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Reviews 1691 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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5 College Freshman

Weather: The weather here is glorious, it's sunny California and even the rainy days are fun. We're close to the beach and it's fun to take advantage of that with the lovely weather.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: They are currently building a new parking structure which should alleviate a lot of the parking madness.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Strict, but Not Overbearing – There is a contract that must be signed upon coming into the school prohibiting things like smoking, drinking, and gambling. I think that if a student is interested in coming to Biola they must be aware of this going in.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Hard to find parking space, but parking tickets are not a problem

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus Safety – I think campus safety does a good job alerting crimes around the neighborhood and passing out information on what to do if something happens to you

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: We Love to Live Well – Biola's community is amazing. I feel surrounded by so many people who really care about discovering how to live well together in this universe created by God.
One of the unique programs is the Torrey Honors Institute. Its a great books program based on the Oxford model of reading, discussion, and one-on-one tutoring. My class of 16 has stayed together for four years and those relationships built through discussing the big questions of life, facing our doubts, and pushing each other to live in light of our learning have been incredibly meaningful.
Dorm living and the Resident Life department is remarkable as well. RA's don't just enforce rules, they build community and lead in learning how to love our neighbors, while planning awesome events like camping in Malibu or Superhero All-Halls.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Religious School – this school is really good if you're super religious. everyone is really nice and there are lots of events that go on. if you stay involved its a small good school with a great education

5 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drugs Are Dumb – There are the people that get into drugs, but its not really socially acceptable here among students. People who do drugs have to hide it and there is a lot of shame involved and fear of being caught. I have been an RA so I know the process that students go through if they get caught with drugs, and while it can look and feel brutal from the students perspective, it really has a redemptive focus that is not looking just to kick them out of Biola. They have to face what they did and the consequences and shame, and thats hard, but theres people through the process that truly care about them.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Your Own Car – Biola provides a WeCar service that allows students to rent out a car when they need one if they do not own a personal vehicle. Other than that, there is no additional transportation provided.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Very Academic – People use their evenings for homework and meetings. Campus does not come alive at night, it simply hums.

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1 College Freshman

Party Scene: Nightlife doesn't really exist at Biola. There is no drinking allowed on or off campus if youre a student. There is downtown fullerton about 20 to 25 minutes away but dont go to Biola if you want to party.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Relaxed and Clean – La Mirada is safe and clean, though I wouldn't consider it a 'college town.' There are a few local late night hang out places like a dollar theater, and a few food chains, but there isn't much in the way of crowd attraction. I think this has contributed positively to the Biola atmosphere because it fosters community growth and forces students to go explore the LA area.

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4 College Senior

Athletics: Intramurals Are Fun – I haven't gone to any Biola varsity athletic events ever, so I can't comment on that, although I know some of the track team and they are great people.
as for intramurals, I have played frisbee, soccer, football, and basketball over my four years at Biola, and had a blast on every team. There are different leagues for how competitive you want to be too, that way anyone can feel comfortable playing.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Its All About the Torrey Honors Institute – Apply. Attend. You will love it. Here in this program is one of the most hilarious mixes of intelligent young leaders who have their hearts set on changing the world and having a blast while doing it. This program replaces all your general education requirements, has no tests or quizzes, and just lets you read and discuss classic literature with the awesome people around you!

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greeks Living It up – I only know one greek guy on campus, but it looks like his life is great. He is viewed just the same as everyone else and treated with basic human respect. His housing options appear to be the same as mine. If I was greek, I would feel very comfortable on this campus.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: Most of the computers are Macintosh (iMac) and are very nice and new. The only problem is the printing in the library. It's a pretty complicated process and the cost can add up. Better to have your own printer if you have your own laptop

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4 College Senior

Scholarships: Biola is REALLY good about funding people who exhibit potential and desire to attend but can't because of family/personal financial crisis sorts of issues. If you're a middle-class sort of kid, you can get academic scholarships, but you won't get full aid. There are plenty of student worker positions and most people (of all sorts of demographics) have at least one, if not two or three, of these.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: To Dance or Not to Dance – The rule at Biola is that there is no unchoreographed dancing allowed. Basically a no dance party rule. While most people don't like this, I'm ok with it. It allows for dance classes, dance shows, and dance teams, but does not allow the possibility of dirty dancing. When people want to dance, they go off campus.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Affordable With Roommates – Apartments in So Cal are pretty expensive, but a two or three bedroom apt may only be a hundred or two hundred more dollars per month--so if you share a two or three bedroom with 3-5 other people, the monthly cost is quite reasonable. Trying to find an apartment to share with only one other person would be quite expensive. There are also lots of off-campus houses for rent, but some of them are pretty gross and not well-kept up.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: I grew up in Southern California, so the weather here is pretty much the same as back home. It's nice probably 350 days a year.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Fascinatingly Unique – Their is a large variety of different types of people on campus, and this is obvious from the moment you step onto campus. I know people who are into all sorts of different things, who dress differently, who talk differently, and I know that every time I go to the caf, chances are I will meet someone else who is fascinatingly unique in their own way.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Biola does an excellent job of celebrating diversity. There are chapels and events throughout the year that discuss and celebrate diversity. The student body is fairly diverse, I feel that the campus really represents a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Pretty Darn Good – As far as college cafeterias go, ours is pretty darn good. We have multiple stations with a variety of choices. The "caf", as it is affectionately called, tries to provide us with variety, good quality, and even inform us about what we're eating. Eating on campus can get tiring after awhile anywhere, but we have some pretty yummy stuff.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Completely Safe – I have never felt unsafe on Biola's campus. I always see Campus Safety driving around at night, which makes me feel safe. I like that you have to use your ID to get into buildings and onto campus after a certain time of night.

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4 College Senior

Campus Quality: Upwards and Onwards – Though Biola is limited in its suburban acreage, it's currently in the middle of an impressive improvement plan. The athletic centers have recently been expanded, the library is new and beautiful and has access to multiple extensive databases, the Student Union Building has recently been renovated, and the school of business building has been entirely rebuilt. A new graduate building and parking structure are being built as I type, and I know plans are underway for new science, art, and humanities buildings. In the midst of all these changes Biola seems able to maintain a lovely and active green patch in the middle of suburban southern California. The inviting atmosphere of the campus and climate allow most student activities to take place outdoors, and its rare you go anywhere on campus without running into some sort of schindig.

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Rose of Sharon Chapel
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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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