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5 College Freshman

Administration: I personally love how strict Campus Safety can be. Everything they do is for our safety and in order to teach us lessons before we go out into the real world where parking tickets and speeding tickets can be hundreds of dollars. There is no curfew like some private schools so that is nice. The only thing resembling a curfew would be open hours which are the hours that the opposite sex is allowed in your dorm room.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love this school. Seriously, it's the greatest choice I've ever made. I love the community, I love the people I have come to know, the class sizes are small, the profs are extremely nice and gracious and are willing to talk with you about anything. Chapels can be a hassle if you aren't on top of them but overall, most students enjoy the chapels and the chapel speakers.

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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's a rarity to hear about drugs/alcohol on campus. All students are under contract which means no drugs, alcohol, gambling, and sex outside of marriage. Enforcement of the policy is very strict. If caught, the consequences range from spiritual direction to expulsion.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Great on campus atmosphere. Dorm events are most often really fun, community is for the most part great, making friends is definitely easy. Two dorms are suite-style meaning two rooms share a bathroom in the middle and it is wonderful. The newer more popular dorms are more expensive but overall most of the rooms are all the same.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: Awesome professors. Cannot wait to serve the Lord by serving others.

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5 College Freshman

Parking: Don't need a car on campus. Free shuttle bus will take you to nearby local entertainment, grocery, etc.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Everything is great but we need a football team!

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Christian university that's very non-judgemental.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Hard workload, small amount of nursing applicants get chosen for the program so it's competitive but an excellent program.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: awesome RA's and nicely kept up buildings, etc.

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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Hardly noticible, especially since I don't do drugs.

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5 College Freshman

Administration: The strictness is for our safety.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Awesome to be around good-looking students that love the Lord!

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Near Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, beaches, shopping centers, swap meets, theaters, etc. Quiet and safe town. Known to be the 'safest place to live'!

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The options in and around Biola are wonderful!

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Many of my friends enjoy profs & classes!

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3 College Senior

Party Scene: There is a nightlife but it is well hidden. Biola's contract does not allow consumption of alcohol or drug use. There are many reasons for this but the results are as follows: our campus has way less rape and substance-induced rape, our campus is safer and has less accidents. The main reason why we are a dry campus is so that we do not become a stumbling block to the people who have problems with alcohol and abusing it. We come to Biola because we want to grow in our relationship with God and become the best people we can be. For some people it is no problem to have a glass of wine or some beer (that is where the hidden night life is) and for others it can be a huge problem and temptation. So our school parties don't have alcohol... big deal. We're still cooler than you ;)

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3 College Senior

Majors: I am in the film program. I enjoy the community immensely and most of our professors are amazing. Being so close to Los Angeles definitely helps us get into the industry and find good internships while still in school. In my program, internships are required in order to graduate. That said, there are of course some downers. Not all of the professors know as much as they should and it is almost impossible to pursue a specific film career that is not directing, editing or cinematography. The equipment room has some good cameras but the people that run it are down right tyrants and will withhold equipment for their own selfish gain. All in all I rate my program B+.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are dozens of off campus housing options that are a fraction of the cost of on campus living which is great but there are probably only a handful that are walking distance from the school. This is bad if you don't have a car and/or no way to get to school besides walking. If you live in or near the Biola apartments a shuttle is offered driving back and forth to the school throughout the day which is a great option.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Biola has dozens of clubs and groups that most likely you will find at least one that you're interested in. I love the variety offered. There is also an honors program that is offered but while it does sound good I don't understand the benefit of taking it.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I personally have not had the greatest community on the floors that I lived on both years but I have many friends whose floor communities are excellent. Biola's dorms are very clean and well maintained and I love that the dorms aren't too close to main campus, giving you some space from the center of campus. The cost however is steep, if it weren't for the high prices I would continue living on campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Biola's campus is continuing to grow and expand but with that said at least half of the dorms are pretty old. Either not allowing you to control the temperature of the air in the room (central control for the whole building) or no air conditioning period and in La Mirada it's crazy to not at least have the option of air conditioning. The sports facilities they have are in pretty good condition and well maintained. While the dining area is pretty nice the quality of the food isn't the best or healthiest. Regardless this is a excellent school that is continuing to improve. The teachers and the president though are the best! I've never met so many instructors in one place that truly care about what they're teaching and the students that they are teaching. Biola is a blessing.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: Once of Biola's slogans is "Think Biblically... About Everything." They do a great job of doing that. Their integration of the Christian worldview into all fields of study is superb. The philosophy department has some of the best Christian philosophers in the world (seriously).

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Good luck finding public transportation. There's a bus stop nearby, but I don't know how great it is. However, if you have your own vehicle, then traffic is decent, depending on the direction your traveling and the time of the day.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Biola's neighborhood is a fairly quiet suburban area, but it is next to a lot of bustling cities, such as Fullerton and Los Angeles. There aren't too many attractions near campus, except for a strip mall that has a Chuck-e-Cheese, a Panera, and a dollar theater. But, if you have a car, there are some good eateries within a five minute driving radius.

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Rose of Sharon Chapel Rose of Sharon Chapel This is a small prayer chapel where students can go any time, 24/7, for prayer.
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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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