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Reviews 1687 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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4 College Junior

Academics: When I think of the academics offered here at Biola I automatically think of the Professors who make the classes here possible. I have not come into contact with a Professor who isn't concerned about the welfare of their students. With this type of care at the center of their teaching standards, I look forward to meeting my new professors each semester and getting to know them in the ways that I can. It makes caring for academics a lot easier when you known your professors are rooting for you.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Business Major – It really teaches the basic understanding of how a business starts and teaches the economy of the society.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Whichever type of food you like, Biola is surrounded with a myriad to choose from. Near to a city of great variety, the international influence is felt in the dining spheres. Grocery stores are nearby, as is a number of buffets, dining restaurants, quick-stop shops, and places offering student support. With many job-openings, students are catered to by other students and often supported in fundraising missions through the local food businesses. Options are within walking distance, and offer the cheapest of options to more high-end restaurants. A local favorite includes drinking the foreignly-originating 'boba' tea, and enjoying frozen yogurt desert.

4 College Senior

Academics: More Than Knowledge – Biola academics give a developed and dynamic view of understanding. With Bible classes to accompany each major, concepts are learned with opportunity to practice knowledge. Rewarding assignments come through the well-designed registration process of building upon previous classes and consideration of history. Many special-study options are available through professors willing to travel between semesters, and affiliations with international programs. Internships drive students to realize reason and value behind work load, while giving testimony for motivation of other students to come in the future.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Not Yet Our Home – Off-campus housing at Biola is noted for wide selection. Easy for searching, you can look at a web site for many specific housing arrangements such as location, proximity, neighborhood, and roomate availabilities. Lined by a beautiful walk, the senior apartments are set across the local creek and give jr/seniors opportunity to picnic, swim, and go from door to door of other students so near. Cost may show the allowed security measures to be a little much. Community gatherings, and opportunity to engage with fellow students on and off campus are ample and growing.

4 College Senior

Academics: Teacher to Student Interaction Is Personal and Effective – I go to Biola University where I am pursuing a degree in Humanities and have studied as a part of the Torrey Honors Institute. My classes in the Institute and in the university at large have been consistently intentional, very challenging, and compelling. I went to college for a smaller feel where I actually got to know my professors as people themselves and brilliant intellectuals in their fields. They care about students as whole people; I certainly would not be the learner I am today without this crucial piece. It informs everything tought and acted out at Biola.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Help When I Need It – The professors really do care about you here at biola. It is a God-centered school and the atmosphere is joy and happiness and love towards one another. The professors want you to succeed and they don't treat you like your just some other kid.

5 College Senior

Athletics: School Spirit – The entire Biola community has an enormous sense of school spirit, especially when it comes to athletics. Most home games of any sport have a packed house of screaming, cheering students, and the rallies etc. are great.

5 College Senior

Academics: Being a Kinesiology major at Biola is great! (I also say that same about being an engineering or Human Biology major as I experienced those as well on my way to Kinesiology) For a private university they offer a surprising amount of exceptional higher level classes and the teachers are the best around. I have never had teachers who so cared for their students and were so involved in their lives.

5 College Senior

Diversity: Biola is proud of the ethnic diversity that is evolving on its campus and the leadership puts an emphasis on learning about diversity and not being exclusive in an way.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Good Aid, but Could Use More Opportunities. It is difficult to rate my financial aid experience because it is in a way my only financial aid experience. I received a decent amount of aid, but have found myself having to miss out on a semester because I haven't received enough. The school has some scholarships but it would be nice if they offered more opportunities. For instance it would be nice if there were scholarships offered through my major: Philosophy. I also feel they should help out married couples a bit more with financial aid than they in fact do. Meeting up frequently with counselors also helps throughout the process.

4 College Senior

Academics: Excellent Academically and Spritually. Biola University, although a private evangelical university, offers a wide variety of courses that are taught with passion and academic excellence. Biola is noticeably outstanding in the following study areas: Theology/Biblical Studies, Philosophy, Film, and Art. I came to Biola specifically for the philosophy program. Its philosophy program is well known among christian evangelicals and known moderately well in secular academic circles. I knew I would be receiving a top ranked education in philosophy from a christian perspective without forfeiting any opposing perspectives within philosophy as well. The classes are smaller which fosters a comfortable and accessible learning environment. The only issues I have had is the academic counseling. I have had a semester where I completely missed some courses that were vital to my four year graduation plan because they simply were not discussed during my academic advising. Other than this mishap, I really enjoy Biola university. It is an enriching experience in the most important ways.

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: Throughout my time at Biola, I have had the opportunity to meet, study with, work alongside, and build trust-founded friendships with people from all different backgrounds, locations, and ethnicities. It has been a joy to see their hearts, learn from their experiences and benefit fromt their strengths and giftings. We, as a school, focus not on assimilation but rather a complementary compilation of the countless types of people.
The academic programs offered cater to various types of students; from the Torrey Honors Institute to the Shakespearan Renaissance group to the Sci-Fi Appreciation club, there is a place for everyone. And then, of course, there are numerous intermural sports teams to join, the garden club, the rock climbing/kayaking/canoeing group, and a surfer's discipleship group that are always open to newcomers. I am very thankful for the countless opportunities for deeper friendships and ways to challenge myself physically, as well. Biola does a phenomenal job producing well-rounded men and women, if they choose to take advantage of all that the university and student body has to offer.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Crime and Punishment – Biola's campus is an incredibly safe place, where I have never felt even the least bit uncomfortable. We have a wonderful Campus Safety staff that consists of students and grad students dedicated to their job and not prone to cutting corners at the cost of compromising the security of the campus.
We have had several campus-wide warnings about local robberies, shootings, and criminals on the run; each student is notified by cell phone and e-mail. In serious cases, calls are made to each student until they actually answer, in order to ensure the reception of the warning. Never have I worried, though, about my well-being. While on Biolan grounds, I know I am in good hands.

5 College Senior

Academics: Intercultural Studies: Living Globally and Locally in Multiethnic World – As a student with a thirst for knowledge and passion for people, I have taken every opportunity to learn from my professors. I have become better prepared for my field of study by soaking in the information shared within the walls of the classroom, which they connect to the surrounding LA area, countries around the world and current global issues. They challenge their students to think outside the box, inspire them to remember what they are striving for, and encourage them to begin influencing the world now, instead of simply waiting until they gradute. They do not underestimate the students' abilities by giving out easy assignments and busy work, but rather they challenge them by setting the bar high and requiring thought, effort, and time.
I have taken my professors' words of wisdom to heart and have applied what I have learned within my campus community, in the surrounding LA area, and now here in San Sebastian, Spain, where I am interning with an ESL non-profit organization. Upon arriving here, I felt confident, prepared and excited. I knew I was capable of meeting the needs of the organization and I was excited to put what I have learned into practice in a new area of the world.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Rental Cars – The campus has cars so that student's may rent when having to go off campus. Most students have there own transportation.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Campus Always Connected – It is awesome that the campus has plugs to connect computers nearly in all places, and free wi-fi. The cafe's have excellent food/snacks and the gym is great too. My only complaint is that commuters have to pay to stay at the commuter's lounge.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Comprehensive, Insightful, and Accepting – The reason I like Biola University is because the professors are very understanding and do not act like robots. They always have good advice and none of the professors I have had unnecessarily overworked the student.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Plenty to Eat – My favorite thing about La Mirada is the abundance of restaurants and 24 hours food places, which is perfect for the college lifestyle. However, there's really not much to do in La Mirada. The nice thing is that it's close to freeways that can get you to LA or the OC where there are lots of fun activities. So it's a close location to more exciting parts of SoCal.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Faculty Make Themselves Available – One of the things I've enjoyed most about being in the music department at Biola University is the one-on-one time with faculty. My music professors make themselves available after class time, during class time, and for office hours to help students understand and grow.

5 College Student

Overall Experience: It's Absolutely Wonderful – My experience at Biola University has changed my whole perspective on who I am, not just in this world, but in Christ. I've grown to understand that life is not just about me alone, but God and His people. The campus is beautiful, the chapels are life transforming, the bible classes are spiritually and intellectually challenging, and the curriculum is top notch.

5 College Student

Academics: Christ Centered Education – Biola University's mission is to equip young men and women in mind and character to impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ. The university definitely upholds their mission and personally I have experienced such a move of God on campus. From classes, to chapels, to the cafeteria, to the library, God is applied to every aspect. Every student is required to take ten Bible classes which totally open your spirit and character towards applying God to your vocation or discipline.

3 College Senior

Administration: Punishments Are Fair – The campus safety is strict on people following school policy.

3 College Senior

Technology: Labs Are Very Resouceful – The computer labs at Biola University are crowded at miterms and finals. Despite those time, you can get a computer whenever you need.

3 College Senior

Academics: High Standard of Excellence – Biola equips men and women in mind and character to impact the world. Biola teaches students character and intellectual, technical and relational skills to serve as leaders, role models, and competent professionals.The Crowell School of Business equips with a foundational business education, while at the same time constntly encouraging their Christian commitment through biblical integration in all courses and contact with faculty, and staff. Their goal is to prepare graduates to be leaders, who impact the culture for Christ.The work load is fair and challenging.

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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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