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Academics

Located in sunny southern California, Biola University is a unique mid-sized private college where all faculty, staff, and students are professing Christians. The school’s focus on learning is equaled by its attention to spirituality, and students find that the biblically-centered academics “hold [them] to a high degree of moral standard and accountability.” The curriculum incorporates “the things we care about into lessons (connections to real life scenarios, jobs, and the Bible)” and integrates “outside experiences such as field-related volunteer work, observation hours, and internships” to offer “rigorous yet engaging” programs. The integration of faith into academia is a strength most often cited by students, and the school “does not shy away from being countercultural in order to prepare students to preach the gospel in fields like journalism, physics, or psychology.”

The “helpful and unique” Biola professors “actually care about each student,” and one student goes so far as to say the professors “will have your name memorized by the second day.” Another adds, “The professors are well-trained and patient when it comes to the learning process for students.” Additionally, there is “great professor-to-student communication,” and “if you miss a day of class, you'll receive an email from the professor to make sure you understand that you can come to them for help.” Similarly, “the academic advising center and counselors also help students as much as possible.” Wherever you turn, “intellectual conversation abounds on campus,” and within the classroom, students “are encouraged to ask questions about their faith and how it relates to their lives.”

Student Body

Biola is “a school full of diverse backgrounds and cultures” that makes up a “welcoming, respectful, and loving” group. According to one student, not only does the community have “a strong sense of biblical foundation,” but it is also “a very safe space to be in.” Students here “value learning and education but keep Jesus at the center.” It’s almost universally stated that Biolans “love the Lord and pursue Him passionately,” and to that end, chapel takes place every day and “a lot of people are a part of some ministry.” The majority of students “tend to be joyful and laughing,” and they are “often [seen] praying for other students.” The general consensus is that you’ll find people who are “very open and friendly with each other,” and “hugs are given freely at our campus.”

Campus Life

Biola students “are very academically driven, but they also know how to have fun,” and campus life affords “lots of social time and hanging out” in which students “go out to eat, shop, go to Disneyland, go on weekend trips, hike, [and] go to the beach” There is also “plenty of shopping nearby, and cute beach towns” are plentiful. Others enjoy the “Anaheim packing district, beaches, Joshua Tree National Park, [and] Griffith Park.” One student sums it up: “The common saying is that anything you could want to do is within 30 minutes of Biola.” Additionally, “mission trips are very important to many students” as are any accompanying fundraising activities. For those looking to stay a little closer to home, there “are a lot of good spots on campus to hang out” and “many people [spend] meals and [do] homework together rather than alone in their dorms.”

Overview

Applicants
3,784
Acceptance Rate
87%
Average HS GPA
3.57

GPA Breakdown

39%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
20%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
7%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
520 - 640
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
520 - 620
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 27

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 15


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14:1
Total Faculty
514
with Terminal Degree
231

303
Men
211
Women
120
Minority
6
International

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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
55%
Graduate in 5 years
69%
Graduate in 6 years
73%

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

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

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Broadcast Journalism.
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other.
  • Photojournalism.
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other
  • 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 PROGRAMS.

  • Communication Sciences and 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.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Accounting and Computer Science.
  • Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry.
  • 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.

  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production.
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies.
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music Pedagogy.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music Theory and Composition.
  • Music, General.


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 Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


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
55%
Graduate in 5 years
69%
Graduate in 6 years
73%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$21,024

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$17,920

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,512

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
66%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$34,687

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

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$40,488
Required Fees
$0
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,916

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

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
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

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

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

Direct Lender
No

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,010
Foreign Countries Represented
40

Demographics

17.48%
Asian
2.55%
African-American
21.32%
Hispanic
45.32%
Caucasian
3.40%
Unknown
3.00%
International

63% female
37% male
24% are out of state
94% are full time
6% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
64%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
87%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Learning Center

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Jennifer Fanning

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

All students with any type of condition may choose to submit documentation of disability to the Learning Center, including diagnosis and recommended accommodation in order to receive accommodations

Documentation Required for ADHD

All students with any type of condition may choose to submit documentation of disability to the Learning Center, including diagnosis and recommended accommodation in order to receive accommodations

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
No

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
No

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
57
Number of Honor Societies
2

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

8% participate in intercollegiate sports

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
LGBT Support Groups
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

71/99

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
80

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell

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
Heritage Cafe
The Library
Fluor Fountain
The Sub (Student Union Building)

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Disneyland
Fashion Island
Downtown Disney
The Getty Center
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
neil.morgan@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, Uber, Lyft, Taxi.

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


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