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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics itself is made great because of the passionate teachers. So the classes with the more raved teachers get filled up quickly.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: The faculty and staff are kind and helpful. However, the school needs to upgrade the facility and equipment.

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5 College Senior

Academics: Professors are incredible. I am so excited to be able to be a part of the Biola community. I am so blessed by the integration I see in most of the classes I have taken.

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5 College Senior

Academics: I love my program. It is challenging, but my professor has really taught us about the intrinsic value of education and pushing ourselves to do our best work. She encourages us that education is not a grade, but rather an experience. I am so pleased with my education.

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3 College Senior

Academics: I have had some very excellent professors who have really made a difference in a positive way in my academic career. But, unfortunately I have had a lot of mis-communication issues and personally offensive experiences with a specific professor. The workload is very high and intense but allows for grace.


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Biola University is widely known for its integration of the Christian faith with a collegiate curriculum. Not only will students be learning one of 37 diverse majors that will prepare them for the workforce, but they'll also be taking Bible courses and have a strong emphasis on Christ in the classroom. As such, most, if not all, of the professors desire to help students grow in both knowledge and faith. Most professors live right next to Biola in the surrounding suburban area and thus are constantly opening up their homes to students for study groups, Bible studies, or even just for casual coffee and discourse. And, in most cases, they are professionals in their fields. For example, most of the business professors in the business department are actual businessmen, running their own businesses in addition to teaching.

As most students will find, the classes are indeed difficult, but with resources surrounding them in the forms of books, computers, and professors, it would take going out of one's way to find yourself in a rut. Depending on the major, students could end up having to heft a large course load class-wise (mostly science majors), but professors are ready to help, offering comprehensive study groups and office hours at all times. Students can add or drop classes on the personal Biola website that they are given access to at the beginning of their college career, and they can meet with their personal student advisers at any time to sit down and discuss their schedules and what would be best—or even just chat about the weather.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 47%
  • 20 to 49 students: 48%
  • 50 or more students: 5%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Cook School of Intercultural Studies
  • Crowell School of Business
  • Rosemead School of Psychology
  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of Professional Studies
  • Talbot School of Theology
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Other
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Bible/Biblical Studies: 4%
  • Business/Commerce, General: 4%
  • Cinematography and Video Production: 3%
  • Psychology: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Double major
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Internships
Online Courses
A wide variety of classes can be taken online. Biola even offers an opportunity to earn one of three different degrees online from the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, and the School of Intercultural Studies. Students can take these classes during fall and spring semesters, or over interterms and the summer if they'd prefer.
Best Places to Study
  • Common Grounds (coffee shop)
  • Eagles' Nest
  • Fleur Fountain
  • Library
  • Metzger Lawn
  • Park
  • Starbucks
  • The Talon (business building's coffee shop)
Tips to Succeed
  • Be active on your floor.
  • Be prepared to be welcomed with lots of love.
  • Come ready for lots of essays.
  • Get involved right away. Clubs, ministry opportunities-this is the time to do it!
  • Get to know your professors; they're willing to know you, so take advantage of it!
  • People aren't perfect, so always be willing to see that there are broken people, even among Christians.
  • Read a lot!
Did You Know?
Biola offers 37 diverse majors that incorporate the Christian faith in order to help gear up students for their lives in the workforce.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 75 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 15 responses

  • 33% John F. MacArthur - pastor, college administrator
  • 19% Charles E. Fuller - founder, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • 19% Joslin "Josh" McDowell - Christian apologist, author
  • 7% Scott Derrickson - film director
  • 7% Todd Worrell - MLB player
  • 7% Todd Worrell is most recognizable
  • 4% Sikhanyiso Dlamini - Princess of Swaziland
  • 4% Tom Theology teacher in High School
  • 0% Andy Luckey - writer, director, producer
  • 0% Tim Worrell - MLB player

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 74 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 14 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 13 responses

  • 38% This was my dream school.
  • 38% This was one of my top choices.
  • 23% This was a school I settled for (safety school).



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