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  • 07/09/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    31 out of 31 people found this review useful. 1 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Biola is great for students that are interested in Christian ministries, medical fields, liberal arts, or arts and media.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to be a part of a community that will challenge and encourage you to be excellent in whichever field you choose, you will love it at Biola. However, if you are not a Christian and are not willing to be a Bible minor, Biola is not for you, as these are requirements for all students.

    Bang for the buck

    Biola is very expensive and, at times, difficult to pay for. However, having class with the professor who actually wrote the book we're reading is amazing and makes me feel that my tuition dollars are being used well.

    Am enjoying being here

    Being a resident at Biola is a huge part of the college experience for me! I love living with friends in a community that is committed to moral excellence. Most students who live at Biola want to be here and have not been forced or manipulated to come, which makes resident life very fun. I'm enjoying it so much that I'm going to be an RA next year!

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned more during my Freshman year at Biola than I did any other year of high school. Not only have I been challenged in my Bible, General Education, and Intercultural Studies classes, but I have learned how a college student needs to prioritize academics, which includes good study habits.

  • 07/07/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 out of 24 people found this review useful. 2 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those who want to be stretched mentally and relationally and who want to have an impact on the world. Not great for those who are being made to attend school and would rather party.

    Tips for prospective students

    Biola has said that they'll never turn away a student who fits the basic qualifications (one is that the student be a Christian) and genuinely wants to go. So apply!

    Bang for the buck

    Biola is very expensive. However, the quality of education is good and the community is wonderful. Get scholarships, get financial aid, but don't be afraid to go.

    Am enjoying being here

    I get homesick being three thousand miles from home, but not as much as you might think. The other students are almost universally friendly and willing to hang out and do favors. The cafeteria is cheap, filling, and delicious.

    Am learning a lot

    I attend the Torrey Honors Institute, a four-year program of reading and discussing the classics. It is a grounding in America's culture and thought and a means of discussing the good, the true, and the beautiful. All classes are taught by professionals in their fields, yet they care about the students and are always willing to spend time with us.

  • 01/09/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 out of 13 people found this review useful. 3 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for the student that wants to grow academically as well as spiritually with their colleagues. If your willing to step out of your comfort zone and try different things that God is calling you to then I say this is the school for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    A tip that I would give to prospective students that are looking at coming to Biola is not to come in with any expectations. The reason why I say that is because when doing that you are able to see the many great opportunities that Biola has to offer from mission trips to ministries. If you come in with expectations they are going to get Blown away.

    Bang for the buck

    This is were the the down fall is for Biola. The tuition is very expansive especially during a time of an economic downfall. However, even though tuition is expensive Biola does a very good job at offer there student the maximum on their financial aid as well as loans and scholarships.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am really enjoying being here. I am a student that lived close enough to commute to Biola but I chose to live on campus. When making that decision I knew that it was going to be a shock not living at home anymore where my mom did most of the cleaning. When I arrived however I came to find out that the guys on my floor were really solid guys following after God's heart. I also realized that cleaning my room was not so bad after all. Well back to the dorm life. It has honestly change my spiritually so much due to the fact that you will be surrounded by people that want to grow with you in your walk with Christ weather your in the dorm or commuting. So I totally recommend coming and taking a tuor and checking out the student life for yourself.

    Am learning a lot

    Wow what to say about Biola. First I want to start off by saying that I am learning a lot. The first thing that I have learned a lot about in my two years here at Biola is my walk with Christ and where he plays a role in my life. I feel that Biola does a great job at making sure their students grow spiritually and academically at the same time. The required 30 chapels a semester to me can be a little overwhelming at first but then you learn to love it because you get to worship God every day of the week. Then academically you still are growing in your spiritual walk but in a way that combines Christianity and Secular world views. So if your worried about how much you will learn Biola has you covered from the dorm life to the classroom life they got it all.

  • 10/30/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 4 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    believe Jesus Christ our Savior died on the cross for us. No other types, strong Christian believers belong here.

    Tips for prospective students

    PREPARE TO BE WELCOMED WITH LOTS OF LOVE!

    Bang for the buck

    As for most people here at Biola, we struggle with financial aid. Biola is no joke with money, it is highly expensive. Honestly, nobody has to worry, Biola has different kinds of contract that can be avilable for you and your family for paying off the tuition. You can always to work-study, outside employment, scholarship and/or etc.

    Am enjoying being here

    Being at Biola and othe Chritsitan believers help me become a better perosn. I believe that is why I enjoy being here. Not only does friends care about you, but professors as well. Professors who care about me and pray for me, I think are the most wonderful professors at this school. What I also enjoy about this school, is the clean, safe, and pretty campus. I really enjoy taking a walk at night or running around campus, quietly.

    Am learning a lot

    My experience in learning here at Biola is incredibly amazing. Biola has thought me how to manage my time and challenge me through the courses I take. For example, I am not a big fan with essays and I have always done poorly, but I have been improving and learning how to organize and proofread my paper here at Biola from a place called Writing Center at the library. It is free, and I often go to get my papers checked. Learning can be fun.

  • 07/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 5 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This is a great place for students looking to attend a small and cozy university. It is a wonderful school for those searching to not only expand their knowledge in the general subjects, but also explore the roots and foundations of Christian Theology and strengthen their Faith in Christ. It is for those that are genuinely looking for Biblically Centered Education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be discouraged by the different things you hear about the school. Go for yourself and get to know the place. Different people will have different opinions on what is great and what is not so great about the school. One thing is for sure though, most people have a positive opinion about how great Biola is! Don't believe me? Go see it for yourself! I trust you won't be disappointed.

    Bang for the buck

    Please DO NOT let this intimidate you or keep you from enjoying one of the greatest experiences and blessings ever! Biola can be and is an expensive university, but IT IS really WORTH IT! The education received there is of top quality. You truly get what you paid for! It can be hard sometimes, but financial aid is ALWAYS available for those willing to make an effort. Don't give up on such a great school just because of the money. As a prospective student, Biola was way out of my league (money-wise), but deciding to give it a shot was the best decision I ever took! Trust me, you will NOT regret choosing Biola! The money will one way or another, always come, Biola will not! Think about it.

    Am enjoying being here

    What can I say about my time spent there? I would not want to attend anywhere else! The campus is small and warming. It is easy to get to know people and there are many activities year round that allow for the flourishing of great friendships with the most wonderful people ever. I cannot be more excited about returning to school after a long hot summer to see and spend time with great friends on a wonderful campus! Time spent here is time well spent! And do not even get me started on the buffet-style cafeteria! Like I said, time spent at Biola is definitely time well spent!

    Am learning a lot

    A lot is an understatement to describe the amount of learning a student does at Biola. What is so unique and wonderful about this school is that you have the opportunity to receive top notch education from a high profile faculty on not only general subjects like math, English, and the sciences, but also on a wide variety of biblically based courses. Biola does not describe it's education as Biblically Centered for nothing. Education there really is biblically centered! There is not one class where Faith and Theology are not incorporated into the curriculum. Even though that might sound odd, learning about the bible in math class?!, it is most definitely not impossible. It is a great learning environment for those who are really interested in being prepared not only for their career of choice, but also in impacting the world for Christ!

  • 03/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 6 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Independent, motivated, out going, want to make a difference, want to achieve great things, love God and desire to grow in their faith!

    Tips for prospective students

    VISIT. You need to get a feel for it. You need to know what you are getting into. If you don't want to attend 30 chapels in a semester or take 30 units of Bible classes then consider going elsewhere. Don't come and try to fight the rules or get around them. It's not right and you won't win. You'll just get kicked out. KNOW WHAT YOU'RE GETTING INTO AND MAKE SURE YOU AGREE WITH THE CONTRACT.

    Bang for the buck

    Pricey? Definitely. Worth it? For me, YES! It really depends on you. Anywhere you go really. If you are into school and want to learn then you will learn to be a god steward of money and appreciate the education. You can make the most of the money you invest or let it go to waste. It's up to you.

    Am enjoying being here

    Every dorm and floor has it's unique environment. So far, I've had a blast and met friends I know I will have for the rest of my life! There is always some event going on whether it be a sports game or art exhibit. Campus is never dull, especially with an egg hidden around campus that every dorm wants to find!

    Am learning a lot

    My professors care. I cannot say bad things about the Education major because my professors have been such a huge help! They really try to help us juggle school and play and life outside of Biola. They provide resources and help when needed. I am truly grateful for each of them. I am learning a lot, so much in fact that my mind would explode if it weren't built to process all this information! ;)

  • 06/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 7 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Biola is great for students who are open and willing to grow academically and spiritually in a Christ-centered environment.

    Tips for prospective students

    - Be open to the growth that will inevitably happen - Don't let opportunities presented at Biola pass you by - You will be surrounded by intelligent, caring professors who are scholars in their field, ask questions! - Pour into others as your friends and professors pour into you - Have fun :)

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, Biola is expensive. However, I would say it is definitely worth it. Just be aware of awards in your department you could potentially receive as well as scholarships outside school (use cappex!). There is a way to make the financial aspect of going to Biola work, you just need to be diligent in searching out aid. But it is definitely worth the work!

    Am enjoying being here

    I never thought I would like being at Biola so much. It amazed me how much I love the friends I have made, the faculty I have studied under, and the quality of the courses. Community is really important at Biola and integrity as a student is essential, and I think that those standards create an environment to learn and live in that inspires you to be all you were created to be. Being at Biola teaches you how to view God, yourself, and the world around you rightly so that you can graduate and impact that world with an eternal perspective. Bottom line: it's awesome.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors really care about the students, which makes the learning environment unlike any other large university! The Biblical studies classes range in size from 20-200 people, but in each, you feel the professor really wanting to connect with you personally and wanting to see you grow both academically and spiritually. All of the professors in all areas of study are dedicated to your growth and care deeply about each student they have in their classroom. Many even pray for their students individually on a daily basis! The general atmosphere and community on campus between faculty and students and among students is incredible!

  • 01/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 8 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you are questioning humanity's purpose in life and/or pursuing righteousness, I honestly think Biola will give you the most satiating answer.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be excited-Biola is such a welcoming community! My tip for prospective students would be to get involved on your floor, in clubs, in a missions trip, in a ministry, in chapel, or anyway you find fitting because the more involved the more you will enjoy your experience.

    Bang for the buck

    Attending college tends to be an expensive process and Biola is no exception. The jobs and loans I've acquired to be at Biola are disheartening because of how much it takes out of me. Even though each semester is questionable whether I could return because of how much it costs, I would say it has been well worth it. I think this school is a great investment.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is simply no other place I would rather be than Biola University. Every opportunity my school is brought up I love sharing about my experiences in the honors program, in classes, in the dorm, in my major, and as an Resident Assistant. I thoroughly enjoy every aspect of my wonderful school!

    Am learning a lot

    This is my second year at Biola and I have learned a tremendous amount in regards to my major, my faith, myself, and the Bible. Because of the Communication Disorders program I have enjoyed learning, knowing that I will be able to become a speech pathologist. I have also grown an unexplainable amount in my faith and have become more self- aware throughout the daily situations, chapels, and challenges Biola presents. I've learned in the Bible classes as well, they have been an opportunity to see God in different angles and to be so in awe of His Majesty. In addition to all this, I was in Torrey Honors Institute my Freshman year (which is equivalent to a prestigious school) and now value learning so much that after class some days my heart would be racing praises to God that He gave me the capacity to understand a glimpse of how much there is to know.

  • 06/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 9 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    God fearing and loving, hard working

    Tips for prospective students

    If your parents can provide a car for you to use, it's helpful. It's not necessary because there is the grocery store and pharmacy walking distance from campus. A car makes it easier to go other places, but the chances are that you'll find a way to get there within your group.

    Bang for the buck

    Biola is pretty expensive, but I would say that the atmosphere and community make it so worth it to go to Biola.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is such a great community in the dorms and all over campus. Each dorm has multiple all hall events that cam help you get to know the people in your dorm. Then the floors have events that include the Biola tradition of GYRAD (Get Your Roommate A Date) and floor retreat plus others. There are many opportunities for fun.

    Am learning a lot

    Biola has pretty much everything you could want in a Christian college. There is great community in the dorms along with the entire campus. The Biblical Studies department has wonderful teachers that make the 30 units apply to your life and more than just a requirement.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 10 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    La Mirada, CA is ranked as one of the safest cities in California, and there is well-trained Campus Safety staff that patrol the campus at night, and are available 24/7.

    Greek Life

    Biola does not have a Greek system.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a large variety of clubs at Biola including Cheese club, Star Wars club, Film Music guild, and many more.

    Great for these types of students

    Biola is great for students of Christian faith, with a desire to be equipped to impact the world for Jesus Christ.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year Biola has an event called Mock Rock. Mock Rock is a big lip-syncing and dancing competition where students form teams and compile a playlist of songs that follow a story line.

    Bang for the buck

    In my opinion Biola is worth every penny due to it's deep spiritual intimacy. The spiritual life department does a great job at organizing chapel events and conferences to help students explore their faith. It's impossible to put a price on a closer relationship with God.

    What to do for fun

    Biola is located in Southern California and Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm are only 20 minutes away from campus! So a lot of students get annual passes and go on their free time. The beach is real close too, and there is a dancing hot spot called Memories that has $3 swing dancing on monday nights!

    Food and Dining

    Biola has all its food prepared by a gourmet catering company called Bon Apetit. The cafeteria has a good variety of choices including a Pizzeria, and 6th St. Grill. There's even gluten free options.

    Dorm Life

    Every dorm on campus has something special about it. Biola is known for it's friendly, close-knit community. Each dorm has a lobby, kitchen, and laundry room. The campus also has quiet hours from 10pm-8am. So there is no need to worry about loud music or parties at night.

    Academic Rigor

    Biola has a pretty high level of academic rigor, but that mostly depends on the professors you choose. For example; my English Lit. and Composition class was not much harder than my high school AP English Lit. class. Also each student is required to take 30 units of theology classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to communicate with your professors outside of the classroom. There are some really amazing professors at Biola who are willing to pray with you, and chat over a cup of coffee.

    In three sentences

    Biola is a private Christian university that does a superb job at integrating faith and education. The campus has an outstanding community and noteworthy faculty and staff who deeply care about student growth. I came to Biola in hopes of growing stronger in faith and to major in music; I've achieved this and so much more in just one year of attendance!

  • 01/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 11 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Although Biola University is a bit expensive as a private and Christian university, the price for this university is worth the education, the self-growth, and future opportunities that it provides. As long as the student is pursuing scholarships and financial aid, completing the FAFSA on time, and working toward the funds for this education, then all the needs will be met.

    Am enjoying being here

    Everything that I expected Biola University to be according to the website, to current students, and to my campus visit was completely accurate. It is rewarding to have students to want to use their careers to serve Jesus Christ and to have others be learning together but also worshipping together.

    Am learning a lot

    I am continually learning far more than I have in high school. It is important for me to learn not only for my future career but to learn according to my Christian lifestyle and Biola University provides that. Each professor is a professing Christian and provides a Christian outlook on each and every career field that any student would pursue.

  • 01/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Strong Christians or Christians seeking to be strengthened. Do not attend Biola if your parents are forcing you or if they are going to write your statement of faith. The rules here, they are not a burden, they are a gift to help us all encourage one another in our walk with the Lord.

    Tips for prospective students

    Remember that this is a wonderful privilege and treat every day as such and not as a drudgery. Make sure to make good friends who will support you. Become friends with at least two professors, they are awesome. Never be afraid to ask for help, someone is always available.

    Bang for the buck

    So... it's expensive. If it was a few thousand less that would be nicer, but despite that, Biola is 100% worth every penny.

    Am enjoying being here

    Every single professor takes a personal interest in your learning. That drives me to succeed. I love that we start most of my classes with prayer, dedicating our search for truth to God. God has truly used Biola to change my life. The only downside for me is that I never really got involved in dorm life so I feel a little out of the loop. But if you do get involved and invest in your dorm, it is totally worth it.

    Am learning a lot

    I am a physics major (was engineering) and every semester I get faced with these mind boggling physics classes explaining how the universe works. It's crazy! But so awesome. Half the time I have no idea what is going on, but then I'll sit and pepper the professor with all my questions and then it all makes sense. Plus, the Bible classes, they blow my mind every class period. It's too good.

  • 03/07/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 13 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    good plans for food and dining

    Academic Rigor

    amazing!

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure that the resources you are gathering information from are from the school themselves.

    In three sentences

    this school is an amazing school focused on helping the students graduate and fully understand what they are studying. they have study aboard options and also working with physicians for the students who are studying in the human biology deportment for the physician assistant degree.

  • 06/02/2010

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    0 out of 9 people found this review useful. 14 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Will enjoy being here

    i think the school is really cool especially because it focuses on religion

  • 05/11/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    0 out of 3 people found this review useful. 15 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    if you plan on being a minister, this is the school to go to.

    Bang for the buck

    Too expensive. I learned that their tuition rate has gone up in the past 5 years.

    Will enjoy being here

    The university does alot of community events and seems very involved in student life.

    Will learn a lot

    I know that Biola has a strong biblical approach to education which is something that interests me. They have a nursing program that I might have as my minor if I get accepted.

  • 06/09/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Great school, great food, safe area and a serious contender for price, quality and a well-rounded school.

    Bang for the buck

    Cal grant makes it affordable!

    Will enjoy being here

    It's my hometown and can't wait to enjoy some Korean BBQ and authentic ethnic delicacies! :) Don't forget the beaches!

    Will learn a lot

    I'm called to be a pastor by God and am going to start by heading towards the Arts, specifically Biblical Studies. I am excited for the renowned staff and faculty! :)

  • 06/17/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    17 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students that love Jesus!

    Bang for the buck

    It is really expense and I'm going to have trouble paying it. But i hear its worth it.

    Will enjoy being here

    I went recently to Biola's campus and I'm was really impressed! People were really friendly and the atmosphere was awesome! Can't wait to attend.

    Will learn a lot

    I attend a class for a day and was really impressed. The professor was really insightful. Who say being a intelligent christian was an oxymoron?

  • 07/10/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 18 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Strong christian students looking to continue their relationship with God, and having a fun time while doing it

    Will enjoy being here

    Absolutely love the campus!

  • 08/04/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Will learn a lot

    not sure yet. can any one tell me more about the dorms?

  • 11/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Visit it, you'll fall in Love!

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely worth coming here, soo much to learn and its a great way to develop your relationship with new friends and God

    Am enjoying being here

    For me its hard to make friends right away, but everyone here is so nice and outgoing, they'll include you in whatever they are doing!

    Am learning a lot

    The class im learning the most in is probably Talley's Old Testament.. He is a great teacher and there is a lot to learn!

  • 11/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Biola is an amazing school for students who want a Christ centered education and feel that going to school is about developing character for when you're actually on your own.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to go here try to get decent grades because they give out many academic scholarships which help a lot since the school is so expensive.

    Bang for the buck

    It's an extremely expensive school, I am not sure any school should be worth more than $20,000 a year and Biola is double that!

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being at Biola everyday. The people are so kind, the teachers care a ton, and the campus is beautiful. I personally play a sport and I really recommend either getting involved in a sport at Biola or trying to get involved in clubs or such to get to know people because everyone is just so great!

    Am learning a lot

    I have never learned as much about life and about myself as I have in college. I know this sounds like a comment about any and every college, however at Biola you learn so much more. Biola is a religious centered school and it's focus on God is very obvious. I have learned so much from every teacher and every student about how to be a better person and how to live a life that is more full and less focused on partying and achievements.

  • 12/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This is a Christian school! On the application you need to make a profession of faith. Students also seeking a very good community, this is the school to attend.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to as many chapels as you can at the beginning of the semester so you are not rushing to get them in during finals. Use the study guides provided by your professors to prepare for your tests.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is on the expensive side because it is a private school and NOT funded by the state. If you live on campus you are also required to have a meal plan, which can get expensive.

    Am enjoying being here

    Dorm life here is amazing! Plus there are a lot of activities that happen on campus, and encourage involvement. La Mirada is also considered one of the safest cities, so you do not have to worry too much about your safety.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors here are experts in their fields and their teaching reflects their skill levels. The class sizes are smaller, allowing for more of an interaction with your professor.

  • 12/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you want to be a missionary/pastor, nurse, involved in business, in the film industry, in psychology, or music definitely check out Biola. If you're interested in taking care of you gen ed credits through the socratic method rather than lecture check out Torrey Honors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of early action deadlines in November and January. They won't just let you get the application out of the way, but they also give you a better chance at acceptance and scholarships.

    Bang for the buck

    One of the biggest things holding people back from Biola is the cost. Even with scholarships most of us will leave with debt, but I know I'm also going to leave with an amazing, Christ-centered education and deep friendships that will last a lifetime. Definitely worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love this school! I'm from Canada so I'm far away from home, but this really does feel like home. The all-Christian community makes it feel like family.

    Am learning a lot

    Biola offers an amazing opportunity to learn from an Biblical perspective. I'm not only learning a lot about standard subjects and my major, but I'm learning how God fits in with it all. My professors really know what they're talking about and want to help their students really understand the material.

  • 12/31/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Christians, those who really want to learn and those who love living in southern California.

    Tips for prospective students

    GPA does matter coming in to school unless you already have the money to pay for tuition.

    Am enjoying being here

    The community at Biola University is incomparable.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers here are great and really care about you learning.

  • 01/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is awesome. I feel totally safe walking around campus.

    Greek Life

    We have no greek life, but that's why we have awesome clubs!

    Clubs and Activities

    We have endless clubs and if you can't find a club you're interested in you can make your own!

    Food and Dining

    Caf food is good but usually the same. The best time is during Christmas because they do holiday dinners!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awesome! RCs and RAs put on weekly events/ activities to keep students involved and meeting new people.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are tough and teachers expect your A game in every class. With Bible classes you'll never do so much reading in you life!

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend as many chapels in the begging of the semester as possible because it gets tough to do them at the end when finals are quickly approaching.

    In three sentences

    Biola is an awesome school with a great community. Class sizes are small so teachers build a relationship with you. There is something for everyone to get involved in at Biola.

  • 02/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    always on the watch.

    Clubs and Activities

    too many clubs ranging from the cheese club to brown bag ministry.

    Great for these types of students

    must be a christian. biola is diverse in student characters and ethnicities.

    What to do for fun

    the beach is about 20-30 minutes away. hiking is nearby. there are multiple campus activities. hollywood is around the corner. disneyland is a favorite spot of biolans.

    Food and Dining

    there is a variety of choices. i love that they offer healthy meals, too. the salad bar is wonderful.

    Dorm Life

    the community is great! rooms are large. but quiet hours are not always quiet.

    Academic Rigor

    high school was easy for me, but biola presents a challenge to my 4.0 gpa.

    Tips for prospective students

    college bills are large, but remember there are scholarships!

    In three sentences

    biola is everything i look for in a college: academic challenge, caring professors, numerous activities, loving friends, and so much more. biola is my home away from home.

  • 02/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    the food is delicious and is always available for students. there are four locations for food and dining on the biola university campus. biola also offers meal plans for students.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is great at biola. the community is great and it is easy to make friendships at this university.

    Academic Rigor

    the academic rigor at biola university is challenging. the professors are great mentors and each student utilizes their mind in everything they do.

  • 02/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    biola has an extremely safe campus. our campus safety program is very good. they are always driving around campus and they currently upgraded to a biking system. if you ever need help, you can call campus safety and they will be there within minutes.

    Greek Life

    there are no sororities or frats on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are several different clubs on campus. every couple of months there is a club fair on campus to let students see what clubs are out there. there are also lots of intramural sports if you would like to play a sport but you don't want to be on a varsity team.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    one tradition is the egg. the egg is a large concrete egg that is hidden somewhere on campus. if you find it, you can take it back to your dorm, have your floor redecorate it, and hide it somewhere new for someone else to find. this tradition has been a part of biola for many years.

    Bang for the buck

    if you are looking for a great education and new growth in your walk with god, biola is the place for you. the professors are obviously there to each you, but they are also always there for spiritual direction.

    What to do for fun

    there are tons of restaurants close to campus. there is also a dollar theatre right down the street. there are three starbucks within a mile of biola, and there are also two coffee shops on campus. biola hosts a few fun activities throughout the school year such as nation ball - which is an all campus dodge ball game. there is also an all campus water gun fight.

    Food and Dining

    biola has a great cafeteria. it is catered by the same catering company used by the getty museum. there is a large range of choices so your tummy will almost always be happy. there is also a variety of meal plans so you can find the one that is just right for you.

    Dorm Life

    i highly recommend living in the dorms. you are sure to make great friends and live in a community who is happy to have you with them. the residence assistants are awesome and are always there if you need someone to guide you either spiritually, academically, or even personally. people on your floor are always there to have fun or lend a listening ear. there are often fun activities that involve everybody in the dorm which allow you to meet even more people.

    Academic Rigor

    biola has incredible professors. some are much more difficult than others, but you will receive a great education if you work hard in the class.

    Tips for prospective students

    biola has a very large variety of majors. make sure you choose the one that is right for you! also, living on campus is a great way to get involved and make friends. if you are not sure if biola is the school for you, go to spring preview day, biola bound, or other fun events that biola puts on for prospective students. once you come to biola, make sure you take advantage of all of the great chapel opportunities.

    In three sentences

    biola university is an amazing school for students to grow in both knowledge and the christian faith. there are awesome professors and fellow students. also, there are tons of opportunities for community service and involvement.

  • 02/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    biola campus has one of the safest campuses in the country. very little crime happens on campus or the surrounding cities.

    Greek Life

    biola doesn't have any sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    biola has a huge range of clubs, anything from adventure club, cheese club, film club, sports clubs, to starwars club. they also offer plenty of opportunities to serve, such as feeding the poor or being part of a big brother/big sister program.

    Great for these types of students

    students looking to grow in their faith, who want to be part of a deep community, and are willing to earn their grades.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    every sunday night we have singspiriation. this is where anyone who wants to can gather in the gym for student led worship for about an hour.

    Bang for the buck

    biola has some great coffee places for a decent price. the bookstore isn't too expensive either.

    What to do for fun

    disneyland is only fifteen minutes away! most students get anual passes (my friend won hers at a biola sports event) and go all the time!

    Food and Dining

    you have several options on campus. usually the caf is where you go for meals, but eagles also has meals you can buy, along with the two coffee shops on campus. otherwise, there's plenty of fast food and restaurants only a few minutes from campus.

    Dorm Life

    dorms have great community, and each dorm is unique to fit to your own personal taste.

    Academic Rigor

    most biola classes have a good balance of work to class time. academics isn't easy, but it's not impossible either.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't look at your bible classes like the other classes, they are an opportunity to challenge and grow your faith.

    In three sentences

    biola's community and campus can't be compared to anything else. you can tell the staff cares for the students, and students become family members by the end of the year.

  • 02/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    we get e-mail alerts and texts like crazy. they take care of us here.

    Greek Life

    none. we do not have any fraternities and sororities but, you can learn the greek language.

    Clubs and Activities

    b.s.a., unidos, maharlika, xopoc dance troupe, rotc, asian club, hawaiian club, star wars club, business finance club, writer's club, prssa, and so many more.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    we have nationball (a school wide dodgeball tournament), torrey conference, scorr conference, missions conference, midnight madness, punk n pie, mock rock, preview weekends for students, laser tag, catch me if you can, the biola egg, and so much more.

    What to do for fun

    i dance on biola's dance troupe, xopoc. i also do things like visit downtown disney, go to the beach or mall. there is more to do than you think.

    Food and Dining

    i am a bit of a picky eater so, don't worry about it to much. for the most part, the food is good. the food is filling however. it is buffet style.

    Dorm Life

    the community in biola dorms is unlike any other university. you are most likely to know every single person on your floor before the year or even semester is over.

    Academic Rigor

    biola works to integrate your faith in your field of study. most of the people who have the major they have are more than happy with it.

    Tips for prospective students

    for prospective students, stay on top of your payments and loans. order your books as soon as you can and do your homework. go to chapel.

    In three sentences

    biola university is a college campus that works to integrate faith into work, builds community, and focuses on serving god.

  • 03/08/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    it's super expensive, but from all the reviews that i read and the people that i met from biola, it's totally worth the money.

    In three sentences

    i've been intensely looking up other student reviews and blogs about biola university and honestly, i can not wait to start attending here! from what i've read, this place has been nothing but wonderful- fully equipping young men and women in their walks with the lord as well as their academic success.

  • 03/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It is unusually safe in La Mirada and especially on campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is nonexistent at Biola.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs and activities available and new ones always pop up. Every once in a while we also have club fairs available to find out about all the club opportunities such as adventure club, shy writers guild, various ministries, cheese club, etc...

    What to do for fun

    We are only 15 minutes from disney land and approximately 30 minutes from any big cities, so that leaves a lot of options. On campus there really isn't much going on except watching movies and hanging out in dorms.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the cafeteria is really good and hard to get sick of because there is always the option of making your own sandwich or quesedia or something else. Plus there is always ice cream!

    Dorm Life

    Each dorm definitely has its own dynamic, but as a whole the community is very good. We have brother and sister floors, floor events, get your roommate a date, etc.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes aren't exceptionally hard, although one does have the option of an honors program.

    In three sentences

    Biola has a very Christ centered focus academically and socially. It is filled with fun easy ways to get involved. The teachers truly care about you and are able to develop relationships in a small class setting.

  • 03/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It is a very safe campus with a excellent enforcement.

    Greek Life

    There are no fraternities or sororities at this school, making community much more organic, vivacious, and diverse.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs offered at the school that range from improv to theater to culinary arts to musical ensembles. Additionally, the school has ministries where the students are able to actively exercise their faith and impact the communities around them.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for people who are willing to be challenged intellectually and have a desire for spiritual growth and formation. Biola focuses on cultivating relationships and virtuous people, rather than people who can carry on the visage of success and remain emotionally aloof. Biola pours into their students and takes care to help them grow.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Dorms have what is called Get Your Roommate A Date AKA GYRAD, which is essentially a time for dorm halls to bond together with the inclusion of the date your roommate sets you up with. There are also inter-dorm competitions that bring the entire community together with healthy amounts of contention.

    Bang for the buck

    Comparably a fair price for a private liberal school in Southern California. Biola also provides manageable payment terms and work with the students to organize effective financial aid.

    What to do for fun

    Situated in southern California, Biola students have many opportunities for fun activities including Disneyland, the beach, swing-dancing, excursions to the cultural landmarks of Los Angeles and Hollywood, and also many on-campus activities and events that make student life exciting.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining at Biola is exemplary, providing the students with optimal selection and quality. Food is an important part to Biola's culture in that it is the largest gathering place for students, making the dining experience more than mere sustenance, but transforming it into an enriching and entertaining time.

    Dorm Life

    The resident communities are the building blocks of community at Biola, both serving as the starting point for great friendships and as the staple organization from which the Associated Students operate.

    Academic Rigor

    The Academic rigor is entirely dependent on the major, from which there is a myriad to select. Each class has specific and focused courses with mastery of the subject as the goal.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should come to this school with an open mind and a willingness to learn. At Biola, one comes to appreciate and celebrate the great diversity of human beings around the world and is granted to opportunity to experience many cultures.

    In three sentences

    Biola is an environment where learning, enriching, and edifying are all done both in classes and in communities. It serves its students well and equips them with skills and abilities catering to respective majors, so that after graduation, Biola alums can serve their own communities. Here, we come to learn about ourselves and discover our potential to be focused on loving God and loving neighbor.

  • 04/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe campus, campus safety always patrolling

    Greek Life

    None !

    Clubs and Activities

    EVERYTHING. From cheese club to Adventure Club (my fave!) Ministries from Skid Row to even monthly missions to Mexico.

    Great for these types of students

    Students looking for a REAL christian education Sun-loving people! Students looking for a medium sized school, not too big, not too small!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is the amazing Nation Ball game that takes place in the Fall semesters, where its a campus wide dodge ball game with teams according to your dorm! There is all the annual Mock Rock! Which is a dance competition, teams form, audition and dance!

    Bang for the buck

    It is a costly school, but the education and the growth people experience here is SO worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved in campus ministries and clubs! There is so much to do in SoCal ! Usually what I do for fun is going to the dollar theatre about 5 minutes away from campus, going to the huge mall about 10 mins away, there's Disneyland about 15 minutes away, Huntington Beach 30 mins away, swing dancing about 15 mins away, and I love to go hiking about an 1 and 15mins away from San Gabriel Mountains (great to hike!)

    Food and Dining

    Food is pretty good. We're catered by Bon Appetite which now caters big time companies! Have gluten free options, and vegetarian options too. Oh, and the bagels are wonderful !

    Dorm Life

    AMAZING community! You honestly really can feel like your are in a family here. Everyone is always encouraging growth is a a support system. As an out of stater I can definitely say I have felt at home and made friends very easily.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic value is very high here! Working hard here is necessary.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved on campus ministries and clubs! There are places to reach out all over the place, we have local ministries that go on weekly, monthly, and even missions trips over breaks. Horton Dorm is the newest dorm on campus with an very central location on campus!

    In three sentences

    Biola University includes a real faith-based community. It's education is integrates Christian faith education with Biblical Studies classes and major courses as well. Valuable education in a faith community is one of a kind.

  • 04/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Absolutely amazing! Constantly around campus, watchful of cars in parking lots and people walking around.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    Dance team, Improvisational/comedy team, Adventure club, Poetry club, Songwriters Guild, etc. There are almost TOO many options!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Talon, Common Grounds, and the Eagle's Nest are three places on campus that provide delicious meals, snacks, and amazing coffee to keep you awake. These places are also high in study areas if you want a little more noise than a silent library.

    Bang for the buck

    Snacks are cheap on campus. There's also a CVS down the street as well as an Albertson's and Stater Bros. Panera and Starbucks are also down the street.

    What to do for fun

    Club activities on campus, visit L.A., Hollywood, the mountains, the beach, boba, etc.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is one of the best cafeterias a college can provide for it's students. Healthy choices as well as fun fattening choices are available.

    Dorm Life

    Each dorm has a different feel to it, and the dynamics of each community based in the dorms are to your personal liking. If you are an artist, a hipster, or a girly girl, there are dorms that are here for you. There are lots more choices for you than listed.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are difficult, challenging, and time consuming, but every class within the Bible and your chosen major sections are intellectually appealing. The academics are worth the amount of money that you are putting into the school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with as many clubs as possible that truly interest you, and as the semester progresses weed away which ones you truly want to indulge your time in.

    In three sentences

    An amazing community that seeks out the Lord on a daily basis. The Holy Spirit is present on campus within classes and clubs. Knowledge is integrated with faith, which provides eye opening experiences for students at all stages and seasons of life.

  • 04/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Undergraduate students who live on campus.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the nearby water park. Get involved in a ministry on the campus.

    Food and Dining

    Awesome. The food is great at the Cafe, and they are sensitive to the needs of special diets (gluten, vegetarian, etc.).

    Dorm Life

    I'm a commuter student.

    Academic Rigor

    High

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay away from FB. Chapel is a privilege, not a requirement. No question is a dumb question.

    In three sentences

    Biola employs amazing professors that are well qualified. Biola has a great Communicative Disorders Program. Biola prepares students to defend their faith.

  • 05/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is great. They always find thieves who steal laptops and stuff. They are on call all the time. Sometimes they pull you over when you're not doing anything sketchy but it's alright.

    Greek Life

    None!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and sports and ministries to get involved with and all of them turn out to be very helpful for finding other's with common interests.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who love God and want to learn more about him, students who want a supportive community, students aren't afraid to make mistakes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are dorm competitions and a thing called nation ball where all of the dorms compete in a dodgeball competition. It's crazy.

    Bang for the buck

    Biola is really expensive but it is so worth it. I learned more about myself in 1 school year than I did in my whole high school career.

    What to do for fun

    We hang out, go to the dollar theatre down the street, go to disneyland since it is 15 minutes away, go to the beach, ride bikes.

    Food and Dining

    The Caf is awesome. There is all you can eat food at every meal and there is a lot of variety.

    Dorm Life

    The Dorms are THE BEST. You meet so many people and make so many new friends that become your family while you're at school. And they have awesome events planned for you.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are actually more challenging than I had expected for a Christian school. The professors challenge you with a lot of work but it always pays off in the end.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't worry about the money that it costs. If God is calling you to this place answer the call and come. He will provide and you will definitely see that it is worth it.

    In three sentences

    Biola is the one and only school for me. The students and staff here are amazing and they have so much to teach you. It is definitely worth your money if you try to get involved.

  • 06/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It is one of the safest campuses around. The only problem we ever have is minor theft, and it does not occur often. Campus Safety, though mocked slightly by students for it, really take their job seriously.

    Greek Life

    No Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs on campus, but Adventure Club has to be one of the best. They go on adventures periodically throughout the semester, like cliff diving or mountain climbing or going to a tide pool. It's a blast!

    Great for these types of students

    Students seeking academic excellence as well as a faith-integrated education. Students seeking to grow their academics as well as their relationship with God.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have the Biola Egg hunt. The Egg is hidden by one dorm, and is in that dorm's possession until another student from a different dorm finds it. Points are awarded to whichever dorm has kept it the longest.

    Bang for the buck

    It's sure expensive, but it is such a great school that the cost is almost worth every penny. I personally thing college is too expensive as a rule, but this institution earns the asking price.

    What to do for fun

    There are movie theaters around, the town of Brea has a whole assortment of attractions like an old fashioned ice cream parlour, two movie theaters, and a big mall. Also, the beach and Disneyland are only a half hour away!

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria and the coffee shops have really good food. However, their vegetarian selection is a but lacking.

    Dorm Life

    The Dorm community is amazing! There are floor events every weekend it seems and some of the halls put on amazing annual/seasonal events.

    Academic Rigor

    The Bible classes are phenomenal, as are the major-focused classes. The General Education courses can seem a little mediocre, but they are taught by adjunct faculty so it's a little bit of hit or miss with those.

    Tips for prospective students

    Figure out your financial and scheduling items IN ADVANCE. Do not leave any of the logistical paperwork, scholarships, or forms until the last minute. You WILL forget about them.

    In three sentences

    An amazing school with a commitment to Christian values. It has academic rigor as well as a well-integrated campus life. The community is phenomenal and every student is committed to achieving their best.

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You'll always see people in blue Campus Safety shirts driving around golf carts. And you will always be tempted to jump into the golf carts with them.

    Greek Life

    Unless you can call Alpha and Sigma (these are dorm names and nothing else) Greek Life, it's non-existent.

    Clubs and Activities

    Well, I haven't joined any clubs or sports yet, but these are all introduced at the beginning of the year. Can't help you much there.

    Great for these types of students

    Academic-development-and-spiritual-development-wanting students. People who prefer community over super-hardcore academics (that doesn't mean that you shouldn't study and not consider the above comment about academic rigor).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Oh man. Put a bucket of chalk out in the middle of the pavement one day and there's an explosion of creativity and weirdness before the sun goes down haha. Biola has a lot of little quirks here and there, but nothing TOO bizarre. I guess.... You'll have to see it for yourself (;

    Bang for the buck

    So I'll be honest, Biola is expensive haha. In spite of the scholarships and financial aid I got, I still had to take out quite a hefty amount of loans. However, I haven't once regretted attending such an expensive school. I've learned so much over the course of one year and have made friends that I am certain I will have for the rest of my life. Yeah I'll probably have to work super hard to pay back my student loans, but I think it's worth it.

    What to do for fun

    DOLLAR THEATER! I love that place hahaha. Movies that are two weeks old for $2-something, which is pretty awesome. Off of Imperial Hwy, there's a lot of shops and things you could do. If you go a little further, you'll find Brea Mall. The beach isn't too far away (like a 20-ish minute drive) so if you have a car, or a friend with one, it shouldn't be too bad.

    Food and Dining

    The Caf as everyone here calls it, is buffet-styled. There are usually a variety of meals available. You can get sick of the food here (I'm Asian, so I'm more accustomed to Asian food so maybe that's why...) but there's plenty of eateries outside campus so you should be fine.

    Dorm Life

    Okay, the dorms are pretty alright. I dormed in Sigma during freshman year, and I personally liked it a lot. There are newer dorms and ghetto-er dorms, but I think it's a matter of preference. Sigma is one of the older dorms, but it's suite-styled (meaning you share a bathroom between your room and your neighbor) instead of community, so it was comfortable. I was able to get along with my hall really well too, and we had our get-togethers and outings and stuff so it was nice. All dorm halls are single-gender by default, but there are OPEN HOURS (meaning that the opposite gender can hang out in your room/hall on certain days of the week for a certain amount of hours) so if that's a big no-no for you, you should consider off-campus housing or something else.

    Academic Rigor

    Biola works in a semester system, not quarter--like most UC's and some CalStates. However, this doesn't mean that it's academic requirements automatically becomes easy. The nursing program here is VICIOUS (my roommate was a nursing major and she would literally need to have a mental breakdown day every two weeks). If you're naturally lazy and a procrastinator, you will struggle, semester system or not. Bible classes usually require a lot of reading (duh, it's the BIBLE as well as commentaries on the Bible) so you'll have to be able to manage your time well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do all of your financial aid stuff--FAFSA, loans, etc.--EARLY. Check out the campus (there's a program called Biola-Bound that you can look into) and see if it fits your taste and liking. If you can, talk to some of the staff members on campus and ask them questions and they'll most likely be happy to oblige.

    In three sentences

    I'm so thankful to be attending Biola as I'm able to incorporate both academic and spiritual knowledge into my studies. The community is great and most people/professors are willing to sit down with you and listen to whatever you have to say. If you're more of a recluse and prefer to be introverted, you should still apply (:

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Honestly, our campus is so safe that campus safety just gets annoying with the silly things they end up doing.

    Greek Life

    There are no fraternities or sororities on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs, activities, and ministries that you can get involved in. These involve: Xopoc Dance Crew, Brown Bag Homeless Ministries, Say YES (tutoring inner city kids), the Cheese Club, intramural sports, and all kinds of other interesting things to do.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to live balanced lives between friends, ministry, school, working, and all the other stuff life has to throw at you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    -GYRAD--get your roommate a date. Dorm halls will host these casuals hangouts where you get your roommate their date. -Jesus Mural-Kent Twitchell is a world renowned muralist and has donated this piece to our campus. -Nationball-once a year. Sometimes twice. The dorms (and off campus commuters) all compete for the title of Dorm Champ. -Mock Rock- spring semester choreographed dance competition.

    Bang for the buck

    Biola is expensive. Very expensive. But my education is worth every penny of the debt that I am in.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of fun Biola traditions. Biola is also less than an hour from the beach, half an hour from Disneyland, and half an hour to an hour from Downtown LA.

    Food and Dining

    The caf is GREAT. Kind of pricey, but great. They have lots of options for each meal (salad bar, sandwich bar, 2 grill options, one home cooking option, pizza, and one chef's table fancier option), and there is a large amount of gluten free food available for those with allergies. There is also a restaurant (Eagle's), a coffee shop (Common Grounds), and a mix between the two (The Talon) on campus that take cash if you do not want to use/do not have a meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are a great place to destress between classes, make friends, have fun, and do many silly things. They're great. Each dorm has a distinct feel, which just makes life fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Like many schools, you can slip by and do the bare minimum, but if you really do what your professors ask you to, you will be challenged to learn and grow deeply.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Take a campus tour and get a feel for it. -Sit in on chapel. -Talk to an academic advisor about classes you could take. -Go through dorms you might want to live in.

    In three sentences

    Biola is a private Christian school on the border of LA & Orange County. Biola cares deeply about students walking with Christ, and that is shown in the grace professors show students when the situation calls for it. Biola is a school of tight-knit communities.

  • 06/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety does a wonderful job monitoring the campus for signs of danger and notifies the school when immediate action must be taken to ensure the safety of all.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many unique clubs and activities that Biola offers. It is likely that every student will find a club that suites their interests. Some examples of clubs offered are: Adventure Club, Star Wars Club, Cheese Club, and Ethnic/Minority Clubs

    Great for these types of students

    Students wanting to integrate Christianity with their specific field of study will very much enjoy the academic and extracurricular life at Biola.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some of Biola's traditions include fun talent shows (such as Punk 'N Pie and Mock Rock) and two conferences a year (Torrey and Missions) where classes are cancelled for a week to focus on Biblical topics.

    Bang for the buck

    Though Biola is expensive, the money you spend here will be well worth it. Professors make sure every student feels welcome and comfortable while building personal relationships with each one. Everyone is very friendly and willing to pray for you at the drop of a hat.

    What to do for fun

    Biola never fails at coming up with fun events for students to do for fun. Associated Students is usually in charge of planning campus events that get their fellow students involved and it is always for students by students.

    Food and Dining

    There are wide varieties of choices when dining at Biola. The most popular is the Cafeteria (a.k.a the Caf) where the menu is switched up throughout the week. If no menu items are of interest, there is always the option of the pizzeria, salad bar, and sandwich making stations. Other places to dine on campus include Eagles Nest (takeout), Commons (coffee/drinks), and The Talon (coffee/drinks/food).

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at Biola is well-organized and ensures each resident has what they need to have a memorable stay in the dorms. There are numerous dorm events (such as all halls or GYRAD's-get your roommate a date) so that residents have ways of getting their minds off of stress or schoolwork.

    Academic Rigor

    The workload is a lot but it is well worth it in the end. Biola students are required to take a certain number of Bible classes to obtain a minor in Theological Studies before graduation. In each of these classes, so much knowledge is gained and the experience would not be the same if the classes were only optional. All classes are biblically based at Biola and everything is always related back to Christianity.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get ready for an intense college experience! Biola offers some of the best possible Christian academics and freedom of worshiping the Lord.

    In three sentences

    Biola University is the perfect school for students hoping to get an integration of faith with academics. The environment here is very welcoming and the staff are some of the most entertaining and best in their fields. Biola's students are constantly encouraged to relate the Bible to their desired career field and everyday lives.

  • 06/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety keeps the whole campus secure and makes me feel safe and the area of La Mirada is very low in crime as well.

    Greek Life

    No sororities or frat houses.

    Clubs and Activities

    Everyone can get plugged in and connected at Biola. Coming out of your comfort zone even a little is what makes the community awesome.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type!! Christian or those seeking God.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mock Rock is a huge lip syncing, dancing competition that is so amazing!!

    Bang for the buck

    Pretty expensive, but with scholarships and financial aid, it is definitely worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs, workout, intramural sports, club sports, make friends, find your wife, adventures around the city and anything else you want in a clean, safe Christian environment.

    Food and Dining

    You can get fat, fit, ripped and whatever else in between. The cafe is great compared to any pother campus.

    Dorm Life

    Awesome community!! Although you get as much as you put in to it.

    Academic Rigor

    Much harder than high school, especially if you slacked off at a public high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard!!! Be open minded Nurture relationships

    In three sentences

    A great environment for character building. A great place to grow closer to Christ. A college that needs to lower tuition.

  • 07/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are looking to be pushed to their highest potential in every area of their life, and be developed in who they are personally.

    Bang for the buck

    I am a design major at Biola and looking to complete my last year there. I love to be active and enjoy life to its complete fullest! Whether its hitting up local art-walks, coffee shops, going to the ocean, or spending time in nature I enjoy so much of life.

    What to do for fun

    There are countless opportunities to join clubs, after school activities, experience bands, concerts, conferences, and venture out into Orange County and Los Angeles. Biola is close to museums, amusement parks, the ocean and other wonderful attractions.

    Food and Dining

    Biola offer's several food and dining options. They have a cafeteria that offers students meal plans throughout the year. They have a huge variety of food to select from each meal station, and are committed to purchasing meat, eggs, and produce from free range and cage free farms. They are very socially and ethically responsible in where they purchase food, and in the food preparation process. Meals and yummy, and you are sure to enjoy eating at Biola everyday!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are a place to experience authentic community! They are beautifully kept living spaces and a place where often lifetime friendships are built.

    Academic Rigor

    Expect to be challenged academically in every area of discipline. Biola upholds the highest standards of excellence in their academic learning, and also offer learning assistance to those who need it.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would encourage prospective students to plan their academic years strategically. Biola has some online and night classes, however they are more traditional in classroom setting. Most of your classes will be taken onsite and during specific daytime hours. Its a great learning setting as classes are not over-crowded, and the Professors really invest into each student.

    In three sentences

    I rate Biola a 5 out of 5! They are excellent academically and seek to integrate a Christian worldview into every discipline they offer. They have helped sharpen me and cultivate excellence in the area of the high arts.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Some people complain about campus safety being ridiculous, but I have never seen any reason to think so. In fact, I'm very pleased with how non-intrusive they are and how much space and freedom they let the students have, while still making the campus feel secure. Thumbs up for campus safety.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a ton of clubs on campus (rugby club being the newest addition, I believe) and activities are always going on.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who love the Lord and love the sun. In regards to Torrey (the honors program), it's great for students who love to read. We read a lot of books in Torrey (that's what it's all about). But the Torrey community is amazing and full of some incredible, fun-loving people. So, you'd better love books AND people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a wall called the Jesus mural on one side of the science building, as you are walking into the Caf. It is a giant, beautiful mural of Jesus Christ holding a Bible out in front of him and looking up to heaven. It was re-finished this past year by the original artist, and it is one of Biola's signature landmarks. Oh, and our president is known on campus as DBC (Dr. Barry Correy). He is an incredible guy and loves his nickname.

    Bang for the buck

    Biola IS an expensive school, but I think it's worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Play pool in the Student Union Building, go to Berry Cool, go to Disneyland, go to Huntington Beach, go to sporting events, go to dorm events and GYRADS (get your roommate a date), participate in intramural sports (ultimate frisbee!!), hang out with friends in Holy Joe's, or play Settlers of Catan in the dorm lobby.

    Food and Dining

    Biola has a great Cafe that students call The Caf. It's buffet style dining with different themed stations. The selection is impressive, and the food is satisfying. Biola has two other eateries/coffee shops on campus, and the food plan allows you to use flex points (extra dollars) on food or drinks in those locations, as well.

    Dorm Life

    Of course, some dorms are better than others when it comes to spirit and fellowship (Hart and Emerson, especially, are known for it), but there are always dorm events going on, the RAs are fantastic, and the people can't be beat, so what is there to complain about? Oh, and the facilities themselves are very nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely not ivy league status, but still respectable. The Torrey Honors program offers a bit more of a challenge, but As are not uncommon.

    Tips for prospective students

    Weather ended up being a huge factor for me in how well I enjoyed school, and Biola's So Cal location did not disappoint. There is plenty of sun, it rarely rains, and it never dips below 50 degrees, which is nice considering all the walking you'll be doing around campus (though I still wouldn't neglect bringing plenty of sweaters and jackets!)

    In three sentences

    Biola University is in a perfect location, has solid academic standards, employs an incredible team of faculty, and maintains a biblical integrity that is rare even among Christian universities. These things, along with a wonderful student community, great food, and a well laid out campus, make Biola an all-around fantastic university. In addition, the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola is a unique and remarkable program that I encourage prospective students to explore as an enriching, classical alternative to your typical college education experience.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    Biola University is exceptional in meeting the aims it sets out in its mission statement. The education I am receiving has pushed me to grow academically and personally in tremendous ways, enabling and challenging me to be a leader who serves others. The community of faculty and students is one that encourages learning to be collaborative rather than solo and is indispensable to the growth I have found here.

  • 07/15/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Biola is really expensive so you must really be dedicated to going and know why you are going for you to really get a lot of out it. If you know why you are going and have set path that involves Biola I recommend it even though tuition is highly pricey. It may be expensive, but it is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Many times you can always count on a great time when your dorm floor puts on a themed party to get to know each other. Also, because Biola has such a great Gym, many bands come to play at Biola so that is always great. Also the campus coffee shop and restaurant is a great hangout for students.

    Food and Dining

    Biola, I believe actually has one of the best cafeterias in the State. I have eaten there many times--and may more to come--and let me tell you: the food was delicious. So good the freshmen fifteen might be highly applicable to all attending. Biola has delicious food and has a wide variety of choices.

    Dorm Life

    So far, I have had people debate over which Dorm I should be in because everyone enjoyed their specific dorm so much, they have some sort of territorial feeling towards. From what I have heard, and observed, Dorm life at Biola is a great experience. Meeting new people and living with new people is always an experience in its self.

    Academic Rigor

    So many people have informed me of Biolas difficult academic life, and so that makes me happy to know that I will be challenged. While you can take a lot of great classes, Biola still maintains its rigorous academic status. I have not taken a class there, but most everyone has told me that it is not an easy school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for many scholarships because Biola is not cheap. While it may be expensive, it is worth it. Do not be bogged down by the price.

    In three sentences

    Biola is an exceptional Bible college with a great community. It is a school that helps in cultivating servants for God. Overall it is a great school and I am so very excited to have a wonderful experience there.

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There has never been anything major happens on campus. There are cameras running 24/7 and in the night you can have a campus saftey walk you to your dorm. Especially since it is a very safe community in general.

    Greek Life

    No Greek life.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for students that are very free and artistic, also if they love God.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I know there is this one that i remember students telling me. Where there is a day where you get your roommate a date. I don't know the details but sounds interesting.

    Food and Dining

    I have heard great things about the cafeteria which i have eaten there once and it was delicious! The food is great and always fresh that i know of.

    Dorm Life

    Out of the many students and alumni that i have talked to they have said dorming is the best especially for freshman. The community is really strong overall and people are really friendly. Plus there is always activities going on.

    Academic Rigor

    I really wouldn't know yet but of what I heard from other students it is pretty difficult but in a way that is nurturing and not too overwhelming.

    Tips for prospective students

    I'm a prospective student myself and I believe that just with the little distinctiveness of the college has made a great impact. Look into your major and your faith which I think is the most important.

    In three sentences

    It is a christian private university in California. It is in La Mirada which is a very nice and safe community. It is a small university that has a strong community that is friendly and home like.

  • 07/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We live in the lowest crime area in LA and the campus safety is always on top of there game to protect.

    Clubs and Activities

    Every week there is always an activity put on. Concerts, skating, water parks.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who want to make a difference and help non profit organizations.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a hidden egg that has been a secret on campus for 50 years. It resurfaces in a dorm halls possession each year. Its called the Biola Egg.

    What to do for fun

    For fun you can see a movie for a dollar at the dollar theater. There are concerts on campus all the time. You can get a mid night snack at the local coffee or burger shop

    Food and Dining

    The caf has one several awards. Whatever you want you can have it, pizza, ice cream, home cooked meals. Its all there.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a blast. Its great to grow close to others in a community

    Academic Rigor

    Classes challenge you further but still keep material within reach that its not foreign.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to be yourself. Take hold a every opportunity and get involved. If you do, you'll have a great time while learning.

    In three sentences

    A great rounded university where you can develop life long friendships. A place where you can grow and develop a solid foundation in Christ. Professors make learning personal to each student.

  • 07/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Mostly good, with the occasional string of petty thefts.

    Greek Life

    None at all.

    Clubs and Activities

    The Adventure Club and The Honorable Cheese Society are two of the most popular clubs on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Christians. People looking to make good friends, and possibly meet their future spouse.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mock Rock is a yearly event taking place in spring semester. It's a lip-sync/choreographed dance competition held in the gym, complete with strobe lights, loud music, and thousands of cheering people, and teams that have been practicing for months. Nationball is a fun dorm v dorm dodgeball tournament in fall semester. Catch Me If You Can is a campus wide game of assassin that lasts for about a week.

    Bang for the buck

    Ambrose Pizzeria, located within walking distance of the school, offers HUGE slices of pizza for 2-3 dollars. One small slice can feed two people easily. A large slice can feed three to four. Amazing value.

    What to do for fun

    Located 20 minutes from Disneyland, 30 minutes from the beach, 30 minutes from downtown L.A., and a little over an hour from the mountains, with a water park right next door. There's no shortage of fun things to do.

    Food and Dining

    The Caf is large, varied, and very nice compared to most other comparable universities.

    Dorm Life

    Campus life is amazing. Great place for a Christian to grow in a Christ-centered community.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to visit the campus before enrolling.

    In three sentences

    Small Bible-Based Christian University offering a wide array of majors and programs. Their Talbot School of Theology is one of the premiere theological schools in the nation, and their faculty is comprised by many noted authors and thinkers.

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    So good that it is frequently obnoxious. You'll certainly be safe, but occasionally you can be hassled for looking suspicious... like when you disregard the known dangers of walking around after midnight ( busted Patsy Cline).

    Greek Life

    Dorm loyalty is the closest thing we have.

    Clubs and Activities

    Average.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone could fit in here. However if you come here with a disdain for fundamentalists, people will likely try to evangelize you. This goes for extremely liberal christians as well. There are small pockets of every type of people and there are even underground clubs like beer-pong and GSA.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The awkward Jesus mural. If you've seen the movie saved! you will chuckle when you see it. It's deeply cheesy, but the community is protective of their paint Jesus.

    Bang for the buck

    Let's be real. Biola is expensive. Their best scholarships are for academically excellent high school students as well as transfers. They also offer multiple scholarships who are dependents of people working in full-time Christian ministry. Few students are paying the full price for their tuition. You can find a way.

    What to do for fun

    It's LA. If you have a little money, many students invest in a season pass to disneyland, which is only a few minutes away. There are also regular concerts from famous rockstars to brilliant classical musicians (see Itzhak Perlman at the famous disney concert hall for only a few dollars) If you are on a tighter budget, there are 2 beautiful parks close by, a community pool, an abundance of community activites. There is a $2 theatre within walking distance, a shopping mall within a 10 minute drive (to which biola offers a free shuttle several times a day).

    Food and Dining

    supposedly the 5th best-rated college cafeteria in the US. I'd believe it. It's not difficult to reach the infamous freshman 15 on this campus because the food is so good. Every day predictably offers pizza, 7 flavors of cereal, coffee, tea, ice cream and an assortment of pastries. There is also a variety offered through the day from home-style meals (meatloaf, potatoes, spaghetti etc...) There is a weekly sushi night, taco night and special sunday-sundae bar. Regardless of the meal there is always a soup, salad and sandwhich bar, leaving plenty of room for students to customize their meals.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms here function much like Fraternities/Sororities on other campuses. They are centers of socialization. Each dorm competes with the others in a system of points through the year, eventually deciding the winner of a house cup. Dorms are large, well-maintained and staffed with RAs and RDs who are engaged and aware but not overbearing. Overall excellent.

    Academic Rigor

    Varies by program. This school is reputable for Pre-medicine, Psychology, Theology (obviously) and is up and coming for business. If you are looking for a unique and challenging approach to general education, investigate the Torrey Honors Institute within the university which offers a great-books program, taught Socratically and overseen by the brightest professors at Biola.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Don't apply if you do not hope for a school which integrates faith in every aspect. -Living on campus is ideal in this community because the campus serves a a tiny, self-sufficient city, complete with 3 coffee shops. -If you are looking for a more challenging academic environment, consider applying for the Torrey Honors Institute within Biola.

    In three sentences

    Biola is an academically well-rounded university while staying true to its christian roots. It offers a diverse assortment of extracurricular programs, teams and clubs. Biola fosters a true sense of community which will truly create a home away from home for the first-time college student.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Prompt emails and/or text messages whenever it is needed.

    Greek Life

    None. But I don't miss it!

    Clubs and Activities

    So many to choose from! Cheese club to lacrosse club to cooking club to a writing club and lots more!

    Great for these types of students

    All!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    GYRADs = Get Your Roommate A Date. Your dorm goes out to do a fun activity and you get your roommate a date while she gets you one. Just go as friends, but occasionally it leads to more. ;) A fun time for all!

    Bang for the buck

    Biola is a private school so it is really expensive. But the friendships I've made are lifelong ones and the things I'm learning have changed my life, so it is definitely worth every penny.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out on campus (by the fountain, the SUB (student union building), or Commons (coffee shop)), see a movie at the dollar theater, go to one of the numerous nearby beaches, travel to downtown LA and see the sights there, visit the Getty art museum or the Griffith Observatory (both free), Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, and lots more!

    Food and Dining

    Lots of variety, lots of friendly workers, lots of yummy food, and did I mention there's lots of variety? My only critique would be that it can get crowded in our cafeteria during the busy lunch and dinner hours, due to our growing population of students.

    Dorm Life

    Again, this depends on what dorm you are in and your RAs (resident assistants). They plan the events your dorm goes on, so try to go to as many as possible for the best dorm life. I made the mistake of not going to the first few events, and I missed out on some close friendships I could have had.

    Academic Rigor

    This depends on the classes you take, but most of mine, though they didn't always deal with challenging material, require hard work and dedicated time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't procrastinate on chapels! The requirement really isn't that much and most of the chapels are very interesting, but I see so many students procrastinate and end up having to do lots of makeups at the end of the semester. It's just another stress to add to finals week that could easily be avoided. Also, don't be afraid to join clubs and meet with teachers! The key to a successful college career is to be seek out people and adventures yourself - don't wait for things to just fall into your lap because they won't.

    In three sentences

    Biola is a beautiful community located on a beautiful campus underneath the Southern California sun and within 45 minutes of the beach! The people here really make the school, from our celebrity-like president (affectionately called DBC) to the lovable custodians who treat you like their own kids. You'll never not have anything to do - whether it be homework, class, chapel, one of the numerous student activities, or just hanging out with your friends - and Biola is a great place to do all of those things.

  • 08/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    The buck is a BIG on because Biola is expensive, but I think it's worth every penny. God is at work in the lives of students here. If you want Him to grow and change you, then Biola is the place you seriously want to consider.

    What to do for fun

    In addition to the many sports and clubs on campus, students will ofter go to Disneyland or downtown disney and will go swing dancing or to Mocha Salsa (a 24-hour mexican restaurant). Each hall has its own retreats and events. Oh, and you can't forget to go on GYRADs! (Get-your-roommate-a-date)

    Food and Dining

    The caf will blow you away. It's an all-you can-eat buffet of home-cooking every day! MANY options to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    If you are NOT looking for a party scene and you are looking for real relationships and clean, hearty fun then five stars for Biola for sure!

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on your major. The nursing and music programs are particularly intense. Biola is also home to the Torrey Honors Institute, a rigorous honors program.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go on Biola Bound! This trip will be able to confirm or deny that Biola is the place for you! Also, I recommend taking AP tests and trying to get your general education requirements taken care of ahead of time because Biola is expensive!

    In three sentences

    I could not imagine a school any better than Biola! From caring, dedicated, and brilliant teachers to solid education and a healthy community, Biola has the best academics and atmosphere of any institution I know. Students and teachers share a commitment to Biblical values and a dedication to following Christ with their whole lives.

  • 08/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do in the area! Two of the most popular places are the beach (30 minutes) and Disneyland (15 minutes)! Also, downtown Fullerton provides a lot of options for cute little shops and coffee shops where many students go to study.

    Food and Dining

    There are several options for dining at Biola however the main option is the Cafe. It is an all-you-can-eat set up and has great food and many options daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Also on campus is a little cafe that has fewer options but great food as well! There is a coffee shop right next door and a food truck that makes appearances. All food shops use a meal plan and flex points that act as money and is placed on your student ID card.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm staff is adamant about developing community and they are so successful! There are no mixed gender floors but only separated floors. There are many mixers, floor retreats, and random gatherings in the hall happening weekly!

    Academic Rigor

    Biola challenges each and every student. It is the hardest work I have ever had to do but the most enlightening. Professors are so engaging and caring about the students and demand that work is to be done honestly. No matter what major, each student must complete a certain amount of Bible credits. These classes are so amazing!

    Tips for prospective students

    My primary advice is prayer! Prayer is so important in deciding on which college to go to. Also, visit Biola! There are so many opportunities to sit in on classes and even engage with the Biola community. Finally, research what Biola has to offer and ask questions! Admissions staff are so kind and can find any answer for you.

    In three sentences

    Biola is centered around Christ and a community that strives to serve Him. There is so much support, brilliance, and care on this campus. The classes begin with prayer and constantly remind us that life is for Christ and our Earth life is to be spent serving others to serve God.

  • 08/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    If you're looking for a big party school where you can get the full college experience, then Biola is not the school for you. However, partying is not the only way to have fun in college. Biola is located down in southern California near LA! Disneyland is only ten minutes away from Biola, Korea town isn't too far off either. Korean BBQ!

    Food and Dining

    The food is good but not the best. Biola does make the effort to provide the healthiest choices for the students but sometimes it can be a bit repetitive and after a while you tend to get sick of it.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great! The campus isn't so big that it makes it super inconvenient for students to go back and forth from their dorms to classes. Each floor has its own theme and has great RA's who do their best to unite and bring together everyone on each floor as brothers and sisters of Christ.

    Academic Rigor

    In terms of admissions, Biola is not too rough. But does that make it an easy school in general? No it does not. This is college, guys. You've got to work hard whether the school is highly renowned or not. The academics in Biola without a doubt builds up and elevates the spiritual and intellectual proficiency of most students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Choose Biola. If you're like me, then you're probably trying to decide on a list of different Christian private universities. Azusa Pacific is not a bad choice. But Biola not only provides a combination of biblical and academic education, it also has the best community. Come visit the campus and you'll be surprised. It's smaller than most UC campuses, but it is absolutely vibrant and full of energy.

    In three sentences

    Biola University is an amazing school that keeps the students in tune and on track with excellent academics and top-notch biblical studies. I absolutely love the campus and the community because it not only consists of students committed to following Christ, but there is something about the school that makes it entirely vibrant and full of the grace of God. Going to Biola University was the best decision I have ever made.

  • 08/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety deserves a five star rating due to their preparedness and repeated tips. They ride around campus constantly and are just as loving as the rest of the faculty and students. They even gave the incoming students (which I am a part of) an opening day info session. It is awesome to know that these people take their jobs seriously and are faithful servants of God.

    Greek Life

    I am not the one you should ask about this. I do not know if Biola offers those things lol.

    Clubs and Activities

    Biola is crawling with these things. There are cheese lovers clubs, diversity clubs, missionary and ministry clubs. The lists goes on and on. I have not experienced them all yet, but I definitely plan to be involved. We have plenty of intramural sports and other things that interest the average student. It is hard to become bored at Biola University.

    Great for these types of students

    Diverse students. I believe that Biola is one of the most diverse institutions in America. There are Asians, Whites, Blacks, Africans, Europeans, Canadians, and much more. No one will feel isolated or alone here because you will be very comfortable with the environment. The atmosphere here is comfortable alone. Students who are looking to grow are definitely encouraged to come here. If you would like to study God's word more in depth while increasing your intellectual strength, Biola is definitely the place for you. For those who love the Lord, Jesus Christ, this would be the ultimate institution for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Olive Grove is a pretty cool spot. There is a bridge that crosses a small river on campus that leads to a path with pretty cool flowers and trees. It is very peaceful and a great place to study or reflect. Also there is a place called Splash water-park near the campus and it seems really cool. It is an awesome place to escape the dry California sun from. Of course, one of my favorites is the humongous library that we have. The upstairs is so cool and peaceful that there is no place better to study. The book selection is also quite massive if I might add. I can not forget the various places where there encouraging messages. You will see something like You Are The Light of The World sitting on a building. One tradition on campus that is quite hilarious is GYRAD (Get you roommate a date day). It is really there to promote development of healthy friendships and fun. There are plenty of other things that I have not experienced yet but I definitely believe that they will be magnificent.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is definitely worth the price. You will not receive a better education in my opinion. Love and compassion is given openly here and who does not want that. Besides, if God wants you here at Biola, he will definitely pay for your way into school.

    What to do for fun

    There is plenty. People do many different things: Play the piano, their own personal instruments, tennis, basketball, football, baseball, dorm games, ping pong, pool, soccer, track, jogging, studying, reading, praying, and anything else that you consider to be fun.

    Food and Dining

    Now this is where something good could go bad......if you stuff yourself to death. Biola's food program is magnificent. You have a buffet of food to choose from everyday. There is no lack of vegetables, fruit. snacks, desserts, breads, meats, cheeses, pastas, sodas, juices, water, and any other food thought of. The variety will rarely leave anyone saying that they did not find anything that they would not like to eat. Biola spared no expense in feeding their students.

    Dorm Life

    I must say that the dorm life here at BU is far greater than I would have ever imagined. There is no way for anyone to feel bored or alone because there will always be someone to be in your face trying to know your name and invite you to eat with them. There are crazy nights like all hall in which we dress up and eat food while playing games. The people at Biola know how to make you laugh and enjoy yourself. Even if it takes a while to warm up to your hall-mates, the Resident Attendants will definitely make you feel welcome at anytime. The people you are paired with are very nice and fit your personality well. I will definitively have to say that dorm life at Biola deserves an A+.

    Academic Rigor

    Biola is a very challenging and innovative school. The combination of spirituality and education is quite effective. Your mind is forced to become greater than what it is because you are in an environment that cultivates critical thinking and meditation (general courses and Bible). It is an added responsibility that is greatly appreciated by me if no one else. Although the classes may be rigorous, none of the professors are against you. There is no harsh feelings or resentment towards the students because the love of Christ is present in them all; even the Physical Education instructor/ Athletic Director Dave Holmquist. No other college will shower you with love and grace like Biola University.

    Tips for prospective students

    The greatest tip that I can give a prospective student is to pray to God for guidance regarding your possible enrollment into Biola University. He will direct you to the place that you need to be. I personally have experienced this. Before I enrolled and placed my foot on sidewalk near the Hart dorms, I had never visited campus. God knew what was best for me. Also, I urge you to ask God what is his purpose for you and what major field you should go in. That will also help to see if Biola is the school for you. Biola might not have the major that God wants you to study and that may mean that you need to rethink your choices. An awesome thing about Biola is that the administration is very willing to work with you throughout the admissions process and more. If they can do it, it will be done, and if the answer is no, then it is not possible. Finally, Biola is a place where the love of Christ is displayed openly and abundantly. Everyone is so nice and eager to meet new friends. The school is like a big community in which everyone wants to know each other. This place will become your family. That type of environment is very helpful, especially for students who may have second thoughts about leaving home, or being seperated from their families.

    In three sentences

    Biola University is the greatest Christian school in the world. Our aim is to enhance your mental, physical, and spiritual growth in your time period here. Biola helps you to find your purpose in life by seeking God and challenging your mind to expand.

  • 09/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus security are always available. Biola U. is nestled in the very safe residential community of La Mirada, yet is just minutes aways from LA>

    Great for these types of students

    Biola is perfect for any student wanting to become equipped to live out their faith on a daily basis.

    What to do for fun

    PRAISE & WORSHIP God! There are an abundance of ministry opportunities that allow you to live out your faith in the local community and the city of Los Angelos. Going out for fro-yo is a popular pasttime.

    Food and Dining

    Food is good. Dining hall is centrally located. Hours of operation are good.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are all well maintained. Gender visitation is strictly enforced. Parties are always alcohol/drug free.

    Academic Rigor

    The course work is challenging, but very doable. The professors are ALWAYS available to help with any challenges you have.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit us and be a part of the exciting experience of growing in your faith with others committed to serving God. If you can, join us Sunday evenings for Singsperation, a weekly time of worship and praise.

    In three sentences

    Biola University is a FANTASTIC school. If you are interested in a faith based education, you will become equipped to live out your faith in your daily life, no matter what profession you choose. The students here live out their faith daily on campus.

  • 09/11/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Disneyland! Riding your bike, walking

    Tips for prospective students

    Check for your major, if they offer it, but more, see what they offer in other activities, what affiliation the school is. Remember, you will be thriving there!

    In three sentences

    Biola sounds like a great school for me. I am looking into it more to see if it's God's will that I attend here. Excited to apply!

  • 09/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    These people take their job really seriously. They care about the students here and patrol around every day and night.

    Greek Life

    None

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many cool clubs here. There is one called Adventure club where you just go and hike at some pretty cool place. For the fall retreat they went to Yosemite for three nights. There are also Intramural sports so if you want to form your own team you can and play with other teams on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    This school would be great for Christians who want to be changed by the word of God. Everyone here has a Bible minor so you have to take Bible classes with some of the most intellectual professors ever.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have something called Nationball which is a big dodgeball game of dorm vs dorm it is one of the funnest events of the fall semester. In the spring semester there is mock rock which is like a dance talent show that different teams compete in.

    Bang for the buck

    It is expensive to go here overall it is a private school but it is so worth it.

    What to do for fun

    You can go to the beach and park with some friends. Also Disneyland is only 15-20 minutes away from campus! There is also Knott's Berry Farm that is 25 minutes away.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria here is by far better than any of the UC and Cal State schools. There are days when nothing seems good but usually there is something that everyone likes.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life here is awesome there are awesome people living here. There are even upperclassmen here that is how good the dorms are that they do not want to leave. Also the dorms are mostly co-ed.

    Academic Rigor

    This school has some awesome professors that will push you because they want you to learn the material. It will be frustrating at some points but that is why you talk to your other classmates to see if they can help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just be yourself you do not need to impress anyone here because everyone here is practically friendly. If there are things you are struggling with I am sure you will find someone here that will listen and pray for you.

    In three sentences

    It is a school that challenges you not only academically but spiritually as well. There is awesome community in the dorms if you do not like your floor then that means you are not being social. Just a great environment you do not have to worry about partying, drinking, smoking because that is such a rare thing here.

  • 10/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek is taught and encouraged.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs for every type of student.

    Great for these types of students

    Christian students will enjoy all of the student activities and Chapel time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus is a Christian school.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely a quality education.

    What to do for fun

    Many school events and close attractions.

    Food and Dining

    The food is very good.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The graduate program is designed to equip you for the future.

    Tips for prospective students

    The application process is very complex, but you will find that the staff is very friendly and helpful.

    In three sentences

    Biola University offers the quality education that I am seeking. The faculty and staff have made my application process very easy. The campus community is very welcoming.

  • 10/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus po po are EVERYWHERE. Feels really safe on campus. You can leave your laptop on a table and it won't get stolen.

    Greek Life

    No Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Christian students that want to grow closer to God and live in a community with people that feel the same way.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nationball, dodgeball tournament between the houses. Punk n Pie, talent show. Mock Rock. Midnight Madness.

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive but again, you won't regret it.

    What to do for fun

    Xopoc dance team!

    Food and Dining

    Good variety... Most of the time.

    Dorm Life

    LOVE the dorms and community.

    Academic Rigor

    Bible minor classes can be tough but so worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go here. You won't regret it.

    In three sentences

    Amazing God driven community. Life changes Bible classes and chapels. Top notch professors and courses.

  • 10/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe. There have been a few creepers escorted off campus, but not many incidents. I never have felt unsafe here.

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm not very involved so I can't say much. I know that there are endless opportunities, but they're not easily accessible. Usually grow by word of mouth and having connections with people already involved.

    Great for these types of students

    Academically achieved, not of the party life but still fun-loving, anyone who loves Jesus Christ as their Savior and isn't afraid to show it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are so many. As for locations, we have a beautiful fountain in the center of campus, we have a bell tower that rings a few times a day, we have a grove of olive trees, we have an organic garden, we have a stream...there's a lot. As for traditions, that gets more complicated to explain. Never take a tray in the caf (and never call it the cafeteria). GYRADs - Get Your Roommate A Date. These are floor events that you find a date for your roommate and you all go and have a blast. Brother floors always take out the sister floors' trash once a week. Sister floors bake brother floors' cookies in thanks. Nationball - challenge of the dorms, a campus-wide dodgeball tournament. Punk'n Pie - talent show held every fall. Mock Rock - lip-syncing competition held every spring. Biola Egg - a massive rock that is repeatedly hidden and found on campus by different dorms. Every time you find the egg, you paint it your dorm color, flaunt your success, and then re-hide it. There are many many more, but I've gone on far too long.

    Bang for the buck

    It's worth it, but it is unbelievably expensive. It's expensive enough to wince when saying it's worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many events and fun things to do on campus, it's ridiculous. Sometimes, though, it's nice to get off campus. Personally, I don't have a car so that's really limiting, but there's a dollar theater and a strip mall within a 15 minute walk, which provides enough entertainment.

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't bad. There are a lot of choices. It's all buffet-style with six main stations, all of which have incredible food. Eventually, it starts to get old, and you grow quite an appetite for home cooking, but in comparison with other colleges, it rocks the socks off everyone else.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm unity is emphasized a lot here. The dorms furthest from the center of campus have community worth killing for, while the bigger and more central ones are more like hotels.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be tough here, but some are ridiculously easy. It's possible to get through Biola without taking any extremely challenging classes, but you'll pay the price in life later on if you don't take advantage of some of the more difficult professors' classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you keep up with all the email reminders that come in, and keep on top of things. Procrastination will kill you.

    In three sentences

    Biola is a wonderful place for people who love community, learning, and the Christian faith. I give Biola a 9 out of 10, overall, because I cannot imagine a better school, but I can imagine better conduct policies. Only one mark against it - that's not bad at all.

  • 11/13/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    CHRISTIANS. Honestly, God is here at this school. I went to Singspiration, and it was clear how many people just really loved God. As you have to basically minor in Bible, you might as well be Christian. The Bible classes are the hardest at this school, and it's usually why a lot of non-Christians transfer out.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Red Sea. Apparently for rallies you dress up in red, preferably Red Sea shirts...if you're lucky you get a free Disney Land pass in a raffle for wearing it. Singspiration. A regularly occuring concert/worship session that you go to just to get closer to God and sing for an hour or two.

    What to do for fun

    Go off campus...can't say too much about that.

    Food and Dining

    The Coffee place on campus is AMAZING(well the drink i had anyways, easily competes with Starbucks and sooooooo much cheaper). Supposedly the people that cater at Biola work for Dreamworks, but the breakfast I had there was okay...it wasn't too special and the selection of food was a little bit lacking. The luncheons I went to though....ANGELIC!

    Dorm Life

    The dorm halls themselves are...rustic. The dorms themselves are roomy for the most part(could be smaller), but the views aren't too nice and are generally either parking lots or other dorms. The bathrooms in Alpha could be a lot nicer, but the hall in Thompson is actually pretty nice. The dorms look really lived in and kind of old and it could be a turn off for those expecting these nice looking dorms. Really I just think the dorms need a paint job. And if you're not into big city sounds...I heard the sounds of cars driving by and ambulances regularly.

    Academic Rigor

    Can't say too much as I'm not a student, but apparently Physics is hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    VISIT THE CAMPUS! Honestly, I was unsure about where this school was placed on my list of potential schools, but after staying here for one night and going to chapel and just living the life of a student here at Biola, it really gave me a feel of how life would be like here. Honestly, college visits are ALWAYS going to be selling points.

    In three sentences

    God is clearly relevant and present on this campus, you'd have to try not to find him. I love how the chapels are open pretty much when you need them, and everything is easily within walking distance. The community is really tight nit here, and the people are really nice. Everyone who goes here really loves their school. A senior who didn't even know me even offered to help me carry my bags and offered advice on why I should chose Biola. The boys here definitely know God.

  • 11/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are campus safety cars golf carts that monitor the university 24/7 and there is even a hotline for an escort on or off campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    GYRAD get your roommate a date is a fun tradition where each floor of each dorm goes somewhere fun for an activity, and dates are randomly selected by one's roommate.

    What to do for fun

    There are many places to eat nearby Biola University and it is quite safe to roam around campus. There re shopping malls, recreational activities and a beautiful park nearby.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the cafeteria is buffet style and very lavish, and there are other options to eat and obtain food as well, and it even has its own coffee shop.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is what anyone would except from a typical dorm, except that there are no parties with drunk people and sexual activity as it is against the contract of Biola University.

    Academic Rigor

    Biola University is definitely underrated for its academic rigor, but because it is a private university, it prides itself on pushing and challenging its students to excellency.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips that I would have for prospective students is to make sure you are willing to commit yourself to graduating with a Biblical Studies minor. You are required to have 30 credits of biblical classes, because many students here aim to be pastors.

    In three sentences

    Biola is a Christian private University, and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. Many of the people here are friendly and are willing to be more open because God reigns over all. Non-Christians may be put-off to this university, but I think it is a wonderful opportunity for those who want to grow stronger in their faith and who want to have a Christian based education with people like them.

  • 11/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    At Biola, we have Campus Safety roaming around 24/7 and our school is gated so our campus is really safe and secure. I�ve never had a moment when I feared walking around campus or being at school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Biola actually has a lot of unusual traditions. There first tradition they hold in the beginning of the year is called Nationball and it is a school wide dodge ball tournament between all the resident halls. Everyone is jam-packed in the gym and wearing outrageous outfits representing their hall. Another tradition we have is called Savage women. Now this tradition is super intense! It is a game students play at events and I�ll be honest, it can get pretty savage. The men have to get in a circle and link arms while the ladies, or savage women, try with all their might to separate the boys� arms. Some guys come out of that game with scratches or bite marks! Lastly, our less violent tradition is called a GYRAD, which stands for Get Your Roommate A Date. It�s pretty self-explanatory, your roommate would ask that special someone out for you so you don�t have to do it yourself and you two go on a group date with the people on your floor. It�s so fun and random because you do things like lazer tag and swing dancing followed by some sushi and an evening boat ride! You�d be surprised to hear that some professors or their old friends from Biola even found their wives through GYRAD�s! And that is just three of the many unique traditions Biola has!

    What to do for fun

    There is a ton to do for fun at Biola, especially since we have about five thousand events going on every school year. There are events from concerts (sometimes even free ones) to sports games to film festivals to all halls, which is done with your resident hall, and so much more! On top of the on-campus events, Biola is actually located between Los Angeles County and Orange County so there is plenty to do outside of campus as well like the beach, Disneyland, multiple parks, malls, and a ton more!

    Food and Dining

    Our cafeteria, also known as the caf, is probably one of the better college cafeterias and I�m not exaggerating! It is served buffet style, so it is a little pricier, but you can pick your meal plan and you always get great food everyday. The chefs take the initiative to try new dishes so that you will never get bored of the cafeteria food. Also, there�s a suggestion box, where you can tell them what foods you like them to make, even foods from your culture that you miss your mom making for you, and they�ll actually make it!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at Biola is awesome! They do a housing survey before they pick your building and roommates so they can know about your living habits and match you up with people that they believe you would live well with. So far, it has been a great relief that Biola does this because there are less crazy roommate-from-Hell stories than in other colleges. Most of the time, you get matched up with people you�ll get really close with, like how my roommates and I now feel like we�re sisters from another mister! And on top of that, we have the best cleaning services so our living environments are always in tip-top shape!

    Academic Rigor

    Academics wise, Biola is not excruciatingly difficult, which I believe is a good thing so that the student can also have a great college experience, have a social life and make friends, not just be cramped up studying all the time. The most difficult part for me is that most of the homework is reading, which is the same in any other college, and I am a very slow reader so it becomes more time consuming for me, but there it isn�t enough reading to make me feel overwhelmed all the time. Plus, the professors all understand that we have other things going on in our lives other than their class, so they will be really forgiving and show you grace.

    Tips for prospective students

    For me, my biggest fear coming into college was living with two people I have never met before, but it turned out to be so awesome so my main tip would be not to worry too much about your fears of college! If you are an introvert like me, this is your chance to break out of your shell and go up to someone who is alone. Invest your time on people because I can almost guarantee they are just waiting for someone to come up to them.

    In three sentences

    Biola University is the perfect place to grow in your walk with the Lord and learn how to integrate your faith in your future occupation. The environment of professors and students is so uplifting and encouraging; it isn�t like any other college environment out there. Oh, and did I mention the food is delicious?!

  • 11/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They get a bit annoying at times, but they do a decent job.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is so much to do! Clubs, ministries, intramurals, student government, and news outlets!

    Great for these types of students

    Those who desire a sound Biblical teaching and focus in their studies.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nationball: dorm v dorm dodgeball tournament. Mock Rock: choreographed dance competition. The Egg: 300lb cement block shaped like an egg, to be found for dorm points. Collegium: hang out spot for commuters.

    Bang for the buck

    You get an incredible experience and education for how much you pay.

    What to do for fun

    Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Universal Studios, Dollar Theatre, In-N-Out and Chick-Fil-A runs, and intramurals.

    Food and Dining

    Not as many options as some campuses, but it's decent. The café's food is always best when we have visitors though.

    Dorm Life

    Can't comment on this from experience, but my friends have really enjoyed living in dorms. Great community!

    Academic Rigor

    Biola has high academic standards, and will work with students who really need the help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look on ratemyprofessor.com before choosing a professor, and ask any friends who may have taken that professor before. Make friends with commuters, so that they can be brought into a community, and they can help you with local knowledge.

    In three sentences

    Biola is an amazing school which focuses on Christ in everything they do and teach. The faculty and staff love Christ and desire to help students grow in their relationship with him. The location provides a great opportunity to proclaim the good news to a lost and hurting county and city.

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I always see Campus Safety around, so I always feel safe.

    Greek Life

    Unfortunately, there aren't any fraternities and sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs that Biola offers.

    Great for these types of students

    Biola is great for students who are looking for a Christian education as well as great people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a 300 pound egg hiding in the campus and there's an on-going hunt for the egg against all the dorms.

    Bang for the buck

    Biola is very expensive no doubt, but they really grind down on teaching their students.

    What to do for fun

    Biola University is in the center of it all. The beach is less than thirty minutes, Disneyland is about twenty minutes, and Knotts is just fifteen minutes away.

    Food and Dining

    The workers are a mixture of students and full-time, and all are friendly.

    Dorm Life

    The people are all so friendly and each dorm has different ways of interacting.

    Academic Rigor

    In Biola, it's required to leave with a Bible minor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be discouraged by the cost; apply anyway and meet with the financial aid counselor.

    In three sentences

    Biola University offers a great Christian environment. Its morals, values, and ethics align with the Bible. And Biola has great professors.

  • 11/29/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    The thing im most excited to try is the $2 movie theater!

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit campus!!! Its amazing.

    In three sentences

    I visited Biola over the summer and applied early action. I felt the most encouraged and welcomed at this school and im so excited to see if I get in!

  • 12/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Egg:: A giant egg that is hidden. If you find it, you paint it your dorms color and take a picture. Then you get dorm points. NationBall:: All dorm dodgeball tournament. Midnight Madness:: Awesome way to kick off and support sports teams. GYRADS:: Get your roommate a date. ;)

    What to do for fun

    DisneyLand!!! Knott's Berry Farm, hang out at the fireplace, get coffee at Common Grounds, drive around, go hiking in Malibu, go to LA. Biola is in a perfect location.

    Food and Dining

    The caf is great!

    Dorm Life

    Love my dorm and the people I live with! Such a great community and the RAs work hard to make it great. The rooms are really nice and spacious too.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes so far have been challenging, but doable. I have learned so much from my professors and have been able to manage my time to have lots of fun while still doing well in my classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have an open mind. Be open to meeting tons of new friends and meeting the nicest people. Work hard, it's not cheap :)

    In three sentences

    Biola is an awesome place full of fun students. I have learned so much already and am having an amazing college experience. I would recommend this school to everyone!

  • 01/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the dorms does a kilt run, everyone dresses up in kilts and runs all throughout the campus. We have the Biola egg its a 50 pound ball of cement and when a dorm finds it they hide it, and you receive points for your dorm if you find it. Also, there is nation ball which is a huge dodge ball tournament, all the dorms dress in individual colors and bombard the gym.

    What to do for fun

    There isn't much to do to for fun on campus, or really around La Mirada, so you have to be a little creative. Most people buy Disneyland passes and just go all the time. Or we make our own fun :)

    Food and Dining

    The caf is not the most amazing food, but it is definitely livable. There is a down side because there are only two other places on campus to eat besides the Caf because the campus is so small. Eagles Nest is pretty good but your have to use your flex points to eat there and its a little expensive and always really busy, so you have to wait like 15 minutes for food. But the Caf does have a lot of options so there is always something to eat, like pizza or salad.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing. Hope Hall is the biggest of the dorms, and had the nicest rooms. The experience of rooming with a complete stranger your freshman year is definitely a growing one. Living on campus really helps you expand your community and makes it easier to meet people. Biola selects only the top students for the RA position which is awesome for the students living in the Dorms the RAs make dorm life so much fun. They plan retreats, All Halls ( where everyone in the hall gets together), and floor rituals. If you go to biola live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors push you, they expect you to come ready to work and ready to learn. The science classes are very demanding, the professors in that department are of the toughest on campus. Bible classes are not an easy A, they are actually the harder of classes. They require a lot of studying, well most classes do. Don't expect to get by like in High School where you don't have to study, you will not succeed if you come with that attitude.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to stay on top of your finical situation, it would be a shame if at the last minute you weren't prepared with money to register. Make sure to buy books on amazon, much cheaper. When registering for classes look up your professors on ratemyprofessor.com, gives you the information on all professors on campus. Get involved on campus, because it is a small school you can feel like you are bored and there isn't much to do, but if you join clubs or groups this can be a way to avoid that.

    In three sentences

    Biola has a stellar community, which is what many are looking for when choosing a college. Biola all around gets five goal stars for college experience, students, teachers, and classes. If you are looking for a college experience that you will not only be proud of later, but that will provide friends and family for life, Biola is it.

  • 01/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Chrisitans

    What to do for fun

    Go to Disneyland, $2 theaters, Knotts Berry Farm, drive to LA or the Beach

    In three sentences

    The Community is great. I love the teachers here. Excellent place to grow with God.

  • 01/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is definitely great for christian students who are passionate for the Lord and want to continue their walk with him.

    What to do for fun

    There aren't that many things to do for fun, but the is a soccer field and a volleyball pit if anyone wants to play. There are two coffee shops there where you can get a drink and hang out. there are also some activities that go on like clubs that you can join.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good, but after a while you can get tired of it. Recently though they have a new food truck so there's more choices on where you want to eat.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is very fun because there are always activities you can attend, you get to meet a variety of people and it's your chance to live on your own. The RA's are very helpful and caring. The bathrooms are usually always clean and the room are a pretty good size.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics at Biola is very serious and pretty strict. Of course taking on a lot of credits can be stressful, but it still can be done.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Make sure to keep up with attending you chapels because there is a fee to pay if you don't attend thirty chapels. 2. Try not to lose anything because it's a long process to be able to get your things back from security. 3. Study and work hard because your professors are very caring and look forward to seeing you succeed.

    In three sentences

    I have spent one semester in Biola University and those couple of months were overall a great experience for me. I learned so much, I was able to get all my classes that I wanted, the professors are very caring, and you get to meet wonderful people. You are required to attend chapels, but they are fun and fulfilling to attend.

  • 01/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is always lurking around to ensure students safety. Personally, I feel incredibly safe on Biola's campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of clubs to choose from, but I recommend the Adventure Club. For a certain fee, a group gets together to go hiking or rock climbing. It is very fun!

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of activites taking place on campus daily including floor hangouts or All Halls which are little festivals that the entire dorm participates in. Other than that, a movie theatre is within walking distance which is very popular at Biola.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria at first was great, but eating there everyday can give you a slight change in appetite. That is why it is nice to have flex points to purchase food at Eagles Nest or drinks from Common Grounds. They are great places to eat when you're tired of the cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. The rooms are very spacious. The RA's are incredibly nice and there are plenty of opportunities to meet new people.

    Academic Rigor

    On the academic side, Biola offers tremendous help to all students. The professors are always available to answer questions and tutoring is offered to students who need it.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are willing to be challenged in all categories of your life, including your religion and academic studies, then Biola is the place for you. As a Christian, you will not find it hard to meet new people and adapt easily.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautifully built. The location is perfect because everything is within walking distance which is convenient for students without cars. The students and professors are all very kind and respectful.

  • 01/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very good

    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    Biola has a variety of clubs

    Great for these types of students

    People who want to serve God and the community

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Biola has fun events that get the whole campus involved.

    Bang for the buck

    You are getting the best bang for the buck here at Biola.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the Beach, hang out at Common Grounds.

    Food and Dining

    Food is incredible. The Caf is one of the top rated cafeterias in California

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is very fun and energetic, there is always something going on.

    Academic Rigor

    It can be challenging but you are paying for top of the line education

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for a positive environment and are looking to better your lifestyle Biola is the place to be.

    In three sentences

    Biola is an excellent college, the professors and students really make this university one of a kind.

  • 02/05/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt more safe than when I lived and attended Biola University. It's a wonderful area.

    Bang for the buck

    The price on this school may seem daunting, but it was worth EVERY penny!!

    What to do for fun

    There are many campus activities from slack lining, sports, trips to berry cool for yogurt and others. Many students join intramural sports for fun. There are also school productions, talent competitions, and dance competitions that the entire school often attends.

    Food and Dining

    The campus food at The Caf is very good. It's a smorgasbord of delicious home-felt food that many people love to enjoy. From pizza and soft serve ice cream, to homemade roast chicken, pastas and soups - you can always find something you will enjoy.

    Dorm Life

    Campus living is huge at Biola - the majority of students live on campus their entire time in attendance. There is a huge community feel and everyone loves living there.

    Academic Rigor

    They academics are very demanding at Biola. You must set up a diligent routine for yourself and be committed to doing well at your work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Any students who are looking into going to this school should evauate their abilities to work hard, stay goal driven, and value their faith in their educational setting as well.

    In three sentences

    I loved attending Biola for the wonderful campus life there. The students were in a community of helping each other and the professors exceeded expectations in the ways that they helped their students. I would recommend anyone to go there.

  • 02/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    One of the safest campuses I have ever been on!

    Greek Life

    No Greek Life.

    Great for these types of students

    Business, Bible, Film, ICS, Nursing or Music majors are particularly amazing!

    What to do for fun

    Disneyland is only about 9 miles away, and at Biola you're only about 20 min from the beach! There are plenty of activities on campus as well, but if you have a car there are endless possibilities to what you could do on the weekends. Southern California is an amazing place!

    Food and Dining

    The Caf' has excellent food consistently. You may grow tired of it after a couple years, but it is always quality food with fresh ingredients. There's also a coffee shop on campus and a couple other dining options for flex dollars.

    Dorm Life

    All of the dorms are fantastic! Whether you're in Horton or Hart you will grow in amazing community with your floor-mates! The on campus apartments are also great!

    Academic Rigor

    Besides having a biblical focused, the academics at Biola are quite rigorous. This University will bring out the best in you!

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip is to apply! Even if you think you're unqualified, God has amazing ways of placing you where you are supposed to be. Another tip would be to visit Biola if possible and talk to some students and sit in a class!

    In three sentences

    Biola is an excellent and reputable university that has an amazingly Biblical approach to education. I could not be more pleased with the experience I've had here! The professors are top of their field and the classroom sizes are small (number depends on your major).

  • 02/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety can be a bit strict but they are just doing their job. They are always around and will help whenever you need help. They are really friendly!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Missions Conference is the hugest event at Biola. It is something that students wait for the entire year and it is a huge blessing. School is shut down for three days, speakers from the entire world come and speak and show how we can do missions within ourselves and with others.

    What to do for fun

    Disneyland is about 20 minutes away- many people get season passes and spent their free time there. Downtown Fullerton has a good nightlife where one can spend some time at.

    Food and Dining

    Food at Biola is so good! So many chefs work so hard to provide meals for everyone the entire day. They are really nice and put out the best that they can do.

    Dorm Life

    Each dorm is different. If you want to be involved and make friends then go to every social opportunity presented by the dorms. It can be really fun if you want it to be fun!

    Academic Rigor

    Every major is super difficult and every professor really pushes their students to do their best. I have been very challenged academically but have grown knowledge of what I want to do.

    In three sentences

    Amazing school that really encourages your walk with God while letting you major in almost anything you want. You can feel and see the Holy Spirit working in everyone. It's close enough to the city and the mountains!

  • 03/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Biola is in suburban L.A. But it is next to a huge park, and there is a movie theater nearby with tickets that are only $2. There is a shuttle that gives rides to and from local shopping centers. Still, it is easier to get around if you have a car. I brought my bike, and although I haven't used it yet, I'm sure it will come in handy eventually. Most likely you'll find a friend who has a car if you don't have one :)

    Food and Dining

    I have always heard that the food here is good, and it is! They have different types of food each day in the cafeteria. There are several restaurants on campus, including Eagles. You can use your meal plan at the restaurants during the week days. Unless you're an athlete, you probably do not need more than the 15 flex meal plan, especially if you sleep in late. I have the 12 right now, and sometimes it's hard making sure that I use all my meals by the end of the week. With the flex plans, the extra meals do not carry over to the next week. They do if you have a block plan. Eventually, you will get tired of the food. But that's to be expected anywhere you go.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm rooms are average. The nicer ones cost a little extra. If you really want a great community, check out Hart! The people are fun and friendly, which is important. They're the ones you're going to live with.

    Academic Rigor

    This isn't one of the most difficult colleges. Classes and extracurricular activities are definitely manageable. If you're looking for extra intellectual stimulus, there is a Torrey Honors Program that focuses on reading classical texts. Overall, this isn't a party school. There are rules concerning drugs, alcohol, and sex. It makes it nice if you want to concentrate on your studies and forming real relationships with the people around you.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is mandatory that every student take 30 credits in Bible classes, so if you're not serious about Christianity then you might want to reconsider going to this college. However, all of the these classes are very good. Also, there is no football team.

    In three sentences

    Biola is a great Christian school that does an excellent job with integrating faith and education! The faculty and students provide support and focus on fostering the community here. Teachers make themselves available to answer questions and help students in need.

  • 03/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    For college security, Biola has a great team. They keep us updated on all campus crimes if there are any and make sure that our safety is of the most importance.

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty of great ministries, clubs, and intermural sports for people to participate in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The prayer chapels are the best things on campus. So relaxing and a great way to reconnect with God in complete, beautiful silence. Also, the search for the Biola Egg is a unique and fun tradition. Each dorm gets a chance to hunt for the Biola Egg, paint it, and hide it on campus for the next dorm to find.

    Bang for the buck

    Biola is worth the $32,000 in tuition if you let it. There are some people who choose to make their experience here worth the money, and some who choose to be miserable. It all depends on you.

    What to do for fun

    Biola is next to one of the most famous cities in the world: Los Angeles. Hiking to the hollywood sign, going to the dollar theatre, going to the Getty, thrift shopping, intramural sports, etc. There is so much to do! There are always events going on at campus as well.

    Food and Dining

    For college food, I think Biola does a good job of trying to keep up with the diverse student body and our diverse food wants. Sometimes, you just don't feel like eating anything on campus although there are 5 different restaurants on campus. There are plenty of cheap and good restaurants in the neighboring cities.

    Dorm Life

    I think it will depend on where you live on campus and who you live with. For me, I love my roommates and the dorm I live in. Other people have had bad situations. It's different for everyone, but community life is outstanding.

    Academic Rigor

    In my opinion, Biola has one of the best academic programs in the nation. I know for a fact that Biola's Bible program is the best in the nation. The classes are all challenging in weight and in your own life, but so worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to Biola expecting nothing and gaining everything. Be open to new people, new denominations, new challenges, and a new you.

    In three sentences

    I love Biola so much more than three sentences can describe. The faculty, classes, conferences, and people I have met here have changed my life in so many ways. If you want to really find out who you and God are, come to Biola.

  • 04/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is on point at Biola!

    Greek Life

    No Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Numerous clubs on campus from multi ethnic clubs to film clubs to Spiritual clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Biola is great for students who want to work on there relationship with God, who don't like to party and are okay with abiding by the rules

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Chapel is a traditions that Biola has. Also SOS groups which all freshman take part in.

    What to do for fun

    There are various things to do at Biola, a dollar theater close by, Disney land, Knotts Berry Farm Etc.

    Food and Dining

    The food services at Biola are decent but nowhere near great. The Caf at Biola is highly raved about and for a cafeteria is okay.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at Biola is a great way to integrate yourself within the community, Though expense its an awesome experience that you will never forget.

    Academic Rigor

    Biola University varies on its academic rigor. It all depends on your major. If you are a Bible or Psychology classes will be more challenges then if you are a communications major.

    Tips for prospective students

    1) Be open to new things 2) Go to all of Biola Activities, there are few but they are fun! 3) For girls only: Don't live in Alpha Dorm

    In three sentences

    Biola University is different from other schools in Los Angeles County. The focus of this university is to prepare young individuals for the real world while in a faith based community. Biola University has a wonderful variety of students and faculty, who will not only help you grow academically but spiritually.

  • 05/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is so reliable and trustworthy. If there is the slightest issue they are on it like a hawk. They take their job seriously and are take pride in making sure we are all safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    BIOLA has over 30 clubs!!! The have clubs ranging from Social Justice clubs to cheese lover clubs! Needless to say, there is a club for you!!!!!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Biola has an annual nationball tournament every year! Each dorm comes dressed in a different color and we compete against eachother for the dorm champion title!! We also have an event called catch me if you can. Each person that participates in this gets a squirt gun and a random persons name. They must hunt down this person, shoot them with the water gun and then obtain the name they had. The last one standing is the winner!

    Bang for the buck

    Biola is pricy, but they have so many resource to facilitate and create the best learning experience. The fact that the professors are on your side and rooting for you is well worth the price. They want you to succeed and will bend over backwards for that to happen. The campus is clean and well taken care of.

    What to do for fun

    Biola is centrally located. It resides 40 minutes from the beach, 30 minutes from L.A. 10 minutes from a mall and only 1 1/2 hours from the mountains! Not to mention that there are local shopping centers and sporting events next door!

    Food and Dining

    I would gladly eat in the Cafeteria here forever! They have a wide variety: from salad bar, stir fry, sand which bar, pizza, soup, cookies and so much more! The best part is it is buffet and serve yourself style.

    Dorm Life

    COMMUNITY ROCKS!!! I live on a floor of about 40 girls, of those 40 I would consider 20 of them close friends. We all get along and truly love each other! It really encompasses what a body of believers should be and act towards one another.

    Academic Rigor

    This school will stretch you, it is not an easy degree, however, the professors are committed to walking you through the content step by step. The classes are practical and applicable to your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    You can make it happen! Do not be intimidated by the price, apply for scholarships and look into grants. The community is inviting and you will meet friends for life if you simply embrace all that BIOLA has to offer. Be opened to change, God will rock your world!!

    In three sentences

    BIOLA is centered around a unified community of Christian seeking to bring about glory and honor to God. All academics are centered around a Christian worldview with the soul purpose of making an impact for the Lord Jesus Christ. Although pricy, this school is truly a life changing, job forming college.

  • 06/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Biola's campus is safe there are few incidents on campus and the officers who patrol keep a handle on anything that may arise. But people feel comfortable here and that is a good thing.

    Greek Life

    No Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Really great clubs and some that are unusual like the cheese club.

    Great for these types of students

    Biola is great for students who love the Lord Jesus Christ, mainly because it is a privater Christian university.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is nation ball every semester where each dorm battles against other dorms and it is a crazy wild night.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs on campus to join and there is a dollar theater really close. The most fun you will have may be off campus but if you have a great group of friends you'll be fine.

    Food and Dining

    After a year you will get tired of the food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fun but you make it fun if you are involved in the community.

    Academic Rigor

    You will be held responsible for your work and professors will not always remind you when an assignment is due. Plan your homework time so you do not have to stay up all night the night before an assignment is due.

    Tips for prospective students

    Few tips, have a open mind to become involved in campus activities. College life is what you make it so have fun. make sure you balance your time, do not only focus on academics and not give yourself time for extracurricular activities. Build relationships with professors because you will need letters of recommendations on day.

    In three sentences

    Biola University is a great university, small with a friendly community. The classes are smaller than those at public universities and the professors are easy to approach and here to build relationships with students. Overall Biola is a university with morals and is driven to educate students and prepare students for life after college.

  • 07/01/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    there are cameras and patrolling security 24/7

    Great for these types of students

    of Christian beliefs and morality

    Bang for the buck

    the school is worth every cent.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of possibilities that meet the different interests such as sports, nature, music, art, and spiritual devotion time.

    Food and Dining

    The food is amazingly delicious!

    Dorm Life

    The people enrolled and in charge are both dedicated Christians that are always willing to help.

    Academic Rigor

    You really have to do your best and be willing to do more.

    Tips for prospective students

    Search the different majors and what they have to offer and decide whether this is something in which you are willing to dedicate your time, money, and patience. Also search for financial aid if necessary and contact the school to plan a visit to the campus.

    In three sentences

    Biola University is an amazing Institution that does not only focus on the academic life of its students, but also in the spiritual life. The campus is beautiful and whole, it meets all the needs a young Christian Student may have and the people are always willing to lend a helping hand. Biola University is also equip with majors that can become ministries for the work of the Lord.

  • 07/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is somewhat of a joke on campus. Not because they do a bad job. They protect us well. But students like to joke about them. We call them Campo. Sometimes they can be ridiculous. They take their jobs so seriously! You'de think they're the feds!

    Greek Life

    Non existent

    Clubs and Activities

    There's not a whole lot goin on in this department. There is a club, adventure club that does crazy stuff! It's pretty popular. There are a lot of clubs to choose from though, if you are interested. There's a thing called Rich Kid's Comedy. It's for people who want to act and are supposedly funny. A lot of people like going to the shows. It may be just for you!

    Great for these types of students

    Artsy people. People interested in Music or film production. Girls and boys alike love fashion. Sports aren't as big, but you can find a few die hard fans!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a bench that's set back a ways in the hillside of campus. It's kinda like a secret spot, hidden by many trees, where couples supposedly go to make out! I've never been there myself but I've seen the spot and it definitely lives up to the stories!

    Bang for the buck

    The education itself is great. Classes are generally wonderful and most professors are superb. Campus is dead on the weekends. The social life can be dull if you don't make an effort. This is probably one of the most noticeable downfalls.

    What to do for fun

    The university is in a great spot. Go to the beach. Get some sun. Huntington and Newport are close by. Go to LACMA in downtown L.A. to see some art. Go to the House of Blues in downtown Disney. Sometimes they have fun dances or concerts. Go to Disneyland or Knott's Berry Farm. I like the simple things. Like starbucks. There are plenty nearby. There are also quite a few parks. Sometimes just walking around or sitting in the shade is all I need to enjoy the beautiful day.

    Food and Dining

    The caf is decent. It's not a five star restaurant by any means. It is a nice cafeteria compared to many colleges. Sometimes though, they have really weird dishes. Try to get the stir fry! It's really good! There's always a super long line for it. If you're not going to be late to class, I recommend you get in line. It can be worth the wait!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be fun. It can also be annoying. My advice is to join a coed dorm if possible. That way, you meet more people and have more of a variety. Sometimes neighbors can drive you crazy, or you may love them! It really just depends. Try to be friends with whoever you can. You never know when you'll need someone to lend you some coffee creamer!

    Academic Rigor

    Five star. College is not a cake walk. It can be difficult. Sometimes, it can be downright overwhelming! But that's okay. Everyone is in the same boat, you're not alone. Struggling is a part of the journey. Keep your head up, and do your best. Things will be okay no matter how stressful and daunting they may seem.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be proactive about making friends. Don't be shy. Don't worry about who you will date or marry. There is plenty of time to figure things like that out. Take advantage of being there. Have professors help you, that's what they are there for. Do your work and try to the best of your ability to do it well.

    In three sentences

    Biola is dedicated to your walk with Christ. Biola students are optimistic and excited for their futures for the most part. Biola is small and you get to know a lot of friendly people.

  • 07/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Really take advantage of your S.O.S groups the first week of school. Get to know them and get close to them. Also, plug into a ministry or club.

    In three sentences

    Biola is a very positive and friendly community. The professors are always willing to help you and they always respond to your emails and questions. The classes are also a good size with not too many students.

  • 07/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There is a plethora of clubs from Scubba Diving to Cheese to anime to film productions. One of the film clubs was able to get some one from DC comics to show up to a meeting.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is best for Christians of any type.

    What to do for fun

    There is so many things to do for fun! Biola is about 5-15mins away from Disney Land and Knots berry farm. The Ocean is about 30-40 mins away, if you prefer the mountains Big Bear is about 1.5 hours away. Just down the street a few blocks is a really nice dollar theater that plays movies in 3D as well as 2D. There are quite a number of skate parks less then and hour away. There is also several malls close by for all of your shopping desires.

    Food and Dining

    The food there is amazing. All the food is catered by Bon Appiteit. That means all the food is of the highest quality and is super tasty.

    Dorm Life

    The community in the dorms is amaizing. You get to know your floor mates really well and you all become great friends. I lived in the smaller and older dorm. It doseint have A/C but that dosen't matter because you just get a lot of fans and your good to go. What it lacks in size it makes up for in pride and friendship. Since it is smaller it is real easy to get to know every body there, and to become really close friends with the people on your floor. My dorm has a reputation on campus of being a dorm that specializes in community and doing fun things together.

    Academic Rigor

    The rigor of classes really depends on what classes you take and also what professor you have. Over all i have found that the classes that I took the work load wasn't to heavy and that i was able to complete all of my assignments on time.

    Tips for prospective students

    To be open minded about the whole experience. I would definitely recommended taking part in the Biola Bound thing that they have. it is a multi-day experience in which you stay in the dorm room of some students and you hang out with them and you sit in on a few classes that they offer. I highly recommend this experience because you will get to see what Biola is really like.

    In three sentences

    BIola University is an amazing university. It has an impressive list of majors for being a private Christian college, and the professors that they have teaching there are some of the best and most qualified people in there field. I really like the community and friendliness of all of the students that attend this University.

  • 07/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I rate them low, only because they treat every student like a criminal. I get stopped so many times and asked for ID. I took a picture of a possum at night and two campus safety cars pulled up and some guy on a 3 wheeled segway. They were like, Why are you taking pictures of car license plates? Seriously? There were no cars in the parking lot.... Plus, there is this one hispanic officer who has a thing against white kids. He is a complete jerk and threatens to fine us for walking. Telling us that the campus is for students and faculty only, and he was holding our student ID cards! Anyways, the campus is very strict and will do everything to kick you out if you break contract, and they will do it quietly so that everyone else on campus is unaware of what is really going on. So yes, the campus is most likely very policed and under control. But in a way that feels like I am being scrutinized for everything. I understand stopping trespassers and questioning them, but leave the students alone. Plus, they give out parking tickets like its going out of style. (just my 2 cents)...

    Greek Life

    I think they have a Greek language class.... I think.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have lots of clubs to join. The only problem is, most of these require fees and such in order to participate in the events. The school is already sucking all my money, so there is no way I can come up with some cash to have fun.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to grow spiritually. Those who like a clean and very safe and strict campus. Also, if you like teachers getting involved with your lives.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They have some sort of giant metal egg that the dorms hide and find. I've never seen it. They have mockrock, which is a dance thing. And also nationball, which is just a giant dodgeball game.

    Bang for the buck

    Very expensive. I know the money goes to making the campus look pretty. But for the academics, I think this school is way overpriced. Unless you want to be a theology or bible scholar. 3 types of students: those with rich parents who pay for it all, those who are on student loans and totally broke, and international kids who somehow are able to afford it. And compared to other schools, the academic scholarships they give out are very low and don't really help that much.

    What to do for fun

    Nothing.... Well, there really is not to much to do. If you have transportation you could go to the beach. Or maybe walk to the $2 movie theater. But on campus there is really nothing to do. And the majority of students leave during the weekends. I guess you could always watch movies in your dorm or play video games....

    Food and Dining

    Same old, same old. Sometimes the Caf food is good, but most times it makes you sick. The food is all the same throughout campus. But it's a university, what do you expect?

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is okay. At least you don't have to deal with all the crap (alcohol, smoking, drugs) tht a non-christian university would have. They are very strict at Biola and will crush and sense of rebellion (fun). The only problem is the RA's and RD think they are above the law and will chastise you for anything, but will do it themselves. They are not good examples. They try to promote an open-door floor. But having some naked guy walk into your room is a real turn off. And thus I opted for the closed-door and leave me alone floor. :P

    Academic Rigor

    Very easy. I haven't read a single text book and still have above 3.5 GPA. The only classes that really require work are the Bible ones. Teachers seem to be pretty lenient.

    Tips for prospective students

    Chapel is mandatory and so is a bible minor. The bible classes tend to be the downer to your GPA, since they expect scholarly work. Ace those classes and everything else is a breeze.

    In three sentences

    Very Christ centered. The campus is clean and is constantly being updated. The academics are okay, though the main focus is God and chapels.

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very very safe campus

    Greek Life

    NONE

    Clubs and Activities

    Millions of clubs to join.

    Great for these types of students

    Christian and Jesus Chrisr followers only

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Dry campus and I love it! Best Christian fellowship! 24/7 prayer house

    Bang for the buck

    Great top of the line academics but really expensive prices. However they do have great speakers that come and speak every morning during chapel and the professors are fenomenal.

    What to do for fun

    Biola is located in Los Angeles so there's plenty to do and the beaches are only 10 minutes away.

    Food and Dining

    Best food in town!

    Dorm Life

    Experience is great but the rules are stricter than high school.

    Academic Rigor

    Hardest Christian university ever.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard. Know the bible frontwards and backwards. Understand how to interpret the bible in the correct way. Read the syllabus's a month in advance. Don't buy your college books from the bookstore. Try amazon.

    In three sentences

    Biola is an incredible Christian university that seeks to find great Christian leaders. Biola is top rated and is the Harvard of all Christian schools. At Biola, you'll find your Mrs. degree without even looking for it.

  • 08/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We love our Campus Safety! They have really good response times to calls, and are genuinely concerned about the safety of everyone. Whether you are on or off campus, if you don't feel safe, you can give them a call and they'll send someone to pick you up and take you back to your dorm. The Chief of Campus Safety even teaches a class called R.A.D.S, where students learn how to defend themselves against someone who is trying to assault them.

    Greek Life

    There are no fraternities or sororities at Biola. However, there is one all-boys dorm, and one all-girls dorm. It's kind of a joke around Biola that they are the fraternity and sorority on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are TONS of clubs, ministries, outreach programs, intramurals, and other such activities to fill up your time when you're not studying or napping. There are so many that I don't even know all of them. Some that I actually do know include: CSP (an outreach ministry that works with high schools in California), Adventure Club (they actually go on outdoor adventures), Hide and Seek Club (never found them), Biola Buddies (who get to mentor mentally-disabled youths), and SMU. SMU is amazing; it's the largest student-led missions organization in the USA. Check it out>>> http://smu.biola.edu/

    Great for these types of students

    If you're looking to really learn more about the Lord, grow closer to Him, and live in great community full of other people seeking Him (while getting a degree that will help you to impact the world for Him), then Biola is positively a great match for you. It's also great if you don't like huge schools because it is small, but not tiny. It doesn't take long to memorize the whereabouts of campus, and most class sizes are small enough that meeting new people is easy. This also assures that professors have a lot more time to spend with you personally if you need to talk with them about anything.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a large cement egg (called The Biola Egg), that is hidden somewhere on campus. Only a few students actually know where it is. Once in a while they paint the Egg, and then parade it around campus. DBC (our beloved president) attests to the fact that seeing it is actually a really rare occurrence. However, I saw it 2 or 3 times during my freshman year. In any case, most Biola students and faculty keep their eyes peeled for it when hanging out on campus. You never know when you might see the Egg!

    Bang for the buck

    Biola may be a little bit on the pricey side, but it makes up for it with all of the great opportunities it has that other colleges don't. Biola places a huge emphasis on developing one's personal relationship with the Lord, and continually encourages students in this manner. Biola also offers many different programs, workshops, seminars, and more that help students in their spiritual formation (including different chapels everyday). Not many other schools offer these, as well as a thorough education.

    What to do for fun

    There are a tons of hangout places on campus, from dorm rooms to The Fireplace. Biola students will most likely be seen watching movies in the dorm lobbies, playing musical instruments in impromptu jam sessions, or playing board games. Nothing wrong with a little game of pool in the Student Union Building, either. Or if you like cookies, hang out in Alpha--they're always baking something. Want to get away from campus? Right down the street there's a really cheap movie theater, if you don't mind seeing reruns of movies that have been out for a while. Still not enough? A little further down the road you can find Knott's Berry Farm, Disneyland, and various beaches. Adventure is out there!

    Food and Dining

    If you live on campus, it is required that you sign up for a meal plan. In a way this is a blessing because it means that you'll have at least 10 meals guaranteed per week. The Caf is an all-you-can-eat buffet, with better food than I would have imagined a college cafeteria having. Not to say that it is anything phenomenal, but it certainly is decent. There are 5 or 6 different choices for each meal, including a diverse salad bar, pizza, and soup every day. Don't feel like eating in the caf? There are 2 other little restaurants on campus, a meal truck, and a coffee shop. Still want something else? There are lots of restaurants surrounding Biola--some even within walking distance.

    Dorm Life

    There are 3 dorms on lower campus and 4 (soon to be 5) dorms on upper campus. Each one is different from the other, and has its pros and cons. No matter what, though, I highly recommend living on campus. It is worth it in every way! You get to actually live in the renowned Biola community, while also having an easy 5-15 minute walk to any of your classes on campus. So convenient! Last thing: each dorm has it's own stereotype>> http://vimeo.com/16187573. To find out if they're true, you'll have to live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Workloads are different based on which major students choose. For example, Science majors will have a lot more in-class hours (and busy work) than Intercultural Studies majors, which have considerably more written work (papers, projects, etc.). There is no route that will be easy, because to get a degree from ANY university requires dedicated hard work. The rigor of Biola's classes ensure that, if the work and effort is put in, students will know and understand the curriculum; they'll also know how to apply these lessons in bringing God glory in both their workplace and everyday lives.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Plan your first semester so it is a little less busy academics-wise. That way, you can settle into the new schedule, know the campus better, meet new people, find a good church body, and adjust to the rigorous (and sometimes demanding) life of a college student. 2. Know when deadlines are and do NOT wait until the last minute! 3. Apply to scholarships. Seriously. Your chances of getting one go from impossible to quite possible as soon as you apply. They won't know to give you money unless you let them know you are there. 4. Learn to multitask. Get your meals and studying done simultaneously with friends, if you can. Your social life (or academic life) doesn't have to suffer just because you are super busy. 5. When or if you ever get sick, COVER YOUR MOUTH, do not share food or drink, and touch as little as you possibly can. Sickness has the potential to spread all too easily on a college campus.

    In three sentences

    A place to learn and grow both academically and spiritually. A home away from home...or sometimes the home that you never had. A place to challenge yourself and become the young man or woman of God that He has always called you to be.

  • 09/14/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I am really looking forward to the traditions at Biola such as the annual Get Your Roommate A Date. One year, the couples dressed as famous old couples and went to dinner.

    Food and Dining

    Biola has an incredible dining hall. There are so many options, it's almost overwhelming. The food is terrific; there is definitely high risk here for the freshman fifteen.

    In three sentences

    I visited this school this summer and fell in love with it. The campus is beautiful and it has such a homey atmosphere. I couldn't picture myself going anywhere else.

  • 10/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    none

    What to do for fun

    Disneyland and Knott's Berry Fram are just down the road. A lot of on campus activities always going on.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want a Christ filled education, this is the place to go to college at. Its so cool to walk through campus and not hear cursing and everyone is friendly.

    In three sentences

    Its a home and family away from a home and family. The teachers care about you and your future. The spirit of God is felt all around campus.

  • 10/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Totally worth the money! I LOVE BIOLA!

    What to do for fun

    Campus events AND DISNEY LAND!!!

    Food and Dining

    Caf food is great it can get boring though. Try to get off campus as frequently as possible so you don't get tired of campus food.

    Dorm Life

    Community in the dorms are very strong, but, the intensity varies with each dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes are very engaging.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you aren't a Christian or don't want Biblically centered learning, this probably isn't the place for you.

    In three sentences

    Biola is a dynamic school. It has a rigorous educational program, and a great community. Most of all it is biblically centered.

  • 12/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is really close to the La Mirada police department. Also, most of campus security have worked or do work with the police department each day to ensure student safety. Whenever something that may be a threat to students occurs on campus, the campus safety department ensures to inform students of what has happened through email. Campus safety is always working hard to keep us students safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a tone of clubs for students to get involved in on campus. Unfortunately for commuters it is not always easy to participate since most clubs will meet either during the weekend, or late at night. For this reason I have not been able to join a club.

    Great for these types of students

    Commuter's don't have it easy, driving to and from school each day, without a place to rest your head in between classes. Fortunately, Biola has what is called the Collegium. It is a place for commuters to hang out and relax. There is a membership fee, but it does give you a place to relax on the couches, a kitchen to store your lunch, and computers to get some work done.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Biola has a long time tradition of the Biola egg. It is this huge cement block in the shape of an egg. Each semester a dorm will present the egg and then hide it somewhere on campus. Every time another dorm finds the egg, they get it paint it with their dorm colors and find a creative way to show off that they found the egg. It is really fun to see how students react when this legendary egg is found.

    Bang for the buck

    The things that I have learned in my Bible classes are well worth the cost. At no other time in my life will I be able to spend so much time studying the Word and walking with God.

    Food and Dining

    I have only eaten in the cafeteria a few times. Every time that I have gone, the food was good.

    Dorm Life

    I'm a commuter, so I cannot really comment on what it is like to live in the dorms. However, I do hear of several events that the dorms hold for the students living in them. I also know that specific dorm floors will have their own events.

    Academic Rigor

    Almost all of the classes I have taken at Biola have pushed me to grow both in my faith and as a student. The classes are tough, but worth the work. You will definitely learn a lot, especially in the Bible classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for Scholarships often and early, you'll definitely need them!

    In three sentences

    I am so grateful that I have been able to attend Biola University thus far. Being here has taught me a lot about God and about myself. I would definitely recommend coming here.

  • 12/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Watch movies, go eat, cruise around downtown Fullerton, visit LA, have a kickback, play games, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria is great compared to most other colleges...but it gets old REALLY fast.

    Dorm Life

    Fairly entertaining. Nothing too crazy, kind of quiet.

    Academic Rigor

    The mandatory bible minor is tough and something to think about. The classes range from excruciating detail and repetition to fast paced learning.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't procrastinate.

    In three sentences

    It is a wonderful school where you can have the rare experience of the gathering of many genuinely good people. Almost everyone is devoted to Christ. The faculty genuinely try hard to help their students.

  • 12/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The campus offers many fun events. When first attending they have S.O.S. workshops that help you get to know other freshman and participate in events such as the beach, Disneyland, etc. There are local shops, dollar theaters, amusement parks, and a beach. There is a lounge specifically made for commuters that serves as a home away from home. There is always updated information available for events to occur on-campus or in the local area.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of options to choose from. They have The Soaring Eagle, a meals-on-wheels that serves great Pad Thai and Mongolian bowls. They have two coffee shops that serve a broad selection of beverages; I like their Chai Fraps. They have various ways of allowing students to pay for food. One is block scheduling which allows students to by meals in advance.

    Dorm Life

    I commute. I do not live on-campus. However, the dorms seem nice. Each dorm facility seems to have Resident Associates (RA) that care deeply for those they oversee in the dorms. RAs see it as a ministry to care for fellow students and managing dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor depends upon the class and the professor. For most of the classes I have taken it has been quite rigorous. Each one demands full attention and a commitment to excel. If you put in average work, you will get a C. Put out and you will get an A. 8-15 page research papers are common and intense. You will be put to the test and you will stretched and strengthened.

    Tips for prospective students

    Review professors at ratemyprofessors.com Rate professors upon completion of classes Be active and involved in the Biola community to maximize experience Balance social and academic life, remembering that though relationships matter, academics are temporary and will be over; know what needs focus

    In three sentences

    Biola is a loving community with committed faculty members. They are always encouraging, engaging, and challenging a progressive spiritual development. Christ is first and foremost for Biola with the mission of preparing students for reaching out to the world with the message of His love.

  • 01/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Little theft, no drugs, alcohol, or smoking allowed on campus. Students can even call for an escort to their dorm if they fell unsafe at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of different clubs. Archery, disney, starwars, Biola beardsman, and many ethnic clubs as well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    GYRAD: get your roommate a date

    Bang for the buck

    Very safe community and learning environment. Very little theft.

    What to do for fun

    There is swimming, pool/billiards, socializing, going to In-n-out, ping pong, foosball, and much more.

    Food and Dining

    Biolas' cafeteria is rated to be one of the best in the nation. Although it does have its off days, there is always something good there.

    Dorm Life

    Lots of fun. My dorm Emerson especially has an awesome dorm life because it is very small so people get to know everyone else quite well. Also Emerson is the closest to the center of Biola.

    Academic Rigor

    I've only had one semester at Biola, but a few of my classes so far have really pushed me.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live on campus and if you're a guy, get into Emerson. You'll love it.

    In three sentences

    I had a very easy time transitioning into Biola University. The students there and the overall community are amazing. It has been an awesome first semester for me.

  • 01/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go outside of campus! It's in the middle of everything: LACMA, Disneyland, Knott's, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    Borrow your loans early, don't overthink everything, be independent! Do what you want. Don't go crazy.

    In three sentences

    Biola University provides great Biblical studies. They have a wonderful community and chapel program there. Their academics is great and provides valuable Biblical integrations.

  • 01/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Movie Theatre, Brea Mall, Ice skating, Disneyland, go to the park

    Food and Dining

    Ehh.

    Dorm Life

    Most fun I have ever had. GYRAD is a great experience. But Open Hours really suck.

    Academic Rigor

    Pretty difficult. Heavy workload. But totally doable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't worry about making friends or fitting in. It'll happen. This place will change your life fort the better.

    In three sentences

    Biola University greatest school on the face of the planet. The professors are inspirational, insightful, and genuinely care. Being a student at this school makes you feel like you are really a part of something great.

  • 01/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria always has a lot of options, but not necessarily the healthiest options.

    Dorm Life

    The community is excellent, and the resident life staff cares so much about the students living on their floor.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the classes are difficult, and the professors hold their students to a high standard. However there are a number of tutoring programs available for those who are struggling

    Tips for prospective students

    Take your classes seriously, and do your homework. Your professors really do want the best for you, so it is wise to listen to them. Find out what you want most in a school and do not compromise on that. You might not get everything that you want in a school, which is why it is important to find out what you really do not want to give up. Be sure to choose a major that interests you, and really be open to clubs and events on campus.

    In three sentences

    Biola is an amazing school, one that I would recommend to everyone. The professors are amazing and they care deeply about their students. The community among students and professors makes anyone feel at home.

  • 01/31/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is everywhere and takes there job seriously, which is great! They care about the safety of the students and run drills for themselves to keep up to date the act of an active shooter, lockdown or any other emergency. They also have cool mopedsâ?¦

    Greek Life

    No greek life.. But people like to pretend their floors are sororities and frats

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many cool things! And like I said above, there is an adventure club that does tons of fun, adventurous things. also things like Star Wars club, Pretty Little Things club, etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Theres a thing called Nation Ball which is an all dorm dodge ball tournament which ends up just being a big dodge ball dance party. There are beautiful places on campus, especially the olive grove. Its a little sanctuary hidden by olive tree branches with benches where reading is a luxury. Also the veranda's on the Talbot East buildings, there are peaceful water fountains and great views.

    Bang for the buck

    Its expensive, but its worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Go to Disneyland! A lot of students have passes and many floors have Disney Days. But don't worry if you don't have one, there are plenty of things to do on campus. People love to play sports, frisbee, spike ball, volleyball and other outdoor sports. The Beach is very close by and many people go on weekends. There are a lot of really fun clubs on campus, including the adventure club that does things like cliff jumping, backpacking, or camping out on campus. Movie nights, game nights and other things are always available and you are constantly surrounded by friends, so anything you do can be fun!

    Food and Dining

    The Caf is good! You get tired of it, but compared to other school's caf's, Biola's is one of the best. Also, If you get tired of the car, they have good food at Common Grounds and The Talon, the on campus coffee shops, along with The Soaring Eagle, the food truck, and Eagles Nest, the restaurant of Biola.

    Dorm Life

    SO fun. All the time. There is always something to be doing and if there isn't, you can just decide to do something and people will join in. Brother/sister floor events are always so much fun and your RA's really enjoy getting to know you and doing what they can to make you feel welcome.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your major, the classes you are taking and who is teaching them. Bible classes can be your tougher classes but they are always the most rewarding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start looking for scholarships now, at your dad's work, online, high school, or anywhere else. Go to campus events! They are always fun and you get to meet new people (All Halls, Midnight Madness, Christmas Tree Lighting etc.)

    In three sentences

    Biola University is a welcoming place where faith is integrated into the classroom with professors who seek to love, pray and care for you along with teach you to the best of their abilities. The best thing about Biola, however, is the community of students who strive to do well in their studies while also enjoying the events on campus designed to allow kids to spend time with each other. Biola is the best place to be if you are looking for a safe yet fun and lasting college experience.

  • 02/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Biola has an egg hunt the is constantly going on. The Biola egg is a giant cement egg-shaped rock that is always hidden on campus. Whoever finds it takes possession of it and their dorm gets to paint it with their dorm colors and hide it again. Biola also has an olive grove, a vegetable garden, and a mammoth that they are currently excavating.

    What to do for fun

    Again, get involved. If there are not any clubs your are interested in, go to events (there are a many of these). Biola's location lends many opportunities for off-campus fun. Theme parks, the beach, theaters, and malls are not too far off, and Biola offers a shuttle for students without cars.

    Food and Dining

    So the food is cafeteria food. But considering it is not a home-cooked meal, the food is great! Much better than you will find at most schools. Plus there are plenty of options outside the cafeteria, including a food truck, coffee shop, and a couple other dining options.

    Dorm Life

    The community is very rich in the dorms. When living with others in a dorm at Biola, there is never a shortage of those who want to spend time with you and pray with you. And if you are struggling to get engaged in the dorm life, seek out your Resident Advisors. They truly care and are eager for you to enjoy the experience as much as possible.

    Academic Rigor

    None of the classes are impossible. There are obviously some classes that are much more difficult than others, but if you are committed to doing well, than you will.

    Tips for prospective students

    Planning and scheduling your time is key in being successful at Biola. Get a planner, use a calendar on your phone, or find some way to make sure you write down everything you need to do. In a university setting there is no room for just forgetting an important assignment, because you did not write it down. Step out of your comfort zone. It is, obviously, going to be uncomfortable but you never know what God can do through you when you step out in faith and say hello to a stranger, or speak up in class and ask questions. The more engaged you are, and the more you put yourself out there, the more you will gain from your experience at Biola.

    In three sentences

    Biola University is committed to helping you in your relationship with God, and in your academic life, by strengthening your ability to think well, and incorporate your faith in all aspects of life. Biola's professors are all strong Christians, aware of their sin nature and their forgiveness and new life found in Christ. If you allow it to, Biola can really push you in every area of life and help you become and well rounded, thinking individual, who ultimately lives to bring glory to God.

  • 02/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Sometimes they're too good... Make full stops at stop signs!

    Bang for the buck

    Although an expensive private school, you'll definitely learn and grow in a great setting with beautiful people and it will be worth it all.

    What to do for fun

    Beach Explore LA Downtown Fullerton coffee shops Shop in Brea Go to lake arrowhead to swim, ski, or snowboard Late night frozen yogurt runs Dollar theatre

    Food and Dining

    A very wide verity of foods in a clean, all-you-can-eat buffet style. There's always pizza, salad, and sandwich options even if nothing sounds particularly good to you. There are also several other food places on campus that provide even more selections. The coffee is great and reasonably priced!

    Dorm Life

    Certain dorms are better than others and sometimes the activities are cheesy, but it's a great place to make friends and meet a lot of different people.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging and keeps you busy, but doesn't drown or discourage you. Professors have high expectations but they are also full of grace.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join a ministry, club, or intramural sport. Take advantage of the perks of being a private school student (student discounts on things, on campus events, ect.)

    In three sentences

    A beautiful campus in a convenient area in Southern California. Professional and passionate in their integrity of high-quality teaching in class, chapels, and sports. A campus filled with welcoming students who are eager to learn beneath genuine, caring, and qualified professors.

  • 02/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Not the best everyday, but for the most part it is satisfying.

    Dorm Life

    I would have not met the amazing people I have became friends with if I were a commuter.

    Academic Rigor

    Biola takes their education very seriously.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you do not stop searching for scholarships!

    In three sentences

    Biola has shaped me into the young educated young lady I am. It is a really great school. On top of it being great, it is also very expensive.

  • 03/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many, many, many different options about what to do in your free time. You can play a huge range of sports, including baseball, basketball, soccer, volleyball, archery, and running. Also, if you want to hang out with friends, there are many dope places to hang out, including the dollar theater, starbucks, and the SUB (Student Union Building)

    Food and Dining

    Biola has one of the most amazing cafeterias I have ever been too. Biola also has many other dining options, including the Crowell Cafeteria, Eagle's Nest, and Common Grounds. Usually the food is top-notch and yummy.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life is really great at Biola, as their are tons of different guys and girls who all share the same faith and, for the most part, the same morals. R.A.'s are great and they will keep you accountable and will also help you out if you are having trouble studying, or having relational issues. The dorms are very comfortable, and are usually very quiet for studying.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics at Biola are rigid, but very enjoyable. It really depends on if you are studying a major that you are passionate about, for if you are the classes are just about awesome. If you keep up on your reading and homework, you won't have any problems, but if you want to party in college, don't come to Biola.

    Tips for prospective students

    Above all, search for as many scholarships online as you can. You will definitely need the money, as Biola is quite expensive. Also, I would also advise a prospective student to look ahead and fill out all the applications and forms way before the due date, so as to cause no trouble.

    In three sentences

    Biola University is dedicated to forwarding the careers of their students, giving them hard but enjoyable classes. The professors are very open to talking and meeting with students, and I have personally taken advantage of this many a time. The only unfortunate thing about Biola is how expensive it is, but they offer grants and scholarships.

  • 03/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Biola has a very attentive campus safety department. They offer the service of escorting students to their dorms or apartments if they feel unsafe due to it being nightfall or some other reason.

    Clubs and Activities

    Biola has dozens of clubs such as Adventure club, Star Wars club, Mario Smash Brothers club, Knitting club, and much more.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who want to be in a strong Christian community.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a tradition revolving around the notorious Biola Egg. Each year dorms attempt to steal the egg from each other. For example, the Horton dormitory's color is black. If they are in possession of the egg, they will paint it black and hide it somewhere on campus. If another dorm finds the egg, they will earn dorm points and bragging rights, and in turn paint the egg with their dorm color and hide it again.

    Bang for the buck

    Biola is very expensive but worth it if you want a respectable degree and value learning about the Bible from passionate biblical scholars.

    What to do for fun

    There is a large public park as well as a dollar theater near the campus. Also, there is an authentic taco restaurant and a Cold Stone ice cream shop. On campus, there are pool tables. Biola has GYRADs (Get Your Roomate a Date) that can be fun. You will pick a date for your roommate and your roommate will pick a date for you. Then, your whole floor will go somewhere fun and hang out.

    Food and Dining

    Biola's cafeteria is better than most school cafeterias. Try to eat healthy so you can avoid picking up the freshman 15. Even though the cafeteria is great, after a year or two of attending, you will probably get tired of the food. This would be a great time to get an apartment and begin cooking your own meals.

    Dorm Life

    If you are put on a floor with lots of freshmen, things can get pretty rowdy. I currently live in an apartment across the street from campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Biola's engineering program is especially rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    You are required to obtain a minor in Bible if you attend. Use ratemyprofessor.com to find the best professors for general education courses.

    In three sentences

    Biola has an excellent combination of academic rigor and biblical immersion. The professors are very accessible and genuinely interested in their students. It has been amazing being a part of such a strong Christian community.

  • 04/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is much in the area to do for fun. Disneyland is less than a half hour away. You have Huntington and Seal Beaches down the road in that much time as well. There's the Anaheim Angels and Ducks for baseball and hockey, respectively. A little further away you have Hollywood and the rest of Los Angeles before you, with the limitless opportunities for fun in those cities There are several shopping centers nearby if you enjoy going out and having a good time that way. If you are on campus, I would encourage you to look at opportunities on campus to have fun as well.

    Food and Dining

    We have food serviced from Bon Appetit (search online for Bon Appetit Biola), which has a reputation for being one of the best in the industry as far as school cafeteria food. I enjoy much of the food here at the school cafeteria; it is not at all low quality by any means. The only reason I gave this a 4/5 was because it can feel like repetitive food selection.

    Dorm Life

    There are a variety of dorms here, with some rooms smaller than others. However, what I have heard consistently from students visiting from University of California schools is that the dorm rooms here are much bigger than the dorm rooms they experience. Dorm life is very communal as well. My best friends are on the floor I live on, and we coordinate to live together each semester. The RA's are very intentional about bringing together a group of brothers on our men's floor. It is important to note that regardless of where you dorm, it is never co-ed. Guys are with guys, and ladies with ladies, with the exception of married housing. So do not expect to always be able to visit your significant other, although most of the week you can.

    Academic Rigor

    I only gave it a 4/5 not because it isn't challenging, but because I haven't stretched myself to a full academic load. We have many professors from all over the country from UNC Chapel Hill, USC, Alabama, Denver University, and beyond. The professors bring in a unique perspective and unique teaching style to their classrooms. My first semester here I was very challenged and stretched to the limits. This semester I have found efficient systems to make myself be more effective with my study time. The university has many services on campus to help students that are struggling to get on a track to success.

    Tips for prospective students

    Although we are located near Disneyland, this institution is not Disneyland itself. I say that in the sense that a lot of students looking to attend here walk around campus with wide eyes as if they are looking for the next attraction to fill them with college butterflies. Biola University is a college institution like any other. It is not a cakewalk to be here, you will be challenged and stretched. But you will also be better, and we have an excellent community here to surround you with a support system to get you through your four years here. If you are used to a large public school, this may be a change for you. Biola is a campus of no more than 6,000 students, and it in many ways is like going to school with your family, your friends, and your neighbors on your block. I mean that to describe how close students are here. People know each other, and if they do not know you personally, chances are they know of you, are you know someone mutually. It is a very tight community. If you are like me, you went to a small private school, you will most likely have no adjustments at all in terms of community and class size.

    In three sentences

    Biola is a school focused on intentionality, versatility, and excellence. The faculty are intentional in their teaching you not only the Christian worldview, but also to be perspective takers who can see the worldview of those around you to build relationships. It is also a challenging institution, stretching students to become the best they can be.