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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.

4 College Junior

Technology: There is good access to computers especially at the library. The wi-fi is great and the network is both speedy and reliable. I have had no complaints about it.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Biola does have a strong international student population on campus, especially from Asia. But overall the school is predominately white but each year the diversity is growing and expanding. It is a fairly affluent school that can sometimes give off the vibe that everyone has an easy time paying for their education. But all in all it is growing in its cultural diversity.

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4 College Senior

Majors: The Intercultural Studies (ICS) internships are typically unpaid and require a full time commitment. They're between 6-8 weeks and are required for all ICS majors. Depending on your emphasis (TESOL, International Development, Missions, etc), you will be applying to an internship that correlates with your emphasis. Therefore, if you are TESOL emphasis, you will be teaching english overseas. If you are interested in medical missions, you might work in Africa doing dental work and giving immunity shots. You will be taking a class before and after your internship to help you prepare for the internship both in logistic details and spiritually. Don't worry, the teachers are professionals and know exactly how to help you. You will find and attend the internship that is perfect for you.

4 College Senior

Majors: I am an Intercultural Studies major. The Intercultural Studies program does not require an entrance exam or individual application process. If you are admitted into Biola, then you've got a complete open door to either major or take classes in Intercultural Studies.
The Intercultural Studies "type" is the adventurous, globe-trotting world changer. You may frequently see one of their students walking barefoot, wearing a garment from a foreign country, and passionate about God.
To get admitted into Biola, just give them what you've got. Show them your extracurriculars and be friendly and clean cut for your interview. Biola is very gracious and open to all people so just be yourself! They truly are welcoming. With that, you're set!

3 College Senior

Technology: The computers are good but sometimes they are too slow. On top of that printing costs a lot and there are only so many printers in different locations. It is just complicated

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: They don't look that great but I am sure they are fine

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I choose Biola University not really knowing what to expect. I thought I was coming to a laid back christian college that would offer great academics with a christian perspective. They do offer a great christian perspective and some great courses but overall I was/am disappointed with the college. The workload isn't to bad, it was just what I expected college to be like, and most of my professors have shown a deep interested in the topic the are teaching, which is always encouraging. The aspect I enjoy most about this school is the smaller class sizes, it makes the learning process a lot less difficult and the teachers are always willing to individually help.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Biola University is extremely close to the most popular and famous attraction in California - Disneyland. With that said, many students have annual passes and go to Disneyland whenever they have the chance or on the weekends.
La Mirada is a safe and quiet town with many grocery stores near campus such as Stater Brothers and Albertsons (only 10-15 minute walks). However, driving out 10-15 minutes allows one to reach cities such as Brea, Anaheim, Fullerton, and extra 10 more reaches Los Angeles.
There are shopping centers available in Brea and Downtown Fullerton has many cafes that students enjoy hanging out in.
In Buena Park (only 5 minutes away), there are many dessert and Asian food restaurants. Many food places give student discounts to Biola students.
Students also go to LACMA, although it is a bit of a drive to Los Angeles during traffic hours. And In-N-Out is only ten minutes away from Biola's campus.
There are many places to eat off-campus. Panda Express, Chipotle, Sushi, In-N-Out, Pho, Mario's (Peruvian!), L&L Hawaiian, Kentro's Greek Kitchen and the list can go on.
The local atmosphere at Biola is definitely a positive factor.

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Biola is famously known for their 3:1 girl to guy ratio. This is definitely a bonus for the males, not so much of a perk to the ladies.

You can find many types of guys and girls at Biola. From hipsters, athletes, mixed culture, preppy, relaxed and even a few that just simply don't fit into any category at all.

Many at Biola dress to impress. This may be a pro or con for some. There are pretty girls, a good looking guys. The best part about Biola is that most people are kind and respectful.
The famous saying at Biola is "ring by Spring" because many students end up finding their spouses here on campus. Definitely proof of great personality and looks.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The nicest dorms are: Horton and Hope. They are the most recently built dorms so everything inside is modernized as well.
The most community-oriented dorms are: Alpha, Emerson and Hart.
Stewart Hall is where a lot of independent students reside.
The atmosphere at Hart and Stewart are similar. Hip, relaxed, and fun. Almost every night there is something to look forward to if you're involved with the community.
Alpha is an all-girls dorm. There usually is someone baking something so free cookies are a plus. Nail polish parties, movie nights and community events galore.
Emerson is an all-boys dorm. Although they lack air-conditioning, they resolve this issue with fans. Almost all the guys here are close-knit and love the brotherhood.
Sigma is suite style and is a nice place for those who like to study in their rooms.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Biola has a no drugs policy, and since all of the students and faculty are Christians, there is no pressure to use drugs or visible usage. Everyone here cares about their body and knows how harmful drug use can be.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Biola has a lot of opportunities for scholarships, and most of them are not very difficult to attain, but you can not stack several scholarships with each other, so you get a limited amount of aid. There is a financial aid office, and also talking with an academic adviser is helpful in knowing what scholarships are available to you. They want you to come to Biola and be able to afford it.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: There isnt any parties on campus but if you talk to the right people and are trying to find a party you can get to one off campus. Plus Biola is close to so many other party schools you could just go there.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug scene at Biola University is not really big, although it depends on who you hang out with. The drug and alchol scene here is very hidden.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I am living in Horton this semester and it is wonderful! The social atmosphere is amazing! Each floor has a brother or sister floor and occasionally they will have outings together. The hall as a whole will have a couple of celebrations a year to give the students a study break and raise their school/dorm spirit. Dorm living is a bit expensive but so is college in general.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: It's fantastic because Biola has a required contract all students sign that prohibits any drinking, drugs, or gambling while enrolled as a student. this is fantastic because as much as you have students complaining about it, people who understand the value of what Biola has to offer and the environment it is trying to preserve, get a substance free campus and don't have to worry about all the crud that can coincide with it.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There's a lot of housing options around Biola, and Biola does a great job supplying resources necessary for students to find housing. The housing ranges from a little above average to incredible in terms of the facilities and proximity to campus. The only real drawback that works against Biola is the cost of housing in general in the area.

4 College Junior

Weather: It's pretty good weather in Southern Californian in general, so you don't have to deal with weather delays or predicaments where things get cancelled on account of the weather. However I didn't give an A+ because if you are like me and enjoy your 4 seasons... you will have to sacrifice that.

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Hardly any threats or danger are on this campus. Biola does an incredible job at keeping them to a minimum, if not to non-existence.

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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: It is not that big. Of course there are some people who do it, but it is not very visible and I do not feel like there is any pressure to do it either. Also, if you get caught, it's a big no no. You can get kicked out of the school.

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4 College Senior

Weather: The weather is great overall. Usually warm. However, you don't get much of a fall and the winters are usually mild. This november it has ranged from 70's to 80's with a few colder days here and there. Also the weather is sometimes bipolar, there will be a hot week, then a cold week, then a hot week again. It'll be sunny one day and overcast or raining the next.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: I transferred in my sophomore year, so I loved the dorms. They are fantastic if you go to dorm events, get plugged in and meet people. The community is there, you just have to put yourself out there. However, it requires a lot of time effort and energy. The bad thing about dorms is that it's mostly freshmen and sophomores living on campus here, so this year I am a junior on a floor with a whole bunch of annoying freshmen girls who scream, laugh and are noisy a lot of the time. I live in Sigma which is nice because it is a suite style dorm. This means that there is two rooms that are connected by a bathroom. So 4-6 people share a bathroom, instead of an entire floor. Each room has their own sink and mirror which is fantastic. All dorms are furnished with beds, desks, bookshelves, 3 drawers and a closet. Each dorm contains a kitchen area and a laundry area. Sigma has their laundry room at the end of the hall and the kitchens are in the lobby of each floor. Each lobby has couches, tables and a big screen TV with a VHS player and a DVD player connected to it. There is also a ping pong table on the guy's floor and a piano on the top floor. Many other dorms do not have lobbies like this, or even have lobbies on each floor that are open to both guys and girls. The only other dorm like this is either Stewart or Hart...I can't remember.

3 College Senior

Administration: This is a Christian school that has a contract connected with it when you chose to go there. Therefore it is obviously going to be more strict than other schools. If you are into partying and doing drugs, why bother coming to a Christian school? Occasional drinking is okay though, as long as you don't get caught. If you are going to drink (or do whatever) you should be very discreet about it. You could get kicked out of school if you are caught. (Which I think is a little much, if you're 21 you should be able to drink right?) Also they do not permit smoking. If you attend Biola you are not allowed to smoke. These are all rules of when you are enrolled, therefore on winter break and summer break you are not under this contract (which is nice.) Also, since it is a Christian school you will also get kicked out if you are caught having sex, or if you ladies become pregnant and are not married. The school also has 30 chapels that you must complete each semester. 15 must be done is person and the rest can be made up, but you have to pay $1 for each one. There are a lot of dumb things you can get fined for. For example, if you get caught picking a flower, it's a $50 fine. I believe you can also get fined for dancing in the fountain and climbing trees too. However, if you are nice to Campo, (or an attractive woman) you can talk your way out of the fine.

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4 College Senior

Local Area: It is a small city called La Mirada that is close by many other small cities. For example you drive through La Habra to get to Walmart which is right down the street. Knott's Berry Farm is about a 10-15 minute drive away and Disneyland is about 15-20 minutes away. Beaches take about an hour to get to only because there is so much traffic. Also, there is a cool hiking place in Whittier which is about 15 minutes away also. The drive into L.A. isn't too bad if you go at the right time (1hr or 2hr). It's nice to be near a large city because they always have good concerts and events. Also, universal studios is close by, so you can sit in as extras in movies or TV shows. There is also lots of nice parks in this area, so it's nice to go running/ bike riding. There is a path by the school that goes past a lot of huge lots where people have horses, so you can pet them. It's a nice escape from 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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