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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.

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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.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I definitely enjoy the program. The English department is wonderful, and the professors are welcoming and available to assist students at any point. The Torrey Honors program is absolutely amazing and I would recommend it to any student in a heartbeat.

5 College Freshman

Majors: My career goal is to be an author. I have no illusions regarding the difficulty of that field, and I know it will be difficult in the publishing industry, but I feel that the professors of the department at my school are the absolute best people I could go to for assistance and advice to guide me through this process. I'm not at all concerned about finding a job in my field, simply because I know that I will have to have a secondary job on hand while I'm writing to begin with, and the professors in my department are completely able to aid me in gaining the knowledge I need to still work in the field and not lose myself in the slush pile after graduation.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid process is ongoing and requires a definite level of proactivity on the part of the student. Without your involvement in the process, it will not go very far past scholarship recommendations. As a student who is going through college without any loans whatsoever, it's extremely important to be proactive regarding scholarships and family financial involvement. Some people think it's impossible to go through college without any loans. It's difficult, certainly, but never impossible, and it's worth it so that you don't have to pay off loans for ten to twelve years after graduating college. That makes the work with the scholarships so much easier to bear, knowing that it will keep me from paying back loans in the future.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The English department is definitely a fun, interesting, and welcoming department that likes to include every student within it in all of its various activities. There are constant updates from the head of the department regarding internship and career opportunities, and because of the versatility of the major, there are several more opportunities presented on and off campus. For instance, one can easily get connected with the campus newspaper and become a freelancer or even editor's assistant within the first year, even the first semester. The workload of the major is challenging, but interesting and fun.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The academics offered at this school are top-notch. The professors are welcoming and personal; they want to actually know the students and how they are doing throughout college life. It's easy to talk with them during office hours, class, or just on campus. The workload is heavy, but absolutely worth it. Study areas are available everywhere on campus to anyone, and it's easy to organize study groups with other students. The registration process is a little difficult sometimes, but that's average for any college across the board. In the case of this school, it's relatively easier than with other colleges, I'd say. The honors program, as aforementioned, is absolutely unparalleled.

5 College Freshman

Weather: It's in Los Angeles, and the weather is roughly 70 degrees year-round. It's far enough from downtown and the center of the city that the smog isn't a problem, and the sky is almost always clear and blue. It rarely gets cold, and rains only a fraction of the year.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: This school knows that you don't have to have drugs and alcohol to have a good time in college. Students are very aware that the social scene doesn't have to involve those things, and the community is one of the best I've ever encountered, the absolute best of any college I visited, for sure. Drugs and alcohol just aren't on campus, and students like it that way.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The campus athletics are great, and our teams are very talented and determined to do their absolute best. As far as fan support and school spirit goes, it wavers from time to time, but anyone who attends a game can't stay lukewarm for very long. The school spirit at the games is great. The athletic facilities are wonderful and can be used by any student, not just the athletes.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: 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

Campus Quality: 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

Health & Safety: The campus is extremely safe at all hours and crime is very uncommon on campus, which is unusual for a college in the Los Angeles area. The campus health center is very convenient and high quality.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I love my school and like noted above having all of my professors being professing Christians is my favorite part, they can share and teach us things that will help us become great professionals but also great men and women of God.

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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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