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Reviews 1741 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Beware, the Biola ratio is real: 2 girls to every 1 guy. Many of the gentlemen are hipsters.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus safety works hard to take care of us and La Mirada is a generally safe neighborhood. At orientation they told us there have been no violent crimes on campus, only crimes of opportunity (such as stolen laptops that are left on the main lawn).

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5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The drug scene at Biola is almost nonexistent. And those who do drugs to typically brag about it publicly because its looked down on. Biola is a place for people who are more concerned about learning to love Jesus than feeling good from a temporary high.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Campus dining is good. We have a lot of options, but towards the end of the semester, you really start missing home-cooked meals.

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College Sophomore

Party Scene: Biola is a Christian University, so we signed a contract stating we would not participate in this while enrolled.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: The library has several computer labs on its different levels. They are accessible whenever the library is open, and students have the choice between Apple and Windows computer labs. Biola caters to the needs or preferences of the students, which is great. We have secure wireless internet wherever we go on campus, and it is reliable for the most part.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are every type of race and the guys are cute

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: There is not a lot of crimes in that city; i feel safe

3 College Freshman

Administration: Campus Security can get pretty annoying, because they tend to take their job a little too seriously and tug their responsibilities too much such as the way they handle parking tickets. They tend to cause conflict with a lot of the events my dorm hall has such as Deck the Haven as well. Other than the issue with campus security, there isn't much other issues that students have problems with about Biola being so-called "Very strict and conservative;" Biola really is not bad at all as outsiders such as "BBC" claim it to be!

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Dealing with financial aid is always a difficult and very tedious process. It feels as if there always seems to be an issue with my financial aid, but luckily those working in the financial aid office are great at helping understand the financial issue at hand especially those working in the Accounting Office!
Meeting with a Financial Aid Counselor has been helpful in my past encounters, but I have also met people who say that the counselors were no help at all, but rather all they did was state the info. of the issue that the student already knew.
-just as when your cars needs fixing, the computer will tell you that the car is messed up but does not tell you what the problem is or how to fix it!

But really they are not as bad as that statement sounds, regardless, the problem always seems to get fixed when you are reliant on God and not on yourself-He's brought you all this way for a reason right!

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Weekends it is kind of dull, lots of people go home but you can always find something fun to do

5 College Freshman

Weather: The weather at Biola is mostly sunny, but regardless of the weather in Biola, students seem to become very excited in whatever way the weather may turn! ESPECIALLY WHEN IT RAINS!!!!!

2 College Freshman

Administration: Biola is strict in its rules but it is for a purpose and it creates the best community ever.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Business is the best major ever. The building is brand new, and teachers are awesome.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors truely care about the students, the campus is beautiful, and the community is unlike something you can get anywhere else.

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5 College Junior

Parking: Parking on campus is great! You can always find a spot near your destination. Something is always available.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: There is an honors program that fulfills your general education classes called the Torrey Honors Program. This is a vigorous learning experience that requires careful evaluation of great books and animated discussions. My roommate is in the Torrey Honors Program, and she is reading a lot of the time, but absolutely loves the program! She has been able to build her conversing skills through the discussions, her writing skills through the papers, and her overall knowledge through the various interesting books she has delved into. One great aspect of Torrey is that you stay with your group throughout your years in college, so you end up having very deep relationships with those members of your group. I think that would have to be one her favorite aspects of Torrey as well as the vigorous atmosphere and the substantial amount of information she has gained from the program.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: The facilities crew has a core group of hired help that maintain the majority of the cleaning and managing of the facilites, cleaning, and grounds. There are a number of students who are hired to help out with the cleaning and serving of food, or volunteering at events.

5 College Junior

Weather: The weather at Biola is very nice. I come from Northern California, which has lots of cloudy and rainy weather during the winter season. But in La Mirada, the weather is mostly sunny. It is perfect fall weather when it is winter.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Biola is home to musically talented hipster boys. Walking throughout the campus in a span of ten minutes you are bound to see at least fifteen attractive musicians. The boys rock the skinny jeans with the button up shirts and the long shaggy hair. You are bound to find a trophy husband there. And for the girls, it is southern california so of course you are surrounded by beauties. They are fashionable for sure. But although this all seems shallow the students at biola are all around the most genuine people I have ever met.

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshman and sophomore's have guaranteed housing, if you want to live on campus as an upperclassman its harder. Due to the fact that each year that I have been here each freshman class has been bigger than the last so there's always construction, but the dorms like hart and Stewart are nearly 100 years old, where as Horton and hope are the nicest newest dorms.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: If you live on lower campus, aka Stewart, hart or Hope, it can be a nightmare. I've lived on upper-campus, and the bluff (on campus apartments) which is a lot better for parking, since theirs no real crime or partying ticking is campus safteys major job, so fines and tickets can be a problem if you get them cause its a real hassle. You don't really need a car because any of your friends probably have one, but if you want to go out on the weekends when campus is dead it helps a lot.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus crime is minimal, few thefts here and there, parking and tickets can be an issue, but overall its one of the most low crime towns in college campuses.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Community is very important to the overall Biola experience. There are so many events on campus as well as outreach opportunities. One of my favorite places is the Biola Prayer Chapel, it is such a great place to go and spend time with God. I know I have gone there many times when I am stressed out and in need of a quiet place to speak to the Lord.

4 College Junior

Local Area: La Mirada is a very nice area, with a good amount of shops and restaurants to go to. There is also a great dollar theatre up the street and a fun thift store called Savers where a lot of the students go shopping for different events on campus. There is also a huge park across the street that includes a waterpark and tennis courts.

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Rose of Sharon Chapel
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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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