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Reviews 1966 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Students are very supportive of the Biola team. In terms of players, they are very dedicated on staying fit and motivated to practice even late at night or very early in the morning.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Religiously, Biola University is an evangelical Christian community, and all students are required to sign a statement of faith upon applying for admission. The school is very good at addressing the topics surrounding diversity and reconciliation by holding public conversations with professors, conferences, chapels, and events every once in awhile to recognize the diversity of the students, whether it be ethnic, racial, political, or otherwise. There are many opportunities to meet people from similar backgrounds as you, as well as getting to know those from completely different backgrounds. It all enhances the great community at Biola.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are four dining options on campus. The biggest main one is the cafeteria, known to students as "the caf," which offers different buffet-style dining options at every meal; it also has some constants like always having cereal and yogurt at breakfast, and always having a salad bar at lunch and dinner. When you don't have enough time to sit down and eat, there's also the "Eagles' Nest," which offers more fast-food-type items and is a lot like a food court, and there's the "Talon," which doesn't offer as many options as the two previous locations, but also offers coffee and tea beverages. Then there's "Common Grounds," the on-campus coffee shop, which has everything you could order at Starbucks and then some!
To pay for meals, most students get a meal plan, which varies in price and number of meals per week or per semester. Each meal plan also comes with "flex dollars" which can be used like money at any of the on-campus dining locations.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics at Biola are great! There are many general and unique class options with varying workloads.The professors are really good teachers who care about your life beyond the classroom. The advising faculty is also really good about helping you figure out which classes to take and how to fit them into your schedule, and they also care about you beyond school.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I am undeclared at Biola, but it's still really great. The university faculty and staff are very caring and helpful to help you figure out what you want to major in. My academic advisor has given me many suggestions on how to decide on a major: visiting classes, going to the career center to take personality tests, and many other resources the school provides. There's lot's of room to explore what you'd be good at and what you like or don't like.

4 College Senior

Weather: It's southern california. It's sunny almost all the time, rains for a few days here and there, gets a little cold in the winter and a little hot in the summer, but is overall wonderful.

3 College Senior

Local Area: Not much to do in the immediate area, if you want to go out to do something fun you will have to drive. If you're willing to drive 30 minutes, however, you can get to just about anything you could want to do -- beach, mountains, LA, downtown fullerton, etc. Disneyland is 15 minutes away, so many students have passes and will go there for just a few hours to hang out. Biola recently got a shuttle which stops at local movie theaters and malls.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Most everybody is hipster. Guys and girls alike are very godly and sweet, easy to approach and accepting. Easy to build great friendships. However, there's not much of a casual dating scene -- most are looking for a serious relationship or no relationship at all.

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1 College Junior

Party Scene: Biola has a contract on which the students are not allowed to consume alcohol, or else risk expulsion. As such, there is not really a "party scene" and for those that do continue to party, the parties are very hard to find; they are off-campus, small, and exclusive.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: There are plenty of campus' safety officers around always, and they have great response to problems.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: Great food, very creative, fits everyone's needs!!

3 College Sophomore

Parking: The permit costs $500 per school year. I think this is pricey, but I don't have a car so I can't really tell you if that's unreasonable for the area.

As far as parking close to your dorm, you're not going to get the spot next to the door. Just accept it. However, if you need to unload your vehicle, there are places to pull up to the main door.

The amount of stop signs on campus can be annoying, especially when there's no one else on the road.

There are large parking lots near the main classroom buildings, and of course there's the parking structure next to the athletic complex. Because of construction, the parking lots behind the all-girls dorm and the Northern-most dorm will be inaccessible through Spring 2015, I believe. You would have to check the school's website for the exact date.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: So we don't have a football team. So what? Big sports are Women's Volleyball, Swim & Dive, Men's Soccer, and Basketball. Midnight Madness kicks off the basketball season. The Fitness Center is open 6:30am-midnight on weekdays and has decent weekend hours. This includes treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes, a variety of weights, and space and mats for stretches, crunches, whatever. There are Cross Fit groups you can join, which meet for an hour on Friday mornings.

An THEN there's the intramurals. Flag football, Ultimate Frisbee, soccer, beach volleyball, indoor basketball, just to name a few. These allow the more mediocre "athletes" a chance at some fun with friends.

I haven't taken a P.E. class yet, but I know that there are a lot of options available - including archery. However, P.E. classes are pretty hard to get into scheduling-wise.

2 College Sophomore

Administration: Because of the contract Biola students are required to sign, Campus Safety and Residence Staff is very strict about drug use (including alcohol), gambling, and sexual activity. Now if your playing a game with face cards, they'll let it slide as long as there's not any money involved. During open hours, students are supposed to leave there doors open if they have a member of the opposite sex in their room. How this rule is enforced varies. Students are not supposed to sleep in the lobbies, but they often get away with it.

I give Campus Strictness a C even though it would probably receive an F from a frat boy. However, Biola students knowingly sign the behavioral contract, so they know what they're getting themselves into.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: Most of the time, we have typical SoCal weather: sun, sun, and more SUN. During late fall and spring, there are heavy periods of rain, but these are just a few days out of the year. It's not like the rain stays for weeks on end.

It does drop about 20 degrees when the sun sets. Coming from humid Delaware, I wasn't expecting this. As winter approaches, you start to see less people hanging outside after dark as the wind picks up and the temperature drops to an oh-so-chilling 45 degrees. Give me a break.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The Torrey Honors Institute challenges students to gather their own ideas from the texts, engaging with each other to form clear viewpoints of the topics the classic texts discuss. Even in the general education and major concentration areas, the professors are wonderful. They are serious about the work they give the students, but they also deeply care about the students as individuals, both as fellow Christians and future professionals in their given fields.

At a Christian school, you might think you can get away with things because the professors will sympathize. Even though there are exceptions, for the most part this is not true. Most profs don't take any crap, but then again there are always the dishonest students who abuse the kindness of our professors, which is really a shame.

3 College Senior

Party Scene: Students stay up really late and have fun in random ways. Biola definitely not big on partying "yolo" style but you are able to have fun with a good group of people.

4 College Senior

Majors: I am an Communication Sciences and Disorders major. The program is very intensive but is very good at preparing the students for the future. Since going on the get your Masters is pretty much required in order to do anything big in the Speech-Language Pathology world, the professors work hard to make sure the students understand what they are getting into. The professors are really helpful and well versed in their fields which makes the program more legitimate.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Our school has great academic programs. The best program is called Torrey. Torrey is an accelerated program for students who are looking to be challenged. Students cover many topics and are required to read a book about every week.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are little to no student discounts that I have discovered. Nothing near Biola is necessarily cheap, because the big things are Disneyland and knotts. These two places are pricey. There are a few museums and look out points that are cheap, but a bit far to drive. Overall though there are things to do around Biola; however, they are not always the cheapest or most convenient.

3 College Junior

Local Area: The local atmosphere is okay; however, if you do not have a car the campus seems painfully remote. Biola University is located near the downtown LA and downtown Fullerton. It is located to many very popular beaches, and it is close to the all time favorite, Disneyland. Though these are all great attractions, if you do not have a car everything is too far to walk/take public transportation to.

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2 College Junior

Campus Quality: Biola University has a good campus; however there are many things the school needs to work on. Overall the campus is well maintained, but there is nothing extraordinary about the campus. It is very simple and plain. The athletics are not promoted well and there is very little interaction with campus activities and student hang outs. I believe there is much room for Biola University to improve in this area.

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3 College Senior

Parking: There is ally enough parking, it's proximity that can be an issue. The school has been building a lot of new parking structures so as to counteract the parking problems they have faced over the previous years.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Great at the sports they provide! Only reason it's not an A is because of some of the facilities and that Biola is NAIA as opposed to NCAA.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Looking for a godly man or woman? Plenty of options. Looking for a hipster or fashionista? Even more options.

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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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