Housing

Women's Housing

Special Housing For Disabled Students

Coed Housing

Additional Housing Options

Housing deposit : $250.00

Housing deposit due : May 1

Housing deposit is refundable in full if student does not enroll.

Car is allowed for freshman

Pet is not allowed in the Dorm

General Athletics

Team Name : Eagles

Sport Member : NAIA

Sport's Levels Available

Intramural

Intercollegiate

Club

Scholarship

NCAA Division II

Counseling And Wellness

Chaplain/spiritual director

Career counseling

Employment services for undergraduates

Health services

Personal counseling

Placement services for graduates

Veteran's counselor

Financial aid counseling

Minority students services

Alcohol/substance abuse counseling

Women's services

Additional Programs for Students with Disabilities

Services and/or facilities for hearing impaired

Partial services for students with learning disabilities

Wheelchair Accessibility

Services and/or facilities for speech or communications disorders

Services and/or facilities for visually impaired

Academic Support Programs

Reduced course load

Remedial instruction

Study skills assistance

Tutoring

Writing center

Learning center

Activities

Y indicates available and N indicates not available

Activity Name

Available on Campus

Campus Ministries

Y

Choral Groups

Y

Concert Band

Y

Dance Activity

Y

Drama/Theater

Y

Film Society

Y

Fraternities

N

Government or Political Activity

Y

International Student Organization

Y

Jazz Band

Y

Literary Magazine

N

Marching Band

N

Model United Nations

N

Music Ensembles

Y

Musical Theater

Y

Opera

Y

Pep Band

N

Radio Station

Y

Sororities

N

Student Newspaper

Y

Symphony Orchestra

Y

Television Station

Y

Yearbook

Y

Sports

Sport Name

Levels Available

Archery

Men's Club

Women's Club

Baseball

Men's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Men's NCAA Division II

Basketball

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Women's Scholarship

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's NCAA Division II

Women's NCAA Division II

Cheerleading

Women's Club

Cross-Country

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Women's Scholarship

Men's NCAA Division II

Women's NCAA Division II

Diving

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Football(non-tackle)

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Golf

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Women's Scholarship

Men's NCAA Division II

Women's NCAA Division II

Lacrosse

Men's Club

Women's Club

Rugby

Men's Club

Soccer

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Women's Scholarship

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's NCAA Division II

Women's NCAA Division II

Softball

Women's Intercollegiate

Women's Scholarship

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Women's NCAA Division II

Swimming

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Women's Scholarship

Men's NCAA Division II

Women's NCAA Division II

Tennis

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Women's Scholarship

Men's NCAA Division II

Women's NCAA Division II

Track and Field

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Women's Scholarship

Track: Indoor

Men's NCAA Division II

Women's NCAA Division II

Track: Outdoor

Men's NCAA Division II

Women's NCAA Division II

Ultimate Frisbee

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Volleyball

Women's Intercollegiate

Women's Scholarship

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's Club

Women's NCAA Division II

Water Polo

Men's Club

Women's Club

Applying

General Applying Information

Application Fee: $45.00

Application fee notes: Paper/Online

Application Fee Waiver Available: Yes

Additional application fee information: Paper application fee may be waived for applicants with financial need

Total applicants : 4,149

Admitted : 2,927

Enrolled : 907

Somewhat selective 71.0% of applicants admitted

Applied early admission : --

Admitted early admission : --

Applied early action : --

Admitted early action : --

Plan Available for early admission : Early action - not restrictive



Admission stats are based on first-time, degree seeking freshmen from Fall 2016 and Fall 2017.

Important

Academic GPA

Application Essay

Religious Affiliation or Commitment

Standardized Test Scores

Considered

Alumni Relation

Character/Personal Qualities

Class Rank

Extracurricular Activities

First generation college student

Interview

Level of Applicant's Interest

Racial/Ethnic Status

Recommendations

Rigor of secondary school record

Talent/Ability

Volunteer Work

Work Experience

Test Policies for Admission Decisions

Required: SAT or ACT

Test Policies for placement

SAT Reasoning Test

ACT

AP

Institution's own exam

SAT score use policy

Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates

Other Test Policies

No exceptions to SAT/ACT requirement.

A note from the college

Official transcripts, SAT/ACT, application essay/statement of faith. Christian commitment most important; academic record, test scores next in importance. School, community, church activities helpful.

GPAs of incoming freshmen

3.5 - 3.74 : 22.0%

3.25 - 3.49 : 20.0%

3.00 - 3.24 : 10.0%

2.50 - 2.99 : 6.0%

2.00 - 2.49 : 1.0%

SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing

700 - 800 : 12.0%

600 - 699 : 42.0%

500 - 599 : 37.0%

400 - 499 : 8.0%

300 - 399 : 1.0%

For the SAT, we don't yet have information on the percent of freshmen in each score range. We'll post that information when it's available in spring 2017.

SAT Math

700 - 800 : 12.0%

600 - 699 : 35.0%

500 - 599 : 41.0%

400 - 499 : 11.0%

300 - 399 : 1.0%

For the SAT, we don't yet have information on the percent of freshmen in each score range. We'll post that information when it's available in spring 2017.

ACT Composite

30 - 36 : 17.0%

24 - 29 : 42.0%

18 - 23 : 34.0%

12 - 17 : 7.0%

ACT Math

30 - 36 : 9.0%

24 - 29 : 45.0%

18 - 23 : 30.0%

12 - 17 : 16.0%

ACT English

30 - 36 : 24.0%

24 - 29 : 36.0%

18 - 23 : 31.0%

12 - 17 : 9.0%

Advanced Placement Program (AP) Information

Offers credit for AP Exams : Yes

Offers placement into higher-level courses for AP Exams : Yes

Offers sophomore standing for qualifying AP scores : Yes

AP credit policy depends on student’s major, school, or program : No

From the college: Biola University recognizes the merits of the Advanced Placement program and will grant credit for AP exams taken in high school. Credit will be given when the AP exam score is 3 or higher. Students admitted into the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola will not be exempted from any Torrey required classes based on AP exams.

High school Coursework

High School diploma required, GED accepted

Course Name

Required

Recommended

Academic Electives

0

0

Science Lab

0

0

History

0

0

English

0

4

Math

0

3

Science

0

2

Social Studies

0

2

Foreign Language

0

2

TEST Scores

Percent who submitted SAT scores : 80.0% and Percent who submitted ACT scores : 33.0%

Test Subjects

Middle 50% of First-Year Students

SAT Math

530 - 650

SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing

550 - 660

ACT Composite

21 - 28


AP & Admission Policy

From the college: AP courses and exam scores are reviewed by the admissions committee and evaluated as one factor in a comprehensive evaluation of the student's readiness for college level work at Biola.

Exam

Min Score Required

Number of Credits (By semester credits)

Equivalent Course(s)

Applicable Program

2-D Art and Design

3

3

--

All

3-D Art and Design

3

3

--

All

Art History

3

3

--

Art

Biology

3

5

--

All

Calculus AB

4

4

MATH 105

All

Calculus BC

4

8

MATH 105 and MATH 106

All

Chemistry

3

4

--

All

Chinese Language and Culture

3

4

Language 100

All

4

8

Language 100 and 200

All

Comparative Government and Politics

3

3

--

All

Computer Science A

3

3

--

All

Computer Science Principles

3

2

--

All

Drawing

3

3*

--

All

English Language and Composition

3

3

ENGL 112

All

English Literature and Composition

3

3

ENGL 112

All

Environmental Science

3

3

--

All

European History

3

3

--

All

French Language and Culture

3

4

Language 100

All

4

8

Language 100 and 200

All

German Language and Culture

3

4

Language 100

All

4

8

Language 100 and 200

All

Human Geography

3

3

--

All

Italian Language and Culture

3

4

Language 100

All

4

8

Language 100 and 200

All

Japanese Language and Culture

3

4

Language 100

All

4

8

Language 100 and 200

All

Latin

3

4

Language 100

All

4

8

Language 100 and 200

All

Macroeconomics

3

3

BUSN 201

All

Microeconomics

3

3

BUSN 202

All

Music Theory

3

3

--

All

Physics 1

4

4

--

All

Physics 2

4

4

--

All

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

4

4

--

All

Physics C: Mechanics

4

4

--

All

Psychology

3

3

PSYC 200

All

Spanish Language and Culture

3

4

Language 100

All

4

8

Language 100 and 200

All

Spanish Literature and Culture

4

4

SPAN 351

All

Statistics

4

3

MATH 210

All

United States Government and Politics

3

3

POSC 225

All

United States History

3

3

HIST 200

All

World History: Modern

3

3

HIST 100

All

*Check with the related academic department at the college for more information.


College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Exam

Minimum Grade for Credit

Credit Hours Awarded

American Government

55

3

American Literature

58

3

Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

55

3

Biology

55

4

Calculus with Elementary Functions

55

4

Chemistry

55

4

College Algebra

55

3

College Mathematics

55

3

English Literature

58

3

French I

55

8

French II

66

12

German I

55

8

German II

63

12

History of United States I

55

3

History of United States II

55

3

Humanities

58

6

Introductory Psychology

55

3

Introductory Sociology

55

3

Natural Science

55

6

Pre Calculus

55

3

Principles of Macroeconomics

55

3

Principles of Microeconomics

55

3

Social Sciences and History

55

3

Spanish I

58

8

Spanish II

68

12

Western Civilization I

55

3

Western Civilization II

55

3

Paying

Financial Aid Distribution & Stats

% of scholarship / grants : 72.0%

% of loans / jobs : 28.0%

% of freshmen with need who received financial aid : 100.0%

% Applied for need-based aid : 75.0%

% Judged to have need : 90.0%

% that were offered aid : 90.0%

% that had need fully met : 9.0%

% of need met : 61.0%

Average 1st year financial aid package : $26,680.00

Avg non need-based aid : $15,705.00

Avg need-based scholarship or grant award : $21,767.00

Avg need-based loan : $2,107.00

Avg indebtedness at graduation : $36,330.00

Financial Aid Deadlines

Financial Aid Priority Deadline : Feb 1

Contact Information

Financial aid contact name : Geoff Marsh

Financial aid office phone : (562) 903-4742

Financial Aid Forms

Domestic first-year financial aid applicants must submit the following forms, if applicable:

FAFSA

Part-Time Costs

Cost per credit hour (in-state): $1,749.00

Cost per credit hour (out-of-state): --

Note: These costs are tuition fees only. In some cases, fees and other expenses can be additional.

Financial Aid Policies

This school practices need-blind admissions.

Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships for Underrepresented Groups of Ethnicity: up to $6,000; based on GPA and ethnicity. Alumni Dependent Scholarship: $1,00; given to students whose parents completed 30 units of coursework at Biola University.

Need-based financial aid determined by

Academics

Alumni Affiliation

State/District Residency

Non need-based financial aid determined by

Academics

Art

Athletics

Music/Drama

Work Study Programs

Nights

For part-time students

Weekends

Tuition payment plans

Credit card payment

Deferred payment

Installment payment

Annual College Costs

Cost Category

On Campus

Off Campus

At Home

In-state tuition and fees:

$53,490.00

$53,490.00

$53,490.00

Out-of-state tuition and fees:

$53,490.00

$53,490.00

$53,490.00

Room and board:

$11,514.00

--

--

Books and supplies:

$1,970.00

$1,970.00

$1,970.00

Estimated personal expenses:

$2,852.00

$2,852.00

$2,852.00

Transportation expenses:

$864.00

$864.00

$864.00

Estimated Total In-state:

$70,690.00

$59,176.00

$59,176.00

Estimated Total Out-of-state:

$70,690.00

$59,176.00

$59,176.00

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Athletic Scholarship Opportunities

Sport

Male

Female

Baseball

Available

Basketball

Available

Available

Cross-Country

Available

Available

Golf

Available

Available

Soccer

Available

Available

Softball

Available

Swimming

Available

Available

Tennis

Available

Available

Track and Field

Available

Available

Volleyball

Available

For Transfer Students

Credit Information

Minimum number of credits: 15

Minimum college GPA (on a 4.0 scale): 2.5

Lowest grade earned for course that may be transferred for credit (on a 4.0 scale): 2

Maximum credits/courses from a 2-year institution: 70

Maximum credits/courses from a 4-year institution: 100

Minimum credits transfers must complete to earn bachelor's degree: 30

Admission Requirements (Required)

High School Transcript

College Transcript(s)

Essay or Personal Statement

Students who applied for transfer

Total students who applied for transfer: 890

Transfers admitted percentage: 62.0%

Transfers admitted: 552

Transfers enrolled percentage: 32.0%

Transfers enrolled: 287

Terms in which transfer students may enroll

Fall

Spring

Summer

Transfers accepted as

1st semester freshman

2nd semester freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Services for students transferring IN from another school

Advisor

Orientation

Re-entry advisor

Pre-admission transcript evaluation (determination of what courses will transfer)

Special Requirements

Applicants with fewer than 15 semester units must also submit SAT or ACT score. The students must have at least a 3.0 unweighted high school GPA.

For International Students

Admission for International Students

Application fee: $45.00

Annual College Costs

Tuition and Fees: $53,490.00

Room & Board(on-campus): $11,514.00

Room & Board(off-campus): --

Additional estimated expenses: --

Costs per credit hour: $1,749.00

Financial Aid

International students eligible for need based aid

International students eligible for non-need based aid

Total Amount Awarded: $2,684,716.00

Number of enrolled international undergraduates received aid: 197

Non-resident aliens must submit the following financial aid forms:

Foreign Student Certification of Finances

Tests for International Students

TOEFL Required of non-resident alien applicants

TOEFL (internet-based test) average score: --

TOEFL (internet-based test) minimum score: 80

TOEFL (paper) average score: --

TOEFL (paper) minimum score: --

Services for International Students

English as a Second Language Program On Campus for International Students

Special International Student Orientation Program

International Student Adviser