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Reviews 1700 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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3 College Senior

Party Scene: Students stay up really late and have fun in random ways. Biola definitely not big on partying "yolo" style but you are able to have fun with a good group of people.

4 College Senior

Majors: I am an Communication Sciences and Disorders major. The program is very intensive but is very good at preparing the students for the future. Since going on the get your Masters is pretty much required in order to do anything big in the Speech-Language Pathology world, the professors work hard to make sure the students understand what they are getting into. The professors are really helpful and well versed in their fields which makes the program more legitimate.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Our school has great academic programs. The best program is called Torrey. Torrey is an accelerated program for students who are looking to be challenged. Students cover many topics and are required to read a book about every week.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are little to no student discounts that I have discovered. Nothing near Biola is necessarily cheap, because the big things are Disneyland and knotts. These two places are pricey. There are a few museums and look out points that are cheap, but a bit far to drive. Overall though there are things to do around Biola; however, they are not always the cheapest or most convenient.

3 College Junior

Local Area: The local atmosphere is okay; however, if you do not have a car the campus seems painfully remote. Biola University is located near the downtown LA and downtown Fullerton. It is located to many very popular beaches, and it is close to the all time favorite, Disneyland. Though these are all great attractions, if you do not have a car everything is too far to walk/take public transportation to.

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2 College Junior

Campus Quality: Biola University has a good campus; however there are many things the school needs to work on. Overall the campus is well maintained, but there is nothing extraordinary about the campus. It is very simple and plain. The athletics are not promoted well and there is very little interaction with campus activities and student hang outs. I believe there is much room for Biola University to improve in this area.

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3 College Senior

Parking: There is ally enough parking, it's proximity that can be an issue. The school has been building a lot of new parking structures so as to counteract the parking problems they have faced over the previous years.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Great at the sports they provide! Only reason it's not an A is because of some of the facilities and that Biola is NAIA as opposed to NCAA.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Looking for a godly man or woman? Plenty of options. Looking for a hipster or fashionista? Even more options.

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5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Biola is the best for its Christian professors across all disciplines- especially the Bible profs that everyone takes because of the Bible minor. Our professors make this university stand out.

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5 College Junior

Transportation: Campus is small and does not require transportation around campus. Biola recently started a free shuttle that goes to various grocery stores, movie theaters, and malls nearby.

1 College Senior

Diversity: There are hardly any students of color on on campus!!

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4 College Freshman

Technology: The teachers are great are personable. The food is also amazing. The campus is well kept and the other students are very friendly and helpful.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I would say its your usual dinning options however we are close to LA so if one wants you can go to an upscale restaurant if you were wanting to.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: We are all asked to sign a contract stating that we won't drink or smoke while attending the institution. I really like it because it creates a safe environment for all the student.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is a good variety of students ranging from hipster and artsy to business and they all interact and enjoy each other without discrimination.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus, they have a great safety system, I'm constantly seeing the officers patrolling the streets throughout the day and night.

3 College Freshman

Academics: I am a nursing major at Biola University and I am pretty satisfied. The science prerequisites have been challenging and the work has been rewarding. All the professors I have had are all kind and compassionate. They are usually more than willing to meet with you and help you outside of class. Even though I have learned so much from attending this school, theres a rumor that half the students are on the Deans List which makes me a bit suspicious about how rigorous the school really is.

4 College Freshman

Parking: School parking is not bad. Due to the new parking structure, there are almost always parking spots. Students fight over the parking spots surrounding the dorms because the parking structure is not necessarily close to classes and dorms and the walking can be a bit of a pain. And of course, you must have a parking permit. This perspective is coming from someone living on campus, so off-campus parking might be a bit different.

3 College Freshman

Administration: This school is very strict. When you enroll you are under a contract. The contract prohibits drinking (even if you are of the age), smoking, illegal drug use and you must remain abstinent. Also, there are certain open hours in which members of the opposite sex can come into your room, but beyond that boys can only be in boys' room/floor and girls can only be in girls' room/floor. The open hours are Wednesday and Friday from 6:00pm-11:00pm and Saturday and Sunday from 2:00pm-11:00pm. You are made aware of the strict contract before enrolling. Even though students manage to find a way around it, if you are planning to break the contract this is not the school for you.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: This school is very expensive. Although I did in the end receive enough aid to attend, it was not easy and they did not do much to help. They pretty much told you how much more money you needed and if you did not have enough by a certain date then they tell you to consider your other options. Now that I am a student here it seems like they are spending any money received trying to attract incoming students with new buildings and dorms instead of aiding students who are struggling to make ends meet.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Compared to many schools, the Biola Caf is great! They have various options and if you don't like any of them you can always turn to the sandwich or salad station. They also cater to people with gluten intolerance and celiac disease which is awesome. There are three other places you can turn to for food if you don't want to go to the Caf. You can go to Eagles Nest, Common Grounds (mosly coffee shop) and the Talon. All three of them offer Tapingo services which allow you to order food between classes if you unable to make it to the Caf. All in all, it's pretty good but I think like everywhere else you start to miss home made meals!

5 College Sophomore

Weather: It's Southern California; you better like sunshine. La Mirada doesn't get nearly as hot as my hometown a couple hours to the north, and the coldest day might dip into the 50s (or even the 40s). Snow is non-existent. If you want snow, go to the mountains. If you want heat, go to the desert. But La Mirada has a beautiful climate that most students won't complain about.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms here at Biola are generally great. They're clean and well kept, not too expensive and dorm life is great. It's extensive compared to most other colleges, because upperclassmen typically live on campus as well, though some opt for upperclassmen housing in the Biola Apartments or dorms like Thompson. A couple dorms are less than perfect (Hart, Alpha) but mine (Horton) is the model of perfection in college living.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I think the majors are great. However I would love if they had a different name for my program than pastoral and general ministry.

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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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