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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Somewhat stay to themselves, some are very self centered.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: The predominant races on campus are White and Asian. There are a lot of events promoting ethnicity and racial diversity (which seem to exclude white people a lot). I would say a majority of people are from the middle to middle-upper class economically. I would say a majority of people are pretty conservative , and you have to be Christian to go to the school. There are gay people on campus, however, you are technically not allowed to be homosexual and go to Biola so the majority of people are straight and those that are gay keep it on the down low from what I can tell.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of places nearby for off campus dining. A lot of them are the normal fast food chains but if you dig deep you can definitely find little hole in the wall places good for ethnic foods and just good food in general since on campus dining gets pretty repetitive. Plus, IN N OUT. Need I say more?

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I've heard good things about off campus housing. I believe Biola apartments can be hard to get into but multiple complexes in the area are helpful and friendly to Biola students. The average rent cost is around $300-$350 with a couple roommates I believe.

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3 College Freshman

Majors: The nursing program is pretty hard to get into. only 40 people are accepted each year. Priority acceptance goes to those with an avg. 3.3+ GPA and a science GPA of 3.0+, those that did not have to retake a science course for a C- and below grade, have taken 3 of 4 required sciences already, 2 of 4 have to have been taken at Biola. Job experience is a plus, leadership roles, missions work, and Biola extracurriculars are also a plus.

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College Freshman

Majors: Not sure what the typical internship looks like. I plan to have one eventually with nursing.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Nursing program is intense. Science classes are pretty hard and they only take 40 of the initial 75-80 people accepted into the pre-clinical program. You apply to the clinical program fall of sophomore year and then you find out whether or not you made it into the program in February. If you didn't get accepted, you can wait around another year to reapply, or switch majors, or just leave the school in general

5 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are great. They are always open to talking or even grabbing coffee with you. They are always gracious and willing to reason and find a solution for you if you have a problem. Registration is pretty frustrating if you don't have a lot of credits that are transferred in because all the upperclassmen get first dibs so if you're a freshman or sophomore you're scrambling for the scraps and it's a struggle to get the profs you want. Workload all depends on your major and your profs. Students are pretty vocal about which profs are good/bad/easy/hard/give a lot of work, etc

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The Student Union Building (SUB) is kinda cool, not too popular. there are pool tables and board games, for the most part people just hang out or study there. The more popular spots include Common Grounds and Eagles Nest which are the coffee shop and one of the eateries on campus. There isn't a lot of indoor seating but there is plenty of outdoor seating. Popular campus events include Nationball (dorm vs. dorm dodgeball), midnight madness, Punk n Pie (talent show), and Mock Rock (dance/lipsync competition). Also, once a semester there is a conference where classes are cancelled weds-fri and all you do is go to conference sessions (mandatory 8 credits and any more go as chapel credit).

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4 College Freshman

Technology: Not sure about computer labs or computer availability in the library but most people have their own laptops. I would say 95% of classes allow laptops or whatever technology in class and lot of classes use them to interact with the class, plus the profs upload powerpoints for you to access and follow along in class. Wifi on campus is pretty unpredictable. A majority of the time it is accessible and decent, but there will be random days and sometimes weeks that the wifi is just awfully slow.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking has its ups and downs for sure. Living on campus, there have been a lot of downs lately, especially in upper campus due to the construction of the new parking structure. If you don't get back to campus before about 10pm, there's almost no hope in finding a spot near your dorm on upper campus and probably lower campus as well. There is always parking in the parking structure which is good for classes but not so much for the dorm. If your issue with parking far at night is that you don't feel safe, you can always call Campus Safety and they will give you a ride back to your dorm no problem.
Parking permits are $120 a semester and those extend through interterm for the fall permit and summer for the spring permit. If you do not have a permit on your car it is more than likely that Campus Safety will ticket your car and that'll cost you $35 a ticket. If you are a student, you can't park in staff or visitor parking except between 5pm-7am or you'll be ticketed, and parking crooked with your tires over the lines is unacceptable and will most likely result in a ticket as well. In reality, having a car is not that necessary because there is a free shuttle that will take you to a few different locations thurs-sun. Aside from that, it is likely that you'll have a friend that will have a car or will be able to post on a facebook page asking for a ride.

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5 College Freshman

Weather: Sunny Southern California! That's all I have to say :)

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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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College Freshman

Majors: Hope to get a nursing internship in the near future.

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!

College Freshman

Greek Life: there is no greek life at Biola

4 College Freshman

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

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Haven't looked into it yet.

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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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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