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Reviews 1961 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Biola does not really give out much finical aid. They are easy to deal with but there is really just not a lot of money that they are willing to give to their students. There are very few chances to improve the aid as time goes on as well.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Biola is located in a relatively safe neighborhood. However, there are not much place to go out with friends unless you can drive. There are food places, but not enough places to hangout with friends. Nonetheless, Disneyland is about 15 minutes away and many students have anual or season passes. I do know students often go to beach with a group of friends to hangout during the weekends.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm an art major and I love learning in Biola University. It is different from most schools due to the fact that the professors teach us how what we learn in the academics can be integrated with our spiritual beliefs as Christians. It is excellent in the areas of biblical studies, psychology, and more. The professors actually care about students' education and if we seek for help, they take time to go through the materials with us. The community is very accepting and friendly. We are required to go to chapels and conferences for certain number of times per semester but it helps students to grow in biblical truths and faith. It is certainly a great place to grow and to explore what God has already planned for me in the future.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: School spirit could be a lot better, but overall there is a lot of positive energy at games and really good sportsmanship!

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I never hear about drugs at school! It is "uncool" at Biola, which is refreshing!

3 College Junior

Diversity: Well this is definitely tricky. Biola is diverse in ethnicities but here is the breakdown: the majority of students are white, the largest minority are Asians and then African Americans comprise a very small percentage of the population (I think it's 3% now). What's difficult is the homogeneity among the student body. Groups pretty much stay together which makes it hard for different people to understand each other a lot sometimes. The environment can be hard for minorities for sure. We are working on racial reconciliation on our campus though. It just needs prayer because I think Biola has had a long history with this (diversity).

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I think the financial aid process is pretty decent. Truthfully, the school itself doesn't give out a lot of money though so if you're tight on money make sure you look for a lot of outside scholarships and that you do your best to get good grades in your classes!

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: One of the best reasons to choose a school in southern California is the food. Right by campus there are chains such as Panera, Starbucks, Carls Jr, Wendy's and Taco Bell, but if you have a car and go just a few miles in any direction, you can stumble upon a vast array of food options. Also, Biola has a favorite frozen yogurt place that gives Biola students discounts.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Biola is a small campus, so shuttles around campus are not necessary. It is also walking distance to a grocery, pharmacy and several food joints. However, going outside of the immediate vicinity is difficult without owning your own car. Southern California public transportation, or lack there of, is terrible.

2 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Biola is centered around the Christian faith and there are no other religions represented on campus. However, there is vast racial and economic diversity on campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: In the sunny climate of southern California, going to college is a blast. It is not uncommon for students to be reading and studying daily outside in the sun and walking to and from class is rarely interrupted by rain or any other element of weather. With these nice conditions, campus life is often centered around outdoor events and gatherings on the lawn.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Communications at Biola is a blossoming, productive, and rewarding program. It is a small, close-knit family you develop as Freshman and grow with through your journey. As a person who was never good at science or math or anything of that sort, it is refreshing to be in a program where I know I can change and help the world with skills other than math or science. The faculty is amazing and extremely helpful, the workload and curriculum are challenging yet rewarding, and I have yet to hear of a Comm. major finding difficulty in their job and internship research.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I have not had an internship yet, however, it is very rare that I hear of someone unable to find an internship according to their major. For those I know with an internship, it is either no-pay or very little, the time commitment does consume them, and it requires that they become more responsible than ever. However, they say that it is one of the most rewarding experiences of their college career. I intend to have some sort of internship within the next two years or so. I am not concerned about finding an internship, because my major (Communications) is a widely favored major and any company, industry, business, etc, needs a com. major for an intern.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I love my major! Communications is a broad major, and I have so many options in the career field now. I will say, since it is such a popular major, that it was hard to get the classes I wanted/needed. The Communication based classes are given to priority seniors and juniors who absolutely need them to graduate in their time allotted. Other than that, I love my major, the people I share it with, and the faculty. I would do it all over in a heartbeat. As of now, I'm still unsure of what kind of career I want from my major. I definitely want to be involved in ministry of some sort, whether it be non-profit or a summer camp program. We'll see where it leads me!

4 College Senior

Academics: I am in the Conservatory of Music as a Performance major. Our conservatory is pretty small, but it makes it feel like a family that way. The faculty is great. They are always encouraging us to pursue excellence in our music as a means to bless others, not to exalt ourselves. The atmosphere of our conservatory has never felt cut-throat, even though there are many talented students there. The only downside is that because the program is small, we don't offer the same wide range of courses offered in bigger music programs. However, I don't regret being a part of this Conservatory, and I know I have grown as a musician because of being here. (From Biola, you can also gain a lot of connections for jobs after graduation.)

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: Biola is located in the heart of Orange County, giving its student's easy accessibility to great culture and academic resources of Southern California. You can go to an art museum, head to the beach for a relaxing day, or listen to the LA Phil all in one day. The community is great. Student Development is dedicated to creating a united campus on every level, and the students are very warm and friendly. The professors and staff are willing to mentor their students not only on an academic level, but also on a personal and on a spiritual level. They really care about our well-being as whole people. Biola is also a great place to invest yourself academically. Biola is a place where you have many opportunities, and all you need to do is to invest yourself in them.

4 College Senior

Parking: You can usually find a spot somewhere on campus, though if you are looking for parking close to a particular building, you might need to come earlier than 9am to make sure you find a spot. However, if you live on campus, it's really easy to get around on foot, by scooter, or on your bike. Campus Safety has a discounted parking permit that allows you to park only on the huge parking structure in the middle of campus, which is a great option for people who aren't picky. Another thing to be aware of is that Campus Safety is pretty strict about visible parking permits and obeying speed limits. As long as you follow the rules, you'll be fine. In case you don't, they have a good appeals system.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Personally, I have not heard or seen any news on drugs on Biola's campus. Nor any alcohol related topics. Biola has a very safe environment and although there may be a crowd that associates with this kind of behavior, it is very limited.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Walking through Biola's campus, you'll find alot of the students carrying around their Bibles. You'll find that most of the students dress very respectively and appropriately according to dress code. The boys are true gentlemen and the ladies will almost never have to open a door for themselves on campus. Both girls and guys are very friendly. You hardly ever see anyone without a smile.

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3 College Freshman

Majors: what helps a lot is the class you take as a freshman in your first semester which is called First Year Seminar in your major & you get to know all the criteria necessary to get into your school of major, at least for Business that's how it was.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: you just have to set time apart to look and go through the applications

3 College Freshman

Local Area: most of the cool hang out spots are about 15 mins away

1 College Sophomore

Diversity: With Biola being very specific about their religious stance and what is acceptable behavior for students, there isn't diversity in religion or sexual orientation. They have many discussions throughout the year that provide explanations for what the school believes and Bible classes help with that also.
Biola is working on trying to create more racial diversity because as of now, a large majority of the student body are white.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Being in the center of the Los Angeles area, there's tons of places to go. There is a variety of restaurants in the neighborhood, and countless places to visit if you have a car, so variety is pretty endless.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: There are a lot of great opportunities on-campus as well as other places off-campus. There is a swing club called Memories near by and Downtown Disney is close to campus as well.

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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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