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

Facilities: Everything is taken care of and it's great

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: The campus is small enough that walking from my dorm to my first class, which is completely on the other side of campus, only takes me maybe 8-10 minutes. It's a gorgeous campus, very well kept and beautiful. The size is very convenient. The library and the many courtyards are wonderful study places and are very conveniently available. As far as campus events go, I've been very pleased so far. There are several fun activities throughout the semester to help students get a nice rest from studying, but they're geared so that you're not completely distracted from your work either. Chapels are a huge plus and I love attending the various concerts and plays on campus. Study Break is a fun hangout night in the cafeteria for all students in the space just before finals week, to give our brains a bit of a break. Overall the campus experience is fantastic.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The campus life is great, simply because I feel safe and welcome on campus at all times. The community there is wonderful, absolutely above and beyond any school I visited before enrolling here. We're the 4th lowest "party school" in the nation, but that's because we have a wonderful community that knows that partying can be clean, alcohol- and drug-free, and be fun for everyone involved. Another unique aspect is the honors program, the Torrey Honors Institute. It's unlike any other program I've ever encountered or even heard of. It definitely brings education to an entirely new level.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Campus is beautiful. There are so many spots to explore and life is never boring. Tons of events happen every week there's no possible way to attend all of them.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Biola has so many opportunities to become involved in on campus. Community projects, study abroad programs, internship opportunities, talent shows, etc... There is so much to grow and shape a person here.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 29th
    Best Library
  • 154th
    Best Student Centers
  • 369th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 384th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 547th
    Greenest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Zachary Mendelson
Hometown
Rancho Santa Margarita
Major
Biological Sciences
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Biola boasts an interesting combination of buildings and facilities—many of the original buildings on Biola's campus being made of brick and mortar and the others being rather shiny and new in comparison. The older buildings obviously show some aging, but rather than getting an uneasy feeling from the older buildings, they exude a warm, homey feeling to staff and students alike. Juxtaposed next to these older buildings are the newer buildings, such as the business building and Talbot Building. While these buildings don't have the same feeling as the others, they reflect the professionalism practiced on Biola's campus. That being said, most of the older buildings are currently being examined for future renovations.

The athletic centers, such as the Chase Gymnasium and the weight room, are both well kept and are always in use—not only by athletes, but also by students and professors! The equipment is relatively new, and there is plenty of it to go around. Buildings aside, the flora and fauna are not outrageous nor unkempt, and the outdoor furniture isn't unsightly, either. The fields and gardens are tended to regularly, and the campus is kept exceptionally clean—students have rarely seen trash anywhere, aside from the waste bins. The Biola Library has been praised by those who use it as not only a great place for studying, but also a quiet place to escape to when the world seems too loud. Students love the library and rarely have any problems besides finding a seat at the computer lab. Biola is a very nice and comfortable campus, but some students have a hard time remaining anchored with so much going on off campus. Being located in La Mirada, opportunities for students to go to the beach or visit Disneyland and other various places in Los Angeles (The Getty, Greek Theatre) are usually well received and acted upon.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
112
Campus Size
96 acres
Student Centers
Student Union Building
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
Biola Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Cafeteria
  • Common Grounds
  • Dorm lobbies
  • Dorm rooms
  • Eagles' Nest
  • Metzger Lawn
  • Student Union Building
  • The Talon
Bar on Campus
None
Bowling on Campus
None
Coffeehouse on Campus
Common Grounds and the Talon are the two "coffee joints" featured on Biola's campus. In addition to these places, Seattle's Best carts are student-run and appear at different places on campus depending on the day of the week.
Movie Theater on Campus
None
"Green" Initiatives
Most professors send all their assignments through email, encouraging students to recycle their paper to print necessary assignments out. Other than that, there are no large "green movements" at Biola. However, everyone on campus is environmentally savvy and tends to have "green" tendencies in the first place.
School Slang
  • After Dark: Chapel services that are featured late at night in the chapel building
  • The Caf: The cafeteria on Biola's campus, also known as CafĂ© Biola
  • Ro-Lo: This is the lower part of Rose Hall. It's known to be very creepy at night.
  • The SUB: This is the Student Union Building, where most students hang out with each other to socialize or study.
Traditions
  • Dodgeball Tournament: All campus dorms make teams and send them off to Chase Gymnasium, where they fight for the pride of their dorm in an epic dodgeball battle that rages until the early morning.
  • Heat of the Night: Hart's dorm floor "Heat" sets the entire hall up for games and fun by decorating rooms and setting up various odd games and contests.
  • Missions Conference: Pastors and mentors from around the world come to teach for a week on the importance of missions, culture, and diversity. Students get the week off from school and celebrate culture by dressing up, eating different foods, and even learning new languages sometimes!
  • Mock Rock: Students band together to emulate their favorite musicians and act out a song together.
  • Punk N Pie: Students' musical talents are displayed in a fun atmosphere.
  • Torrey Conference: Pastors and mentors from around the world come to teach for a week on a decided topic. Students get the week off from school.
Urban Legends
The Hope dorm was designed to have the same dimensions as Noah's Ark.
Favorite Things To Do
Students on Biola's campus can be found doing a myriad of different things, some of the more popular trends being: playing ultimate Frisbee on Metzger Lawn, getting together for small Bible studies, singing together on Metzger Lawn, playing intramural sports, watching marathons of movies and favorite shows, reading aloud to one another and acting out books, hanging out at the Student Union Building, getting coffee, and hanging out with friends at Fleur Fountain, just to name a few!
Student Newspaper
The Chimes
chimes.biola.edu
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are tons of clubs on campus, but the more popular ones are usually the ones with the best intentions, such as the Student Missionary Union (which has its own building and facilitates student-run missions), and the ones that are concerned about a current global crisis. In 2011, there was a large surge in "Pray for Japan" clubs, where people would raise money and get together to pray for Japan and organize relief efforts after the 2011 earthquake. A lot of what Biola does in the club community is seek to help those who aren't so fortunate to be in college or others who are in need, but the University also has other clubs, like intramural sports, chess clubs, and video game and anime clubs.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
  • The Biola Library was specifically designed with your well-being in mind! The building has been built with windows conveniently placed to give students more natural light than artificial light to help relieve stress from their eyes.
  • One of Biola's biggest traditions during Christmas is to have everyone meet in front of the Crowell Music Building for a time of food, music, and tree ornament-hanging, as the lights are hung on the largest tree on campus.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 66 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 71 responses

  • 1% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 21% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 49% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 28% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 70 responses

  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 9% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 39% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 53% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

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