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Reviews 1704 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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4 College Junior

Local Area: La Mirada – The city is safe, but not very convenient for students.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorm Community – Living on campus is a great experience. Every dorm has a unique community and plenty of dorm traditions. Dorm community is amazing, and it's a great place to learn and grow.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Not Enough – I'm frustrated that we are in a residential area which doesn't cater to late nights or healthy options.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus. I never worry about where I am going, or when I am coming back. I trust that campus safety is taking care of the perimeter, and that I do not need to fear for my own safety any more than I should already.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: The meal plan needs to be more flexible and less expensive. Also, a better variety of food would be nice. Sometimes it gets to be a little boring. However the food is good quality a times.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: The athletic center at Biola University is newly renovated and in geat condition. It is very clean and everyone helps eachother keep it that way. It is very private and non threatening environment. The library is very comfortable which is where I spend most of my time.

4 College Senior

Academics: Great Community – Biola University has an overall great community. Everyone is friendly and helpful as well as your home away from home. The campus is beautiful and comfortable. I never wanted to leave. Everything you need is right there on campus.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Since Biola is located in Southern California, specifically in Orange County, summer weather is always felt. Even on campus with the scenery of things, the weather does not look like a factor to dampen student learning.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Getting Around – Getting to and from Biola is no hassle. The campus is small, but the life is immense with convenient transportation. Cost there is also manageable.

5 College Freshman

Administration: Campus Life – Biola's campus life and atmosphere is unique. People there are friendly for continuing and new students, just like me; it makes the transfer to Biola less freighting than it already is.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Biola is unique because they deeply care about each student and and very personable.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: One reason why my school is the best is because the environment. I have such amazing friends and professors who love the Lord and encourage me to continue in loving him as well and shoot for my dreams. It is an incredibly uplifting place and I would never want to be anywhere else.

3 College Junior

Parking: Parking can be somewhat full sometimes, but you can always find a spot. Plus, they are working on more parking space as we speak, therefore I am rather happy and not worried about the parking situation.

College Sophomore

Diversity: Cultural Differences – Although Biola does not have a wide variety of international and ethnic groups, there is still diversity between the students as well as the staff. As far as religion goes, most everyone believes the same Biblical principles of the Christian faith, but there still are people with Catholic, Lutheran, etc. backgrounds which adds some flavor to discussions that arise on some topics.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: It's a private school--so that's understandable. But I think that scholarships should be increased a bit due to grades earned within Biola. I transferred and got the same amount of money for a GPA outside of Biola as I did inside of Biola. I was told there was room for scholarship growth due to in-house performance, but that was not the case. I busted out a 4.0 thinking I would be getting more money (on top of other reasons) and didn't want to mess up scholarships. It wasn't actually true, so I got the same amount of money for this year. Not cool.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Love It Here – Biola has provided both the atmosphere and standard not only for Christ-like living but also for the daily struggles of students this age to be met. It's not unrealistic--it's Biblical. My live has deeply changed, not because of delusion or peer pressure--but because of the Holy Spirit working in the lives of students around me who are willing to let Him work. The faculty and staff always supplement this reality by being open and honest with us. Transparency is encouraged, and I love that. I recommend Biola to any young believer.

4 College Senior

Academics: I'm getting a minor in International Development and my education thus far has proved itself in my internships and real life experience. The program prepares us for the fields based in Anthropology.

4 College Junior

Academics: An Insightful, Integrative Learning Experience – Biola University provides a wide range of academic programs. The popular ones include Psychology, Intercultural Studies (ICS), Bible, Philosophy, Business, Education, Communications and Communication Sciences and Disorders. Due to relatively small class sizes (20-30 students), students get to build relationships with their professors quite easily. Students are able to visit professors during designated "office hours" to get help on assignments, ask questions about the material, or to simply have a chat. Generally, the professors are also friendly and they are willing to get to know students outside the classroom. Biola's Bible classes are amazing, thanks to highly intellectual and passionate professors that make lectures interesting and intriguing. Biola integrates every subject with the Bible, and teaches students to view life and their chosen majors from a Biblical worldview. Biola also offers several study abroad and exchange programs to England, China, New Zealand, among others. Biola also provides numerous opportunities for students to go on mission trips during summer and winter breaks to various places around the globe.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Pretty Good – Varsity sports at Biola are pretty good. We do well on a national level. I've heard the athletic trainers do not do a good job of taking care of the athletes, though. Students get involved in some sports some of the time, but spirit isn't incredibly high.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Best Combo Ever – We have the best looking, most kind, modest, fun, and down-to-earth, mature group of young people ever. I absolutely love the students at Biola University. There is such a variety of interests campus-wide and I have never met and unkind or non-helpful person there. Everyone balances their social life with academics and do so with grace for the most part. Relationships are a huge priority for students at this University and are therefore taken seriously and treated with care.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Wonder Bread Land – Diversity on campus is pretty good- but the biggest percentage is white, I believe. That reflects the surrounding area of La Mirada, Norwalk, and Whittier. Among college students there is a huge emphasis on racial and ethnic acceptance and diversity. Because we are a Christian University, students of other faiths or worldviews that conflict with the very foundation of the University do not attend our school, but are still welcomed to come on campus and interact with students who do share Biola's belief system.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Biola cares about every aspect of their students' lives- and thus, their off-campus housing team helps students to find places to live and work that are realistic for full-time or part-time students. Safety in our town is a major priority and students are alerted via text and email for every event that goes on with Campus Safety. I think my University does and excellent job of transitioning students to be independent, yet safe and responsible in where they live and work.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Busting That Cash – Everyone knows that Biola is EXPENSIVE!

However,I was able to attend thanks to CalGrants, Pell Grants, and money from the school itself for being a returning student. The rest was paid from my parents pocket who SAVED A LOT during the past YEARS. Amen to that.

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: One Word- GOD! Biola is different because it is a private Christian university focused on preparing their students to be ready to impact the world for Jesus Christ later on in their lives/careers!

4 College Senior

Campus Food: From a Commuter Student/ Worker at the Cafeteria, the Food Is Done That Day and Very Tasty. You Get to Choose from Six Stations That Range from Salads, Pizza, Homecooking Food, Pastas, Etc. Everything Is Fresh and Organic. However, if you constantly eat there you will see that they have the same foods every other 2 weeks. There is a bulletin where you can comment on the food or suggest an entree. Breakfast is pretty much repetitive-eggs, potatoes, and some choice of meat. It will get annoying. Also, if you plan on working for the cafe there is no need to buy a huge meal plan. This is because everytime you work you get one free meal. Also, you will notice that all the cooks are hispanic/latino so that means they are big on what people stereotype "Mexican food."

But something every faculty member or tranfser student has commented is that the Biola cafeteria's food is top quality and should not be called a "cafeteria." They dont mircowave food like other typical school cafeteria.

Also, coming from a worker's perspective, be NICE and FRIENDLY to the workers who work hard to keep your cafe looking clean and beautiful. Some people work long hours in there and dont want to serve rude students that cant even say please or thank you. Also, workers like me witness the digusting mess people leave behind so be an ADULT and pick up after yourself. I always think students like me look down upon a cafeteria server's job like it was the lowest of the lowest, which is an honrable job!

In summary, Bon Appetit (Biola's cafetria is run by this company) do their best to serve Biola students need in terms of food.

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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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