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Reviews 1702 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are few non-white students at BIOLA and because of this those of us who are not white feel excluded in a sense at the school. Respect is often given but being invited to sit, eat, talk or hang out with people outside ones race is rare.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: I was always really happy with the food in the Caf. Always have healthy options. They're really good about offering different kinds of international cuisines. Eating there was one of my favorite things at Biola. :-)

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1 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: We are not allowed to drink, smoke, or do any kind of drug. While this is appealing to parents, it does more damage by hiding and punishing what's going on beneath the surface. There are a smattering of people who abuse it secretly. I had a room mate who dealt ecstasy and another friend who was date raped under the influence. Just be careful who you associate with if you decide to partake.

Personally, I think the idea of a contract where we are not allowed to do these things is stupid.

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1 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: No transportation. I brought my car. Best decision I ever made.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: All the dorms are very nice, but all very distinct.

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation is available to certain places locally on the weekends through the shuttle service, but it is slow and irregular. There is a bus stop right off campus but it takes hours to get anywhere using it. There isn't any hint of long-distance transportation

4 College Senior

Party Scene: This. Is. a. Strict. Christian. School. Biola has quite a few rules that discourage students strongly from going out at night and drinking or clubbing. Most people stay around campus and watch movies or play games or go to the Dollar Theater down the street. There are some people who go looking for parties, but they are definitely in the minority. There are no on-campus parties, dancing, or alcohol allowed at all. Quiet hours are strongly enforced. We have a lot of innocent fun, but this is not the school to go to if you are into the party scene.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: The food at Biola is the best college cafeteria food I have ever eaten. My friends who have visited from other schools have said the same thing. Food is made to order rather than being a traditional cafeteria style. There are also options for gluten-free people, and those with allergies.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Biola works very hard at keeping the campus beautiful and inviting. Campus is always a safe and comfortable place to be. The library is very up to date and a brand new Theological Studies building was just completed in the last year.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Ethnic diversity is not too strong at Biola. Most of the population is Anglo-American, with a small percentage of Asian students.

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The weather is pretty warm lately. The temperature is around 85-95 degrees. The weather is typically sunny and there is often a slight breeze. I personally enjoy the weather when it is a little cooler.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I don't think that the major program is too difficult as long as one has prepared well. Standards are high.

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.

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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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