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Reviews 1687 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I've learned more than I ever realized I would here at Biola. The professors doing a great job and there are many programs available to study!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: If you have a car/ride, there are more options than you could imagine. Lots of fun little ethnic places. People are obsessed with FroYo, Guppy Tea House, and the Night Owl (a coffee shop that doesn't close as long as people want to sit and talk). Check out groupon for good deals and always ask if the restaurant has a student discount. Only problem is most everything delicious is 2-5miles away, a little too far to walk.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: They are working on the parking problem by installing a new structure. The only problem is that takes a whole parking lot in the meantime.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most students who choose to find off-campus housing do not have much trouble as there tend to be many options. Most split rent by housing with 5-7 others, making it affordable.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: You have to drive sometimes, but Disneyland is close and the city of La Mirada is adorable.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: When it's nice out, which it is often, everyone is outside. The weather can be somewhat unpredictable, but it is SoCal, so weather is almost always better than most places.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: They have a shuttle, which can be useful but the places it goes are limited. You don't need any real modes of transportation beyond your feet to get around campus. Cars come in handy for getting most places.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I personally was and still am in need of a great number of scholarship to be able to attend the school. Thankfully, I was able to receive more than half of my tuition in financial aid. The school offers a great of help in terms of available aid for students. However, I did face some difficult in receiving the aid because of a mix up with my residency after I returned from a study-abroad program. I would encourage anyone interested in this program, be sure to read all of the fine print which applies to your eligibility for federal student aid after having lived abroad for a span of time. This demonstrated a large setback for me, and I had to postpone attending school for two whole years because of it. I don't regret my study-abroad experience, but it made it extremely difficult to continue my financial aid.

5 College Freshman

Technology: I spend a great deal of time using the computers at Biola, and I can attest to the fact that they are top quality. There is always an available combination of Macs as well as PCs, all free for student use, fully programmed with as many helpful programs as one would need. They are kept clean and clear, and have an excellent Internet network that is never slow and frustrating to use. I can always rely on the excellent technology in the library and commuter's lounge, where I spend the majority of my time. WiFi is also available basically everywhere you step on campus, which is also incessantly helpful.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Overall, the majority of the students attending my school all come from very similar walks of life. Because the tuition is quite high, and because of the school's Christian affiliation, most of the kids come from middle to upper class white backgrounds, possessing the resources and parental support to be able to afford and sustain a private university experience. These kids make up the unfortunate majority, so it is much more uncommon to come across large pockets of other demographics, simply because the resources and scholarships available to these lesser-privileged groups are not always there. There are several active diversity groups and clubs on campus fighting to pave the way for greater diversity, but so far, there hasn't been much progress.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: The Southern California weather is pretty close to perfect on my campus! It's always so funny to me to watch other students from out of state who are used to lots of snow during the winter, as they walk around in shorts and sandals, dumbfounded at the gorgeous, sunny weather we get to enjoy year-round. It really lightens everyone's mood, and puts students in a great place to learn. On the flip side though, it also fills everyone with a longing to go out and do activities linked to carefree, summer weather rather than the systematic order of school--activities like hitting up the beach and playing sports outside, which simply have to wait till the weekend or summer vacation to happen. Of course, there are a few token cloudy or rainy days, but they are so minimal in the grand scheme of the year. Overall, the weather here is seriously FANTASTIC.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: It's Southern California weather. The beach is an hour away. The mountains are 2 hours away. Mostly sunny and rare rain. Perfect weather!

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5 College Senior

Drug Safety: All students are required to sign a contract prior to their enrollment to Biola indicating they will not partake in drugs/alcohol, premarital sex, etc.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I really love being a Biology major. Everyone is so close to each other and we always encourage one another. It is definitely difficult being in science and having your faith mixed into it but it is worthwhile. Professors are encouraging and are always willing to help you. The only downside is that Biola seems not to focus much in the Biology department but there are endless opportunities being passed out by the professors themselves.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There are a few people that do not abide by the rules. Campus safety really tries to catch anyone in the act and the whole campus will get notified. I am a sophomore here and I've only been notified once or twice about drugs circulating!

4 College Junior

Diversity: Biola has fair amount of diversity. Any lack of diversity is made up for as Biola seeks to celebrate the diveristy not only of the school but also of the Church in many ways with many oppurtunities for cultural awareness and an entire week dedicated to a missions conference every year.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of restaurants within walking or driving distance of Biola. There are a broad range of costs from In-N-Out to five-star restaurants. Almost everywhere is casual, and community-oriented.

5 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Biola has a no-drug and no-alcohol policy/contract for all students who are currently enrolled in classes, no matter what age they are. I really like that the University has taken an interest in the health and well-being of its students' concerning drugs and alcohol. It is such a shame when college students get into the drug/alcohol scene and end up on a downward spiral. From my experience, I do not know any students who do take drugs and drink alcohol, which is totally awesome!

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I absolutely love the integration aspect of my major. I had never been exposed to Christian thinking within psychology before (especially at my community college courses). All of my professors so far have been really great. It is cool to learn their specific backgrounds in psychology and what they are doing now in the field. One thing that I think is really cool, is that students can participate in experimental studies in order to receive extra credit for most psychology classes. The studies are fun and usually only last about 30 minutes.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I enjoy the caf but being a vegetarian can be hard sometimes.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe. The campus is small and I always see Campus Safety walking around and in the parking lots. Campus safety will send us emails of crime alert so I also feel very up to date on the status of the safety on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Studnet life is good and studnets can use most of all.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Local areas are safe, clean, and friendly. I like it.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It is good food, but it needs to have variety. For instance, it is good to have interantional foods. Mostly there are Western food, it is good to have more Asian foods.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Biola University is pretty strict and serious about their policies. They have specific guidelines on how we should act with the opposite sex but I love their rules. I think it is good for all the students.

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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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