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Reviews 1702 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: The computers are good quality, both Mac and Windows. The internet in the labs is reliable, On-campus wireless is pretty good, it has recently gotten faster and less finicky. I could comfortably survive schoolwork without my laptop.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: For a small Christian school, they offer a surprising amount of financial aid, especially for academics.

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: it's super crowded at the moment, but a six story parking structure is under way!

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Meticulous but Bearable – It felt like just another another thing to do. They aren't very flexible and don't give you more money if you ask. But they gave me an academic scholarship so I don't complain. I wish they offered more scholarship opportunities.

2 College Freshman

Parking: We Need Help – There is not much parking. You get lucky if you find a sport quickly. Luckily a new parking structure is being made right now!

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Silent Night – Mostly quiet. There usually groups that will make fast food runs but there is very little partying. Usually study groups can be found scattered across campus

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Just Delightful – It's been a great experience so far. The community is great as well as the classes. The professors are understanding with their workload. Easy to make friends and their are tons of things to do on and off campus...

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5 College Junior

Drug Safety: Not Everyone Is Perfect – While Biola is a drug-free campus by student contract, there have been occasions when students have been caught and punished for drug and alcohol use. However, these instances are few and far between and I am glad that the students hold to their promise.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are several restaurants nearby Biola that are easily within driving distance if anyone gets tired of cafeteria food. It includes several fast-food and sit-down restaurants that provide several options to hungry students.

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4 College Junior

Technology: Biola University has several large computer labs available in the Library and WiFi in several places on campus. The only problem is that it is sometimes difficult to find a computer to use during peak hours if you do not have a laptop with you. And sometimes the internet can get lag and/or fail while browsing on a personal computer. All in all, however, it is easy to access and use the computers, whether you are a PC person or Mac enthusiast.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The Torrey Honors Institute. As an alternative way to get almost all of your general education at Biola (all but science, math, and P.E.), there is the Torrey Honors Institute.
This is a Great Books program modeled after the ones of Cambridge and Oxford, in which you study and discuss at length the works of the most influential writers of the Western world--Homer, Shakespeare, Plato, Saint Augustine, Tolstoy, C.S. Lewis, etc.--all the while seeking whole-heartedly goodness, truth, and beauty. It is a rigorous program, but not just academically; in it, you essentially learn the keys and life skills for leading an examined life--community and discussion, and love.
Because of Torrey, my children will be raised differently.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Never Too Far. Because Biola University is entirely located in a single location, you can easily walk to even the furthest reaches of the campus in about ten, fifteen minutes.
Also, all seven dorms have lobbies open twenty-four/seven to all their respective occupants, which is really great for studying or just talking any time you want.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Sweet and Simple – Nothing extravagant here, as Biola is a small college, but everything is good quality. I love the library, as it is built to let in lots of natural light so it never feels stuffy or confined. The student center is great and nicely decorated but can be very noisy. The gym is also nice, with a wide variety of machines and weight-training stations. Biola has plenty of campus activities, and a huge number of chapels on every topic imaginable. The overall campus aesthetic is kind of a hodge-podge. There are really nice new buildings, obviously old buildings, really pretty landscaped spots, and somewhat unsightly parking sprawled all over. But the quirkiness brings its own charm.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Challenging but Not Ridiculous – Biola's music department is definitely comparable in quality to those at public universities in the area. Especially with a performance degree, you will be excellently prepared for grad school. The teachers are friendly and more than willing to help you out personally, and the atmosphere is competitive but in a loving, collaborative way. Everyone wants to help each other out and excel, so the competition is friendly. My only complaint is that the building is a bit run down and overcrowded. It's especially difficult for pianists, as there are very limited good quality pianos to practice on.

5 College Senior

Weather: The weather is a predominant reason to go to Biola

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1 College Senior

Administration: This School Is Pretty Strict – Biola is a pretty strict place. Somehow, Christians feel that in order to promote the freedom the Gospel talks about, they need to enforce pretty strict living and social standards -if you do not make a full and complete stop at all (63) stop signs, you will get a ticket. -if you make out with your significant other in your car (in order to be away from prying eyes) campus safety will harass you-even though there is no parking, if you do find a spot and are a guest, they will ticket you.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Nearly all underclassmen and a fair amount of upperclassmen dorm/live on the apartments on/near campus. This past year parking has been a pain due to construction at our pool and a new parking structure. However, next fall with our brand new 5 floor parking structure I think all our problems will be solved!

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3 College Senior

Transportation: Walk or Carpool – There is no school provided transportation. Public transportation in the area is ok, but takes a long time to get anywhere. The best option is to have a car yourself, walk to the many places about a mile away, or get friends to drive you.

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5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Casual in All Things – There's a 3:1 girl to guy ratio at Biola. Most people dress pretty casually, but artsy. Our social lives tend to include movie nights in dorm rooms, trips to Berry Cool and In n' Out. There's not much of a casual dating scene at Biola, but less drama.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: BA, BS, MD, PHD, MRS – "Ring by Spring" is certainly a term floating in the air near Valentines Day. However, getting an MRS degree isn't the focus of every student at Biola. I feel there is a good balance in AS sponsored activities and other events for students seeking a relationship and those not currently interested. The most attractive feature of guys and girls is first and foremost their passion for serving God.

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3 College Junior

Transportation: Not a Big Deal – Biola is very self contained, so transport isn't a problem at all on campus. If you're traveling off campus, the bus is your best bet if you don't have a car, and the lines run consistently and are conveniently located and cost very little. Like any bus line, they make the commute much longer, but they get the job done. If you're moving around in L.A., the Metro is the way to go: it's cheap, fast, easy, and goes everywhere.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Activities in La Mirada – There's a TON of AWESOME activities that are a MUST for Biola students. First and foremost is Disney Land, a lot of students get the year round pass and find it a fun place to hang out after a mind-blowing final. Knotts Berry Farm & Medieval Times are other geat options! The beach is about 30min away and you'll pass BerryCool (best fro-yo with discounts to Bioloans), In & Out and Chik-fil-a!

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Well Taken Care of. Campus safety is always on the prowl for anything suspicious, and Biola has an incredibly low petty theft rate compared to other colleges in the area. If anything amiss happens, campus safety lets everyone know via text to keep us aware and safe. I have never felt afraid of going out late at night on campus (which i do often) and I have never experienced anything that made me feel unsafe.

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4 College Junior

Local Area: Calm, Pleasant, and Within Short Distance of Adventure – La Mirada is a charming town, safe and secure, but while the city that Biola University resides in is quiet and pleasant, it is in perfect proximity to countless attractions and activities. Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm are a short fifteen minute ride away, and Hollywood, Los Angeles, and the California coast (and all the cultural and social experiences they have to offer) are all around a thirty minute journey away. Historic Pasadena and Fullerton are also close, so there's never a shortage of things to do, no matter what you like!

4 College Junior

Local Area: Middle of Everything – La Mirada is the last community in LA County before Orange County. It's a rather quiet, boring town 15-30 min from LA, Disneyland, The OC, Snowboarding, Surfing and Hiking. Going to Biola is like a treasure hunt as you discover the unique spots surrounding it.

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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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