Campus Dining

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

Campus Dining: Biola has been rated one of the best cafeterias in the entire United States. While at times it's food can seem a little repetitive, it consistently has really good food (hot meals, cereal, bagels, sometimes waffles, stir fry, and pizza [sometimes even specialty pizza that is pretty good]), probably far better than most college students can make themselves. They are also aware of organic or vegan diets, allergies to certain foods, and a gluten free section.

Most students are also offered flex dollars that they can use anywhere food related on campus. Biola also offers other food programs that make life convenient, such as Tapingo, where you can order your food or coffee via wifi, and meal equivalency, where they'll give you an already prepared meal in exchange for one meal credit. They aren't always very good, but they are always quick.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is really good in the cafeteria and in any of the handful of campus shops. They're very convenient to stop by before or after class and the Tapingo app is a great option for any student who only has a few minutes between classes and still wants something to eat or drink.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are a lot of unique options to choose from. I also like the options to make other things at the salad bar or grain gallery. Over all the caf is good compared to other colleges.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Campus dining is wonderful, the only thing is I wish the hours in the cafe would be longer on weekends and Fridays. I know the campus is dead those days, but it is a little disheartening for the none local students who do stay

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Biola has a good rating for cafeteria food. The food is pretty good, but is very expensive. Coffee shop has weird hours.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 16th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 19th
    Best Quality Food
  • 59th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 72nd
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 97th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Zachary Mendelson
Hometown
Rancho Santa Margarita
Major
Biological Sciences
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Biola offers an array of different venues for students to meet and eat at. There's Café Biola, which offers continuous dining during the week; however, some students feel a little strangled by Café Biola's obscure, short hours on the weekends. Nonetheless, it boasts the most diversity in dining on campus, housing several stations to pick from. Perhaps the most crowded area on Biola's campus in the early morning and late at night is Common Grounds, which, as the name implies, is the campus's popular coffee shop. Common Grounds is almost a clone to neighboring Starbucks and better to boot—not only in prices, but also in flavors. Found in the business building, the Talon is another coffee shop with similar services to Common Grounds.

Another heavily populated area is Eagles' Nest, the campus's casual diner. Specializing in many different kinds of burgers and sides, the Nest also has a large bar for Mexican food and offers various kinds of Asian food, such as Mongolian bowls, on certain days. This is a great back-up plan if you've run out of meals for the week or want something instantly on the weekends. Also, for those who have special food preferences, most of the food providers on campus keep vegetarians and gluten-free eaters in mind, as well, when it comes to cuisine.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
20
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4240 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
All students living in the residence halls are required to purchase a meal plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Café Biola
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Eagles' Nest
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Bagels
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Taco salad bar
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Eagles' Nest breakfast burrito
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
None
Special Options
Students who can't eat gluten will find a home at Biola, as the cafeteria makes sure to make as many gluten-free meals as possible. In addition to this, there are Seattle's Best carts located at several locations on campus to supply coffee for caffeine-lovers.
Did You Know?
The cafeteria has "continuous dining," so you can stay in on one meal point for all three meals as long as you don't leave the café!

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Café Biola
Location: Mid-campus
Food: All-you-can-eat
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Sunday 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Common Grounds
Location: Mid-campus
Food: Breakfast, coffee
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-12 a.m.
Eagles' Nest
Location: Mid-campus
Food: American, Mexican, Mongolian
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-1 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 11:30 p.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-8 p.m.
The Talon
Location: Crowell School of Business
Food: Breakfast, coffee
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 83 responses

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  • Availability
  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

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