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4 College Freshman

Athletics: School Spirit – The people who live on campus get a bit more excited than those who commute simply because they are already attracted and aware of the the performance that goes on. As incoming freshman, they tend to get more spirit wear than the upperdivision.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: I remember the time that I was applying to Biola. I was very nervous to visit but once I walked on campus, it was as if everyone said hello, asked where I was from, and those type of questions! I love it here.

5 College Senior

Drug Safety: What's a Drug? There is no smoking allowed on campus. So if you've got the habit, better kick it now. Biola is also a "dry campus-" every student signs a contract prior to enrollment that binds them to a no drinking policy on or off campus while enrolled. This means while on winter and spring break too. Christian campus means that drugs are a given.

Most people take this policy seriously. Its why they go to the school in the first place. There is a minority of students who will drink off campus on the weekends (or weekdays, for the more rambunctious students whose parents probably forced them to attend) and will show up to class hungover the next day. But this is the exception, not the rule.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Community, Community, Community! One of the best things about Biola is living on campus in the dorms. Biola is all about living in community with one another- building relationships as we walk through this part of life together. Honestly, any of the dorms are great. RA's are generally very understanding and are there to be a friend and a listening ear, day or night.

If you can, try to go for a smaller dorm. The community is a lot tighter, since there are less people. It's a family feel and it helps for those days of homesickness (or actual sickness!).

Some of the dorms are "co-ed" with men and women living in the same building but separated by floor or by wing. There are open hours to visit one another's dorms. While some think this is a bit "big brother," it really isn't that big of a deal. It's part of the Christian college experience, and the rules are there to help keep students accountable and from making decisions they'll regret later. Most importantly, the "community standards" are written in love to help students to live in respect and humble service to one another.

4 College Senior

Diversity: Welcome One, Welcome All – Biola University has a heart to reach out to all people. The school hosts an array of international students from African, Asian, South American, Central American, and European countries. There are several clubs on campus that celebrate diversity: political clubs, ethnic clubs, and missions-oriented clubs whose purpose is to educate students about different types of people.

And while Biola is a Christian university, many denominations are represented at the school. Healthy exploration of faith and debates among students and faculty are encouraged, giving people room to agree to disagree.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Excellent Profs! Biola has excellent professors who actually care about their students! Most professors pray before each class session and really care about the students academic as well as spiritual life. For my math class, our prof invited us for dinner at her house and had a pool party!

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Biola University's 30 mandatory chapel attendance per semester may sound like a lot but they are really worth attending. The chapel speakers are amazing and many are life changing. What really sets Biola apart from other private Christian Universities is our annual Missions conference. Missionaries and people from all over the world come together as one and inform students about the different programs and ministries offered. A must attend life changing event!!!

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Open Hours for Dorms – Biola University is very strict on open hours. Men and women may not be in the same dorm hall unless it is open hours. Wednesdays and weekends have open hours for guys to be in girls' rooms and vice versa. Campus security checks a little past closing of the open hours (which ends at 11 pm) and there is a fee if you pass the time. I think biola does an excellent job in keeping the community safe and enjoyable for students.

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: High Speed Internet and Wifi All Over Campus – Don't worry about internet access! Biola wifi is excellent, secure, fast, and safe! There are plenty of computers in the library and lab for students' use. If you do not have your own laptop, you do not need to worry! However, it tends to get crowded during midterms and finals week. It's definitely convenient to have your own laptop though!

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Pros: Living off-campus allows for more open hours, and freedom from the noise.
Cons: You can miss many campus activities living off-campus. Being on campus with thousands off other students allows for many spontaneous events!
Many dorms, apartments, houses, and information regarding off-campus housing is available through student services.

This website will give all information needed regarding housing at Biola.
http://studentlife.biola.edu/campus-life/commuter-life/off-campus-housing

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Biblical Studies Changes Lives! Biola has a student services department that is very helpful in helping students develop his/her resume, getting internships, jobs, and information about work life after school. My major is Biblical Studies. Work load is a lot because it is a very intense program, but it is so fruitful! Every person at Biola has to take 30 units of Bible and graduates with a minor in Biblical Studies. I haven't met one student who wishes that hadn't taken those classes. They usually comment on how the classes changed their life.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: This has been a huge topic in the last few years at Biola. The school does their best to bring in many events and speakers that address diversity in the world today. The school is mainly white but includes black, Asian, and Hispanic. There are clubs on campus for almost every ethnicity of the world. If you visit http://www.biola.edu/about/mission/diversity/
you can see the "Diversity Statement" of Biola University.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: 35% Male and 65% Female. It seems like there are so many girls and so little guys on the ratio, but you wouldn't tell when your on campus. The guys are very outgoing, caring, respectful, adventurous, and HILARIOUS. I hear some girls complaining about the lack of pursuit guys have on campus toward the girls, but its best to get as many friends as you can then find THE ONE you like. The girls are very sweet, friendly, kind, super loving. When the girls wear dresses, all I'm gonna say is WOW! There are many beautiful girls on campus, but even the ones that aren't "eye catching", have the sweetest heart and are so fun to hang out with. So either way its a win-win! There are a lot of hipsters on campus for sure! So its fun to see the different styles. Everyone has their own style. Athletes normally wear their jerseys or uniforms. California style always reigns.

5 College Student

Weather: Did We Said the Sunshine State??? Err... we are talking Southern California. Weather is GREAT!!!! nough said.

5 College Student

Academics: Excellent Program – Ok so here's the disclaimer, I have not actually started the program yet and the review here expressed is based on my own opinions and research I've made. The Nursing program is 5 years instead of 4 which is good cuz it does provide you with more clinical experience. Their placement ration is nearly 100% and graduating rate is up there too. I understand they have state of the art facilities and many contracts with many hospitals in the area. It is one, if not the oldest nursing program in the area. I really can't comment on the instructors as I have not met any of them. I do know that, as a freshman, one does not start the program until the third year. Hope this helps :)

3 College Student

Transportation: Unfortunately, public transportation in southern California sucks. The good news is that the university has a pretty well organize carpool thing going. So either have your own car (there's plenty of parking - you may have to walk to your class but there's parking) or carpool. Using the bus, can be done but like I said, public transportation sucks down here. Hope this helps. :)

5 College Student

Academics: Registration Process – I have to say this university rocks. Everyone is so helpful and full of answers. They send you emails with reminders, they have all kinds of activities to really give you a feel of what the campus life is like. Best of all, they actually return your calls!

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Hit or Miss – The Biola Caf' is the main dinning option for on campus residents. While the food quality is exceptional the dishes may not be. I mean that the Biola Caf' always prepares food in a clean environment some of the dishes are not to my liking. However the Biola Caf' does a great job in providing different options to the students, for example, we have a salad bar with fresh greens, a gluten free station, and every other food station has a unique style of cooking. One station called 6th Street Grill serves grilled food such as melts and burgers. While another station called Home Cooking prepares food you would find in the home. However, after two years of the Caf' food, I want to move on from the repetitiveness.

College Junior

Party Scene: Biola does not support drinking at all, even if you are 21. In your application process to Biola you have to sign a contract that you will not partake in smoking, drinking, or sexual relations while on or off campus. So if this is the kind of nightlife you are looking for look somewhere else. I will say this however, if you choose to stay here over the summer the Biola contract nullified and you can drink or smoke. Biola is located between Los Angeles and Orange County so nearly everything is open to what your particular tastes are. In Lou of this, Biola does offer some contract appropriate events that can range from live music and lip singing competitions, to sports rallies and whole floor blind dates.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Upperclassmen Get the Cut – The Biola Housing process, while they try their hardest to be fair it ends up cutting most of the upperclassmen out of the on campus community. Biola gives priority to incoming freshmen and sophomores but the problem is that there is too few housing places to keep all of the upperclassmen who want to live on campus, on campus. So the upperclassmen who get the cut end up scrambling within the last month of school to find people to live with and a place in which to live. While my time in the dorms were some of the most fun experiences of my life, my time as an upperclassman has left a bitter outlook on the Biola housing process.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Best Cafe Around – The Biola Caf is wonderful. The options are numerous, plentiful and delicious. The dining area is very comfortable and accommodating. It's a family-like atmosphere with both inside and outside opportunities.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Beautiful Campus – The Biola campus is beautiful and well maintained. It includes all features necessary for student life. Very welcoming and comfortable, the facilities are wonderful.

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3 College Senior

Scholarships: Fine for Me – Few complaints here - I've heard good stories, of Financial Aid helping people make it work, and bad stories... inconsistencies, poor communication, etc.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Not a College Town, but Plenty – Not much open late-night besides Taco Bell, froyo and a few donut shops, but pretty good options within a few miles.

3 College Senior

Technology: Macs Everywhere – Like the title says. Lots of Macs at this school, both in the students' hands and in the library. Computer labs are decent, but most people have their own computer. Network speed - depends on location, for example Hart Hall used to be terrible but now the Ethernet is crazy fast. Wireless access is sketchy in and around some older buildings.

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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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