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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I live at home, but from driving to and from school, I can say that there are different food options that are good for students who do not know Southern California.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: It was difficult for me to understand the financial aid process, but with the help of financial aid counselors at Biola, I was able to receive enough money for college.

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5 College Freshman

Administration: Biola University is great at keeping their campus strictly organized. Although some students may disagree with the policies, I believe the policies help students to think about actions that may possibly result in consequences.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Don't run a stop sign! Don't even try the California roll. There are very many rules.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: The surrounding area of Biola is simply neighborhood. There is not much to do off-campus or on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is no Greek life, but I wish there was.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It is difficult to find somewhere affordable to live in La Mirada. Most students have to commute from longer distances. But, it is worth it to not be living on-campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There is not much widely known alumni work going on at the school. The school is not widely known, so would not really know what the literal value would be. However, going through the schooling gives students a different perspective on life than a public or secular school would.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: It is comparable to high school. The gym is in fact the size of a high school gym. It is fun to go to some games, but there is not much spirit from the fans.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I have only had minor delays in receiving financial aid and assistance. Though I had these difficulties, the people at the Financial Aid office were easy to work with. Therefore, it went smoothly and I was able to receive the money I need.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The off campus dining options are okay. There are basic fast food places around, as well as Panera and Starbucks. The rest of the options on Imperial blvd are more numerous. The farther a student goes, the more options there are. However, for those with no car, there is no variety, and certainly nothing healthy.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It's awesome to live on campus. Students are close to the cafeteria, close to classes, and close to anything else they need. However, there is absolutely nothing social to do on the weekends. I am not picky, and do not expect parties or huge events. However, on the weekends it is a ghost town.

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Very attractive Christ centered young men and women looking to love God before themselves!

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They are everywhere sometimes a little obnoxious but do a good job!

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms that they show in the tour are the best dorms, the rest are pretty old and run down!

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: La Mirada has the highest tax rate in California, which sucks. However, Biola is close to LA, the beach, the mountains, basically whatever you want.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Biola looks out for the students' best interests. There really isn't room for sex, drugs, alcohol, etc. Biola's goal is to promote an environment where God's commands are fulfilled, and they seek to support that by enforcing their rules.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Biola's "parties are safe and involve clean fun. No drugs/alcohol, just people looking to dance and goof off. Everyone looks out for each other, too. The "parties" are school events and are super cool.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The area is not exactly super safe. My parents bought my sister pepper spray when she was living in the school's off-campus apartments because it just isn't a great area when you step off campus, especially at night. I wouldn't live in the Block apartments because it's not a good area and because it's inconvenient. Housing in the area usually doesn't involve heating/AC, which is not good if students have health issues. There's also not a lot of parking in the Block apartment area and the neighbors hate that Biola students park on the street.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Student support and school spirit are huge at Biola. The athletes love what they do because it doesn't drive their whole life. They are encouraged to do their best and love what they are doing, but to keep God first and realize that athletics isn't everything in life. It may be a big part of their life, but it isn't the only thing in life.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I plan to have an internship because it's necessary for anyone who wants to get a job after college. The best internship would be a paid one, though, because Biola is really expensive. I have been a teaching assistant both in high school and at Biola, as well as in the field of dance.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The system doesn't accept grades above 4.0 or give more than 1 scholarship. This makes it pointless for students who work extremely hard to be well-rounded and achieve great grades, since standardized tests hold more sway than their GPA. This doesn't reward hard work. The fact that I couldn't receive an academic scholarship and a leadership scholarship from the school, despite my high school leadership commitments, put even more financial stress on my family. It doesn't make sense to do that because usually the students in leadership are overachievers with high grades. Both issues just keep the school from giving hardworking students the money they need.

5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: There are never students crimes associated with this campus.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: This campus has a great community like atmosphere.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I don't know too much about the Greek life on campus.

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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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