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4 College Senior

Academics: Community Oriented Solid Education – The math and computer science department at Biola provides a solid education in both subjects and is very community oriented. The professors are kind, knowledgeable and readily available for the most part. TA's are constantly available. The workload is difficult, but manageable, especially with others to help. I personally have been accepted to a couple of programs. The secondary education emphasis in the math program is very good, and the applied and pure emphases are starting to catch up with Research Assistant positions and other things. The integration of faith and the sciences is invaluable.

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: A Helpful System – The FA office at Biola does its best to distribute funds fairly and in the most helpful way. In this world it seems there is never enough money to go around, but Biola always seeks to do the best with what it's got. I would not be able to attend here without Biola's help.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: You're Either in a Popular Sport or a Very Unknown Sport. I was on the women's tennis team and we did not have a good season. It was wonderful getting to know people on the team but our overall season was not very good. There was not much school spirit for us (but for the men's tennis team there were more), however, our President came to watch us play on one match. The school spirit is popular in almost every other sport (except golf). The athletic facilities are great at Biola University. The coach's are phenomenal here.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: A Fun Diversion – Biola has some really excellent teams, especially in Basketball and Soccer. Games are always fun to attend. Since Biola is not a big sports school, and plays in a fairly low division of collegiate sports, the athletics are generally viewed more as a fun diversions from other activities--although our teams are often very competitive and our fans can get fired up when necessary.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The Caf, Eagle's Nest, Common Grounds, the Talon – I enjoy the food they have at the other options besides the caf. I wish it wasn't so expensive, however, I get free flex dollars with my meal plan. I really love the meal plan/flex dollars system at Biola University.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Good Buildings, Great People – The dorms are all solid facilities to live in, and they all have good reputations for community. Since Biola is a relatively conservative University, noisy neighbors are rare. Drama in the dorms is also minimal, and most people I know have made friends quickly within their dorm community. Dorms are cleaned regularly, and are mostly in excellent shape. Also of interest is the fact that--as college dorms go--the rooms at Biola are fairly spacious.

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College Sophomore

Technology: Primarily Apple – most of the computers on campus are Apple imacs. the only windows pcs that i know of are in the library, and theres a pretty good number of them.

Printing in the library is 10 cents a page. I would recommend getting a laser-jet printer, don't get ink-jet... you'll go through ink fast. Me and my friends all share a printer and split the cost of ink, but i have some other friends who have a laser-jet and its way more cost effective and way faster too.

I've never had too much trouble with our wifi on campus, but a lot of people complain about it. you have to be patient sometimes but if thats your biggest problem, you're in REALLY good shape.

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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College Freshman

Drug Safety: Little to No Drugs – Its rare to find people who drink let alone do drugs

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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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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