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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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5 College Student

Health & Safety: Campus safety is available at all times and since its a Christian campus, any incidences of assault are sub zero.

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3 College Junior

Weather: It is pretty sunny here for the most part. The hottest months are August and September .

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: The food is pretty good . There is always something different and there is a wide variety or choices.

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3 College Junior

Party Scene: People can hang out with their friends in the dorms, play video games, watch television or you can ride your long board late at night around campus. There's house parties on the weekends that are fun and safe but if you go to clubs or bars around the area, people are bound to getting hurt.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: There is so much to do in Los Angeles county. You can go to Disney Land, Knottsberry Farm, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Beaches. I can keep listing, but, I think you get the gist. The location is perfect.

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4 College Senior

Parking: There are many lots and a parking structure. The structure will never be full and you can usually find parking under the field. Parking near dorms is difficult but should be resolved once the new structure is finished in May 2014. Do not park in faculty/staff spots before 5pm and after 7am and park as straight as you can or you will be ticketed. Visitor spots are for visitors, handicap spots are for handicap and motorcycle spots are for motorcycles.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Panera Bread, Starbucks, Subway, Flame Broiler, Burger King and Cold Stone are right down the street as well as Stater Bros, CVS and Albertsons. If you have a car, or someone who can drive you/lend you a car, Pick Up Sticks, Korean BBQ, Chipotle, Juice It Up, Denny's, McDonalds, Chick Fil A and Red Robin are close by on Imperial. Cold Stone offers a Biola discount. Many mom and pop places are close as well. My favorite is Cream and Sugar Cafe (formerly Cafe Azucar) on La Mirada less than a mile from campus.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I didn't like living in the dorms at Biola. I felt like I had no freedom. We were barred from allowing boys into our rooms on certain days and at certain times. No one can give you an honest answer as to why this is. I lived in Alpha, which is an all girls' dorm. Prepare for girl drama no matter what dorm you live in. The next year I lived in Hope, which is the newest dorm and one of the nicest. There are quiet hours, but it is not always observed and most RAs are chosen based on the possibility of being good rather than actually being good. For the most part they aren't very good at taking care of anyone other than themselves. The lottery causes mayhem across campus with many tears and anger. Dorm life is not as cheap as you would think because you are required to buy a meal plan. Living off campus can be much cheaper than living on campus.

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4 College Senior

Campus Food: The cafeteria, lovingly known as the caf, is where most meals can be spent. The caf is comprised of several different stations all serving unique kinds of cuisine. If you don't like anything on the menu, salad, ice cream, cereal and sandwich items are always available. Eagle's Nest, Common Grounds, The Talon, and The Soaring Eagle offer different styles of food from asian twists to good ol' American foods as well as Seattle's Best coffee and concoctions. Flex dollars can be used at these places with the exception of meal equivalency offered at most non-caf places. My favorite is the morning oatmeal at The Talon and the Eagle Burger with sweet potato fries at Eagle's Nest.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Most people at Biola fight for the off-campus apartments on the Bluff or the Block. Many students resort to nearby houses or McComber Creek, which is right down the street on Stage and Beach. However, I live in Anaheim, 30 minutes away from Biola. Although I lived in the dorms for a year and a half, sometimes it's nice to get out of the Biola bubble. Making your housing arrangements for the upcoming year as fast as you can and always account for change. Have back up plans as well as back up roommates. Biola classifieds is full of apartments and house rentals that are helpful.

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4 College Senior

Academics: I wanted to be a part of Biola University's journalism department because it was making waves in the media industry. The professors have been amazing and always available to answer questions to the best of their ability. A professor of mine even left an important meeting to answer my question. Registration is easy and the Biola staff or students are always willing to help. The study rooms in the library are hard to get but definitely worth it especially for rooms. The most popular study areas are downtown Biola, dorm common rooms, the fountain, and creek park as well as the library.

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3 College Senior

Academics: At Biola University, the journalism department seems like it's just up and running. Because many of the faculty are much more experienced, they tend to scrutinize more on what they thing should happen rather than the reality of situations. For example, they expect everyone to get outstanding internships and constantly compare you to those who have "better" internships. The public relations aspect of the journalism department is amazing. I think the journalism department needs more experience and needs to grow.

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5 College Sophomore

Weather: It's Southern California you can't complain about it.

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5 College Sophomore

Administration: We are really strict when it come to people doing bad stuff on campus.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: The Biola campus is awesome. It is always clean and fresh looking! There are many places to hang out, like by the student union, the cafeteria. There are two places to get food by the student union, and a place specific for all kinds of drinks. There's also the bookstore, which also has an apple store close to it, which offers discounts for the students. The library has three floors, and very cozy. Many organizations to join within the majors. They have one of the largest student led missions organizations. It is so fun.

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3 College Junior

Parking: Parking is a bummer because the school attendance is growing faster than the actual campus can expand, but the school definitely shows effort in this area because already one parking structure has been built and another is on its way.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I am kind of biased because I landed a great house but many students have trouble finding good housing. From what I hear and have experienced prices are pretty good for groups of 5 to 7 and everything is pretty local but you still have to be wary of scams.

4 College Junior

Administration: The University is very strict and sets standards that they stick to. While sometimes it can be annoying to follow these rules they are made for understandable reasons and are maintained well. The rules they set help students focus on schoolwork and help maintain a balanced social life.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of places right around campus willing to rent to students. Often a group of students will go in together and rent a house for the year. Splitting the rent six ways or so makes it fairly affordable.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I've always felt safe on Biola's campus. Campus Safety does a good job keeping everyone up-to-date on any incidents that take place. However, don't leave your laptop lying around, even to get up from your table at the library to find a book really quickly. A handful of laptops have been stolen this way over recent years. I would also recommend keeping your door locked when you're not there, just in case.

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2 College Senior

Parking: Parking on campus has become really difficult with all of the construction going on around upper campus. If you live on the Bluff and can't manage to get one of the few spots up there, you end up having to park under the track field or the parking structure. Alpha, Sigma, and Horton have likewise been impacted. Lower campus's parking lot is far too small for the amount of students who live there, and the majority of the parking spots are too small for anything larger than a Civic.

5 College Student

Academics: Everything is perfect at Biola. I love the staff and classes so much

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3 College Student

Parking: I drive a big lifted truck, and the spaces are sort of small

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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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