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5 College Freshman

Academics: I usually am challenged but bit overwhelmed

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I believe the professors are really knowledgeable in their field and if they can not answer a question they look into and then come back with a response. I value the education I'm receiving here.

4 College Junior

Academics: I really appreciate that I am not a number but rather someone who my professors care about. They are really vested in my success. They curriculum is open so that everyone can focus on their individual passions. The workload is definitely manageable.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Always competitive and entertaining! The athletes are welcoming and the facilities are opened to all students. Athletic Coaches strive in success and fun. Even outside of sports, coaches help you through insight on many topics of life. They ate life coaches too.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are great, they really care for the students and are passionate about the subject(s) they teach. While at times the workload may feel like a lot, it is not unmanageable.

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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
16:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
243
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
196
Total FT Faculty
243
Faculty with Terminal Degree
77%
Average Faculty Salary
$74,188
Full-Time Retention Rate
86%
Part-Time Retention Rate
50%
Graduation Rate
62%
Programs/Majors Offered
63
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
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 112 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.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 109 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 49 responses

Never
Always
  • 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 48 responses

  • 38% This was my dream school.
  • 48% This was one of my top choices.
  • 15% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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