2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admissions Information

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Philadelphia Biblical University welcomes applications for admission from academically qualified students who have a clear testimony of faith in Jesus Christ. The application may be completed and submitted online, and the application materials are also available for viewing and downloading online at www.pbu.edu Application forms may also be requested from the Academic Communications office.


Undergraduate (All Programs)

Admissions Standards


Admissions Decisions

Admissions personnel consider the applicant’s Christian experience, commitment and character. High school and college grade point averages, standardized test scores, and extra-curricular activities contribute to the decision-making process.

Christian Commitment

Since the stated purpose of Philadelphia Biblical University is to prepare leaders for the Christian church and related ministries, it is important that the values of the applicant be in harmony with those of the University. To determine whether the applicant can benefit from the programs and environment of the University, the following three areas are reviewed:


It is expected that students at the University have professed faith in Jesus Christ as personal Savior. Applicants are asked to submit a statement concerning their personal faith.


To be comfortable in the University environment, the applicant’s lifestyle should reflect Christian principles. To assist in the evaluation of the applicant’s qualification in this respect a confidential character reference from a pastor or Christian leader is required. Applicants must also submit a concise statement describing their family background, Christian walk, and vocational goals.


Since a major segment of the University curriculum is devoted to the study of Bible content and doctrine, it is important that the applicant understand the theological perspective of the University. Every applicant receives a copy of the University’s doctrinal statement and an explanation of the University’s position concerning some contemporary issues. For the sake of mutual understanding, applicants are given the opportunity to comment on their agreement/disagreement with the doctrinal statement. Acceptance, however, is not conditional upon agreement.

Academic Ability

The ability to perform successfully in the University’s academic environment is judged by the student’s previous educational experience and test scores.


Applicants for whom English is not their first language and who demonstrate deficiencies in English must take the TOEFL examination administered by the College Entrance Examination Board or the SAT. This includes both those who enter the United States on an F-1 student visa and those who have immigrated to the States.


Many applicants who come to college directly from high school have little employment experience. In such cases the applicant’s involvement in extra-curricular high school activities and in church and community programs is considered in the admissions decision.

Other applicants have accumulated years of experience in the business world or in Christian ministry, and this becomes a significant factor in the admissions decision. 

Admissions Classifications


Transfer Applicants

Transfer applicants from an accredited college, university or Bible institute receive full and equitable transfer credit unconditionally for subjects appropriate to the curricula of the four- or five-year programs. Certain Bible and doctrine courses are required in residence. The amount of transfer credit is determined upon receipt of the official transcript(s) of completed work. It is sometimes necessary to provide catalog or course descriptions from the former college. College work currently in progress cannot be finally evaluated until official documents are received. In all cases, the grade earned must be “C” (2.0) or above for transfer credit. Some provisional credit may be granted from unaccredited colleges or universities. When the student has completed two semesters of work at PBU with a GPA of 2.0 or above, provisional transfer credit will be fully accepted.

Applicants Who Are College Graduates

In the case of applicants who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, appropriate credit from the first degree is transferable toward a second bachelor’s degree from PBU; however, a minimum of 60 PBU credits is generally required for a PBU undergraduate degree. In most cases it is to the applicant’s advantage to elect the two-year Bible Ministries program and receive block credit, or to enter a Graduate program. Applicants with bachelor’s degrees are exempt from the admissions test requirements in the undergraduate programs. Applicants with an earned bachelor’s degree are not eligible for federal or state grants. Student loans are obtainable based on the student’s academic classification.

Non-Matriculant Status

Occasionally applicants who do not meet the admissions criteria may be granted non-matriculant status. In addition, persons who want to take select courses but do not intend to complete a degree or certificate program may also request non-matriculant status. Non-matriculant students are not required to complete the secondary admissions forms, nor the admissions test requirements. Non-matriculating students may be reconsidered for matriculation at a later date. To change their status, they must notify the Admissions Department and the registrar concerning their intent to graduate and complete the admissions process. Non-matriculant students are not eligible for federal or state aid, grants or loans.

Part-Time Status

Students enrolled for fewer than 12 credits in the fall and spring semesters are given part-time status and pay part-time tuition fees. Matriculating part-time students may be eligible for federal financial aid. Normally they are not permitted to live in the University dormitories. Matriculating part-time students are expected to complete all of the admissions forms and the admissions test requirements.

Applicants For Auditor Status

A limited number of persons desiring to audit courses for their own benefit are permitted to do so if classroom space permits. No credit is granted in such cases. Auditors must complete an application but are not required to complete the secondary admissions forms nor the admissions test requirements.

International Applicants

The University is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. International applicants should follow the University admissions procedure carefully, submitting their application materials well in advance of the semester of intended enrollment. International applicants are evaluated academically to determine eligibility for admission for university level study, and financially to determine whether sufficient sources of financial support exist to cover estimated yearly full-time expenses. Accepted applicants with sufficient support are eligible to receive a Form I-20, the document required for international students to apply for an F-1 visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate and to enter the U.S. with F-1 student status.

International applicants holding, or intending to hold, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (US CIS) statuses other than F-1 may be admitted into University programs without a financial evaluation.

For more international admissions information about all PBU programs, refer to the web address www.pbu.edu/intl or contact the PBU International Office:

International Office
Philadelphia Biblical University
200 Manor Ave. Langhorne, PA 19047-2990
United States of America
Phone: (215) 702-4241
Toll-Free (in U.S.): (800)366-0049
Fax: (215) 702-4248
E-Mail: intl-office@pbu.edu

International applicants must have successfully completed a university preparatory course of study at a secondary school (a minimum of 12 years of primary and secondary school training comprises the equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma). Previous academic training should satisfy admissions requirements for university-level study. In addition, applicants must arrange for official certified transcripts of previous academic work to be sent to the PBU International Office. Proof of graduation from secondary school / high school is also required. Transcripts must be in English or accompanied by an English translation. Applicants from Commonwealth countries must submit certified or notarized copies of their “O” level and / or “A” level certificates (copies of unofficial result slips are not acceptable). Applicants not from Commonwealth countries should submit results from their country’s respective secondary school graduation examinations and / or university placement examinations (for example, CXC exam results, Abitur results, baccalaureate results, etc.). PBU reserves the right to notify applicants that they must have their non U.S. academic transcripts evaluated by an academic transcript evaluating agency.

English Proficiency: Studies at PBU require university-level English language proficiency in areas of listening comprehension, reading and writing. International applicants are required to take one of three standardized tests to demonstrate their level of English proficiency: the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL; a minimum score of 550 on paper-based tests or a minimum score of 213 on computer-based tests is required; the PBU TOEFL school code is 2661); or the SAT I exam (a minimum composite SAT I score of 920, with a minimum verbal score of 460 is required A score of 480 verbal / 440 math is required for Teacher Education applicants. The PBU SAT school code is 2661); or the ACT exam (a minimum composite ACT score of 19, with a minimum verbal score of 19 is required; the PBU ACT school code is 3658).

For more information contact:

TOEFL / TSE Services
P. O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541 USA
E-mail: toefl@ets.org
Phone: (609) 771-7100
Fax: (609) 771-7500
Web: www.toefl.org

The College Board (SAT)
International Education
1233 20th Street NW Suite 600
Washington, D.C. 20036 USA
E-mail: internatl@collegeboard.org
Phone: (202) 822-5900
Fax: (202) 822-5234
Web: www.collegeboard.org

ACT Universal Testing
P. O. Box 4028
Iowa City, IA 52243 USA
E-mail: osus@act.org
Phone: (319) 337-1448
Fax: (319) 337-1285
Web: www.act.org

Limited TOEFL, SAT and ACT Test Waivers: Applicants who have successfully pursued postsecondary studies in the United States and some Commonwealth countries within two years of submitting an application to PBU may be granted a TOEFL, SAT, or ACT test waiver. A test waiver is effective only when confirmed by PBU. Canadian and other Commonwealth country applicants may choose to take the ACT or SAT test in place of the TOEFL.

Satisfactory Test Scores and Remedial Coursework: Accepted applicants who obtained a satisfactory TOEFL, SAT, or ACT score, but who experience language difficulties in their studies at PBU, may be required to enroll in remedial courses in order to strengthen their English language skills. 

Admissions Policies


Advanced Placement

Placement testing programs that are granted college credit include College Level Examination Program (CLEP) (minimum score of 50) and the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board (minimum score of 3), the College Level General Examination of the United States Armed Forces Institute (USAFI), the College Proficiency Examination Program of the New York State Education Department, and the ACT Proficiency Examination Program (PEP). In all cases, the subject material must be appropriate to the student’s PBU curriculum. An official report of the scores must be sent directly to the University by the testing organization.

Provisional Acceptance

Applicants who transfer from an unaccredited institution, who do not meet the admissions criteria may be granted provisional acceptance. In such cases the conditions and time limitations for full acceptance will be stipulated. When these conditions are met, the provisional status will be removed. Except for extenuating circumstances, the time limitations placed on provisional acceptance will not be extended.


All credentials submitted by the applicant become the property of the University and are kept as part of the permanent record of the student. Copies of these credentials will not be issued. When duplicates are required, they should be obtained from the original source. In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), students have access to confidential information pertaining to them. In order to allow complete openness for the individuals providing personal references, the applicant may sign a waiver foregoing this privilege in respect to these forms.

See below for admissions information about specific programs.


Bachelor’s Degree Programs


This additional information is specific to the Bachelor’s Degree Programs. To obtain admissions information which is common to all undergraduate programs, see above.

Admissions Standards

Previous Educational Experience

The University requires that applicants have a high school diploma representing a minimum of 15 units. The University recommends that 12 of these units be distributed in the following manner:

4 units of English
3 units of social studies
2 units of foreign language
2 units of science
1 unit of mathematics

An official high school transcript must be submitted.

Home-Schooled Students

The University welcomes applications from home-schooled students. A transcript of subjects studied and grades, including a cumulative grade point average should accompany the application. If the transcript does not include grades, please include an explanation of the method of evaluation. An independent evaluation of academic progress by a qualified educator may also be included with the transcript. Home-schooled applicants should also submit official SAT or ACT results. If the home-schooled applicant chooses to take the General Educational Development (GED) tests, a copy of the GED diploma and an official statement of the test scores should be forwarded to the Admissions Office. Home-schooled applicants must send proof of graduation at the completion of their senior year unless they have submitted the official GED test scores.

GED Students

Applicants who hold a high school equivalency diploma on the basis of the GED tests are also considered for admission. Applicants must submit an official transcript of secondary school work completed, a copy of the GED diploma and an official statement of the test scores.

Transfer Students

Applicants seeking to transfer from another institution are required to submit an official transcript from the higher education institution(s) previously attended and a transfer reference form from an appropriate official of the institution, if possible. If less than 60 credits have been earned, an official high school transcript is also required.


Three factors are considered in relation to the applicant’s high school grades:

  1. cumulative overall grade point average
  2. class rank and school size
  3. grade pattern from the freshman to senior year

It is normally expected that the applicant should rank in the upper half of the high school class and have a 2.0 or above grade point average (on a 4.0 system).

Transfer students are also expected to have attained at least a 2.0 GPA in previous post-secondary work.

SAT/ACT Test Scores

Applicants, including transfer applicants, are required to submit official SAT or ACT test scores. The University’s minimum standard is a combined score of 920 on the SAT test or a composite score of 19 on the ACT test. Students with scores under these minimum standards may be accepted provisionally on the basis of grades. This acceptance may be conditional upon participation in the University’s AIMS (Assistance in Mastering Studies) program. Additional departmental requirements are listed under the various programs.

Applicants exempt from this test requirement include those who have earned a bachelor’s degree, transfer applicants with more than 60 credits, those age 25 or older, those who request non-matriculant status, and auditors. Under extenuating circumstances, applicants may occasionally be admitted provisionally without test scores, on the condition that they take the SAT test at the earliest opportunity.

Admissions Classifications


Early Admission

Applicants with outstanding academic records may apply for admission to the University in place of their senior year of high school. Application should be made at the end of their junior year of high school. In addition to following normal application procedures, early admission applicants should submit:

  1. A written recommendation from a high school guidance counselor or administrator, including an assessment of the applicant’s social and emotional maturity, and assurance that the high school diploma will be granted upon satisfactory completion of the student’s freshman year at the University.
  2. A written statement of approval from the applicant’s parents or guardians.

An interview may be required.

Admissions Policies


AIMS Program

Applicants scoring under 920 on the SAT or under 19 (composite) on the ACT may be accepted and placed in the AIMS program. AIMS (Assistance in Mastering Studies) provides academic support for the freshman year. The purpose of the program is to strengthen the students’ academic skills so that they develop their abilities and function satisfactorily in the academic setting of the University.

Admissions Procedures



A personal interview is not required for admission. However, an interview with an admissions counselor is recommended if an applicant is visiting the campus. On occasion, the Admissions Office may require an interview in order to clarify personal or academic issues pertaining to the student’s application.

Campus Visits

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to visit the University to experience life on campus. This can be done by attending one of the University View Days held several times a year or by arranging a personal visit. Visitors have the opportunity to meet with Admissions staff, faculty, administrators, and students, as well as attend classes and chapel (Mon/Wed/Fri), and eat in the dining commons. Prior arrangement is strongly encouraged. Students who wish to spend the night in residence halls may do so by scheduling a week in advance. Overnight visits are not permitted during finals week. The Admissions Office hours are weekdays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visits may be scheduled by calling (800) 366-0049 or (215) 702-4242, or by e-mailing admissions@pbu.edu. Information about the View Day schedule can also be found at the web site: pbu.edu/admissions/undergrad.

When to Apply

Philadelphia Biblical University admits students for both Fall and Spring semesters. It is recommended that high school students apply toward the end of their junior year or early in their senior year. Once the applicant’s file is complete, a decision is made and the applicant notified within two weeks. The decision process may be delayed for applicants being considered for provisional admission.

Application Process

Complete and submit an application form with autobiography and application fee in accordance with the instructions enclosed with the application materials. Prospective students may apply online, request an application from the Academic Communications Office or download it from the PBU web site at www.pbu.edu.

Request official high school transcript(s) to be sent to the Admissions Office (with a final copy to be sent after graduation).

Request the official SAT or ACT score report to be sent to the Admissions Office. (Use the SAT code number 2661 or ACT code number 3658 when registering for the tests to have scores sent directly to Philadelphia Biblical University.)

Request a pastor’s reference to be completed and returned directly to the Admissions Office. The pastor’s reference should be completed by the pastor or youth pastor of the church the applicant attends. The references should not be completed by family members.

Although not a part of the admission process, all accepted applicants must complete and submit a PBU health form and meningitis form before attending classes.

In addition to the above steps, the transfer applicant should request that official transcripts be sent for work completed at other colleges.

In addition to the above steps, an international applicant should submit:

  • One of three test scores: TOEFL or SAT or ACT (see International Applicant section)
  • A fully completed International Financial Aid Form (IFAF).
  • Proof of financial support (for students who wish to enter with an F-1 visa)
  • A completed PBU health form.

Philadelphia Biblical University reserves the right to require updated information from applicants.

Admission to Academic Programs

Some academic programs have additional requirements. An entrance audition is required for those wishing to enter the School of Music and Performing Arts. The School of Education and Bachelor of Social Work Program also have additional requirements. Applicants should review the specific entrance requirements outlined in the respective departmental sections of this catalog. Admission to the University does not guarantee admission to an academic program.

Notification of Decision

Once the applicant’s file is complete a decision is made. A completed file consists of the application form, application fee, all required test scores, all required transcripts and pastor’s reference. Applicants are notified in writing usually within two weeks of the Admissions Committee decision on the completed file. The decision process may be delayed for applicants being considered for provisional admission. It is the University’s admissions policy to not give reasons for rejecting an applicant should that decision be made.

Advance Degree Completion Program


This information is specific to the Advance Degree Completion Program. To obtain admissions information which is common to all undergraduate programs, see above.

In addition to the regular University admissions requirements, admission to the Advance degree completion program requires the following:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 60 credits from an accredited post-secondary institution, 40 of which must be in general education. In certain cases students are admitted with fewer than required credits. Deficiencies must be satisfied prior to graduation.
  2. Cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (on a scale of 4.0) or higher in prior academic work.
  3. Age 25 or older.

Inquiries concerning application to the program should be addressed to the coordinator of non-traditional enrollment services. The admissions process involves the submission of the application forms, official transcripts from previous college work, personal reference forms, and a writing sample.

Certificate Programs



Wisconsin Wilderness


This information is specific to the Wisconsin Wilderness Program. To obtain admissions information which is common to all undergraduate programs, see above.

To apply for the Wisconsin Wilderness program, applicants should complete the Bachelor’s Degree program application process. When acceptance is finalized, specific information will be communicated to the student through the Wisconsin staff. The enrollment at WWC is limited to 35-38 students a year.

Bible Enrichment


This information is specific to the Bible Enrichment program, offered only in Liberty Corner, New Jersey. To obtain admissions information which is common to all undergraduate programs, see above.

To apply for the Bible Enrichment program, applicants should complete the Bachelor’s Degree program application through the School of Lifelong Learning. This program is specifically designed for adult learners with work and ministry experience.

Jewish Studies


This information is specific to the Institute of Jewish Studies program. To obtain admissions information which is common to all undergraduate programs, see above.

To apply for the Institute of Jewish Studies program, applicants should complete the Bachelor’s Degree program application process.

Biblical Foundations


This information is specific to the Biblical Foundations program. To obtain admissions information which is common to all undergraduate programs, see above.

To apply for the Biblical Foundations program, applicants should complete the Bachelor’s Degree program application process.