Biola University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Biola University is a private Christian university with an acceptance rate of 71%. Founded in 1908, Biola is located in La Mirada, California. Students are supported by a student / faculty ratio of 14-to-1. The university offers over 150 undergraduate and graduate programs through their schools of Education, Theology, Intercultural Studies, Business, Psychology, Cinema and Media Arts, Fine Arts and Communication, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Science, Technology and Health. Biola competes in the NCAA Division II as a member of the Pacific West Conference.

Considering applying to Biola University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, Biola University had an acceptance rate of 71%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 71 students were admitted, making Biola's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 4,149
Percent Admitted 71%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 31%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Biola University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 80% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 550 660
Math 530 650
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Biola's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Biola University scored between 550 and 660, while 25% scored below 550 and 25% scored above 660. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 530 and 650, while 25% scored below 530 and 25% scored above 650. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1310 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Biola University.

Requirements

Biola does not require the optional SAT essay. Note that Biola participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. Biola requires a minimum SAT score (ERW+Math) of 1000.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Biola University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 33% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 21 29
Math 19 27
Composite 21 28

This admissions data tells us that most of Biola University's admitted students fall within the top 42% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Biola received a composite ACT score between 21 and 28, while 25% scored above 28 and 25% scored below 21.

Requirements

Note that Biola does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. Biola does not require the optional ACT writing section. Biola requires a minimum composite ACT score of 19.

GPA

In 2019, the average high school GPA of Biola University's incoming freshmen class was 3.58, and over 63% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.5 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Biola University have primarily high B grades. Note that Biola requires a minimum unweighted high school GPA of 3.0.

Admissions Chances

Biola University, which accepts fewer than three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions process with above average grades and test scores. However, Biola has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong personal essay reflecting spiritual growth and development and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule.

Note that Biola offers test optional admission on a case by case basis. International students, prospective STEM majors, and athletes are not eligible for test optional admission. Potential applicants should have a minimum of four years of English; three years of math; two years of science; two years of social science; and two to four years of foreign language. Biola recommends that applicants also complete electives in fine arts and physical education. Some majors have additional high school course requirements. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and test scores are outside Biola's average range.

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All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and Biola University Undergraduate Admissions Office.