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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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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: It always seems to go pretty smoothly

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Assuming one doesn't have their own car...

For the most part you need to know someone who has a car and for people who do have cars, they are all pretty friendly and open to helping transporting friends around..soo basically if you don't make friends who have cars then you're mostly relying on the WeCars and although the WeCars are nice, they can add up and be pretty expensive to say the least. I haven't used the campus shuttle but friends of mine have and they liked it. Again, not far from Amtrak in Fullerton so that is extremely convenient. Roughly 40 minutes away from LAX, Long Beach Airport, and John Wayne Airport so that isn't too bad if you have friends who can drive you if you can't drive yourself.

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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I haven't seen, smelt, or heard of anyone using drugs or alcohol on campus. I have heard of some "underground" parties that go on outside of campus but I don't know who goes or who throws them. It's nice because it actually seems to be a popular thing to be sober all the time, like it's popular to not drink or do drugs and the people who do are more so the ones who are the "odd ones out" so to speak, and even then it's not all that prevalent on campus. Overall it's a great environment because it's practically non-existent.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love Hope. I used to want to live in Horton, but since I have lived in Hope I can't imagine living in any other on campus dorm! The community is incredible, pretty much everybody knows everybody on our floor, people will go to other halls within Hope just to meet new people and make friends and everybody is roughly open and friendly to it. Hope has a great laundry room and kitchenette on the first floor. I live on the second floor on the North side and I love our second floor lobby that is in between the boys and girls halls. There's snack machines and drink machines on every floor. All halls on every floor have their own lobby(so a girls lobby and a boys lobby along with the main lobbies in the middle between the halls). The only down side has been issues with ants but since November/December they haven't been so bad. The cost isn't that great if you do just a single or a double, but the discount for living in a triple makes it totally worth it! Hope has the biggest rooms on all of campus, including Horton; for example I am a triple that lives in a room sized for a double but we were easily able to captain all of our beds so none of us has to deal with a bunk or loft and we are all happy with the set up :)

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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 College Freshman

Local Area: Being so close to Disneyland makes something that everyone can go to to have fun. An annual pass isn't the most affordable but there is Downtown Disney which has the typical Disney feel. There are great food and snack places around, lots of restaurants. My floor will go on fun donut runs or "froyo" runs at night. There is an ice skating rink near by. Fullerton Amtrak station is 15 minutes away so it makes it easy to go to other towns near by without the stress of driving all the way there.

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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

Health & Safety: The campus safety is incredible. They send out school-wide emails if their is a safety concern on campus. Always see campus safety driving around during the day and at night. I have never worried about my safety here on campus.

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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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5 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: There is a zero-tolerance alcohol and drug use on campus. Some student sneak around and do it anyway, but it's not the majority.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Community at Biola is one of it's strongest points. You get to know the people living in your dorm very well with a lot of mass-dorm activities (GYRADs, all-halls, dorm competitions). The students are very welcoming and love to love on people! (If you're a girl, don't be afraid of Alpha... that all-girls is awesome!)

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4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: La Mirada itself is a very safe place to live. It's a central location, so everything fun to do is twenty minutes in any direction: Angel's Stadium, Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, LACMA, the beach, downtown Fullerton, a number of ethnic districts, and Los Angeles.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Biola is one of the safest schools in the nation. We rarely have any safety incidences, and when we do, Campus Security is very good, very friendly, and cooperates directly with LA County Sheriff's Dept.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Most things you need are within walking distance of the campus. There's a shuttle for things that are a bit farther that are free for students. A lot of students carpool together to go longer distances- riding with other students is really safe, and everyone here is willing to help each other out. For other options, Biola also has the We-Car option that rents out cars by hour or day, with gas and insurance included.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Biola isn't too far from LA, which is an endless food fest. There's a little India, little Korea, and a few other ethnic districts- you just have to know where to look! Pizza, Del Taco, Taco Bell, Chinese, Panera, Thai, and other restaurants are within walking distance from the campus. I know-I didn't have a car my entire student career.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: You're at a Christian School that lays out a very clear no-drinking, no-gambling, no-drug-use, no-premarital-sex contract. If you have an issue with any of these, I'd say this is not the place for you. Most of the students honor the contract and enjoy living on a campus where they don't have to deal with the drama that these things bring.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: As a psych major, you work with professionals in the field (either research or practicing therapists). The professors are all incredibly knowledgeable about the subjects they teach. Workload for any professor can vary, but you can expect to be writing a lot of research-based papers at any given time during the semester, especially for the upper-division courses. They have a lot of internship opportunities, both at the school and in the area, so you can accumulate real-life experience in whatever area of psychology you find interesting.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation at Biola is probably a little better than average. The school is central to 3 airports and at least two train routes and several bus routes transport close to the school.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: As a basketball player in high school, I absolutely follow both there men's and women's basketball teams. I also attend the baseball and soccer games on a regular basis. Biola sports are supported by our students and show great pride in all of our sports programs.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We have the best, most prepared and knowledgeable security team around. Our campus security works closely with the local law enforcement agency and has even performed a joint Swat Tacticle exercise for a "Shooter" on campus, with the local agencies. Campus Police are visable in cars and on bikes and they interact with students all the time, making it easy for them to recognized individuals who might not belong on campus. I feel very safe on our campus.

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5 College Freshman

Weather: Local weather for Biola is the best possible. We are located in sunny southern California. The average winter temp is approximately 70 degrees. As a student living in the dorms, there's nothing greater than having a wardrobe of shorts, t-shirts and sandels.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The counselor worked with me to acheive as much financial aid and scholarship money as possible. The tuition is pretty high here so I was on able to cover about a third of the cost. The rest is in student loans and I would suggest applying to as many scholarship applications as you possibly can.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: I am a freshman and my major is Pre-Physical Therapy. I love my major for a good reason. During my junior year in high school I tore my ACL in my left knee while participating on the school basketball team. It was during my rehabilitation process that I discovered my major. I've always been involved as a volunteer either at school, with my church or the teen center near my home. Once I saw the care and nurturing the physical therapist working with me provided, I knew this is what i wanted to do. My chances of getting an athletic scholarship were deminished as a result of the injury, but I found a new passion in life that will give me a career. Biola has a great reputation in this field.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: I've just begun checking out the intern programs at Biola and I've found that the University has many strong connections in the industry. I don't think I'll have any problems finding internships as graduating students from Biola have a strong commitment to reach back and help upcoming students.

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Biola boasts an amazing Christian fellowship that's focused on delivering the Gospel, not only to its students, but to the world surrounding it. In taking classes and attending lectures, students feel much more apt to take on the world, not only with renewed and strengthened faith, but also with a professional education.

Biola can be an adjustment. But once you get involved with on-campus jobs and school events, it becomes much easier. After spending time with the students and faculty, you'll come to realize that you'll never find a school quite like this. But it takes a little bit of work at first. Biola's teaching is amazing, and the community is unparalleled. Nowhere else on Earth can students strike up random conversations with anyone and be able to "Facebook-friend" them and ask them to coffee the very next day. If you value your education and want to surround yourself with God-fearing students serving each other and the Lord, then Biola is the place for you!

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