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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.”

Contact & Visit

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

Admissions

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







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