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Reviews 1961 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: We are all asked to sign a contract stating that we won't drink or smoke while attending the institution. I really like it because it creates a safe environment for all the student.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is a good variety of students ranging from hipster and artsy to business and they all interact and enjoy each other without discrimination.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus, they have a great safety system, I'm constantly seeing the officers patrolling the streets throughout the day and night.

3 College Freshman

Academics: I am a nursing major at Biola University and I am pretty satisfied. The science prerequisites have been challenging and the work has been rewarding. All the professors I have had are all kind and compassionate. They are usually more than willing to meet with you and help you outside of class. Even though I have learned so much from attending this school, theres a rumor that half the students are on the Deans List which makes me a bit suspicious about how rigorous the school really is.

4 College Freshman

Parking: School parking is not bad. Due to the new parking structure, there are almost always parking spots. Students fight over the parking spots surrounding the dorms because the parking structure is not necessarily close to classes and dorms and the walking can be a bit of a pain. And of course, you must have a parking permit. This perspective is coming from someone living on campus, so off-campus parking might be a bit different.

3 College Freshman

Administration: This school is very strict. When you enroll you are under a contract. The contract prohibits drinking (even if you are of the age), smoking, illegal drug use and you must remain abstinent. Also, there are certain open hours in which members of the opposite sex can come into your room, but beyond that boys can only be in boys' room/floor and girls can only be in girls' room/floor. The open hours are Wednesday and Friday from 6:00pm-11:00pm and Saturday and Sunday from 2:00pm-11:00pm. You are made aware of the strict contract before enrolling. Even though students manage to find a way around it, if you are planning to break the contract this is not the school for you.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: This school is very expensive. Although I did in the end receive enough aid to attend, it was not easy and they did not do much to help. They pretty much told you how much more money you needed and if you did not have enough by a certain date then they tell you to consider your other options. Now that I am a student here it seems like they are spending any money received trying to attract incoming students with new buildings and dorms instead of aiding students who are struggling to make ends meet.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Compared to many schools, the Biola Caf is great! They have various options and if you don't like any of them you can always turn to the sandwich or salad station. They also cater to people with gluten intolerance and celiac disease which is awesome. There are three other places you can turn to for food if you don't want to go to the Caf. You can go to Eagles Nest, Common Grounds (mosly coffee shop) and the Talon. All three of them offer Tapingo services which allow you to order food between classes if you unable to make it to the Caf. All in all, it's pretty good but I think like everywhere else you start to miss home made meals!

5 College Sophomore

Weather: It's Southern California; you better like sunshine. La Mirada doesn't get nearly as hot as my hometown a couple hours to the north, and the coldest day might dip into the 50s (or even the 40s). Snow is non-existent. If you want snow, go to the mountains. If you want heat, go to the desert. But La Mirada has a beautiful climate that most students won't complain about.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms here at Biola are generally great. They're clean and well kept, not too expensive and dorm life is great. It's extensive compared to most other colleges, because upperclassmen typically live on campus as well, though some opt for upperclassmen housing in the Biola Apartments or dorms like Thompson. A couple dorms are less than perfect (Hart, Alpha) but mine (Horton) is the model of perfection in college living.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I think the majors are great. However I would love if they had a different name for my program than pastoral and general ministry.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Great Profs who love their fields and love teaching students.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Biola is a Christian University and we have a lot of fun but it is not a party school

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial Aid is the most difficult aspect of the enrollment process for me. I am not great with numbers and have difficulty understanding all that is required for loans, scholarships, grants, etc. However, I find that Biola has a very organized and easy-to-understand system for financial aid. There are various step-by-step programs that allow students to be highly involved in their financial aid progress and to understand exactly how much they owe and how to achieve paying for it.

This is why I rate the financial aid process higher in spite of my lack of enjoyment of the process.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Since I attend a Christian school, there are rules pertaining to behavioral conduct. We are required to sign a contract that prohibits us from drinking, smoking, etc. However, the goal is to establish virtue. One way that the contract does this (even if one does not agree with it) is that it by signing it, you are giving your word to something. It requires integrity and discipline. To attend this school, it is required to sign the contract. One could attend somewhere else but the contract stipulates conditions for attending Biola University. I don't agree with all of these conditions (e.g. drinking, since I am 28 years old) however it does eliminate certain distractions from study and because it is a valuable education, it is a small price to pay.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I am extremely happy with my program. I would do it all over again because the extensive content of each class makes it so one can gain deeper understanding the more one is immersed in it.

My career goals are to be a teacher of Philosophy, Literature, and/or Religion. I do have concerns about finding a job because of how competitive PhD programs are (if I decide to do that).

5 College Sophomore

Majors: The Philosophy program at my school is rigorous. The faculty are highly proficient in their fields (e.g. publishing in top philosophical journals) and were trained at the finest universities both domestic and abroad.

I enjoy the program for two key reasons. First, as a student, I am receiving rigorous philosophical training. I am learning to think critically and evaluate ideas and interact with culture effectively. Secondly, I am able to learn from the professors' example and observe the way that they view and perform in their academic endeavors.

What is unique about my program is that they have a particular view about the value of education--it is not primarily about attaining certain grades or finding a "good job." Rather, it is about becoming a virtuous person and to use your degree and knowledge to benefit others along with yourself.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: As an English major in my undergrad and a Philosophy major in the graduate program, I have been able to interact with various professors and students. Biola has incredibly talented professors that are proficient in their respective fields.

My last year of my undergraduate degree, I was able to participate in the Honors Grad Track program. I was nominated by a professor and had to complete an application and essay explaining why I wanted to pursue the program (i.e. why I want to teach; why I want to pursue graduate work). I was elected for this program, along with 10 other students.

We worked closely with each other, being mentored by a professor. Here, we learned valuable skills for pedagogy and learned how to put together lesson plans and lectures. This experience was valuable in familiarizing me with tools for professorship and gave me a vision to one day be a teacher/professor. It further motivated me to pursue graduate studies.

4 College Student

Academics: Biola has a wonderful Physician assistant program. I love a chrisyian based school that focuses on career and the bible.

5 College Student

Weather: It is the best cali weather! Warm, hot, cool, windy, rainy!

5 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Biola has beautiful apartments off campus and the safety is incredible. The scenary is also intriguing with beautiful nature.

1 College Student

Administration: Drinking is strict at my school you automatically get sent to the dean and get a review. It is really serious. So parties are very limited at my school.

4 College Student

Academics: i love the challenging work that is given to me and the professors are caring and grateful to work at my school.

2 College Freshman

Weather: The whether can be very odd except in summer and winter. But throughout the year, there have been odd Weather patterns. One day it will be raining and then out of nowhere, it will be very hot.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors that I have had have been very engaging and and connect with the students beyond the classroom. They truly have a heart for students to learn and apply their skills to life. When it comes to personal problems or discussions, they are more than happy to have students visit them in their office and talk with them.


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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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