University description (as per official university website)
Biola University is a private Christian university located in Southern California. For over 100 years, Biola — a community where all faculty, staff and students are professing Christians — has been committed to biblically centered education, intentional spiritual development and vocational preparation.
With more than 145 academic programs through its seven schools, Biola offers degrees ranging from B.A. to Ph.D.
History & Heritage
The cornerstone of the original Bible Institute building in Los Angeles was laid on May 31, 1913, and dedicated with these words:
"For the teaching of the truths for which the Institute stands, its doors are to be open every day of the year, and all people, without reference to race, color or class will ever be welcome to its privileges."
Spoken by Lyman Stewart, president of the Institute and co-founder of the Union Oil Company, these words capture the vision of Biola's founders. Stewart, together with T.C. Horton, initiated the Bible Institute, with the first permanent organization taking shape in 1908. By 1912, the school had grown sufficiently in its outreach and constituency to call R.A. Torrey, a leader in the field of Christian education, as the first dean.
The following decades have witnessed tremendous growth in the development and outreach of the school. Under the leadership of Dr. Louis T. Talbot, president from 1932 to 1952, the Bible Institute program became a four-year course, leading to degrees in theology, Christian education, and sacred music. The School of Missionary Medicine came into being in 1945, laying the foundation for Biola's current baccalaureate nursing program. In 1949, the Bible Institute was renamed Biola College.
Dr. Samuel H. Sutherland became president in 1952, and with his leadership the college obtained regional and professional accreditation. Additionally, many new programs of study were introduced, including Talbot Theological Seminary. The demands imposed by the growing student body and the enlarged curriculum prompted the purchase of a 75-acre site in La Mirada.
Biola moved to the new site in 1959. Dr. Sutherland retired as president in 1970, but continued to lend leadership as a member of Biola's Board of Trustees. That same year, Dr. J. Richard Chase became Biola's sixth president.
In 1977, the graduate programs of Rosemead Graduate School of Professional Psychology were acquired by Biola and relocated on the La Mirada campus. The undergraduate programs in psychology were merged with Rosemead's graduate programs in the fall of 1981, forming the present Rosemead School of Psychology.
Under the leadership of Dr. J. Richard Chase, Biola College became Biola University on July 1, 1981. The University was composed of the School of Arts and Sciences, Talbot Theological Seminary and Rosemead School of Psychology. Dr. Clyde Cook became the seventh president of Biola on June 1, 1982. Under his leadership, the School of Intercultural Studies was instituted as part of the University in 1983. Talbot Theological Seminary became Talbot School of Theology in the fall of 1983 as a result of the merger between the appropriate undergraduate and graduate level programs.
The Board approved the establishment of the School of Business in 1993, and the School of Continuing Studies in 1994, now called the School of Professional Studies.
On May 11, 2007, the Board selected the University’s eighth president, Dr. Barry H. Corey, to lead Biola into its second century.
Because of the University's heritage and commitment, its academic basis is broader than that of the standard college of arts and sciences. Terminal and preparatory programs lead to service in church-related vocations and the many other vocations and professions embraced by the present curricula. In addition, the University is a Christian institution of higher education without any denominational affiliation.
From an institute to a university, Biola's cornerstone has remained the same: commitment to Jesus Christ, the inerrancy of Scripture and biblical Christianity (within an evangelical Protestant framework), as well as to the spiritual, academic and holistic growth of those who are personally committed to Him.
Steps to Apply for Financial Aid
1. Familiarize yourself with the financial aid deadlines at Biola. Note that some scholarships, grants, and loans require you to apply to Biola and file your FAFSA before applying for aid.
2. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) soon after January 1 of the year you plan to attend. This form determines your eligibility for federal and state aid, including loans and need-based institutional aid. Be sure to list Biola University (code 001122) on the FAFSA when prompted.
3. Submit applications for relevant scholarships, grants, and / or loans prior to their respective deadlines.
If you are a California resident, file your FAFSA and Cal Grant GPA Verification form prior to March 2.
4. Receive your Estimated Financial Aid Award Letter from Biola and return any requested items to the Financial Aid Office.
Note: The financial aid offer in your Estimated Financial Aid Award Letter is subject to change if:
* information on your FAFSA was incorrect or incomplete
* your housing, attendance, or enrollment status was incorrect or changed
* aid that you have or will receive was not listed on your letter
* your financial aid needed to be coordinated to fit into your federally determined financial need
5. Receive your Confirmed Financial Aid Award Letter from Biola.
Note: The financial aid offer in your Confirmed Financial Aid Award Letter is subject to change if:
* your housing, attendance, or enrollment status changes
* you receive other awards not previously accounted for
* any of your family members' enrollment in college changes
6. Register for classes and pay your down payment. If necessary, review your payment plan and prepare to make additional payments.