Orientation & Registration Information
Classes begin Monday, January 27, 2014!
Please download and review the following information:
- 2013-14 Financial Information
- 2013-14 Health Information
- 2013-14 Campus Dining Information
- 2013-14 Housing Information
This notification is intended to acquaint you with a number of important items concerning the Spring semester. Please familiarize yourself with this information, especially the information about on line enrollment.
This correspondence does not imply acceptance into a program at Biola University.
Orientation is required for all on campus new graduate students including those who earned a bachelor's degree at Biola University, unless otherwise indicated. Some students may be required to complete the Talbot or TESOL and Applied Linguistics Writing Proficiency Examinations and/or the proficiency exams in Greek and Hebrew (see details below). If you are required to take the Talbot Writing Proficiency Exam (TWPE) you will be notified in your acceptance letter.
Talbot School of Theology
The Talbot New Student Banquet will be Thursday, January 23, 6:00-9:00 p.m., in Andrews Banquet Room, in the Talbot East Building. 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 Monday, January 13. Please fill in all requested information on the RSVP form, including the name of your guest, (if applicable).
Enrollment for new and readmit graduate students is being conducted on line from Friday, January 3rd at 9:00 am through Wednesday, January 15th at 4:00 pm. To avoid a late enrollment fee all steps including down payment must be completed by the deadline (Please note: if you choose to use the down payment method you MUST also sign up for a payment plan at the same time). Late enrollment begins Thursday, January 16th at 10:00am with a charge of $200. Classes will be dropped Friday, January 24th, 2014 if all Enrollment steps are not complete.
On line enrollment can be found at my.biola.edu (new students will receive their BSI [Biola Student id number] when they are accepted and NET ID’s/passwords (for validated students) will be available the day after you validate your acceptance at my.biola.edu – new students click on “First time logging in”. This will also link you to the class schedule and curriculum charts.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR TALBOT STUDENTS ONLY: There is a 12-unit limit for Talbot grad students. If a student wishes to go above the 12-unit limit, the student will need approval and should contact the Talbot department contacts for assistance (list was supplied in registration mailing and/or accept letter).
All accepted students must submit an Enrollment Deposit of $100, unless otherwise indicated in your acceptance letter/notice to approved applicants. (International students are required to submit a total of $2,000 in order to issue the I-20). The deposit allows the admissions office to transfer electronic data to other offices on campus. Submit the deposit as soon as possible upon acceptance. The deposit is not a fee. The funds stay on your account until you graduate or leave the university. At that time it will be refunded or credited toward your school bill. However, if you do not attend after submitting your deposit, the $100 is non-refundable. The deposit can be paid by debit/credit card at biola.edu/deposit/enr, we also accept cash, check, money order or wire.
Those who do not submit the deposit before the start of on line registration, may experience a significant delay in registration.
Finances and Payments
Please familiarize yourself with the information regarding finances and payments in the Catalog in the General Information section or the online inserts. It will assist you as you consider tuition payments. You may view the entire catalog at http://www.biola.edu/catalog/ You can also estimate your down payment at http://offices.biola.edu/accounting/costs/down-payment/
If you have not already done so, apply for financial aid immediately. Finances exist but we cannot help you without an application. The information about financial aid is now online at http://www.biola.edu/grad/financial_aid/. Time is a factor so begin immediately. (For domestic students only.) Not all programs qualify for financial aid assistance. International students apply for financial aid by petitioning the International Admissions Counselor. Details are on line, you may visit their website (www.biola.edu/grad/financial_aid). Please note: Aid award on the financial aid insert is an estimate only. Please check with financial aid for your award or sign onto my.biola.edu and look for student financials tab.
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 International Student Services Department.
The Biola English Placement Examination (BEPE) is required of International Students unless you have scored above 600/250/100 internet based on the TOEFL (BEPE information – see below).
The Talbot Writing Proficiency Examination (TWPE)
Advanced compositional skills, commensurate with graduate-level theological studies, are foundational and indispensable, both in terms of educational and ministerial success. Based on objective criteria, some new students will be required to take the Talbot Writing Proficiency Exam (TWPE) prior to registration for the first semester. TWPE results will determine whether enrollment in TTSS 520 Theological Writing will be required. If required, this course must be taken following TTSS 510 in conjunction with ENGL 161. Students who receive a grade of “NC” (No Credit) in TTSS 520 must repeat the course (the course is graded on a Credit / No Credit basis).
If you are required to take the Talbot Writing Proficiency Exam (TWPE), you will be notified in your acceptance letter. If you are not so notified, you are not required to take the TWPE.
The TWPE, if required, will be administered Thursday, January 23, at 8:00 a.m. in Myers 106. TWPE results determine whether the student must enroll in the Talbot course TTSS 520: Theological Writing. That is, if you do not pass the TWPE, you are required to enroll in TTSS 520. You may not request to retake the exam.
Note: If English is your second language, see below under "Biola English Placement Exam."
Biola English Placement Exam
The BEPE will be held on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 from 8:00 am-12:00 pm in BUSN 103. The ELSP Orientation meeting is Friday, January 24 from 9:00-12:00am. This exam is required of all non-native English-speaking students with no TOEFL scores or TOEFL scores below 100 IBT/600 PBT. Contact the International Student Education/ English Language Studies Program (ISE/ELSP) office for details regarding this exam. Please be prepared to pay a $25 fee (cash or check) on the day of the exam. The $25 fee will be refunded later in the semester. Should you choose not to complete the semester, the fee is non-refundable.
Course work in English may be required as a result of this exam, and these courses must be taken every semester until exiting the department. The BEPE results will be issued at the Orientation meeting and will indicate if you need to add English classes and drop classes in other departments. English classes may affect your eligibility for financial aid.
For Talbot students wishing to challenge first year Hebrew or who are required to validate a transfer of this course, this exam is held on Thursday, January 23, in Myers 106. The Hebrew exam is from 11:30-12:30 p.m.Please call Sandra Orr at (562) 903-4829 after Friday, January 3rd, noon, to reserve your spot.
We look forward to having you study with us! Contact your Graduate Admissions Counselor in the Office of Graduate Admissions at (800) 652-4652 if you desire further assistance.
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