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Reviews 1900 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: It's half an hour away from everything

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: SO many great people to meet

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2 College Freshman

Athletics: They do not focus much on athletics or support for it. They dissolved the cheerleading team as well.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Everything is taken care of and it's great

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1 College Freshman

Scholarships: They don't offer much financial aid at all

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of places, kinda far though

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5 College Junior

Campus Food: Biola has been rated one of the best cafeterias in the entire United States. While at times it's food can seem a little repetitive, it consistently has really good food (hot meals, cereal, bagels, sometimes waffles, stir fry, and pizza [sometimes even specialty pizza that is pretty good]), probably far better than most college students can make themselves. They are also aware of organic or vegan diets, allergies to certain foods, and a gluten free section.

Most students are also offered flex dollars that they can use anywhere food related on campus. Biola also offers other food programs that make life convenient, such as Tapingo, where you can order your food or coffee via wifi, and meal equivalency, where they'll give you an already prepared meal in exchange for one meal credit. They aren't always very good, but they are always quick.

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5 College Junior

Administration: It's the best... or the worst, depending on how you look at it. It is the ideal place for a Christian student who wishes to have a totally unaltered Christian experience at the university. However, if you're trying to find a nightlife scene or a group of drinking buddies, you'll be hard pressed to find them at this school. Basically: No alcohol, no drugs, no sex for all undergrad students. It's a strict policy, so only for those who are looking for it.

Campo hands out parking tickets like candy, so be sure to have your parking permit sticker and know you aren't in the visitor's or professor's parking lot.

Visitation in dorms is quite restrictive. Guys and girls are split up by floors, so no two adjacent rooms have different genders. There are only certain hours that they can go into each other's dorms. As of 2013, it's Wednesday and Friday nights, plus the afternoons and evenings on weekends. All opposite sex visitors have to leave by 11 pm.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: Biola isn't known for its athletics team, but they are fun to attend from time to time. School spirit generally is pretty high, and the gymnasium is open for students most of the time. When you can't go in there to play basketball, there's also a small basketball court by Hope Hall. If you prefer frisbee or soccer, there's the large McNally field. And lastly, there's tennis courts and a beach volleyball court on the south side of campus.

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: Biola is an expensive school, and there's not much going around that. I was fortunate to receive state grants, federal grants, and academic scholarship, plus a few minor scholarships, but even still that only covered half of the tuition. If you really want to go this school, work hard to earn those scholarships to lower the tuition costs, since loans can be a pain in the ass, especially for how much money it is to go here.

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4 College Junior

Technology: It's always hard to give a perfect rating, but I'd say this is pretty close. While they don't provide you free laptops here, they do offer a great deal of support if you have any sort of technical troubles, and all of that support is pretty much free. On campus wifi is good no matter where you are, but ethernet is almost always better. Each dorm room has at least four ethernet outputs, so that's convenient for moving desks if you've got a desktop.

If you don't have a computer, there are computer labs in the library, both Mac and PC's. Library printing is fairly simple and easy to use, but can get pricey if you use it too often. It's about 10c per b/w page, and 30c per color.

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4 College Junior

Local Area: Not much to do in La Mirada except for some movie theaters, some places to eat (Five Guys, Corner Bakery, In 'n Out, Buffalo Wild Wings, to name a few popular ones). But if you go a little further (absolutely need a car), you can find Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Griffith Observatory, and the rest of LA not too far off. If you've got a car, local hotspots and activities aren't so bad, but otherwise you're stuck on campus.

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3 College Junior

Transportation: Everything you need is basically on campus, but to go off campus for things you'd like to do (like watch a movie), you almost always need a car. There's a shuttle that goes off campus on the weekends to the nearby attractions, such as movie theater, Target, dollar theater, and other shopping areas, but it's a pain if you miss the shuttle time since it doesn't come around a lot.

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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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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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