Biola University campus

Overview

Applicants
3,874
Acceptance Rate
75%
Average HS GPA
3.51

GPA Breakdown

34%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
20%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
9%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
490 - 620
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
490 - 610
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
490 - 610
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 28

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 15

Early Action
November 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities
Religious Affiliation / Commitment

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
16:1
Total Faculty
527
with Terminal Degree
212

327
Men
200
Women
98
Minority
6
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
53%
Graduate in 5 years
69%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting and Business/Management
  • Business/Commerce, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
  • Photojournalism
  • Public Relations/Image Management
  • Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching

  • Engineering

  • Engineering, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Communication Disorders, General
  • Kinesiotherapy/Kinesiotherapist
  • Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Pre-Law Studies

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, Other

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Sociology

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Bible/Biblical Studies
  • Religious Education
  • Religious/Sacred Music

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music Pedagogy
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General


Students Say

Deep in the heart of sunny southern California, Biola University provides a “rich Christian culture” that allows students to “integrate biblical values and secular knowledge.” Not surprisingly, the university fosters a “close knit community” which in turn creates “a supportive learning environment.” Most important, undergrads at Biola are full of praise for their “knowledgeable and passionate” professors. They “genuine[ly] care for each individual student” and help you “maintain a balance between life, school and work.” Moreover, they “are very generous with their time in office hours and often invite classes over to their home near the end of the semester.” And while the workload can certainly be “challenging,” we have been assured that “every assignment has a purpose.” As one extremely content student sums up, “My school has positively impacted my character, awareness of issues in society, relationships, and encouraged the formation of my own unique worldview in more ways than I could have imagined.”

Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
Doctoral Other
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Josh McDowell
Founder of Josh McDowell Ministry and author

John Thune
U.S. Senator - South Dakota

Scott Derrickson
Successful filmmaker, directed and co-wrote “The Exorcism of Emily Rose"

Lois Melkonian
ABC News Anchor

Maryanne Gillard
Superior Court Judge for the County of Sacramento

Dr. Wesley Stafford
President of Compassion International

Earle Patriarco
Opera Singer

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
53%
Graduate in 5 years
69%
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes


Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
School
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$14,007

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$13,164

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,751

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$34,107

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
68%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$11,033

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$33,322
Required Fees
$0
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,746

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,710

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,373
Out of State
22%

International
3%
Foreign Countries Represented
40

Demographics

16.55%
Asian
2.14%
African-American
18.82%
Hispanic
53.04%
Caucasian
2.35%
Unknown
2.77%
International

63% female
37% male
22% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Students Say

Undergrads at Biola are quick to sing the praises of their peers. They eagerly identify their fellow students as “friendly and easygoing” and assure us that everyone “fits in well.” As one undergrad happily asserts, “You can easily make lifelong friends here that will be there for you in so many ways.” Another appreciative student concurs exclaiming, “Biola students amaze me. They really care about one another and are willing to put down what they are doing to listen to you and help you work things out. They are incredibly hard working, dedicated to community service and using what [they] learn and what [they] care about to help others, and they sure know how to have a great time.” And though they might have different backgrounds and interests, the one thing that unites this campus is their “love for God.” Indeed, “God is the glue that helps us have such an incredible bond and such a dynamite community.”

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
61%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
91%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male

Students Say

Undergrads can easily encapsulate life at Biola in one word: “hectic.” While the majority of students take their studies very seriously, they are also eager to embrace life beyond the classroom. Fortunately, undergrads can “find many opportunities [with which] to get involved.” Indeed, from “leading a ministry, to making a film, or simply shooting hoops in the gym, there is a place for everyone!” While the university “does not allow drinking on campus (even over the age of 21) or even dancing, the school compensates by having a variety of activities that unite the school. For example, we frequently have dorm get-togethers called "all-halls" which are the equivalent of parties, and we often have school-wide activities such as Nationball (a school-wide game of dodgeball, with the various dorms acting as teams).” Additional social options abound and students love participate in events “like Midnight Madness, Punk’n’Pie and Mock Rock, all of which always attract a full house.” Off campus, students love to take advantage of Biola’s location “between Disneyland and Los Angeles.” Of course, undergrads also have affection for hometown La Mirada as it’s “big enough to hold great places to hang out (bowling alleys, movie theatres, restaurants), but small enough that a lot of places are within walking distance.”

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
52
Number of Honor Societies
2

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations

Sports

Athletic Division
NAIA

Men's Sports (Eagles)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Eagles)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Cal State Fullerton
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Loyola Marymount; U.S.C.

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
80

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
13

Average Number of PC's per Lab
15

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
80%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Carla Tipton
Assistant Director, Campus Visits

Address
13800 Biola Avenue
La Mirada, CA 90639

Phone
(562) 903-4752


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Common Grounds Coffee Shop
The Eagle's Nest Eatery
Art Gallery
The Talon Cafe
The Sub (Student Union Building)

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Disneyland
Fashion Island
Downtown Disney
Staples Center/LA Live
Newport Beach
Angels Stadium, South Coast Plaza, The Block, Knott's Berry Farm, Irvine Spectrum, Santa Monica Pier

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm
(562) 903-4752

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Fall, Spring

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
jeff.hoffman@biola.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
One night maximum

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Airport (Orange County), Ontario International Airport, Long Beach Airport, Shuttle

Driving Instructions to Campus
Coming from the northwest, leave the Santa Ana Freeway at Rosecrans and travel east to Biola Ave., then turn north on Biola Ave. Coming from the southeast, leave the Santa Ana Freeway at Valley View and travel north to Rosecrans, then turn right on Rosecrans to Biola Ave., then turn north on Biola Ave. Coming from the east via San Bernardino Freeway (10) turn south on the Orange Freeway (57) to Imperial Highway and travel west on Imperial Highway (approximately nine miles) to Biola Ave., turn south on Biola Ave. From Los Angeles Airport take 105 East to 605 South/Rosecrans exit, Left on Rosecrans, 4 miles to Biola Avenue. Turn left on Biola Avenue. The University is on the right.

Local Accommodations
Holiday Inn Select approximately $85-95 2.2 miles away La Quinta Inn and Suites approximately $85-105 3.8 miles away Hampton Inn and Suites approximately $82 4.1 miles