Biola University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate & More

Biola University
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Biola University Admissions Overview:

Biola University accepts about two-thirds of those who apply--students with high test scores and good grades are likely to be accepted. Biola requires applicants to submit scores from the SAT or ACT--more students submit SAT scores, but both are accepted, with no preference given to one over the other. In addition to test scores and high school transcripts, student must submit an application fee and a completed application form. This form includes a personal statement/essay question, regarding the applicant's spiritual growth and development. 

Admissions Data (2016):

Biola University Description:

Founded in 1908, Biola University is a private, four-year Christian university located in La Mirada, California. Biola's 6,000 students are supported by a student / faculty ratio of 17 to 1. The university offers over 145 academic programs through their schools of Education, Theology, Intercultural Studies, Business, Psychology, and Arts and Sciences. Students also keep busy outside of the classroom -- Biola is home to 54 student clubs and organizations as well as intramurals like softball, bowling, and dodge ball, and club sports like archery, lacrosse, and men’s volleyball. The Biola Forensics team is highly decorated, and the school's student competitors have won over 5,000 team and individual awards in speaking and debate events. Biola competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as a member of the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) with sports including men’s and women’s golf, tennis, and swimming and diving.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 6,095 (4,091 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 36% Male / 64% Female
  • 96% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $36,696
  • Books: $1,764 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,560
  • Other Expenses: $3,222
  • Total Cost: $52,242

Biola University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 98%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 97%
    • Loans: 64%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $16,654
    • Loans: $7,595

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Bible Studies, Business Administration, Elementary Education, Missionary Studies, Psychology

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 84%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 54%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 72%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Soccer, Baseball, Track and Field, Swimming, Tennis, Golf, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Swimming, Softball, Volleyball, Track and Field, Basketball, Golf, Cross Country

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Students interested in an equally accessible college in California should also check out the University of the Redlands, the University of the Pacific, Azusa Pacific University, California Baptist University, and UC - Merced, all of which are similar in size and academic profile to Biola.