Diversity

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

Diversity: It is a private school, so obviously they aren't accepting of anything other than heterosexuality. There are definitely racial minorities but I think we work to include them, as well as have events that promote awareness.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Biola is definitely a community of white people.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: It wasn't hard to find really good friends. I personally have two roommates that are of different ethnicity than me and I have never felt so left out or like a minority. On the bright side, my best friends are just across the hall and we are all on good terms; I will be moving in with my two best friends for next year.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: SO many great people to meet

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Everyone is accepting. Based on diversity, there are more Caucasians compared to other race. Everyone here are religious, different in denomination, but overall same belief.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Zachary Mendelson
Hometown
Rancho Santa Margarita
Major
Biological Sciences
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Biola is huge on "community" and stresses that one of the largest parts of having a functioning, loving community is having strong connections with those of diverse backgrounds. As such, Biola is always having events to celebrate the beauty of diversity, whether through chapel services, Missions Conference, or even cafeteria dinner specials. A majority of the Biolan population is either white or Asian, but they together only make up about 50 percent of the school. The rest of the students are a myriad of different ethnicities, making for a great melting pot of culture on campus. Nobody is intimidated or ever feels threatened. The worst that ever happens is just getting used to all the various backgrounds on campus during the first week of school, but most (if not all) students are quick to adapt to this new feature in their lives.

It may sound strange, but Biolans really do love the diversity aspect of the school. Missions Conference, a week during the first half of the spring semester, is a time when students take a week off from school to celebrate diversity, trying different foods, clothing, and lifestyles, learning more and more about whatever culture they're interested in. Booths are set up all around the school, and speakers from all over the world come to celebrate.

Facts & Statistics

African American
2%
Asian
13%
Hispanic
16%
International
2%
Native American
0%
White
58%
Unknown
2%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
27%
Common States of Residence
  • Colorado
  • Foreign countries
  • Minnesota
  • Oregon
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 33%
20-21: 33%
22-24: 14%
25+: 17%
Female Faculty
33%
Male Faculty
67%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 1%
Asian American: 8%
Hispanic: 5%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 85%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
While Biola doesn't have any "gay pride" per se, the Biolan students share a lot of love for the homosexual community and love to be in contact and share in fellowship with them.
Political Activity
Biola's faculty and staff are predominantly conservative, but recently students have been showing more liberal trends. While there is no decided political view for Biola, nobody really cares too much, and thus chooses to do whatever they think.
Economic Status
A lot of Biola students tend to have at least one scholarship, as the price is no small one. However, there are many that have earned full-ride scholarships, and many others that can afford it all, as well. It would seem that most people rely on scholarships rather than being able to pay upfront.
Most Common Religions
Biola is a primarily Christian school, with a number of Catholics attending.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Most minority clubs come out during Club Rush to get the word out about their group, and usually they are seen doing various events throughout the year, either raising support for mission trips or other help organizations.
Did You Know?
Student Missionary Union is a group that gets together and plans legitimate mission trips, all completely run by students. Students pick an area and raise funds to get large groups of students involved in the trips.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 79 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 8% Not sure
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 54% Conservative
  • 28% Moderate
  • 5% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 79 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 22% Very conservative
  • 57% Conservative
  • 6% Moderate
  • 13% Not sure
  • 1% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 79 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 78 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 80 responses

  • 5% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 10% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 34% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 51% Very accepting.

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