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Reviews 1764 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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3 College Junior

Weather: Biola is located in LA, where it is beautiful. There have been some rainy days though :( In the summer it is beautiful!

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Our campus safety are extremely cautious of what is going on. Students and staff work graveyard shift to make sure we are safe. As soon as a crime occurs near campus they notify us through email immediately. We have call phones all around campus for when needed, or to simply call when you are too scared to walk from a late class to your dorm.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is a shuttle that comes by even the off campus housing all day long. It stops in the afternoon though so if you have night classes then you're on your own. There is good public transportation though and most people ride their bikes or drive their own car.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a number of options quite near the school. However there is nothing really trendy. It's mostly ethnic foods or franchise locations. My wife and I particularly enjoy Panera Bread which is a 1 min drive from campus.

5 Recent Alumnus

Technology: I believe Biola is ahead of the curve in technology. Apple computers are all over the campus and easily accessible. There are also PC's available for those who are more comfortable with these computers. The journalism, design and film students have access to all Adobe and advanced editing programs and equipment to check out for free.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I really enjoyed being a journalism student and the opportunities it gave me. Most notably, I went with a group of journalism students to the Dominican Republic to write a book about their culture, as a junior in the program. It was life-changing and also provided an awesome product for my portfolio. On top of this, the professors of the program are accessible and very passionate about helping you individually grow not only academically but spiritually, while you're in school and even after you graduate. They know your name and care about you.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I was very happy with the program at Biola and I would do it over again in a heartbeat. I specifically grew in the biblical studies classes. These classes prepared me for a life centered around the Lord and whatever career I end up in will be a direct result of this.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Getting into the journalism program was easy and it does not require addition application. It is a great idea to sit down with the head of the journalism department before choosing the major in order to decide if this is the right path for you.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I had an excellent internship at Biola for my journalism degree. The internship was specifically for public relations and I was able to be part of the University's PR team and have a lot of hands-on experience. While it was unpaid, it was for college credit and helped me build a portfolio.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I recieved a scholarship for grades. Paperwork was necessary, and you need to stay on top of deadlines and talk with your admissions counselor.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Lots of Public transportation is available. Biola also provides a shuttle on weekends to the local shopping centers.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus Safety patrols 24/7. There have been reports of people being assaulted in the park across the street, but not on campus. There were a string of laptop lefts last year, but Campus Safety cracked down and found the culprits. They installed more cameras and keep a keen watch on campus. I feel extremely safe on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Biola offers apartments available to upper class men. There are also a wide selection of houses that are within 5-10 minutes of campus, close enough where one could ride their bike to.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Food places are not that bad. There are fast food areas close by such as Chik-Fil-A and In-N-Out. Other nicer restaurants are about a 20 minute drive. You also have Downtown Disney within 20 minutes which offer great restaurants. Although these are a little pricier, annual pass holders get a discount

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Several options, but need a car to get to most; but, many students have cars and can always find a ride

College Freshman

Drug Safety: I really have never seen any use of any drugs on campus. I know it happens off campus, but really I have not seen any on the campus and it really is a dry campus.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Biola does not really give out much finical aid. They are easy to deal with but there is really just not a lot of money that they are willing to give to their students. There are very few chances to improve the aid as time goes on as well.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Biola is located in a relatively safe neighborhood. However, there are not much place to go out with friends unless you can drive. There are food places, but not enough places to hangout with friends. Nonetheless, Disneyland is about 15 minutes away and many students have anual or season passes. I do know students often go to beach with a group of friends to hangout during the weekends.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm an art major and I love learning in Biola University. It is different from most schools due to the fact that the professors teach us how what we learn in the academics can be integrated with our spiritual beliefs as Christians. It is excellent in the areas of biblical studies, psychology, and more. The professors actually care about students' education and if we seek for help, they take time to go through the materials with us. The community is very accepting and friendly. We are required to go to chapels and conferences for certain number of times per semester but it helps students to grow in biblical truths and faith. It is certainly a great place to grow and to explore what God has already planned for me in the future.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: School spirit could be a lot better, but overall there is a lot of positive energy at games and really good sportsmanship!

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I never hear about drugs at school! It is "uncool" at Biola, which is refreshing!

3 College Junior

Diversity: Well this is definitely tricky. Biola is diverse in ethnicities but here is the breakdown: the majority of students are white, the largest minority are Asians and then African Americans comprise a very small percentage of the population (I think it's 3% now). What's difficult is the homogeneity among the student body. Groups pretty much stay together which makes it hard for different people to understand each other a lot sometimes. The environment can be hard for minorities for sure. We are working on racial reconciliation on our campus though. It just needs prayer because I think Biola has had a long history with this (diversity).

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I think the financial aid process is pretty decent. Truthfully, the school itself doesn't give out a lot of money though so if you're tight on money make sure you look for a lot of outside scholarships and that you do your best to get good grades in your classes!

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: One of the best reasons to choose a school in southern California is the food. Right by campus there are chains such as Panera, Starbucks, Carls Jr, Wendy's and Taco Bell, but if you have a car and go just a few miles in any direction, you can stumble upon a vast array of food options. Also, Biola has a favorite frozen yogurt place that gives Biola students discounts.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Biola is a small campus, so shuttles around campus are not necessary. It is also walking distance to a grocery, pharmacy and several food joints. However, going outside of the immediate vicinity is difficult without owning your own car. Southern California public transportation, or lack there of, is terrible.

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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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