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Biola University Admission Requirements

La Mirada, California

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Chances of getting into Biola University

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
64%
Admission Difficulty for Biola University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Difficult 
Applicant Competition Low 
How hard is it to get into Biola University and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Biola University is 64%.  It ranks #41 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Biola University is a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Last year, 2,784 out of 4,324 applicants were admitted.

The school has difficult admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 42 percent (SAT 1070/1290 ACT 22/29). Biola University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.6. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the lower half of their high school class. 26% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Biola University application fee is $45 and applications are due by Mar 1.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Biola University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

Biola University SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1070-1290
Applicants Submitting SAT 
86%
SAT Scores for Biola University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 540
SAT Math 25th 530
SAT Composite 25th 1070
SAT Scores for Biola University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 650
SAT Math 75th 640
SAT Composite 75th 1290
Average SAT Score 1180

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Biola University?

Biola University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 47 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1070 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 960. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1180 out of 1600. Biola University ranks #27 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 86 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Biola University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1290 and Above Good >77%
1180 to 1290 Avg + 64%-77%
1070 to 1180 Avg - 48%-64%
960 to 1070 Reach 33%-48%
Less than 960 Low <33%
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Biola University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
22-29 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
43%
ACT Scores for Biola University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 22
ACT Math 25th 21
ACT Composite 25th 22
ACT Scores for Biola University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 31
ACT Math 75th 27
ACT Composite 75th 29
Average ACT Score 25

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Biola University?

Admission data indicates that Biola University regularly accepts students with ACT's of 22 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 37 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 26 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 29 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #27 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 43 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Biola University.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Biola University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
29 and Above Good >79%
25 to 29 Avg + 64%-79%
22 to 25 Avg - 51%-64%
19 to 22 Reach 37%-51%
Less than 19 Low <37%
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Biola University GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.6
Typical High School Grades 
B+

What GPA do you need to get into Biola University?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into Biola University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Biola University was 3.6 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #36 in California for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Biola University accepts 64% of students who apply.

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High School GPA's for admitted Biola University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 48.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 21.0% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 17.0% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 9.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 5.0% Low
2.50 to 2.99 0% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

88% of Biola University freshman were in the lower half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Biola University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 0.5%
Top 25% of class 2%
Top 50% of class 12%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Biola University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,891 1,433 4,324
Accepted 1,892 892 2,784
Acceptance Rate 65% 62% 64%
Enrolled 461 254 715
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 24% 28% 26%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Mar 1, 2023
Days left to Apply
158

Applicants have 158 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Mar 1, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Biola University is $45.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Biola University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Biola University Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Biola University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110097 IPEDS survey data for Biola University.

FAQs

Does Biola University prefer SAT or ACT?

86% of students submit their SAT scores to Biola University. 43% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Biola University?

64% of those who apply are granted admission to Biola University. Admission competition is low and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Biola University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1070 and 1290. 86% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Biola University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 22 and 29. 43% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.