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Reviews 1741 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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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.

College Junior

Greek Life: No Frats or Sorts – There aren't any frats or sororities on campus at Biola so.... yeah. But just like any university there are clubs and ministries on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: All the facilities at Biola are top notch. Wonderful aesthetics and atmosphere. The campus oozes the passion and love that the student body and faculty have for God.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: Network Reliability and Speed – The on campus reliability and speed had greatly improved but it is still lacking. Wireless internet is slow and will sometimes go out.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: There are many Dorm Halls at Biola. As well as off campus apartments and marriage housing. The Dorm Life at Biola is AMAZING and a once in a lifetime oppertunity. The community life at Biola is what makes Biola so unique and amazing. There are many events that include the Dorm Halls and individual Floors. For example: GUYRAD- get your roommate a date (go on a fun date event like L.A with your floor, Alpha Halloween Event, Floor Retreats, Etc.

5 College Junior

Local Area: La Mirada...Fun and Close to the Beach and L.A. La Mirada has many area attractions: Splash Waterpark, La Mirada Theater, and the near by park. Also, there is a nearby mall (The Brea Mall), Target, Albertsons, Stater Brothers, Stein Mart, and Marshall's. The city of La Mirada is very safe, clean, and nice. The town loves Biola Students and there are many job opportunities fromlocal's.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: So-Called Undercover – Since Biola University is a Christian school, students know best not to pull out a drug scene in public. But instead they do it Undercover. But of course things are revealed eventually.

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.

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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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