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HIGH SCHOOL RECORD An applicant for regular standing must be a graduate of a recognized high school with a scholastic record (including SAT or ACT scores) which indicates ability to pursue higher education successfully. Biola University welcomes applications from students who have been home schooled. A transcript showing high school work completed, SAT or ACT scores, two references, and a personal interview are required. GED scores may be requested at the discretion of the Director of Admissions. Students must be 17 years of age by the time of enrollment at the University. Home-schooled students are eligible to qual ify for all merit scholarships. The applicant must have 16 acceptable high school units (one unit equals one year in a course), 12 of which should be spread over the academic areas ofEnglish (3), social studies (2) , mathematics (2) , science (including a laboratory science) (I), foreign language (minimum of 2; recommend 4) and related areas. Prospective students interested in the nursing program must take chemistry and algebra in high school. Applicants are urged to have at least two years in one for eign language in high school. The applicant with four years of the same language in high school will not have to take any foreign language unless majoring in Bible, which requires Greek. Those with no foreign language in high school or wishing to begin a new language in college to meet the gen eral education requirement, must take 12 units (3 semesters) of foreign language for most majors. Catalog information regarding each major will indicate any exceptions to this rule . ADMISSION PROCEDURE The following must be filed in seeking admission: I. The personal application form, including an identifi cation picture. The application for admission must be accompanied by a $35 non-refundable application fee. 2. An official high school transcript. The app li cant should request the high school to send this directly to the director of admissions. 3. An official transcript sent directly to the director of admissions from each school the applicant has attended since high school. This includes schools attended for even part of a semester. Those applying to the education or nursing pro grams should have an additional copy of each school's tran script sent directly to the appropriate department. 4. Two personal references: one from the applicant's pastor or someone on the pastoral staff who knows the appli cant and one from the school last attended or from an employer if the applicant has been out of school for at least one year and has been working. 5. The scores of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) of the College Entrance Examination Board or the ACT must be submitted. Information regarding testing dates may be secured from a high school counselor. Applicants are encouraged to take the SAT or the ACT no later than the January testing date. The SAT is preferred.
6. Interview: All applicants are expected to participate in an interview with an admissions representative prior to a decision on their application. On-<:ampus interviews are pre ferred, when possible, but phone interviews are substituted when travel distance to Biola prohibits the campus visit. 7. Application deadline for fall is June I and for spring is January I. Applications may be submitted after deadlines (late fee of $45), and will be considered and processed if space is available and time allows. NOTIFICATION Letters notifying applicants of their admission status are mailed on a rolling basis. Freshmen applicants with at least a 3.0 ("B") average through grade 11 and acceptable test scores may be notified of acceptance prior to receipt of their seventh semester transcript. Applicants who are granted acceptance are required to validate their acceptance by the payment of a non-refundable enrollment deposit of $100. Accompanying the letter of acceptance will be a health form which must be properly completed by both the applicant and the applicant's physician. Amedical consent form is also required of single students under the age of 18 at the time of entrance. TRANSFER STUDENTS Transfer students must present the same application forms and transcripts as those applying for freshman standing. The transcript from the last school attended must bear the statement of honorable dismissal. The Registrar's Office has final author ity for the release of transfer credits into Biola University. Transfer students with less than 27 semester units of regular college work must qualify for admission on the basis of both their high school and their college record. Aminimum grade average of "C" (2.00) is required on all work attempted at the college level. Those transferring with 27 semester units or more of college work will be considered on the basis of their college grades (high school graduation transcript is still required). Transfer students coming from institutions which are not accredited nor recognized maybe given the opportunity to vali date credits through the College Level Examination Program or through consultation. Information on procedure available from the Admissions and Registrar's Office. Provisional credit for liberal arts courses from non-accredited institutions will be granted in accordance with the policies of state colleges or uni versities of the state in which the institution is located from which credit is being transferred. Provisional credit is consid ered validated only when the student performs at the "C" level or better following enrollment in Biola University. Transfer students will not be required to take the SAT or the ACT if given sophomore classification upon entrance (requires 27 semester unit of accepted credits). However, all transfer students entering the nursing or education pro grams must have the SAT or the ACT. Biola University will accept correspondence credit from regionally accredited or recognized schools. The maximum allowed is 15 semester units of credit. The maximum limit for recognized correspondence courses in Bible is six units.
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