Biola University Welcomes New Students

President Corey commissions students to live for a long-term vision

Aug. 27, 2014 By Jenna Bartlo

Nearly 1,870 new students commenced their collegiate journey at Biola University on Wednesday, Aug. 26. Biola President Barry H. Corey commissioned the students, who represent 46 states and 39 countries, to lean into long-term goals, set a vision and learn to live “Life Together” — this year’s chapel theme — at Convocation on Wednesday morning.


“Stringing together a series of short-term goals through life is not the same as living for a vision bigger than you are,” said Corey.


He encouraged students to invest in things that endure and to look to Christ for that bigger vision.


“There is truth to the old adage that we walk faster when we’re alone but we walk farther when we’re together,” Corey said. “This is one of the reasons this year our Student Development and Spiritual Life leadership will be helping us think about the theme ‘Life Together.’”


Corey charged each student to seek God, to abide more deeply in the love of Christ and to seek wisdom so their love and service may abound with real knowledge.  

The incoming 1,338 undergraduate students — just over a fourth of the 6,317 students who will study at Biola this fall — began to arrive on campus Friday, Aug. 22. Student leaders and employees decked out in Biola red welcomed new residential students and their families, helping them carry in boxes and get situated in their new homes.  


This year, Biola has new students from 38 countries other than the United States, including Istanbul, Indonesia and Kenya. The majority of the new student population is from California and the Pacific Northwest, though students represent states ranging from Hawaii to Wisconsin and Maryland.  


Corey held a welcome celebration for new students and their families Friday evening, looking ahead to the upcoming year, followed by a communion service Saturday evening that allowed students time to reflect on the grace of God in their life stories. The service featured student testimonies, including one student who wasn’t sure she would be able to attend Biola until she received the Gates Millennium scholarship, which will cover her four years of tuition at Biola.


Student Orientation Services (SOS) hosted a slew of other events throughout the weekend to prepare new students for their Biola journey. Parents and families were able to attend information sessions hosted by Parent Relations as well.


Watch Biola University President Barry H. Corey give the Fall 2014 Convocation Address. 


Written by Jenna Bartlo, media relations specialist. For more information, contact Jenna at 562.777.4061 or


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