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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Dorms here are really nice actually. The costs are a little pricey, but so is everything at this school. The way I see it, you're not coming here because it's cheap, but because it's nice and Christian. You get what you pay for, for the most part, and in regards to the dorms and social atmosphere, it's quite nice.

Once a semester, the RAs in each dorm host a special "all-hall" where students come together and socialize, usually in some sort of themed way, such as Christmas ugly sweaters or something. Some halls are better than others, but generally people aren't too loud and students are nice.

Campus housing (at least on the south side) is fairly close to all your classes, while the north campus housing is closer to the cafeteria. But it's such a small school, that the differences aren't too much. Everything from the on-campus coffee shop, to the cafeteria, to the parking garage, it's a relatively short walking distance.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I've liked being at Biola, honestly. The dorms are nice, the people are nice, the food is good, the education is mostly good, and the general life at Biola is pretty carefree and convenient. However, I think that's it's greatest flaw as well. It's not much like the real world, and I'm not getting an experience that helps prepare me for the future.

I wouldn't go here again because (A) I could be receiving a much better education somewhere else. As a graphic design student, I feel like I'm being babied sometimes, and I don't have room to grow because I feel like I'm already one of the best designers. Critiques haven't truly helped me become better, and I'm wondering if staying here was worth it.

And (B), is that I'm starting to hate the iron-clad bubble experience of the Christian school environment here. I'm in an incredibly biased educational setting that doesn't give me options to explore different worldviews or different kinds of people. It's a perfect place for people who want a distinctly Christian education, but for better or for worse, it's doesn't feel like real life here.

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5 College Junior

Weather: Weather is actually great all year round. In the winters, it barely ever gets less than 50 degrees. When it rains, it's usually only a slight drizzle. But for most of the year, it's bright sunshine and partly cloudy days.

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4 College Junior

Parking: Parking lots on campus are multi-leveled and provide a generally large number of spots, but even so they fill up quickly. In southern California, it's difficult to get anywhere interesting outside of campus without a car, but if you plan on rarely leaving campus, it's not that big of a problem.

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus Safety is constantly patrolling and sending updates on their security measures, and their diligence in promptly issuing parking tickets encourage students to remember that they exist. They definitely make Biola a safe place, and while they are helpful and nice, they can be considered overbearing, especially regarding bicycling or skateboarding in restricted areas on campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: I don't live on-campus but based on what I see. I always see campus transportations around. Bus stops are nearby.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love going to school. The people there are amazingly kind and the professors teach with love. They really care about each student and provide as much wisdom possible!

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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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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I haven't actually been able to live on-campus, however, one of my best friends lives in the dorms so I visit often. Although it isn't suite-style, based on the people and social events it is pretty nice!

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5 College Sophomore

Administration: There is nothing strict about our campus. Every student loves it here!

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Communication disorders is more of a smaller group compared to the other majors. However, each major is blessed with great professors. The professors are so humble and really care about the students. I can really tell that they want us to go far!

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors are great. All the professors I have had so far.... they were amazing. I learned so much! The professors really care about their students. They listen to any concerns and really put themselves out there to help us with studies, life, and anything else!

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Nothing based on club and bar scenes. Not allowed.

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Due to high expenses (private school), I was a little insecure based on loans but the office of finance was very good to me. They would stay on the phone until all the things I need are finished, call back based on my voice messages, and exceptionally helpful in the office. I was always able to make an appointment and get 1 on 1. The office also knew how much I was struggling and even extended the time for my fees!

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Biola's school spirit is shown everywhere, wherever!

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There is always campus polices around Biola Campus. All of them are super generous. The measure of security is high and I feel extremely safe around campus. There are dispatchers before you enter the campus on each side which means you cannot enter unless you have a guest parking ticket or your school ID.

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5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Many of the people I met have great personalities! It's hard to not make friends.

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5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Biola is a private Christian school and every student who is under 21 must agree to avoid any drug and alcohol scenes. Although we sign a paper in regards, I believe that each student makes the CHOICE of avoiding these types of scenes. It's not forced upon, and honestly I feel that each individual is old enough and capable of making right decisions.

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5 College Sophomore

Technology: Biola's internet speed is by far the best compared to the other universities I've been to. There are numerous computers in the library (each floor). A desk with librarians are there to help out with any issues. I have never had any complications regarding printing and internet around Biola!

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are really wonderful, and are very spacious. The community is absolutely great in the dorms, and I love to hang out with others from my hall.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: My school really isn't a party school in the way of drugs and alcohol, so the bar/club scene is really not applicable. However, there are lots of things to do both on and off campus at night, such as going to local eateries or juice and boba tea shops. On campus, there are always things going in the dorms, cafes, the gym, or just around the campus in group spots.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have had a great experience at my school so far and cannot wait for more time there. If I had to choose all over again, I would definitely go there.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: The campus strictness is probably above average, but has a very positive affect on all of the students.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The campus is definitely packed with very "hipster" students, and it's known as a "ring by spring" sort of school, but really, I haven't seen too much of that sort of thing. All of the guys that I have met are very kind and gentlemanly, and chivalry is big among the students. All of the girls are very nice and there's really no "clique" junk, like in high school, going on anywhere. It's very easy to make friends and get involved with the community, and anyone who says otherwise just isn't trying.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: 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.

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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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