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La Mirada, CA
Undergrads
4,158
Tuition
$28,852
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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5 College Freshman

Academics: The classes are awesome, especially if you love what your studying.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: I am a nursing major. It is a lot of time and effort, and you have to really enjoy your science classes as a pre-clinical student in order to do well. It is definitely a sacrifice on social aspects but so worth it.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: As long as you keep up on homework and go to tutoring when you don't understand something, the academics are great! Haven't met a single professor who doesn't genuinely care for their students academics and understanding of the course. Workload is a bit heavier but it is bearable without being too much. Most important thing is DO NOT procrastinate on doing chapel credits!!

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Be prepared to think and have more questions than answers. They work you here and you will reevaluate what you believe and why you believe it. This is not a place for indoctrination; this is a place of theological, personal, and intellectual transformation.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Biola University is a Christian liberal arts school. The focus is on teaching from a Biblical perspective and all students are required to take a minimum of 30 Biblical units to graduate. Professors are knowledgeable, caring and very approachable which makes learning at Biola less intimidating.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 6th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 21st
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 70th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 75th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 136th
    Best Course Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Zachary Mendelson
Hometown
Rancho Santa Margarita
Major
Biological Sciences
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Biola University is widely known for its integration of the Christian faith with a collegiate curriculum. Not only will students be learning one of 37 diverse majors that will prepare them for the workforce, but they'll also be taking Bible courses and have a strong emphasis on Christ in the classroom. As such, most, if not all, of the professors desire to help students grow in both knowledge and faith. Most professors live right next to Biola in the surrounding suburban area and thus are constantly opening up their homes to students for study groups, Bible studies, or even just for casual coffee and discourse. And, in most cases, they are professionals in their fields. For example, most of the business professors in the business department are actual businessmen, running their own businesses in addition to teaching.

As most students will find, the classes are indeed difficult, but with resources surrounding them in the forms of books, computers, and professors, it would take going out of one's way to find yourself in a rut. Depending on the major, students could end up having to heft a large course load class-wise (mostly science majors), but professors are ready to help, offering comprehensive study groups and office hours at all times. Students can add or drop classes on the personal Biola website that they are given access to at the beginning of their college career, and they can meet with their personal student advisers at any time to sit down and discuss their schedules and what would be best—or even just chat about the weather.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
16:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
243
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
196
Total FT Faculty
243
Faculty with Terminal Degree
77%
Average Faculty Salary
$74,188
Full-Time Retention Rate
86%
Part-Time Retention Rate
50%
Graduation Rate
62%
Programs/Majors Offered
58
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 47%
  • 20 to 49 students: 48%
  • 50 or more students: 5%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Cook School of Intercultural Studies
  • Crowell School of Business
  • Rosemead School of Psychology
  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of Professional Studies
  • Talbot School of Theology
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Other
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Bible/Biblical Studies: 3%
  • Business Administration and Management: 3%
  • Business/Commerce, General: 5%
  • Psychology: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Double major
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Internships
Online Courses
A wide variety of classes can be taken online. Biola even offers an opportunity to earn one of three different degrees online from the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, and the School of Intercultural Studies. Students can take these classes during fall and spring semesters, or over interterms and the summer if they'd prefer.
Best Places to Study
  • Common Grounds (coffee shop)
  • Eagles' Nest
  • Fleur Fountain
  • Library
  • Metzger Lawn
  • Park
  • Starbucks
  • The Talon (business building's coffee shop)
Tips to Succeed
  • Be active on your floor.
  • Be prepared to be welcomed with lots of love.
  • Come ready for lots of essays.
  • Get involved right away. Clubs, ministry opportunities-this is the time to do it!
  • Get to know your professors; they're willing to know you, so take advantage of it!
  • People aren't perfect, so always be willing to see that there are broken people, even among Christians.
  • Read a lot!
Did You Know?
Biola offers 37 diverse majors that incorporate the Christian faith in order to help gear up students for their lives in the workforce.

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