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5 College Freshman

Academics: We have successful businessmen and women as our professors and mentors so it makes this major so much more attractive. We have Harold Taber an amazing business man who is the Director of Monster Inc. the beverage company. Jay Herron, an accountant for Quicksilver, and many more. It is just amazing to get to learn from these amazing people.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love it here. The community is so tight knit and the people are so friendly/kind. We don't need to party here to have fun. I'm glad that no one drinks and we all have similar morals and we seek to become more spiritual. I couldn't think of a better school to go to. Oh and the teachers are amazing. They have experience in the fields they are teaching so you value their instruction even more.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I love all my classes. I mean it is college so expect a little more work, but the professors are great at helping us out. There are so many places to study, the fountain is probably the most popular.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: It is free which is always a plus and it runs frequently. It can take pretty much anywhere and if you are out late at night there is a number you can call to pick you up and the school will reimburse you. It is pretty convenient.

5 College Senior

Transportation: There was a new shuttle implemented to transport students to school from Biola's off-campus apartments. The shuttle also takes students on weekends to entertainment venues. There is also public transportation in the area.

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: There are plenty of helpful facilities that could help move you forward in preparing for your career. We have really nice buildings and they are kept up to date as well as clean.

2 College Senior

Campus Housing: It can be a complicated process at time but I know they try to put effort into fixing the system.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: There could be more available scholarships or at least more notification.

5 College Junior

Majors: I am a Christian Ministries major and I love it. The community is great and very tight knit. We have a retreat at the beginning of each fall semester, and in the spring there are separate men's and women's retreats for the majors in the program. All of the classes are very eye opening, and the professors are very helpful and you can clearly see the love the have for the Lord and for their students.

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5 College Junior

Drug Safety: I have not heard or seen of anyone on campus using drugs or alcohol, as it is against the Community Standards. I have not dealt with any peer pressure on the issue, nor heard of anyone that has. The policy enforcement is more on the students themselves, but most students are here to learn more about the Word of God than to party, so it isn't an issue.

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Some of the best people I've ever met, although the proportion of sheltered/naive students is a bit higher than I'd prefer.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: With specific regard to the philosophy and biblical studies/theology program Biola is world class. The education I got at Biola in philosophy placed me years ahead of my peers in the same field. The rigor, teaching methods, and quality of my peers was next level.

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: This grade is in the context of the fact that Biola is an openly Christian university that asks students to conform to certain standards and campus strictness conforms to those standards. If you don't WANT to live in a religious environment then you should NOT come to Biola. That being said, there is a lot of grace and a lot of focus on helping people continue to grow rather than being rule nazi's. That being said, there is still too much of a parental/protective atmosphere that can stunt the growth of students - particularly those who already have limited social skills/ exposure to other cultures.

5 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: One of the best things about Biola is the lack of alcohol and marijuana induced stupidity. Biola fosters a genuine and authentic community experience whereas most undergraduate campuses consist of a student body totally devoted to intoxication of one form or the other.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Rivalries are intense, but there's no football team and we're not (yet) NCAA Division 1.

4 Recent Alumnus

Parking: I thought the parking was bad until I did a few graduate degrees. Biola just built a very large new parking structure and parking is more than ample.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Absolute best community in the world. Period. Paragraph. End of story.

4 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: This isn't the place to get drunk, have sex, and party. But if you're looking to engage people who have better things to do than engage the typical and reckless college past times (i.e. get drunk, get high, have lots of sex) than you couldn't be happier. Being close to Los Angeles and Orange County gives you a nearly unlimited amount of options for night life, education, arts, culture, recreation, athletic events, and nature outings.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Its very good. The health center is good, and drug awareness is awesome. The mentality at BIOLA is not to indulge at all.

3 College Junior

Parking: Parking is okay, but it can be crowded. The campus is small enough that one does not need a car to go from class to class. Since BIOLA is located in La Mirada, California, which is close to LA, going anywhere off campus almost requires a car. I have learned to travel on the public bus system, which is really quite extensive throughout the area. There is a cost of having a car kept on campus, but I do not know what it is since I do not have a car.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Good racial diversity. Very challenging academics. The socio-economical mix is primarily upper middle class to upper class, probably due to the high tuition. Religion is primarily Christian (after all, it is a Bible institute), but tolerance is good.

3 College Junior

Majors: I am very satisfied with program so far. The philosophy program requires a lot of reading, analysis and writing, which is precisely what I want to develop. This is because my plan is to attend law school, and I have learned that these tools are the best way to prepare for the rigors of the law. I do not necessarily high concerns about finding a job as a graduate of a law school, although I have read that there may be a glut of attorneys on the market right now.

3 College Junior

Majors: The process requires a bit of writing, but it is not particularly burdensome. Obviously, doing well in high school helps in the application process. The best advice I can give any applicant is to prepare by reading the classics, learning to write well and hone your analytical thinking.

3 College Junior

Majors: I have not done an internship. I have clerked, and am presently clerking, for a law firm located in LA. I need to earn some money in order to help my family meet the rather high tuition that BIOLA charges. For this reason, I do not anticipate that I will have time to undertake an internship unless it becomes a scholastic requirement for my degree.

3 College Junior

Majors: I am majoring in Philosophy and English with the idea of applying to go to law school. I am enrolled in an honors program called the Torry Honors program and it is pretty intense. A lot of writing and reading. Classes are full participation. However, graduates from this program have a high success rate in law school.

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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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