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5 College Senior

Weather: Located in sunny, southern California, the weather here is temperate. It's mildly humid for most of the year with summer highs (usually) in the high 70's to high 90's. Winters are good for those who hate the cold. It never snows in LA county. Mildly chilly temperatures from the low 30's to the mid 60's.

5 College Senior

Administration: Party People Need Not Apply – If you're looking for a party school, this isn't it. This is a dry campus, a drug-free campus, and a non-smoking school. The code of conduct makes for a friendly, loving, safe, and distraction-free environment to grow together as a community of believer. The majority of us like the "Community Standards," and those who choose to violate them are disciplined with grace and compassion.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Fairly Simple – Financial aid at any school can be a little crazy. Thankfully, Biola University works through the chaos and really dedicates sincerity to its students. I had a lot of trouble with figuring out my finances this year, but thanks to financial aid I was able to figure things out before all the deadlines. They emailed me concerning deadlines I needed to be aware of, and they were really helpful over the phone whenever I called to ask questions.

5 College Junior

Parking: Parking used to be a bit of a problem until last year, when they built the new 4-story parking structure. It's conveniently located at the center of the school so you can easily find parking there without worrying about being late too class. Remember to buy your parking permit at the beginning of the school year if you plan to keep your car on-campus. If you're a visitor, remember to get a visitor's pass at Metzker Office to avoid being ticketed by Campus Safety. As long as you remember to do that, you'll have no problem with parking at Biola!

4 College Junior

Academics: Professional Yet Compassionate – Our Biola professors are known to be professional, yet highly compassionate people. They won't give you a higher grade because you give them the dog eyes, but they will take the time to sit down with you and hear your story. They are always more than willing to pray for you, and many of my friends even schedule lunch appointments to have a meal with their professors. They are an amazing part of life at Biola.

5 College Junior

Academics: Biblical Studies – Biola University is a Christian University that specializes in teaching students about the Word of God. That being said, Biblical Studies is one of the top majors to be a part of. We have some of the best bible professors in the world who accurately teach students about the Scriptures. Every class and every lecture takes you closer to the heart of God as you learn about the character of God and His redemptive plan for man.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: How one would grade Biola's nightlife would depend on how exactly they define "nightlife". If by great "nightlife" you mean lots of crazy parties, good local clubs/bars, etc., then Biola's nightlife is nonexistent. Students are required to sign a contract upon enrollment which prohibits them from any sort of drinking whatsoever (even after turning 21), extramarital sex, smoking, consumption of illegal drugs, and dancing, but the "dancing" bit of the contract isn't enforced too strictly. Additionally, La Mirada (the surrounding area) isn't exactly a college town. So as far as the typical standards of "nightlife" go, Biola basically has none. There are definitely pros and cons to this. On one hand, one doesn't really have to worry about their roommate coming back at 3 a.m. drunk and vomiting or with drugs, but on the other hand, the campus vibe can be a bit dull. Still, without the presence of a tradition party/nightlife scene, there are plenty of things to do on and off campus when one is not in class.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Not Bad, Not Great. I have a feeling that Biola's dorms are about average, as are the facilities throughout the rest of the campus, but compared with other, bigger schools, I'm not sure how they compete. The facilities are a pretty nice quality, and they're well maintained, but they don't have much to offer. The library is on the smaller side, and some of the dorms are small/old. From what I understand, however, Biola is working to update and renovate its older classrooms and dormitories. They recently opened a new building for the Talbot School of Theology, two new dorms have been opened in the last ten years, and areas of the campus have been renovated. However, many of my classes are in rather worn down buildings, including 12 of my 18 units that are in portable classrooms. All that said, Biola is well aware of this fact, and is working hard to improve its facilities. I'm sure that in 10-15 years, things will look much better.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: If by "diversity" you mean "students from a wide variety of religious and ethnic backgrounds", then Biola is not incredibly diverse. One must be a Christian to attend Biola, and Biola's ethnic make-up is primarily white and middle class. However, there are substantial ethnic African-American, Hispanic and Asian minorities, and from my own experience, most people are very accepting of one another. Biola is careful to create space where racial and religious dialogue can take place, so much so that it can seem like too much sometimes. Biola may not be the most evenly diverse place, but its population is one that is very tolerant and respectful.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Down the Street – If you leave Biola and go down the street a bit, there are two shopping malls/areas withing 20 min. Each one has various options with food and price. We can go to a fancy dine-in restaurant or just a quick ice cream run if you wanted.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Dry Campus – The way drugs and alcohol are seen on campus are very few and far between. I never see anyone having or doing any drugs of any sort. That goes along with alcohol as well.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Biola is primarily caucasion, and being that it is a Christian school, most all students share similar beliefs and philosophies. However, many minority groups have voices that allow for knowledge about other cultures, and missions work helps us to be aware of other ethnic and religious groups.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Great Little City With Plenty to Do in Nearby LA – La Mirada is a beautiful little city, with plenty of cute restaurants, shops, and parks all around. Los Angeles is only a short drive away, that is where you will find night life and big attractions, such as concerts and Disneyland! There is plenty to do even in surrounding cities such as Whittier and Fullerton. You get all the benefits of living in the LA area, while being tucked away in a great little city, away from the bustle of big city life.

5 College Junior

Majors: Be Real! With Biola, you just need to be real. They look at the person as a whole not only specific parts of the person.

5 College Junior

Majors: Its So Easy – Biola has many good connections with other organisations. this gives Biola's students a great connection and a relatively easy transition to an internship.

5 College Junior

Technology: The Library Is Your Friend – The library has many computers available during the hours of operation. Between the Mac labs, the Pc labs and the extra computers there are plenty of computers for the students to use. its convenient to have your own computer and printer, but not necessary. the whole campus has high speed wi-fi connections.

5 College Junior

Majors: The majors at Biola are rich in their information and their content. Biola gives a Christ centred education. The campus is beautiful outlined with red and white flowers along the walk way (university colours.) the workload is substantial and there are numerous internships and work study jobs available.

5 College Junior

Majors: Intercultural Studies – if I could do it all over again, the only thing I would change would be to get more involved in my major sooner. I am going to nations as a linguist, working to discover new languages and improve communication with other languages. These jobs are becoming more and more scarce because the internet is beginning to globalize everything.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: They have some pretty good scholarships but they are very specific and limited

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Great Architecture – Every building that they have remodeled looks great and it has a purpose for its design.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: The Campus Safety Is Always Walking Around the Campus. The people working at campus safety is always near student. Also, when you do not have a ride to the campus from outside, they offer a ride if you call them. They are nice and friendly~!!

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: You Have to Buy Meal Plan Even Though You Do Not Want to. The community at Biola is good and the dorms are very closed to the classrooms. One thing I do not like about living at dorms is that you have to buy meal plans and they are expensive. let's say you buy 10 meal plans a week, you have to pay about $15000 at the beginning of the semester. I think that is too expensive.

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4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: The Type You Bring Home to Mama – Biola is not the place to go if you're the type to "hit-it-and-quit-it." The women here are deep, godly, gorgeous, talented, brilliant, and world-shakers. These women are serious about their faith. They're the ones who are out on the streets on Skid row feeding the homeless, visiting teen shelters, going to minister in foreign countries...

The men are chivalrous. If you're a feminist who doesn't like having the door opened for you- get past it. They're gentleman, they're head-turners, and that's how they-and we- like it.

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4 College Senior

Transportation: New Shuttles Are a Blessing – This year Biola got exclusive, free shuttles to the most popular locations around town Thursdays through Sundays. Next year, they're supposed to open up to seven days a week.

There's also a rental car service called We Car that's $8 per hour or $64 per day, which includes gas and insurance, which is a really good deal for people who only need a car for a few hours.

5 College Freshman

Technology: Macs and Pcs – The library has a lot of computer labs available, and there are both PC and Mac computers available to students. However, like any other university, the library gets pretty crowded when it comes to finals week. It's best to get a computer early, or even bring your laptop in and access the free wifi available all over campus.

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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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