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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Great Profs who love their fields and love teaching students.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Biola is a Christian University and we have a lot of fun but it is not a party school

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial Aid is the most difficult aspect of the enrollment process for me. I am not great with numbers and have difficulty understanding all that is required for loans, scholarships, grants, etc. However, I find that Biola has a very organized and easy-to-understand system for financial aid. There are various step-by-step programs that allow students to be highly involved in their financial aid progress and to understand exactly how much they owe and how to achieve paying for it.

This is why I rate the financial aid process higher in spite of my lack of enjoyment of the process.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Since I attend a Christian school, there are rules pertaining to behavioral conduct. We are required to sign a contract that prohibits us from drinking, smoking, etc. However, the goal is to establish virtue. One way that the contract does this (even if one does not agree with it) is that it by signing it, you are giving your word to something. It requires integrity and discipline. To attend this school, it is required to sign the contract. One could attend somewhere else but the contract stipulates conditions for attending Biola University. I don't agree with all of these conditions (e.g. drinking, since I am 28 years old) however it does eliminate certain distractions from study and because it is a valuable education, it is a small price to pay.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I am extremely happy with my program. I would do it all over again because the extensive content of each class makes it so one can gain deeper understanding the more one is immersed in it.

My career goals are to be a teacher of Philosophy, Literature, and/or Religion. I do have concerns about finding a job because of how competitive PhD programs are (if I decide to do that).

5 College Sophomore

Majors: The Philosophy program at my school is rigorous. The faculty are highly proficient in their fields (e.g. publishing in top philosophical journals) and were trained at the finest universities both domestic and abroad.

I enjoy the program for two key reasons. First, as a student, I am receiving rigorous philosophical training. I am learning to think critically and evaluate ideas and interact with culture effectively. Secondly, I am able to learn from the professors' example and observe the way that they view and perform in their academic endeavors.

What is unique about my program is that they have a particular view about the value of education--it is not primarily about attaining certain grades or finding a "good job." Rather, it is about becoming a virtuous person and to use your degree and knowledge to benefit others along with yourself.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: As an English major in my undergrad and a Philosophy major in the graduate program, I have been able to interact with various professors and students. Biola has incredibly talented professors that are proficient in their respective fields.

My last year of my undergraduate degree, I was able to participate in the Honors Grad Track program. I was nominated by a professor and had to complete an application and essay explaining why I wanted to pursue the program (i.e. why I want to teach; why I want to pursue graduate work). I was elected for this program, along with 10 other students.

We worked closely with each other, being mentored by a professor. Here, we learned valuable skills for pedagogy and learned how to put together lesson plans and lectures. This experience was valuable in familiarizing me with tools for professorship and gave me a vision to one day be a teacher/professor. It further motivated me to pursue graduate studies.

4 College Student

Academics: Biola has a wonderful Physician assistant program. I love a chrisyian based school that focuses on career and the bible.

5 College Student

Weather: It is the best cali weather! Warm, hot, cool, windy, rainy!

5 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Biola has beautiful apartments off campus and the safety is incredible. The scenary is also intriguing with beautiful nature.

1 College Student

Administration: Drinking is strict at my school you automatically get sent to the dean and get a review. It is really serious. So parties are very limited at my school.

4 College Student

Academics: i love the challenging work that is given to me and the professors are caring and grateful to work at my school.

2 College Freshman

Weather: The whether can be very odd except in summer and winter. But throughout the year, there have been odd Weather patterns. One day it will be raining and then out of nowhere, it will be very hot.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors that I have had have been very engaging and and connect with the students beyond the classroom. They truly have a heart for students to learn and apply their skills to life. When it comes to personal problems or discussions, they are more than happy to have students visit them in their office and talk with them.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I am really satisfied with my program. If I could do it over again, I would have gotten more involved within my first year. There was much I could have done but either was too busy or I never got around to it and I regret that. But I am starting to get more involved with what they major has the offer with jobs and internships. My career goals are to graduate with a BA degree in journalism and either enter into graduate school in New York, D.C., or Boston or get an internship within the Los Angeles area working for a news company. As of right now, I do not have any concerns. The more internships and jobs I get in within the journalism field, it only builds up on my resume which will increase my chances of getting a good job and start on my career.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I received my first internship at the beginning of the second semester with the California School Project. I was their news reporter for the blog site throughout the year covering stories of CSP and their assigned high school Christian Clubs are spreading the Gospel through events.

3 College Freshman

Majors: With my journalism program, english writing is key. Writing never leaves you regardless of emphasis. But the introductory courses helps built up for the harder ones and english general ed courses only help even more. The difficult parts of admissions was keeping track of everything. When it comes to transcripts, application, SAT scores, and finances, it just can be much to handle. But again, Biola helped me along the way with every phone call and visit I made to make sure I had everything complete. A tip for admissions is to continue in the great character they have of helping new and current students because they are doing a great job at it.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The community is excellent and you meet so many people.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The process of applying to the Cinema and Media Arts department at Biola was easy, but the difficulty of actually getting in depends on the emphasis that you're applying for. I started out as a Production emphasis, which is the most selective. It does not require a sample of your work, but it is next to impossible to be accepted without one. Likewise, it is suggested that people who want to be in the Screenwriting emphasis submit a sample script. Emphases like Media Management and Off-Hollywood are much easier to get into, as they are very small right now and, therefore, the least competitive.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Located in southern California, the weather is always great throughout the year. mostly sunny around 70-80 degrees, with typical rain or cloudy days.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Since Biola is a christian school, drugs are uncommon. There is a great enforcement and prevention against drug use, but unfortunately there may be few to very minimal cases.

4 College Student

Campus Quality: Biola is considered a small school but it is laid out so you don't feel like you're at a small school. The campus has a lot of trees and plants so the landscaping is pretty. There is a combination of original buildings plus newer buildings which have been added over the years. So there is a combination of different types of architecture. One of my favorite things is the awesome mural of Jesus that has so much Christian symbolism. It is beautiful to look at and calming at the same time. Every time I visited the campus I got such a feeling of family and closeness. God is incorporated in every aspect of school and chapel on Sunday night will be a great way to start my week.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I love being an elementary education major because Biola University really prepares you to become am effective teacher. I get to experience what it is like in an elementary classroom setting, and all of the professors are helpful and truly care for their students. I would highly recommend this major to anyone who has a passion for teaching and impacting children's lives.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The counselors in the education department are very helpful, so you should have no trouble getting into the program. Nevertheless, you must be serious about your major in order to succeed and stay on top of courses and deadlines.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Great facilities but dealing with the housing department can be hard

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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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