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Diversity: Be prepared to have views respectfully challenged.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: I see many different types of people even with a small school

3 College Freshman

Diversity: As a student coming from a US territory rather than a state, I find it very difficult to relate to fellow students. They tend to place me in a different category even though I am a US citizen just like them.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Our cultural center puts on events celebrating diversity.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: It is a very diverse community but it feels safe to express yourself.

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Biola is huge on "community" and stresses that one of the largest parts of having a functioning, loving community is having strong connections with those of diverse backgrounds. As such, Biola is always having events to celebrate the beauty of diversity, whether through chapel services, Missions Conference, or even cafeteria dinner specials. A majority of the Biolan population is either white or Asian, but they together only make up about 50 percent of the school. The rest of the students are a myriad of different ethnicities, making for a great melting pot of culture on campus. Nobody is intimidated or ever feels threatened. The worst that ever happens is just getting used to all the various backgrounds on campus during the first week of school, but most (if not all) students are quick to adapt to this new feature in their lives.

It may sound strange, but Biolans really do love the diversity aspect of the school. Missions Conference, a week during the first half of the spring semester, is a time when students take a week off from school to celebrate diversity, trying different foods, clothing, and lifestyles, learning more and more about whatever culture they're interested in. Booths are set up all around the school, and speakers from all over the world come to celebrate.

Facts & Statistics

African American
2%
Asian
15%
Hispanic
17%
International
2%
Native American
0%
White
55%
Unknown
2%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
27%
Common States of Residence
  • Colorado
  • Foreign countries
  • Minnesota
  • Oregon
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 33%
20-21: 33%
22-24: 14%
25+: 17%
Female Faculty
33%
Male Faculty
67%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 1%
Asian American: 8%
Hispanic: 5%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 85%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
While Biola doesn't have any "gay pride" per se, the Biolan students share a lot of love for the homosexual community and love to be in contact and share in fellowship with them.
Political Activity
Biola's faculty and staff are predominantly conservative, but recently students have been showing more liberal trends. While there is no decided political view for Biola, nobody really cares too much, and thus chooses to do whatever they think.
Economic Status
A lot of Biola students tend to have at least one scholarship, as the price is no small one. However, there are many that have earned full-ride scholarships, and many others that can afford it all, as well. It would seem that most people rely on scholarships rather than being able to pay upfront.
Most Common Religions
Biola is a primarily Christian school, with a number of Catholics attending.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Most minority clubs come out during Club Rush to get the word out about their group, and usually they are seen doing various events throughout the year, either raising support for mission trips or other help organizations.
Did You Know?
Student Missionary Union is a group that gets together and plans legitimate mission trips, all completely run by students. Students pick an area and raise funds to get large groups of students involved in the trips.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 92 responses

  • 0% Progressive/very liberal
  • 4% Liberal
  • 27% Moderate
  • 55% Conservative
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 8% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 126 responses

  • 0% Progressive/very liberal
  • 2% Liberal
  • 12% Moderate
  • 52% Conservative
  • 17% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 17% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 125 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 56 responses

  • 43% Republican
  • 7% Democratic
  • 27% Independent
  • 4% Other party not mentioned
  • 20% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 39 responses

  • 18% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 15% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 41% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 26% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 55 responses

  • 15% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 18% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 33% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 35% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 92 responses

  • 48% Very accepting.
  • 37% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 10% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 5% It's hard to be a minority here.

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