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Parent Orientation

Parent Orientation

Friday, August 22 Saturday, August 23
Office of Parent Relations

Join us on August 22 - 23, 2014 for Parent Orientation as a part of Opening Weekend!

The Office of Parent Relations is looking forward to welcoming you and your family to the Biola community! New Student Orientation includes components that are mandatory for all new students, including freshmen, transfer students, and global students. Parents will have separate orientation events while their student participates in orientation activities.  Even if your student is arriving early for Torrey Honors, Global Student Orientation, or Athletics, these events are for you, too!

A parent packet will be in your student's dorm room or the Collegium if your student will be commuting. Be sure to pick up your packet which will include your two free tickets for the Parent Luncheon on Saturday as well as a complete schedule and other helpful information. Some events throughout the weekend require previous registration and/or payment. Those events are marked with an ** and include a link to register. Refund requests will be accepted only until 4:00 pm Pacific Time on Friday, August 8, 2014.


Move-In Day

Meal plans begin today

New Student Residence Hall Check-In, Residence Halls
8:00 am - 7:00 pm

New Student ID, Student Services Building
8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Students should be sure to stop by during orientation weekend to get their new student ID card.

SOS Info Booth, Fluor Fountain
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
If you or your student have any questions about orientation week, would like to sign up and pay for events, or get general campus information, please take a moment to stop by the SOS info booth.

Bank and Local Business Fair, SUB/Café Roadway
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Local banks are here to facilitate new checking and savings accounts and to speak with you about your other financial concerns. In addition, you can visit local community tables to get information about transportation, Disneyland and more. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Parent Orientation Info Booth, Fluor Fountain
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Located in the center of campus at the Fluor Fountain, this is your one-stop shop for any questions you might have. This is also where you’ll find additional Parent Luncheon tickets for sale. We’ll have plenty of staff on hand to assist you with your questions, and as a bonus, you’ll be able to buy a red Biola University Parent t-shirt for just $5 (cash or check)!

Global Parents Meeting, Talbot East 113
10:00 am- 11:00 am
Sending a son or daughter away to college can be a challenging experience, particularly for those parents whose children have spent much, if not all, of their time living in another culture. You will have the opportunity to connect with veteran parents and learn how they managed the adjustment. Staff from a variety of departments, including Admissions and Biola Counseling Center, will talk about your students’ adjustment as well.

Global Parent and Student Presidential Welcome and Luncheon, Talbot East Andrews Banquet Room
11:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Dr. Barry Corey, President of Biola University, will offer his welcome and words of encouragement as you begin this new journey.  You will also have a chance to meet special Faculty and staff who will share their Biola experiences and offer advice for your student’s transition

Academic Open Houses, Various Locations
1:30 pm- 2:30 pm (all students & families)
Biola faculty are more than just teachers- they are a source for mentorship and care for your student. Academic departments will be hosting various forms of open houses all around campus so you can meet faculty and staff and learn about your student’s program. Please note that some departments will be hosting a programmed reception and have requested you arrive at 1:30, while others will have faculty available to answer questions in their offices. Scroll to the bottom of the page to view programs and locations.

**Torrientation Parent and Family Reception, Tent on McNally Field
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Parents, join your new Torrey student for the last event of Torrientation. Meet your student's Torrey group and enjoy some sweet treats and tea while hearing from our director, Dr. Paul Spears. Click here to register.

Commuter Welcome Packets available for pick-up, Upper Student Union - The Collegium
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Commuters, please drop by the Collegium to pick up the Welcome Packet and detailed Student Schedule Booklet. One packet per family, please.  (Prior to 4:00 pm and after 6:00 pm, please come to the Info Booth to pick up your packet.)

Free Time / Dinner on your own
(Cafeteria doors close at 7:00 pm) 
It’s been a long day, so you may want to head off campus to explore the area around Biola.

**Cinema, Media, Arts Department Dinner, Dorothy English Lawn/Production Center
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm (By invitation only -- for accepted CMA majors and their families)
Enjoy dinner, take a tour of the Production Center and learn about the program (CMA faculty, parents, and new students). Prior reservations and tickets required for students, parents and guests. Register here.

Commuter Parent and Student Reception, Upper Student Union - The Collegium
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Off-Campus Students and their Parents  are invited to the Collegium--Biola’s home-away-from-home for students who live off-campus! Come enjoy refreshments and meet Commuter Life staff before the University Welcome.  Coming without your parents?  No worries! This is a great chance to get to know the many other students who are commuting to Biola.

Distinguished Scholars Reception - Giumarra Courtyard, Library
6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Open House-by invitation only
Student recipients of the President's or Trustees' Scholarships and their families are invited to celebrate their accomplishments while enjoying light appetizers and dessert. School Deans and members of the President's Administrative Council will be present to congratulate you and encourage you as you embark on your academic and spiritual journey at Biola. This is an open house event.

University Welcome, Metzger Lawn
7:30 pm - 8:15 pm
You won’t want to miss this first official welcome to the Biola University community! President Barry H. Corey, our faculty, staff and students will join you to kick off the academic year and recognize the work of the Lord in bringing each student to Biola.

Biola Night at Target, 1893 W. Malvern Ave. Fullerton, CA
9:00 pm to 11:00 p.m.
Join Biola for an exclusive night at Target as you shop for all of your back to college needs! All Biola students, faculty, and staff with a valid Biola ID will receive 5% of your entire purchase. An additional 5% off will be applied for all REDcard and Target Debit Cardholders. There will be a live DJ, free popcorn, live prize drawings and more!


Opening Weekend Info Booth, Fluor Fountain
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

**Multi-Ethnic Programs Parent Breakfast, Sycamore Lawn
7:30 am – 9:00 am
When students and families from diverse perspectives and backgrounds join the Biola community, it strengthens us as a whole. It is our desire to foster the intrinsic diversity of the Kingdom of God on our campus. As we welcome your family at a special breakfast, we want to connect you with key individuals at Biola who are committed to transforming our campus on issues of cultural/ethnic diversity, justice, and reconciliation. We are strongly committed to diversity and inclusive excellence throughout the campus community.  Our time together will offer helpful parent information, student encouragement, and relationship building that will assist in your son/daughter's unique transition into college life at Biola. Register here for this FREE event.

SOS Info Booth, Fluor Fountain
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Bank and Local Business Fair, SUB/Café Roadway
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

**Young Siblings Fun in the Sun, Check in and Pick up at Talbot East Andrews Banquet Room
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Siblings ages 5-13 (kindergarten- 8th grade) are invited to join student leaders from Biola Youth Academics for pizza, games, swimming, and interactive activities while parents attend seminars. Check in begins at 9:00 am at the Talbot East Andrews Banquet Room. Parents need to complete and submit a medical/photo release form for each child involved in the sibling events on Saturday.  Children should bring swimsuits, towels and change of clothes. Please email dietary needs to Registration will close at 7:30 pm on Friday, August 22 or once the event hits capacity. Register here.

  • Games on the Green, Soccer Field, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
  • Open Swim, Pool, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Lunch and a Movie, Andrews Banquet Room, 12:15 am – 1:45 pm
  • Pick up at Andrews Banquet Room, 1:45 pm- 2:00 pm

Learn about Biola Youth Summer Academies here.

High School Siblings Hang Out, Student Union Building
9:15 am - 1:45 pm
Siblings ages 14-18 are invited to hang out in the SUB (Student Union Building) while parents and young siblings are attending other events. Please be aware that siblings will not be supervised by Biola staff members.

Parent Seminars
9:30 am- 12:15 pm, Sutherland Hall and Calvary Chapel
These seminars are specifically designed to answer questions you may have as well as learn about how you can support your student during their time at Biola. Content presented will be the same at each location followed by a time of Q & A. 

Ensuring Student Success
9:30 am - 10:45 am
Your student has a lot of information to navigate to ensure they stay on track in their college career. In this session parents will hear from administrators regarding tuition payments, financial aid, Study Abroad opportunities, and FERPA. What’s FERPA? It’s a federal law that affects you as a parent. Come learn about it and be in the know

Understanding Student Care
11:00 am- 12:15 pm
The college years are a pivotal time of growth and maturation. In this session parents will hear from staff involved in students’ physical and spiritual care - Residence Life, Commuter Life, Health Services and Campus Safety. In addition, parents will have the opportunity to interact with parents of current students.

Parent Luncheon, Tent on McNally Field
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
While students enjoy lunch with their new SOS group in the Café, parents are invited to attend a delightful outdoor luncheon hosted by the Office of Parent Relations. This Biola University tradition provides parents with a time of interaction with other parents along with a special message.  If you need more than two lunch tickets for your party, you may purchase tickets for additional guests by clicking herePlease email dietary needs to

Commuter Student Hospitality House, Upper Student Union - The Collegium
12:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Commuter Students and their families are invited to enjoy the Collegium (Latin for “Gathering Place”) our home-away-from-home for commuter students. Come join us for refreshments, check out our beautiful home and meet the Commuter Life Team. A great way to get connected on campus!

SOS Parents’ Forum, Sutherland Auditorium
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm
Parents, come ready to get to know your student’s SOS leader. This tradition enables you to hear first-hand from this qualified group of student leaders what your student will be doing during orientation week. You can also hear personal testimonies and gain valuable insight from these leaders. Each year, this has proven to be a special time as you meet the orientation staff.

Biola Backyard BBQ, McNally Field
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
All new students and parents are welcomed to enjoy a delicious complimentary dinner. The Communion Service will proceed directly after dinner on Metzger Lawn.

Cafecito, Talbot East Andrews Banquet Room
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Office of Admissions Multiethnic Outreach, in conjunction with current Biola student, staff, and faculty from diverse ethnic backgrounds would like to welcome new students and their parents to the Biola community at a dessert reception. Come meet current students and find out how to get connected!
La Oficina de Alcanze Multicultural, junto con estudiantes, facultad, y personal diversos de Biola invitan a los nuevos estudiantes y a sus padres a una recepción de postres. ¡Vengan a conocer estudiantes y descubra como conectarse!

Communion Service, Metzger Lawn
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm (new students, parents, and families are invited)
Our University President, Dr. Barry H. Corey, brings this busy day to a close by sharing in one of our most memorable traditions, a communion service for students and their families. This is a time where you will hear testimonies and praises given by selected new students. This concludes the parent and family portion of our New Student Orientation program. Thank you for joining us and please travel home safely.

We ask that families say their goodbyes after Communion as students will have a full week of programming beginning on Sunday morning. Travel home safely.

Click here to view the student (for all new students) schedule. More information on Torrientation is here. Information on Global Student Orientation can be found here.


Does Biola offer housing for parents?
We are unable to offer housing for out-of-town families and do not allow family members to stay in residence halls with students. Biola does have agreements with local hotels that offer special Biola rates. Learn more here.

Is registration required?
Yes and no. Students will have a number of orientation events that require payment and registration. Each family will receive two free tickets to Saturday's Parent Luncheon when they arrive on campus. If you do not need additional tickets (your student will have other orientation events happening), then registration is not required. If you would like to buy additional meal tickets for the Parent Luncheon you must do so online beginning July 1. Advanced registration and payment is required for Young Sibs Fun in the Sun. 

What if my student has to arrive early for separate orientation programming?
For those students who are asked to move-in early for Torrey Honors orientationGlobal Student Orientation, or Athletics, it is up to you as a family to decide when to arrive and leave. Some families will come to campus for early move-in and leave shortly after and therefore missing Parent Orientation programming. Others will stay for the full week. Finally, some families will send their student with what they will need for the week (clothes, bedding, etc.) and family members will arrive to campus on August 22nd for Parent Orientation programming. 

When should my student move in?
If your student is not arriving early for Torrey Honors, Global Student Orientation, or Athletics they are welcome to arrive to campus beginning at 8 am on Friday, August 22. Depending on the needs of the student and family, the student may not arrive until later on Friday or Saturday.

Can younger siblings attend?
Yes, being mindful that programming during the weekend is not geared towards children and your Biola student will not be available to watch younger siblings during Parent Orientation sessions.

When will my student find out which dorm they will live in?
Housing assignments will be posted on my.Biola in July. 

When will my student select classes?
Students will register for classes in June via my.Biola. 

Who should I speak with if I have questions about Housing, course selection, financial aid, payment, or the status of my student's enrollment?
Please contact the Admissions Office at 800-OK-BIOLA.

When should I travel home?
Parent programming concludes with the Communion Service on Saturday night. Families are asked to say their goodbyes on Saturday night and travel home on Sunday as students will have a very full schedule beginning Sunday morning.

Academic Open Houses

Art, Room 81
Please arrive at 1:30 to participate in a presentation, view student artwork and learn about the program.

Biological Sciences, Bardwell 2nd floor offices
1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Biological Science students and parents are encouraged to come to the Biological Science Department Offices in Bardwell Hall, 2nd Floor, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm to enjoy refreshments, meet other parents, and become acquainted with BioScience personnel.

Biblical Studies, Talbot East 318
Dr. Erik Thoennes will be available to answer questions in his office during this time.

Business, Business Building Lobby
Please arrive at 1:30 to participate in a presentation and learn about the program.

**Cinema, Media, Arts Department Dinner, Dorothy English Lawn/Production Center
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
By invitation only -- for accepted CMA majors and their families. Registration Required

Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, Engineering-Physics and Physical Science, Bardwell 112 
4:30-5:30 pm
Please arrive at 4:30 pm to meet professors and participate in a short presentation. Light refreshments served.

Communication Sciences & Disorders, Talbot East 112
Department staff and faculty will be available to answer questions.

Communication Studies, Theatre 21
Please arrive at 1:30 to participate in a presentation and learn about the program.

Christian Education, Talbot East 108
Please arrive at 1:30 to participate in a presentation by Dr. Freddy Cardoza and learn about the program.

English, Sutherland 200
Department staff and faculty will be available to answer questions.

History and Political Sciences, Sutherland Lobby and Sutherland Hall 113
Department staff and faculty will be available to answer questions.

Humanities, Sutherland Conference Room
Please arrive at 1:30 to participate in a presentation and learn about the program.

Intercultural Studies and Anthropology, Marshburn 4
Please arrive at 1:30 to participate in a presentation and learn about the program.

Journalism and Integrated Media / Public Relations , Cafe Banquet Room
Please arrive at 1:30 to participate in a presentation and learn about the program.

Kinesiology, Health and Physical Education, KHPE Conference Room
Department staff will be available to answer questions

Liberal Studies/School of Education, Business 109
Please arrive at 1:30 to participate in a presentation and learn about the program.

Math and Computer Science, White 48A
Department faculty and staff will be available to answer questions

Modern Languages, Sutherland 216
Department faculty and staff will be available to answer questions about the Spanish major, minor and general education courses.

Music, Crowell Hall Patio
Parents of Music majors are encouraged to stop by the Parent Cafe from 1:00-5:00 pm while their student completes testing. Enjoy refreshments, meet other parents, and become acquainted with Conservatory personnel.

Nursing, Skills Lab in Soubirou Hall
Department staff and faculty will be available to answer questions.

Philosophy, Sutherland 200
Department staff and upper classmen will be available to answer questions.

Psychology, Rose Hall 101
Dr. Stacy Eltiti will be available to answer questions. Refreshments will be available for guests.

Sociology, Sociology Lobby, Rose Hall
Please arrive at 1:30 to participate in a presentation and learn about the program.

Undeclared, Academic Advising in Metzger Hall
Students who have not yet declared a major are welcome to visit the Advising Center for a 15 minute appointment from 1:00 pm- 5:00 pm. Appointments are first come, first served.

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