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Biola University Admission Requirements

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Chances of getting into Biola University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
69.9%
Admission Difficulty for Biola University
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Admission StandardsDifficult
Applicant CompetitionLow
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How hard is it to get into Biola University and can I get accepted? The school has a 70% acceptance rate ranking it #64 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,945 out of 4,216 applicants were admitted making Biola University a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has difficult requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 44 percent. Biola University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 31% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. Biola University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Biola University SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1080-1310
Applicants Submitting SAT
86%
SAT Scores for Biola University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 550
SAT Math 25th 530
SAT Composite 25th 1080
SAT Scores for Biola University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 660
SAT Math 75th 650
SAT Composite 75th 1310
Average SAT Score 1200

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 45 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1080 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 1200 out of 1600. The school ranks #30 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.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Biola University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1310 and Above Good >80%
1195 to 1310 Avg + 70%-80%
1080 to 1195 Avg - 58%-70%
965 to 1080 Reach 45%-58%
Less than 965 Low <45%
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Biola University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
21-28 
Applicants Submitting ACT
43%
ACT Scores for Biola University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 21
ACT Math 25th 19
ACT Composite 25th 21
ACT Scores for Biola University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 29
ACT Math 75th 27
ACT Composite 75th 28
Average ACT Score 24

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 21 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 43 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 24 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 28 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #33 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 43 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Biola University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Biola University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
28 and Above Good >81%
24 to 28 Avg + 70%-81%
21 to 24 Avg - 60%-70%
18 to 21 Reach 48%-60%
Less than 18 Low <48%
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Biola University GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.54
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 3.54 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #38 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 70% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Biola University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 37% Good
3.50 to 3.75 24% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 16% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 13% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 9% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 1% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

63% of Biola University freshman were in the top twenty five percent 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 33%
Top 25% of class 63%
Top 50% of class 89%
Bottom 50% of class 11%
Bottom 25% of class 2%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Biola University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,817 1,399 4,216
Accepted 1,973 972 2,945
Acceptance Rate 70% 69% 70%
Enrolled 566 341 907
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 29% 35% 31%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Mar 1, 2022
Days left to Apply
86

Applicants have 86 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on Mar 1, 2022.

Application Fee

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

Admission Requirements

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

Biola University Admission 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?

70% 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 1080 and 1310. 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 21 and 28. 43% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.