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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: It is not that big. Of course there are some people who do it, but it is not very visible and I do not feel like there is any pressure to do it either. Also, if you get caught, it's a big no no. You can get kicked out of the school.

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4 College Senior

Weather: The weather is great overall. Usually warm. However, you don't get much of a fall and the winters are usually mild. This november it has ranged from 70's to 80's with a few colder days here and there. Also the weather is sometimes bipolar, there will be a hot week, then a cold week, then a hot week again. It'll be sunny one day and overcast or raining the next.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: I transferred in my sophomore year, so I loved the dorms. They are fantastic if you go to dorm events, get plugged in and meet people. The community is there, you just have to put yourself out there. However, it requires a lot of time effort and energy. The bad thing about dorms is that it's mostly freshmen and sophomores living on campus here, so this year I am a junior on a floor with a whole bunch of annoying freshmen girls who scream, laugh and are noisy a lot of the time. I live in Sigma which is nice because it is a suite style dorm. This means that there is two rooms that are connected by a bathroom. So 4-6 people share a bathroom, instead of an entire floor. Each room has their own sink and mirror which is fantastic. All dorms are furnished with beds, desks, bookshelves, 3 drawers and a closet. Each dorm contains a kitchen area and a laundry area. Sigma has their laundry room at the end of the hall and the kitchens are in the lobby of each floor. Each lobby has couches, tables and a big screen TV with a VHS player and a DVD player connected to it. There is also a ping pong table on the guy's floor and a piano on the top floor. Many other dorms do not have lobbies like this, or even have lobbies on each floor that are open to both guys and girls. The only other dorm like this is either Stewart or Hart...I can't remember.

3 College Senior

Administration: This is a Christian school that has a contract connected with it when you chose to go there. Therefore it is obviously going to be more strict than other schools. If you are into partying and doing drugs, why bother coming to a Christian school? Occasional drinking is okay though, as long as you don't get caught. If you are going to drink (or do whatever) you should be very discreet about it. You could get kicked out of school if you are caught. (Which I think is a little much, if you're 21 you should be able to drink right?) Also they do not permit smoking. If you attend Biola you are not allowed to smoke. These are all rules of when you are enrolled, therefore on winter break and summer break you are not under this contract (which is nice.) Also, since it is a Christian school you will also get kicked out if you are caught having sex, or if you ladies become pregnant and are not married. The school also has 30 chapels that you must complete each semester. 15 must be done is person and the rest can be made up, but you have to pay $1 for each one. There are a lot of dumb things you can get fined for. For example, if you get caught picking a flower, it's a $50 fine. I believe you can also get fined for dancing in the fountain and climbing trees too. However, if you are nice to Campo, (or an attractive woman) you can talk your way out of the fine.

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4 College Senior

Local Area: It is a small city called La Mirada that is close by many other small cities. For example you drive through La Habra to get to Walmart which is right down the street. Knott's Berry Farm is about a 10-15 minute drive away and Disneyland is about 15-20 minutes away. Beaches take about an hour to get to only because there is so much traffic. Also, there is a cool hiking place in Whittier which is about 15 minutes away also. The drive into L.A. isn't too bad if you go at the right time (1hr or 2hr). It's nice to be near a large city because they always have good concerts and events. Also, universal studios is close by, so you can sit in as extras in movies or TV shows. There is also lots of nice parks in this area, so it's nice to go running/ bike riding. There is a path by the school that goes past a lot of huge lots where people have horses, so you can pet them. It's a nice escape from school. :)

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug safety is very good. In the beginning, all students have to sign a contract saying that we do not do drugs or consume alcohol, so this minimizes the drug scene. There's no visibility of drugs or alcohol at all. Same with usage and peer pressure.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I haven't had any internships at Biola yet, but I know they are very life changing. Biola also has mission trips that students can go to. They have many countries to choose from and they occur during the summers or interterms.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I enjoy being in the pre-nursing program a lot. The upperclassmen are very encouraging and make underclassmen look up to them. Every faculty is very helpful and they know so much. I look forward to go to every nursing class.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Even though only 40 students are accepted into the nursing program, it makes the program more excellent. Students who do well academically or show excellence are usually able to be accepted. I have not applied yet since I am a first semester sophomore, but I will be applying soon. The most important criteria is to do well in the science courses the first two years of school. The program has a normal application process with two recommendation letters, the actual application, an interview, and a test called the TEAS test. My tips are to do well in your classes, so you have an impressive GPA.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Biola has an excellent nursing program. It is very competitive and only accepts 40 students each year. During the first two years, students are admitted into the pre-nursing program. After the first semester of their sophomore year, they start applying to get into the nursing program. The professors are very helpful and inspiring. If I could do it all over again, I would still choose nursing at Biola because I love how they integrate Christianity with nursing. My career goal is to become a missionary nurse. I do not have any concerns about finding a job in this field.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: It was a very easy process receiving the scholarship at Biola University. It automatically gets added into your account on the website and subtracts from the total amount. Thus, it isn't confusing or a long process.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: There is a lot of variety and the food is always very fresh. The decorations are amazing, especially during holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is buffet style, so there are lots of options to choose from and you can eat as much as you want. The prices are reasonable. You can also use the flex dollars for food at Eagles Nest or coffee and other yummy drinks at Common Grounds.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guys and girls at Biola University dress modestly and appropriately.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a couple dining options that are a walkable distance away including: Starbucks, Panera, Burger King, Cold Stone, and a few others. Many other options are a reasonable distance to drive some of which include: Chick-fil-a, Pick Up Stix, Red Robin, In-N-Out, Hawaiian BBQ, Chipotle, Jamba Juice, Panda Express, BJ's Brewery, Cheesecake Factory, among many others. Frozen yogurt is also very popular and there are multiple place to get it fairly close to campus. Student discounts are available at Cold Stone and Berry Cool frozen yogurt.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: All students are required to complete 30 units of Bible classes. Some of these courses include: Biblical Interpretation/Spiritual Formation, Foundation of Christian Thought, Old and New Testament, Theology 1 & 2, and many more. All of these courses are excellent and the professors that teach them are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about what they teach. This institution, professors, community, and courses help to grow you mentally and spiritually.

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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: I would say that Biola is not a very diverse institution. The majority of the school are devoted Christians. I would say that not too many ethnicity's are represented at Biola, the majority are Caucasians. Many countries are represented though, which I find very interesting! There are many missionary kids that attend Biola University, so many students that appear to be typical American young adults were actually born and raised in different countries and are living in a completely different culture.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am very satisfied with my major: Sociology. I am new to the major but am enjoying it very much. The material is interesting and the professor makes the learning environment a great place to grow in knowledge. The workload is not overbearing and the exams are simple. The professor does not try and trick you! I have learned a lot in the one major class I am in. Sociology is a broad major so there are many job opportunities associated with the it.

5 College Junior

Weather: It is usually warm in sunny in La Mirada, which is perfect weather for various activities.

4 College Senior

Parking: Parking has been great since they added a new parking structure. The requirement to park on campus is a parking permit which they check on cars regularly.

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4 College Senior

Local Area: Biola is near a city but in a smaller community. I love that the city is close but we are not inside of the business. It has a great neighborhood and there are plenty of things to do either go to the city or chill coffee places around here.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are many restaurants around Biola University and a lot of them are really great. The reason it did not receive an A+ was because I do wish some of the more healthier options would be open later for college students...

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Biola has okay teachers but full of lazy students that don't care at all about their grades and just want to have fun and be "affirmed" by other self-righteous people.

4 College Junior

Weather: It is consistently warm and sunny here in La Mirada. 90 degree weather in November is not unheard of, and the warm fall nights are wonderful!

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Dorms foster fantastic community and are really spacious. On campus housing can be hard to obtain as an upperclassmen, but I believe that is a common occurrence on many campuses.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I love my degree program. Every teacher that I have had for my major specific classes have all genuinely cared for me and some have even gone out of their way to talk to me and to help when i was struggling to keep up in their class. It is a small major but all of students are very tight-knit together. I would definitely do my major over again. Since I am pursuing vocational ministry, one of my majors main goals is to land us a full time job upon graduating. That is the reason why we are required to have at least a 1 year internship in order to graduate as a Christian Ministries major. Because of how the degree is designed, I actually have no concerns finding a job after graduating.

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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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