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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.

5 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: One of the best things about Biola is the lack of alcohol and marijuana induced stupidity. Biola fosters a genuine and authentic community experience whereas most undergraduate campuses consist of a student body totally devoted to intoxication of one form or the other.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Rivalries are intense, but there's no football team and we're not (yet) NCAA Division 1.

4 Recent Alumnus

Parking: I thought the parking was bad until I did a few graduate degrees. Biola just built a very large new parking structure and parking is more than ample.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Absolute best community in the world. Period. Paragraph. End of story.

4 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: This isn't the place to get drunk, have sex, and party. But if you're looking to engage people who have better things to do than engage the typical and reckless college past times (i.e. get drunk, get high, have lots of sex) than you couldn't be happier. Being close to Los Angeles and Orange County gives you a nearly unlimited amount of options for night life, education, arts, culture, recreation, athletic events, and nature outings.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Its very good. The health center is good, and drug awareness is awesome. The mentality at BIOLA is not to indulge at all.

3 College Junior

Parking: Parking is okay, but it can be crowded. The campus is small enough that one does not need a car to go from class to class. Since BIOLA is located in La Mirada, California, which is close to LA, going anywhere off campus almost requires a car. I have learned to travel on the public bus system, which is really quite extensive throughout the area. There is a cost of having a car kept on campus, but I do not know what it is since I do not have a car.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Good racial diversity. Very challenging academics. The socio-economical mix is primarily upper middle class to upper class, probably due to the high tuition. Religion is primarily Christian (after all, it is a Bible institute), but tolerance is good.

3 College Junior

Majors: I am very satisfied with program so far. The philosophy program requires a lot of reading, analysis and writing, which is precisely what I want to develop. This is because my plan is to attend law school, and I have learned that these tools are the best way to prepare for the rigors of the law. I do not necessarily high concerns about finding a job as a graduate of a law school, although I have read that there may be a glut of attorneys on the market right now.

3 College Junior

Majors: The process requires a bit of writing, but it is not particularly burdensome. Obviously, doing well in high school helps in the application process. The best advice I can give any applicant is to prepare by reading the classics, learning to write well and hone your analytical thinking.

3 College Junior

Majors: I have not done an internship. I have clerked, and am presently clerking, for a law firm located in LA. I need to earn some money in order to help my family meet the rather high tuition that BIOLA charges. For this reason, I do not anticipate that I will have time to undertake an internship unless it becomes a scholastic requirement for my degree.

3 College Junior

Majors: I am majoring in Philosophy and English with the idea of applying to go to law school. I am enrolled in an honors program called the Torry Honors program and it is pretty intense. A lot of writing and reading. Classes are full participation. However, graduates from this program have a high success rate in law school.

2 College Junior

Parking: Parking can be really bad sometimes. Even if you have a permit, it won't guarantee you a spot. You have to get on campus at least 30 minutes before your class to find a spot and get to class on time. Permit costs are not as bad as other schools. Sometimes when there are events going on at school, you have to arrive even earlier to grab a spot. Also, every year they make less and less parking spaces for students as it goes to the staff and faculty. You really have to make best of your time with parking.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I love Biola. It was definitely the best choice for me. The Public Relations program (my major) is fabulous and I love the community here.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants are plentiful and very reasonable. Lots of great Mexican or Asian food choices!

College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Biola students are required to sign a Community Covenant that forbids the use of drugs and alcohol while enrolled. So there really is no drug scene, per se. Which is great, as far as I'm concerned!

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I often see campus security officers and get safety updates through my school email.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Biola accepts students from all ethnic groups, countries, gender, religious affiliates and economic back ground. We have Gays, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Europeans, Australians, Africans, Caucasians, and Handicaps, Poor, Rich, Extremely religious and not religious at all. The school does not discriminate at all.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Biola University is located in the city of La Mirada, California. La Mirada is part of a county called Orange County, mostly middle and upper middle class and some of your very richest people reside here. There are plenty of attractions like Disneyland, Children's Museum of Science, Interactive play theater, and some of the best beaches southern California have to offer. On the other hand there is the Performing Arts Theater, Knots Berry Farm Park, and the many more attractions to tame the savage beast inside. The campus is usually busheling with students of all age and ethnicities. Most people are friendly and there are 4 different places to eat and meet your friends; plenty of parking with green belts throughout where one can go to meditate and look within. The Profs are extremely helpful they will go beyond the call of duty to help a student. Most of them write their own text book or have a book for you to read. The weather is warm to hot but because it is near the beach it usually 10 degrees cooler than inland. We have one of the best libraries to accommodate all the study needs of the students. It is also a friendly place to meet a study partner. There are also individual study areas or rooms that the students has access to. Biola is a very pleasant community to be a part of. Food is plentiful and the students have a variety to choose from. Tickets for Intervarsity games are usually available, especially on the weekends. The community loves and supports the students when there is a need. Campus safety record shows only a few incidents requiring attention within the past 3 years.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: We Are on Fire for Christ – Because it is a Christian school, what sets it apart from other Colleges is the curriculum. Everybody is required to take 30 units of bible classes. We are also required to take 30 hours of Chapel per semester.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It Is Okay – Everybody is really friendly and the dorms are a lot cheaper than any other housing options I could find.

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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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