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 Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Cook School of Intercultural Studies


New Student Welcome Dinner

Date: Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Time: 5–8 p.m.
Location: Cafe Banquet Room (#23 on the Campus Map)

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!

Please contact Patti Colombo at if you have any questions.


School of Education

New Student Mandatory Dinner and Orientation

Date: Friday, September 7, 2018
Time: 5–6:30 p.m.

ALL students accepted to a masters program must attend a mandatory dinner and orientation on September 7 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Save the date now on your calendar and plan to attend. Failure to do so may result in being placed on academic contract. Watch for an email requesting your reply to confirm your attendance.

Academic Advising

Academic advising for online registration for the School of Education will be done by individual appointment from April 9 through August 24. Please call (562) 903-4843 and schedule an appointment with Melinda Soto or Mackenzie Ammirato. The School of Education summer office hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays 9 a.m. to 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.


Talbot School of Theology

Talbot New Student Banquet

Date: Thursday, September 6, 2018
Time: 6–9 p.m.
Location: Andrews Banquet Room, in the Talbot East Building (#45 on the Campus Map)

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, Dr. Clint Arnold. Please join us for this fun evening of rich fellowship.

The banquet is complimentary, but you will need to RSVP online by midnight on Thursday, August 30. Please fill in all requested information on the RSVP form, including the name of your guest (if applicable).

Talbot M.A. Online Orientation

All fully online Talbot students pursuing their Master of Arts must complete an online orientation prior to starting coursework. To begin, accept the invitation to join "Online Student Orientation" upon logging into Canvas, our online learning platform. This orientation will help you navigate registration and understand what to expect within your online masters programs. If you have any questions, contact the Office of Online & Graduate Student Success at (562) 777-4097 or email

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

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, these exams are held on Thursday, August 30, in Myers 106. The Greek exam is from 10–11:15 a.m. The Hebrew exam is from 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Please call Sandra Orr at (562) 903-4829 if you have any questions.


Crowell School of Business

MBA & MM Orientation

Orientation & Mentor Dinner

Date: Friday, September 7, 2018
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Business Building 203

Intensive: Group Dynamics

Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018
Time: 8 a.m.–7:30 p.m.
Location: Business Building 102

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 at (562) 944-4015 or if you have any questions.


Orientation & Welcome Dinner

Date: Thursday, September 6, 2018
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Metzger Lehman Conference Dining Room and Board Room

Please join us for a night of information and fellowship as you meet our faculty and your new fellow students. The evening will include dinner and a time of information to make your start in the program successful.

Please contact Amanda Oakes at (562) 944-0351 or if you have any questions.


Rosemead School of Psychology

Details will be posted here soon.


Christian Apologetics and Science and Religion

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:



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