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Reviews 1966 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors truely care about the students, the campus is beautiful, and the community is unlike something you can get anywhere else.

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5 College Junior

Parking: Parking on campus is great! You can always find a spot near your destination. Something is always available.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: There is an honors program that fulfills your general education classes called the Torrey Honors Program. This is a vigorous learning experience that requires careful evaluation of great books and animated discussions. My roommate is in the Torrey Honors Program, and she is reading a lot of the time, but absolutely loves the program! She has been able to build her conversing skills through the discussions, her writing skills through the papers, and her overall knowledge through the various interesting books she has delved into. One great aspect of Torrey is that you stay with your group throughout your years in college, so you end up having very deep relationships with those members of your group. I think that would have to be one her favorite aspects of Torrey as well as the vigorous atmosphere and the substantial amount of information she has gained from the program.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: The facilities crew has a core group of hired help that maintain the majority of the cleaning and managing of the facilites, cleaning, and grounds. There are a number of students who are hired to help out with the cleaning and serving of food, or volunteering at events.

5 College Junior

Weather: The weather at Biola is very nice. I come from Northern California, which has lots of cloudy and rainy weather during the winter season. But in La Mirada, the weather is mostly sunny. It is perfect fall weather when it is winter.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Biola is home to musically talented hipster boys. Walking throughout the campus in a span of ten minutes you are bound to see at least fifteen attractive musicians. The boys rock the skinny jeans with the button up shirts and the long shaggy hair. You are bound to find a trophy husband there. And for the girls, it is southern california so of course you are surrounded by beauties. They are fashionable for sure. But although this all seems shallow the students at biola are all around the most genuine people I have ever met.

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshman and sophomore's have guaranteed housing, if you want to live on campus as an upperclassman its harder. Due to the fact that each year that I have been here each freshman class has been bigger than the last so there's always construction, but the dorms like hart and Stewart are nearly 100 years old, where as Horton and hope are the nicest newest dorms.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: If you live on lower campus, aka Stewart, hart or Hope, it can be a nightmare. I've lived on upper-campus, and the bluff (on campus apartments) which is a lot better for parking, since theirs no real crime or partying ticking is campus safteys major job, so fines and tickets can be a problem if you get them cause its a real hassle. You don't really need a car because any of your friends probably have one, but if you want to go out on the weekends when campus is dead it helps a lot.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus crime is minimal, few thefts here and there, parking and tickets can be an issue, but overall its one of the most low crime towns in college campuses.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Community is very important to the overall Biola experience. There are so many events on campus as well as outreach opportunities. One of my favorite places is the Biola Prayer Chapel, it is such a great place to go and spend time with God. I know I have gone there many times when I am stressed out and in need of a quiet place to speak to the Lord.

4 College Junior

Local Area: La Mirada is a very nice area, with a good amount of shops and restaurants to go to. There is also a great dollar theatre up the street and a fun thift store called Savers where a lot of the students go shopping for different events on campus. There is also a huge park across the street that includes a waterpark and tennis courts.

4 College Junior

Technology: There is good access to computers especially at the library. The wi-fi is great and the network is both speedy and reliable. I have had no complaints about it.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Biola does have a strong international student population on campus, especially from Asia. But overall the school is predominately white but each year the diversity is growing and expanding. It is a fairly affluent school that can sometimes give off the vibe that everyone has an easy time paying for their education. But all in all it is growing in its cultural diversity.

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4 College Senior

Majors: The Intercultural Studies (ICS) internships are typically unpaid and require a full time commitment. They're between 6-8 weeks and are required for all ICS majors. Depending on your emphasis (TESOL, International Development, Missions, etc), you will be applying to an internship that correlates with your emphasis. Therefore, if you are TESOL emphasis, you will be teaching english overseas. If you are interested in medical missions, you might work in Africa doing dental work and giving immunity shots. You will be taking a class before and after your internship to help you prepare for the internship both in logistic details and spiritually. Don't worry, the teachers are professionals and know exactly how to help you. You will find and attend the internship that is perfect for you.

4 College Senior

Majors: I am an Intercultural Studies major. The Intercultural Studies program does not require an entrance exam or individual application process. If you are admitted into Biola, then you've got a complete open door to either major or take classes in Intercultural Studies.
The Intercultural Studies "type" is the adventurous, globe-trotting world changer. You may frequently see one of their students walking barefoot, wearing a garment from a foreign country, and passionate about God.
To get admitted into Biola, just give them what you've got. Show them your extracurriculars and be friendly and clean cut for your interview. Biola is very gracious and open to all people so just be yourself! They truly are welcoming. With that, you're set!

3 College Senior

Technology: The computers are good but sometimes they are too slow. On top of that printing costs a lot and there are only so many printers in different locations. It is just complicated

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: They don't look that great but I am sure they are fine

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I choose Biola University not really knowing what to expect. I thought I was coming to a laid back christian college that would offer great academics with a christian perspective. They do offer a great christian perspective and some great courses but overall I was/am disappointed with the college. The workload isn't to bad, it was just what I expected college to be like, and most of my professors have shown a deep interested in the topic the are teaching, which is always encouraging. The aspect I enjoy most about this school is the smaller class sizes, it makes the learning process a lot less difficult and the teachers are always willing to individually help.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Biola University is extremely close to the most popular and famous attraction in California - Disneyland. With that said, many students have annual passes and go to Disneyland whenever they have the chance or on the weekends.
La Mirada is a safe and quiet town with many grocery stores near campus such as Stater Brothers and Albertsons (only 10-15 minute walks). However, driving out 10-15 minutes allows one to reach cities such as Brea, Anaheim, Fullerton, and extra 10 more reaches Los Angeles.
There are shopping centers available in Brea and Downtown Fullerton has many cafes that students enjoy hanging out in.
In Buena Park (only 5 minutes away), there are many dessert and Asian food restaurants. Many food places give student discounts to Biola students.
Students also go to LACMA, although it is a bit of a drive to Los Angeles during traffic hours. And In-N-Out is only ten minutes away from Biola's campus.
There are many places to eat off-campus. Panda Express, Chipotle, Sushi, In-N-Out, Pho, Mario's (Peruvian!), L&L Hawaiian, Kentro's Greek Kitchen and the list can go on.
The local atmosphere at Biola is definitely a positive factor.

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Biola is famously known for their 3:1 girl to guy ratio. This is definitely a bonus for the males, not so much of a perk to the ladies.

You can find many types of guys and girls at Biola. From hipsters, athletes, mixed culture, preppy, relaxed and even a few that just simply don't fit into any category at all.

Many at Biola dress to impress. This may be a pro or con for some. There are pretty girls, a good looking guys. The best part about Biola is that most people are kind and respectful.
The famous saying at Biola is "ring by Spring" because many students end up finding their spouses here on campus. Definitely proof of great personality and looks.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The nicest dorms are: Horton and Hope. They are the most recently built dorms so everything inside is modernized as well.
The most community-oriented dorms are: Alpha, Emerson and Hart.
Stewart Hall is where a lot of independent students reside.
The atmosphere at Hart and Stewart are similar. Hip, relaxed, and fun. Almost every night there is something to look forward to if you're involved with the community.
Alpha is an all-girls dorm. There usually is someone baking something so free cookies are a plus. Nail polish parties, movie nights and community events galore.
Emerson is an all-boys dorm. Although they lack air-conditioning, they resolve this issue with fans. Almost all the guys here are close-knit and love the brotherhood.
Sigma is suite style and is a nice place for those who like to study in their rooms.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Biola has a no drugs policy, and since all of the students and faculty are Christians, there is no pressure to use drugs or visible usage. Everyone here cares about their body and knows how harmful drug use can be.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Biola has a lot of opportunities for scholarships, and most of them are not very difficult to attain, but you can not stack several scholarships with each other, so you get a limited amount of aid. There is a financial aid office, and also talking with an academic adviser is helpful in knowing what scholarships are available to you. They want you to come to Biola and be able to afford it.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: There isnt any parties on campus but if you talk to the right people and are trying to find a party you can get to one off campus. Plus Biola is close to so many other party schools you could just go there.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug scene at Biola University is not really big, although it depends on who you hang out with. The drug and alchol scene here is very hidden.

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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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