La Mirada, CA
Biola University


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Recent Reviews

Samuel
Avoid Biola University. Stay Far Away from Biola University. Not a Christian school

This school calls itself a Christian University. This is is definitely not a Christian university. This horrible school retal...

Avoid Biola University. Stay Far Away from Biola University. Not a Christian school

This school calls itself a Christian University. This is is definitely not a Christian university. This horrible school retaliates against students. Is that a Christian thing to do? The administration and faculty of this school are horrible terrible people. I do not recommend attending this school

Elizabeth
Biola

It's great!

Biola

It's great!

Katie
What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

Your career has begun. Every day you have is an opportunity to step closer to the future you want for yourself an...

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

Your career has begun. Every day you have is an opportunity to step closer to the future you want for yourself and can build for yourself. Balance your time, study what you are majoring in and understand that social life will happen naturally. Connect with people who share life with you and who sharpen you. Don't worry about missing out on social life if you study or spend as long as it takes to understand the homework. Procrastination is manageable. Give yourself little breaks to keep your mind in constant growth. You have a career to accomplish, not a reputation to uphold.

Dakota
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Biola Univeristy is a place where you feel accepted. One thing that is very important to the students and the school in gener...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Biola Univeristy is a place where you feel accepted. One thing that is very important to the students and the school in general is community. When you step onto the campus of Biola University you feel like everyone is concerned with how you are feeling and how your day or week has been. You can feel the aspect of family here. You do have to work hard, but that's only because the professors at Biola are shaping students to be top-notch professionals.

Describe the students at your school.

Your classmates and peers at Biola are very caring. If you happen to miss a day of class, you can count on any one of your classmates to help you out and provide their notes and fill you in on what you missed. Everyone on Biola's campus, faculty and students alike, only want what is best for each other, and are always willing to help in anyway they can.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I know you might be nervous about the upcoming college lifestyle you're about to face, and in all honesty, you should be. It's everything you expected and more. You're going to retreat into yourself and be shy in front of some people, but don't be. The friends you meet in college really are the people you stick with afterward. Even though your roommates are fantastic people, it is nice to branch out and meet other people! Don't be afraid to tell people about yourself. Don't be so scared that you just stay quiet. After all, you are a Public Relations major, and even though you don't know it now, networking is a huge part of it, and you need to be able to talk to the people around you openly. Sieze every opportunity, because they go by faster than high school did. Get involved your first semester. There are so many opportunities on campus that you didn't even imagine and most of them are exactly what you need. Also, limit your Netflix use.

Grace
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

An oasis of shady trees and beautiful water features, Biola is a highly-rated 4 year university that allows students to learn...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

An oasis of shady trees and beautiful water features, Biola is a highly-rated 4 year university that allows students to learn, grow, and apply everything with a biblical and Christ-centered filter.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Relax. Give yourself time to understand the concepts introduced in class instead of rushing to study the key terms the night before an exam. If you understand the concepts, the rest will follow. Be anxious for nothing. Make sure you set aside enough time to get all your homework done. SERIOUSLY! Enjoy the late nights and early mornings. Make friends with the coffeeshop barristas because you WILL get to know them whether you want to or not. Give yourself time to make friends, it won't happen right away, but I promise-- it will happen. When you do meet those people that match your level of crazy, go on adventures! Go to the beach, go hiking, or don't go anywhere.. stay in and watch movies. When work and school get overwhelming your friends will be your solice and your comfort. Make sure you get your alone time as well, it may not seem like it now, but setting time apart for yourself allows you to rest and recharge in order to keep going on adventures that you'll remember for the rest of your life. And most importantly... don't forget to call your mother often!

Alyson
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Biola is best known for being a private christian college in sunny Southern California. It is easy for judgements to quickly ...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Biola is best known for being a private christian college in sunny Southern California. It is easy for judgements to quickly be made just based off of those facts. Yet, dig a bit deeper and one will discover that Biola is also known for rigorous academics and outstanding students. As professors push students to look at the world in a bigger way, accept and understand cultures, and achieve their potential, students respond with demonstration of their great work ethic and genuine hearts. Not only was Biola named one of the top schools for best weather, but also for friendliest students.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about my school is the community of professors, administration, and fellow students that truly care about one another. This unique group of people creates an environment where one feels safe. This safety allows one to experience successs as well as failure while acknowledging that those are both a healthy part of the proccess of growing up.. At Biola, regardless of what season one is currently experiencing in life, one is assured that there is a great community surrounding them that wants to help them reach goals and potential in every way they can.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Believe me, I know college is quickly approaching and the image of that graduation stage is all you can see as you sit in class. The excitement to be on your own is growing each day. Try to be present in the moment regardless. While college will be great, this last semester of senior year will hold so many memories that will help you as you make the transition, don't let the time slip away from you. Embrace college with as few expectations as possible. College will send you on a crazy and unexpected ride no matter how many pins you have on pinterest telling you what to expect, what to wear, and how to design your room. No one can prepare you for what you are going to experience because each person has an experience of their own. Let yourself make mistakes and do things you normally wouldn't; there is no better time to fail. If you don't meet your best friends during welcome week, relax. You are going to meet incredible people. Most importantly, be yourself and don't be afraid to admit that you are still trying to figure out who you exactly are.

Thomas
What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The downside to many of the great aspects of Biola is it's high tuition. Even with FAFSA and a few internal scholarships, the...

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The downside to many of the great aspects of Biola is it's high tuition. Even with FAFSA and a few internal scholarships, the cost was still over $20,000. Regardless of summer jobs or grants, most students end up taking out loans. For me, the reward of achieving a career in the film industry through the connections Biola offers will be worth any period of debt I must struggle through.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't worry about making friends quickly- the lasting ones will enter your life natuarally. Make sure you are constantly checking the syllabus to stay on track with assignments and reading not mentioned in class. Try to work on homework directly after class, while the subjects are fresh in your mind, but study for quizzes and tests the night before so you can remember it clearly. Try to maintain healthy relationships with your nieghbors and get to know them by having meals together or being spontaneous and fun. When people are friendly towards you, try to return their positive emotion, rather than merely absorbing it. This will keep them from becoming emotionally exhausted. Get as much information from your professors as you can, making the price of your education worth it and introducing yourself as an interested and driven student. If you are having problems with procrastination, follow these steps. First, isolate yourself from distracting friends and environments. Second, listen to music just loud enough to drown out your surroundings, but quiet enough to not be a primary interest. Third, work through your homework, constantly changing perspectives when you loose inspiration. Finally, take heart and persevere.

What's unique about your campus?

Biola University's Cinema and Media Arts program is excellent. In a few short months, my knowledge of cinematography has already grown in ways I had never imagined. Professors want to see you improving in every aspect of filmmaking, including the ones they do not teach. Other students have been eager to help out with film projects and collaborate on their assignments. Numerous oppertunities for internships and on set experience are offered, both on campus and in Hollywood. In short, Biola is my path to sucess as a filmmaker.

Jenna
What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who attends Biola is anyone actively seeking a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior. This...

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who attends Biola is anyone actively seeking a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior. This college is a Christian college actively focused on spiritual development. Biola is also a place where many people are friendly and is a tight knit community, so it is a great place for anyone who is extraverted or looking to make new friends.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell myself that it isn't such a terrible thing to start off at a two year college to save money. I would also tell myself to apply for more scholarships to decrease the level of debt. One other thing I would tell myself is to introduce myself to new people and make connections with others.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known the different scholarships the school has available, as well as the test score requirements for the academic scholarships being more publicized.

Rachael
Describe the students at your school.

At Biola University, the community of my classmates are very friendly and sociable and they are always willing to lend a help...

Describe the students at your school.

At Biola University, the community of my classmates are very friendly and sociable and they are always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Making the transition from high school to college is always hard, no matter how small the transition may seem to a person. Don't be afraid to explore more outside of your comfort zone and get to meet as many people as you can the first week of school. Also, be sure to check out a variety of clubs because there are a lot of extracurricular activities to participate in. The first few weeks of school is the perfect time to find some friends that will last you a lifetime, so make the best of it and find the right friends that you can trust and depend on. One big piece of advice I would like to give to my past self would be to attend the chapels early on in the semester and to take the time to get to know the professors well and spend some time getting to know them because they love to get to know each and every one of their students not on the academic level, but also on the personal level too.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

One fustrating thing about my school is that there are no faternities or sororities to be a part of.

Ellen
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The teachers and staff really care about the students, there is a presence of love that is felt throughout campus and in the ...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The teachers and staff really care about the students, there is a presence of love that is felt throughout campus and in the classroom.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell myself to never stop trying. That even though it ook me awhile to figure out what I wanted to do, that time prepared me, and instead of freaking out and getting worried I could have continued to pray more faithfully and studied more diligently. I was so worried financially that I woud not be able to pay for school that I took off a semester to work more and save more money. That money ended up having to go to a new car since the one I had broke down. My confidence was shattered because I went from being a great student in high school to struggling in college. I would tell myself to not envy those that get to go to school without having to work to pay off finances, my jobs taught me responsibility and discipline, time management and the reward of working hard. I would encourage myself by telling me that I would meet a family of friends that are always going to be there to encourage me, pray for me and offer words of advice. I would say that even in the tough moments, it will be worth it.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

One who is willing to challenge themselves academically and spiritually

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