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Reviews 1961 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Excellence in Education – Biola is staffed with professors that are at the top of their fields. The curriculum incorporates the Christian faith into your studies in that particular class. That way you are also being spiritual equipped for life after graduation. The workload is manageable, and many of the required Bible classes mainly involve a lot of reading. If you budget your time, you can get all of your work done. Plus the library is available to you throughout the day.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: La Habra Marketplace – Biola is in a residential area so it's surrounded by great eating places and grocery stores, perfect for the college students.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Lots and Lots to Do – Biola is 30 minutes from downtown Los Angeles and there is so much to do there. We are 30 minutes from numerous beaches and 15 minutes from Disneyland. There are also many hikes in the area that are about 30 minutes away that many people love to go on! So much to do all the time.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's the Best Place for Many – Biola is an awesome place to go to school. I love the community, staff, and people here. The professors don't just care about your grades but they care about how you are doing and how your college experience is going. Your classmates are really nice and are very welcoming and create awesome community. I would also have to say that the food is great too!

4 College Sophomore

Parking: It is not a big school and you usually get parking close enough to the dorm you live in. They just made a new parking structure that has really helped so they are making an effort. Even the parking structure is within good distance to make it to classes or anything else in good timing.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Punishments Aren't Too Bad – It is a Christian University and you sign a contract saying that you are going to follow the rules. If by chance you break contract, the school is very gracious the first time but don't plan on breaking it again. If you want to party and drink then go to a different school where you can. It's a waste of money if you aren't here for the right reasons. They are pretty fair as long as you don't do anything stupid.

3 College Freshman

Administration: You must know that you can not smoke, drink nor have sex when you decide to apply or commit to Biola. It is not tolerated on or off campus even if there are people who decide to do it.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: School Spirit – The people who live on campus get a bit more excited than those who commute simply because they are already attracted and aware of the the performance that goes on. As incoming freshman, they tend to get more spirit wear than the upperdivision.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: I remember the time that I was applying to Biola. I was very nervous to visit but once I walked on campus, it was as if everyone said hello, asked where I was from, and those type of questions! I love it here.

5 College Senior

Drug Safety: What's a Drug? There is no smoking allowed on campus. So if you've got the habit, better kick it now. Biola is also a "dry campus-" every student signs a contract prior to enrollment that binds them to a no drinking policy on or off campus while enrolled. This means while on winter and spring break too. Christian campus means that drugs are a given.

Most people take this policy seriously. Its why they go to the school in the first place. There is a minority of students who will drink off campus on the weekends (or weekdays, for the more rambunctious students whose parents probably forced them to attend) and will show up to class hungover the next day. But this is the exception, not the rule.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Community, Community, Community! One of the best things about Biola is living on campus in the dorms. Biola is all about living in community with one another- building relationships as we walk through this part of life together. Honestly, any of the dorms are great. RA's are generally very understanding and are there to be a friend and a listening ear, day or night.

If you can, try to go for a smaller dorm. The community is a lot tighter, since there are less people. It's a family feel and it helps for those days of homesickness (or actual sickness!).

Some of the dorms are "co-ed" with men and women living in the same building but separated by floor or by wing. There are open hours to visit one another's dorms. While some think this is a bit "big brother," it really isn't that big of a deal. It's part of the Christian college experience, and the rules are there to help keep students accountable and from making decisions they'll regret later. Most importantly, the "community standards" are written in love to help students to live in respect and humble service to one another.

4 College Senior

Diversity: Welcome One, Welcome All – Biola University has a heart to reach out to all people. The school hosts an array of international students from African, Asian, South American, Central American, and European countries. There are several clubs on campus that celebrate diversity: political clubs, ethnic clubs, and missions-oriented clubs whose purpose is to educate students about different types of people.

And while Biola is a Christian university, many denominations are represented at the school. Healthy exploration of faith and debates among students and faculty are encouraged, giving people room to agree to disagree.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Excellent Profs! Biola has excellent professors who actually care about their students! Most professors pray before each class session and really care about the students academic as well as spiritual life. For my math class, our prof invited us for dinner at her house and had a pool party!

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Biola University's 30 mandatory chapel attendance per semester may sound like a lot but they are really worth attending. The chapel speakers are amazing and many are life changing. What really sets Biola apart from other private Christian Universities is our annual Missions conference. Missionaries and people from all over the world come together as one and inform students about the different programs and ministries offered. A must attend life changing event!!!

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Open Hours for Dorms – Biola University is very strict on open hours. Men and women may not be in the same dorm hall unless it is open hours. Wednesdays and weekends have open hours for guys to be in girls' rooms and vice versa. Campus security checks a little past closing of the open hours (which ends at 11 pm) and there is a fee if you pass the time. I think biola does an excellent job in keeping the community safe and enjoyable for students.

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: High Speed Internet and Wifi All Over Campus – Don't worry about internet access! Biola wifi is excellent, secure, fast, and safe! There are plenty of computers in the library and lab for students' use. If you do not have your own laptop, you do not need to worry! However, it tends to get crowded during midterms and finals week. It's definitely convenient to have your own laptop though!

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Pros: Living off-campus allows for more open hours, and freedom from the noise.
Cons: You can miss many campus activities living off-campus. Being on campus with thousands off other students allows for many spontaneous events!
Many dorms, apartments, houses, and information regarding off-campus housing is available through student services.

This website will give all information needed regarding housing at Biola.
http://studentlife.biola.edu/campus-life/commuter-life/off-campus-housing

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Biblical Studies Changes Lives! Biola has a student services department that is very helpful in helping students develop his/her resume, getting internships, jobs, and information about work life after school. My major is Biblical Studies. Work load is a lot because it is a very intense program, but it is so fruitful! Every person at Biola has to take 30 units of Bible and graduates with a minor in Biblical Studies. I haven't met one student who wishes that hadn't taken those classes. They usually comment on how the classes changed their life.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: This has been a huge topic in the last few years at Biola. The school does their best to bring in many events and speakers that address diversity in the world today. The school is mainly white but includes black, Asian, and Hispanic. There are clubs on campus for almost every ethnicity of the world. If you visit http://www.biola.edu/about/mission/diversity/
you can see the "Diversity Statement" of Biola University.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: 35% Male and 65% Female. It seems like there are so many girls and so little guys on the ratio, but you wouldn't tell when your on campus. The guys are very outgoing, caring, respectful, adventurous, and HILARIOUS. I hear some girls complaining about the lack of pursuit guys have on campus toward the girls, but its best to get as many friends as you can then find THE ONE you like. The girls are very sweet, friendly, kind, super loving. When the girls wear dresses, all I'm gonna say is WOW! There are many beautiful girls on campus, but even the ones that aren't "eye catching", have the sweetest heart and are so fun to hang out with. So either way its a win-win! There are a lot of hipsters on campus for sure! So its fun to see the different styles. Everyone has their own style. Athletes normally wear their jerseys or uniforms. California style always reigns.

5 College Student

Weather: Did We Said the Sunshine State??? Err... we are talking Southern California. Weather is GREAT!!!! nough said.

5 College Student

Academics: Excellent Program – Ok so here's the disclaimer, I have not actually started the program yet and the review here expressed is based on my own opinions and research I've made. The Nursing program is 5 years instead of 4 which is good cuz it does provide you with more clinical experience. Their placement ration is nearly 100% and graduating rate is up there too. I understand they have state of the art facilities and many contracts with many hospitals in the area. It is one, if not the oldest nursing program in the area. I really can't comment on the instructors as I have not met any of them. I do know that, as a freshman, one does not start the program until the third year. Hope this helps :)

3 College Student

Transportation: Unfortunately, public transportation in southern California sucks. The good news is that the university has a pretty well organize carpool thing going. So either have your own car (there's plenty of parking - you may have to walk to your class but there's parking) or carpool. Using the bus, can be done but like I said, public transportation sucks down here. Hope this helps. :)

5 College Student

Academics: Registration Process – I have to say this university rocks. Everyone is so helpful and full of answers. They send you emails with reminders, they have all kinds of activities to really give you a feel of what the campus life is like. Best of all, they actually return your calls!

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Hit or Miss – The Biola Caf' is the main dinning option for on campus residents. While the food quality is exceptional the dishes may not be. I mean that the Biola Caf' always prepares food in a clean environment some of the dishes are not to my liking. However the Biola Caf' does a great job in providing different options to the students, for example, we have a salad bar with fresh greens, a gluten free station, and every other food station has a unique style of cooking. One station called 6th Street Grill serves grilled food such as melts and burgers. While another station called Home Cooking prepares food you would find in the home. However, after two years of the Caf' food, I want to move on from the repetitiveness.

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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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