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Reviews 1691 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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3 College Junior

Transportation: we cars, and campus safety will drive you if you're hurt

3 College Junior

Parking: thorough in giving tickets, limited parking this year because of consruction of a parking structure

3 College Junior

Administration: student contract restricts use of alcohol, drugs, and other behaviors

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: there are a lot of cheap places close to school. even within walking distance, and even more. being this close to LA is great.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Totally Safe – it seems really good. safety and security are great theyre very responsive. my roommates and i never lock our door and feel completely comfortable doing so.

4 College Senior

Administration: Quite Strict – NO drinking, or smoking and only members of the opposite sex in your room during certain hours. I think that is a benefit though. Actually pay for learning not drunken stupidity.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: At Biola we are not allowed to drink or smoke. It rarely happens and when it does, action from administration is taken.

5 College Senior

Academics: Intercultural Studies – I love my major, it allows me to learn more and more about how to effective interact with people around the world. My major also requires that I go on a 6-8 week cross-cultural internship, I am currently in Ireland while others are all across the world. It is amazing to know the people from Biola are sharing God's love all around the world! I really love the professors as well, they all care about you personally and want to invest in your life.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: a little more guidance would be appreciated but overall the financial aid offices are adequate

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: Walking Works – other than the we cars, which are kind of pricey, walking is pretty much the best option if you don't have a car

3 College Sophomore

Parking: the parking can be very hot or miss. One can leave a spot to return a while later and find nothing available. Also the lots fill up rather quickly.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Every so often the internet it slow, but overall it is very fast. One night it totally shut down from early evening till the next morning which was a huge inconvenience. The tech department is very helpful.

1 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports Don't Matter – At Biola University, sports are not a big deal. Especially Women's sports but that's everywhere. There is no football team. No one supports track, swim, cross country, tennis or sofball. Men's basketball has the most student involvement, next comes Men's soccer.

1 College Senior

Greek Life: I don't even think there is this at all on Biola's campus.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Biola has a beautiful campus, there is construction going on which will make it more astonishing. There aren't that many big classrooms but that isn't needed because there aren't that many students. There are only two good dorms that everyone wants to live in, the others are old. The school is also admitting more students which is crowding the dorms since freshmen have to live on campus unless they commute. The gymasium is a good size and the soccer field is nice but plain. The cafeteria is nice but it can get very crowded at times.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Some People Care Other's Don't – Some people at Biola care greatly about the school's teams and I've heard they do very well, but a large portion of the students at Biola don't have much interest in following them. They seem to be about average.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Great If You Can Find Enough People to Split It With. I know some people who live off campus but it's way to expensive unless you can get about 5+ roommates it seems.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Everyone Is Friendly...And I Mean Everyone – No matter who you meet, there almost always going to be friendly. Even the people that seem like douche bags are nice. Cause we got all of our eyes focused on Christ. Ya'llllll HUUUUrrd!?!?!

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Lots of White Upper Class Students – There is a very large amount of white people, but everyone's kind and welcoming.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I Feel Very Safe on Campus. There's not much campus crime, but it seems that the security team would be very responsive in the event of an emergency.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Quality People – The people are kind and compassionate, contributing to a very open and genuine atmosphere. In everything, Christ is shown.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: La Mirada is a very quiet and small city. The residents respect and appreciate Biola students for their contributions to the community. It is about 25 minutes away from downtown LA if you want to go explore, but other than that, the main attraction is the Dollar Theater, on campus events, and Albertsons. Your social life happens in the caf.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: One or the Other – At Biola, if you party you party, if you don't you don't. So don't be surprised if you see all the same faces at every party.
When we dance it's always off campus, due to the rules. We keep it relatively tame, but nonetheless if you're not into the party scene and club dancing, don't bother.
That said, the majority of Biola students don't club or party. Not that we don't have fun - when you don't have alcohol and dancing to fall back on, you find that you can come up with some awesome ways to spend a Friday night.
Also, Biola is great about organizing events for students to have fun during down time. Concerts, poetry lounges, laser tag, ice skating, a giant dodge-ball competition - you name it. That's something that most schools don't bother with, and their students are really missing out.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Biola students are diverse, but not SO diverse that they have nothing in common. Students are almost always VERY friendly, but may not necessarily be outgoing. Students tend to dress preppy, indie, athletic or super hip. The two things that stands out about Biola students in how they dress are: 1) We're very modest, compared to most schools. You won't see very many girls in super short shorts or low-cut tops. 2) We tend not to attend class (or leave the building at all) in our pajamas. Personally, I wish this were different - I don't usually feel like getting dressed before an early class and would rather look like I just rolled out of bed. But then again, Biola students put a lot of effort into everything they do, so this is not surprising.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Dorm Life - Horton – I have only lived in a Horton triple both years I have been at Biola and my experience has been fantastic. Horton smells new and clean compared to other dorms, and it has a very social atmosphere. It is not super convenient having a community bathroom, but I got used to it quickly and did not mind it. The housing process can be very stressful since housing is becoming increasingly limited.

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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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