Graduate School Student Orientation

New to a Biola University graduate program? Find your school below to read more about getting oriented into the community! The following information will guide you through academic advising, beginning classes, orientation activities and more.

Classes begin Monday, August 28, 2017


Cook School of Intercultural Studies


New Student Welcome Dinner

Thursday, August 24, 2017
Café Banquet Room #23
5–8 p.m.

Please join us for this fun evening of fellowship, designed to introduce you to faculty members and fellow students. All new students of the Cook School of Intercultural Studies and their guests are invited and encouraged to attend this welcome dinner. Enjoy delicious food while getting to know the professors, who will offer insights on how to be successful during your time at Biola. Begin to build friendships with fellow students and hear a word of encouragement from your Dean, Bulus Galadima. You won't want to miss this!


Students in the Department of Applied Linguistics and TESOL (ALT)

All new students pursuing the M.A. TESOL, Certificate in TESOL, or M.A. in Applied Linguistics are required to take a two-hour-long ALT writing competency exam online at any time between August 1 and August 15 before school begins. Detailed instructions about the exam will be emailed to you by the ALT department in early June. Students will receive the results in two weeks. Results may indicate the need for additional work in grammar and composition in order to perform at the level expected for graduate students in this field. Students who receive a failing score may be required to take an additional writing course. Students who receive a conditional pass will be given a list of areas on which they should work on their own.

All students, regardless of their score, are required to attend the ALT writing workshop. Here you will be given helpful information for departmental expectations regarding writing. You will receive a notice from the ALT department in your email about the date, time and location of the workshop in early June.


International Students

International student orientation is held in the fall only and is mandatory for all on campus international students (the exception will be distance, modular or Doctor of Ministry students). Additional information will be sent electronically by the department of Global Student Programs & Development.

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School of Education


Academic Advising

Academic advising for online registration for the School of Education will be done by individual appointment from April 12–August 8, 2017.

Please call (562) 903-4843 and schedule an appointment with Melinda Soto.
Office hours: Monday–Thursday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Fridays 9 a.m.–12 p.m.

New students must meet with an academic advisor before registering for classes online. Meeting with an advisor is optional for transitioning students who have already taken credential courses as an undergraduate at Biola. Telephone appointments will be available for those living out of the area. Students must be on the School of Education website during the telephone appointment. On campus Students accepted to a master’s program must attend an information dinner and orientation on August 25 from 5–6:30 p.m. Details to follow.


International Students

International student orientation is held in the fall only and is mandatory for all on campus international students (the exception will be distance, modular or Doctor of Ministry students). Additional information will be sent electronically by the department of Global Student Programs & Development.

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Talbot School of Theology


Talbot New Student Banquet

Monday, August 21
Sycamore Lawn
6–9 p.m.
Cost: Free

All new Talbot students and one guest (spouse or significant other) are invited and encouraged to attend (sorry, no children). This banquet is a highlight of the seminary experience for most students, so you won't want to miss it! Meet your faculty members and their spouses, begin to form new friendships and support relationships with fellow students and hear a word of encouragement from Talbot's Dean, Clint Arnold. Please join us for this fun evening of rich fellowship. Please RSVP online by August 14.

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Writing Proficiency

Advanced skills in written composition, commensurate with graduate-level theological studies, are indispensable both to educational and to ministerial success. Students whose writing skills are determined to be inadequate, as part of TTSS 510, may be required to take remedial coursework.


Greek and Hebrew Exams

Thursday, August 24, 2017
Myers 106
10–11:15 a.m. (Greek)
11:30–12:30 p.m. (Hebrew)

Exams are for Talbot students wishing to challenge first year Greek and/or first semester Hebrew or who are required to validate a transfer of these courses. Please call Sandra Orr at (562) 903-4829 after Monday, August 7 at 12 p.m. to reserve your spot.


International Students

International student orientation is held in the fall only and is mandatory for all on campus international students (the exception will be distance, modular or Doctor of Ministry students). Additional information will be sent electronically by the department of Global Student Programs & Development.

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Crowell School of Business


MM and MBA

Orientation and Mentor Dinner

Friday, September 8, 2017
Andrews Banquet Room
5–8:30 p.m.

Intensive: Group Dynamics

Saturday, September 9, 2017
Talon Dining Room and Business 102
8 a.m.–7:30 p.m.

Come out and join us for a dinner to kick off the start of your program. The evening will begin with orientation followed by a dinner where you will meet your mentor. The next day students will complete a one unit course. Saturday evening will wrap up with a casual dinner that your family is welcome to attend. We look forward to welcoming you into our Crowell family.

Please contact Kayley Allen, MBA, MM and MBA Coordinator at 562-777-4015 or kayley.allen@biola.edu for questions.

MPAcc

New Student Welcome Dinner

Monday, August 28, 2017
Metzger-Lehman Board Conference & Dining Room
5:30 p.m.

Please join us for a night of information and fellowship as you meet our faculty and your new fellow students. The evening will begin with a time of information to make your start in the program successful. It will be followed by dinner and fun! We look forward to seeing you there!

Please contact Amanda Oakes at 562-944-0351 or amanda.oakes@biola.edu if you have any questions.

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Rosemead School of Psychology


Dean’s Buffet

Thursday, August 24, 2017
The Collegium
5–7:30 p.m.

Enjoy a buffet dinner at Biola’s lovely Collegium with Rosemead’s Dean, Dr. Clark Campbell, Dean of Administration, Dr. Tamara Anderson along with Associate Dean, Dr. David Cimbora.

Students Only Please! Casual Attire.

Porch Reception, Campus Tour, Pictures

Friday, August 25, 2017
10:30 a.m.

The day starts with the entire incoming class being photographed as a group and individually for our student board. Following a brief data collecting session, there will be an opportunity to see the entire Biola campus in a tour guided by members of our welcoming committee composed of current Rosemead students.

New Student Lunch

Friday, August 25, 2017
Rosemead
11:45 a.m.

An opportunity to dine with other incoming Rosemead students, and the Rosemead faculty and staff. You will also be introduced to your advisor, and the student government cabinet. Department representatives from pertinent departments (eg Registrar and Financial Aid) to address various frequently asked questions. Following the luncheon, there will be an opportunity to meet with your advisor.

Spouses/fiancés are welcome! Business casual, coat and tie not required.

New Student Picnic

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Neff Park
5–7:30 p.m.

To top off the day, there is a catered picnic at Neff Park in your honor. This is a great time for Rosemead students, faculty and their families to get acquainted with you and your family. If you don’t have family in the area, you are welcome to bring a friend.

Everyone in the family may enjoy this Rosemead community event!

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Christian Apologetics and Science and Religion


Academic Advising

Academic advising will be conducted via phone or in-office appointments. All students are strongly encouraged to schedule advising prior to registration. Please call 562-906-4570 to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.


Registration and enrollment is still rolling. Please visit the link below for more information on the registration process to avoid any late fees.

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Forms


Below are Biola's graduate school forms regarding more information on health, housing and auxiliary services.

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