I could write a book about my bad experiences here, and I withdrew during my first semester. However, this will be a fair and honest review, so I will share all-around positive and negative feedback. Violence- I was placed in the middle of a violent dorm situation, and witnessed non-physical abuse. I had to be emergency rehoused then moved, and this student continued attending Biola despite my reports. Alpha dorm staff complained right in front of me about having to work overtime as I was reporting the emergency, and offered me no help moving my things. They emphasize that moves are not usually approved, and I had to report my situation twice before swift action was taken. Meanwhile, my new roommate was constantly ranting about drama in her relationship, and as soon as she cried to the office that she was going through too much and needed her own space, they moved her. I did not have a problem with living alone, but this inconsistency was seriously troubling. In addition, I watched dorm staff assist her in moving her things, but I was offered no assistance either of the times I moved, or when I had to leave Biola (all of which times I desperately needed it). I was in Alpha (not a Greek community, just a building) and from my experiences I believe dorm staff are completely unprofessional and incompetent. They are supposed to be "on call" but are generally hard to reach, and frequently out of office. They expect us to respect hours that are not posted when it is hard to reach them even DURING the business day. No idea if things are better in other dorms. Disability- I found out I had a chronic illness during my stay. Some teachers were very understanding, while others were incredibly unhelpful, suggesting my condition was due to "stress" (but ironically refusing the accommodations that might have relieved my stress). I received plenty of thoughts and prayers though! By the time I was forced to medically withdraw, I was incredibly sick and starving in my dorm because I was struggling to walk to the caf/ grocery. When I reached out to my dorm staff for help with my things, they said there was nothing they could do, and threatened to fine me if I left anything behind. Absolute nightmare. Admissions- Horrible. I was given wrong information by the undergraduate admissions counselor twice: first I was given a very important deadline incorrectly. Second, I was told I could not be a third culture kid because I currently live in the United States? Completely ignorant. Student advisors- Mine was amazing, really listened to me, and helped me choose my classes and manage problems as they came. However, I was told not to worry about my concentration because all employers care about is work experience. I believe this was bad advice, as I am paying a huge amount to prepare for a career and want to be educated with relevant material (a broadcast concentration and a writing and publishing concentration involve very different classes for example). Some dorms are extremely small, like shoebox. Beware Blackstone. Rules- Students are generally unhappy with curfews that prevent opposite sexes from being in dorms with the doors closed, and to visit outside of certain very specific hours. Fines- huge fines are liberally given out, as if tuition isn’t steep enough. They tried to fine me for not attending weekly covid tests when I am fully vaccinated and had uploaded my required vaccine card. Made multiple trips to the health center to fix the issue, was assured it was resolved, and then received a citation. Had to visit campus safety, followed their incorrect instructions, and had to defend myself a different way to finally be cleared. It was incredibly time-consuming, not to mention stressful. They are greedy for money, and I question how well they manage their budget if they rely on these fines.
Food- Honestly delicious, buffet all-you-can-eat style. But if you have a special diet (in my case, I don't eat meat) expect portions to be gone when you arrive frequently. This even if you arrive at a reasonable time (dinner starts at 4 pm). They need to take a poll to find out the size of their veg community. If you care about Greek life, there is none. If you care about sports, there are a lot of events, official sports as well as recreational sports clubs. But if it's not your thing, your social life won't suffer. There are plenty of other extracurriculars. If you're looking to party, not much of that. However, despite the student guidelines there are students who vape, smoke weed, drink and apparently even deal cocaine. Campus- Beautiful, not too difficult to navigate. I tried to visit an art gallery after dark during open hours and it was dark and locked. Some buildings require access, and I could not get into one of my first classes because I had not been granted access. Safety- Campus officers respond swiftly to concerns, and I felt safe walking around after dark for a brief period of time. Took a RAD self defense class while I attended. However, their acceptance rate means most people who apply will get in. I did not feel safe around all of the students I met. Technology- My student ID did not work for about a week after I arrived, and you need one to enter your dorm and access your meal credits. Canvas is used to process all assignments. Assignment due dates were not always announced well in person (nearly failed a huge project because one teacher directed us to just look online, but deadlines were not always posted there either). Coursework- Rigorous, which can be a good thing. But a huge number of Bible credits are required, regardless of your major (potentially 2 a semester, or more for transfers). I was honestly not impressed with my journalism program. Faith/religion- I came as a committed Christian, and left struggling heavily with my faith, because the way many students and staff lived out theirs was so far from what the Bible teaches? I rarely felt God's presence on campus- maybe once? Chapels are mandatory, about 2 per week, but for the most part, I did not feel edified. Covid- No social distancing, except during the worst outbreaks on campus. Most people do wear masks inside in crowded areas. Mental health support- Absolutely horrible. I called regarding the violent situation I was placed in the middle of, before things escalated and I chose to involve campus safety. It is supposed to be one of the only two resources to talk about those kinds of situations, but I was met with incredible rudeness and talked down to. I was told "if you are experiencing this much anxiety about it, you should be the one in therapy." I understand this could sound like an encouraging statement, but it was spoken in a frustrated, accusing tone. I was literally fearing for my life at the time and felt completely dismissed and condescended, not supported. Responsive title IX coordinator. One male student on campus continually made offensive, sexist, even pedophilic jokes. Decently diverse, which is a plus. Students are generally friendly, but can be extremely rude/ immature once you get to know them. I made a handful of genuine, caring friends. Bottom line: I found there was much more of an emphasis on policy, procedure and money here than on God or the individual students. I had horrible experience after horrible experience, and could not honestly recommend it to anyone.
Biola is a wonderful university. The community found among the student body is rich and diverse. It is apparent that students are there to learn and grow and engage in conversations that will enhance their walk with the Lord. Professors and staff are kind, encouraging, and deeply desire to give their students the best possible college experience. They are available and care to know their students, and are learning alongside their students. I never feel unsafe on campus, and the resources available to students are top-notch. I would suggest this university to anyone who is looking to really be stretched in their faith and academic learning.
I love the community of Biola, that is the main reason why I chose to go there. Where it lacks in some areas, it makes up for in the community that is formed. I love the annual conferences and the great discussions that develop from them. Not only are there great discussions, but it is also easy to tell the love and care that professors have for their students.
Biola University has a beautiful campus with the spiritual presence of the Lord. For any student looking to enroll in a Christian University, this is the place to be. Unlike public schools that have a lot of violence, Biola University is a private school where everyone gets along despite having differences.
You can make it the best place for you by meeting people and further developing the relationships intentionally. There are many opportunities do so if you are willing to. Also, it gives you a great start to think about your belief, which I consider to be a very important matter in life.
I love Biola because it creates an open space for biblical discussion within hard questions such as politics and racism. The community is great and homey and Biola ultimately leaves its students using the Bible to make applications to real life situations.
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
Biola University is a wonderful school that encourages high academic achievement centered around Biblical teachings. Faculty and staff genuinely care about the students and do everything they can to help them succeed. Each program focuses on developing Christians to be equipped spiritually and prepares them for their desired career.
Biola University is a truly great Christian University which I would highly recommend to anyone who is exploring college options. The facilities are great, the faculty is very friendly and helpful, and the people are amazing. I have yet to meet someone who was rude or unkind to me, and I have yet to feel threatened on this campus. Biola offers many academic opportunities, and our sports teams and clubs are very good. There are many opportunities to learn new things, and most importantly, the food is pretty darn good.
Biola is such a great school to be for students who really seek out to grow in mind and character, as well as spiritually. The professors do such a great job engaging with the students, I have definitely never felt like just a number in the classroom. The staff is always so willing to engage with students, as well as student with on another. Community is extremely important at Biola as is clearly see through the way students, faulty, and staff engage with each other and even engage with the surrounding and global community.
I graduated in 2014 and highly recommend Biola University. Last week, I returned to Biola with a friend for Taco Tuesday with two of our old biology professors. Not only are Biola's professors highly qualified and excellent teachers, but they also are exceptionally invested in the success and well-being of their students. In addition to such amazing professors, the class sizes are small, the students are genuine and welcoming, and the academic advisors are excellent. What else could a student ask for?
If you're looking for a college you'll want to feel more comfortable and welcome, then Biola University is the place. Of course, we are a Christian school and we take that serious. But students, faculty, and professors are here to support you in your personal, spiritual, and academic life.
I love Biola. The school is small and probably not for everyone, but anyone who likes a school like Biola, they come to really love it. They really stand beside their beliefs and don't let it slip just for some people and they're not out to please everyone. Students are pretty nice for the most part, but every university has those students that are just "eh." Faculty is amazing, but some of the science professors need major work.
I love Biola University. It may not be for everyone, but it is for me. The professors are fantastic, the classes are fun, and I love the people. I am a Psych major and a theatre minor, so most of the people who hang around with, are passionate about the same things as me. You will hear from most of the students that they love Biola and what they have to offer. It is a Christian Private College, so you have to know what you want in a college setting to justify the price of Biola. It is expensive but worth it.
Biola is a great school that continues to grow to benefit the students and creates a great space for the community of La Mirada to gather in. The academics at Biola are so amazing with class sizes that permit professors to have 1-on-1 time with students. All professors really reach out towards students with best wishes in their academics and constant care and prayers for their students as well.
As an aspiring music therapist, it is thrilling to attend a school where both the psychology and music programs are top-notch. I have grown through the challenges I have faced and overcome in my academic pursuits.
I am always excited to get to know my classmates and dorm mates, and it is obvious that our school community as a whole truly values personal relationships. From students and faculty to staff and administrators, everyone here is serious about doing well in school and in life.
Biola university is a christian school in southern California. The weather is nice , there is diversity around here . There is some extremely nice people here to help out anyone.The professors i got here are very helpful they like to meet students in a personal level.Which i love because that way you have the courage to ask for help. But most importantly is that is christ centered in most of its areas.
When you step on Biola's campus you can feel the presence of God. Everyone for the most part, is genuine and friendly. I meet new people almost everyday and they are very welcoming and open to having new friends. As a Cinema and Media Arts major, I love the film program at Biola. I am constantly on set and the CNMA majors are like one big family. I have just comepleted my first year at Biola and I can honestly say that if I had gone anywhere else I would not have had such an amazing year filled with new friends and loads of films (making them and watching them). Biola is the best college and I am blessed to attend school there.
Biola is a terrific small, christian university. The student housing is spacious and clean, in fact, the entire campus is very clean. Students and faculty are very friendly. The cafeteria serves a variety of delicious foods and is a great social hub.
It's a great Christian school with great people and community. If you are looking for a school to grow as an individual and be pushed to be the best you could be, then this is the school for you. The professors are interested in building long-term relationships outside of the classroom as well. The food is better than other schools and the cafeteria looks like a buffet. They have great extracurriculars and events and the library is huge with 3 stories, an eating area, a balcony, many chairs, computers and desks to work on. Overall its a great school with a really good community and relationships as well as a very safe campus.
My experience at Biola is different that most as a African-American woman at a predominantly White Institution. However, God has showed me multiple times how he wants me and how I am needed here for a special purpose. He has surrounded me around several communities that have been a major significance of my experience.
Whether it's athletics, academics, extracurricular's, location or students and staff, what better place is there to be a part of! You're 20 minutes from catching a swell at the beach, the happiest place on earth (Disneyland) and 1 hour from L.A. It's an awesome opportunity for students in college as well as after college and the opportunities there are for jobs and starting up a career. Biola's professors are always available, and always willing to help because you are a name and a person. No one is judged, or discriminated against, and I think because it's a Christian University, people are seen as people, with thoughts, ideas, and dreams. The professors see that and want to make a difference for the world and for their students. There are so many activities to take part in and the sense of family is second to none. As an athlete I believe in striving to be better every day and Biola's coaches, and students allow all the other athletes and I to do just that. You can't find any better support, loyalty and even a connection from a school. From the campus to the surrounding area, Biola is a major draw for students all around the country and world. It will continue to grow and be a home away from home for anyone who wishes to pursue their dreams. Biola changes the culture, but doesn't let the culture change it.
It is a happening place
Biola is the best university in the country if you want a challenging education, but also want to grow in your walk with Jesus. Everyone at Biola is open and accepting to new ideas that will challenge us as students. The difference between most christian universities and Biola is that, we actually act out our faith and walk the walk. As a God first environment, it enables us to grow with one another, and to establish a community that lives on well past our graduation date. The professors and faculty here at Biola care about our learning and care about us as people. They want to see us grow in our walk with Jesus, and be pioneers in our faith outside Biola. So far in my limited time here, the professors have taught me a lot about thinking Biblically about everything, the people are beautiful, the weather is great, and the people are incredible. The people care about you and want to see you grow in yourself. They are good role-models and there won't be any partying or drinking as everyone here believes in the same thing.
Biola University encourages young Christians who are eager to pursue their preferred occupation to view the world from a biblical perspective. Biola is a Christian academy that always puts faith first in every situation and continually graduates students who are respectable, honorable, and trustworthy employees.
This school is an incredible place both to grow in your field, and to see where God fits into it as well. The school's purpose to to equip students to impact the world for Christ through the things we are passionate about doing, and the integrated learning does an amazing job at teaching us awareness and sensitivity, while helping us build for ourselves a solid theological foundation and world view. The culture is so dear, supportive and loving, and people are expected to be vulnerable and real. It allows for real life-changing encounters and friendships. I love being here, and hope I can continue to learn there until I earn a Bachelor's in Music.
Biola University provides me with such a great learning environment, it is worth to say that one of the reasons why I've been able to thrive here is because of the numerous resources and opportunities they offer to all students.
Though Biola is expensive, the financial aid office is always willing to work with anyone's current financial situation and do their best to make Biola affordable. Even more important, Biola sticks true to their mission statement of biblically center education, and they do such a great job at integrating both, academics and spiritual formation. This is a great place for you to navigate and develop your personal faith and what role it plays in your everyday life, which I think is so important. Biola is not for everyone but if you are at least considering it I'd strongly encourage you to check it out!
I love Biola. It is truly the best school choice for my major. I searched long and hard for the right college environment that, not only provides academic excellence and authentic character building, but one that is congruent with my religious beliefs.
I love the atmosphere and the people it is a beautiful campus with very lovely people and so many things to do, especially being in the city of dreams there is something for everyone here !! I will definitely be attending in the upcoming fall semester
I love Biola and it's honestly an amazing place. It's very down-to-earth and the people here are just way too nice. They're very welcoming and try to be as helpful as possible. The staff here are very cheerful and understanding. The students are super nice, especially the RA's in the dorms. They take care of you and treat you like family.
I love it here. It is a great learning institution where your faith and academics can intertwine to create a biblical outlook on life. I came from a public university where my Christianity was very sheltered, and I was afraid to be myself. Here at Biola I am able to live out my faith because I am surrounded by other believers as well!
I have enjoyed it. It is a very conservative school (surprising for being so close to Los Angeles) but the community is fun and the professors are very engaging. Some of the majors are kind of small (eg. The Education Department) so there are less resources, BUT this also means the faculty gets to know you personally and are very willing and able to help.
Biola University is a safe, welcoming and community centered university. Biola is ranked at the safest university in California, and is known for its close community. Biola has high standards, and is very personal with the students and staff, making sure that everyone feels welcomed and accepted and not treated like a number.
I love the feeling of peace as soon as you walk onto the campus. The teachers genuinely care for you as a person and there are many resources with regards to mental and spiritual health. I do, however, think the campus is a better fit for students who live on campus. As an OCC, I feel it is more difficult to actually build community here.
Biola University seems to be a very caring campus. Everyone is super nice and friendly. The professor whose class I visited made sure to talk to me about the class and campus and make sure I had everything I needed. All the buildings (including the dorms I saw) are modern and nice. They don't seem to have as many extracurriculars as other schools, but I'm not sure. They do have fun yearly traditions!
Biola University is an incredible place full of genuine, Jesus-loving people -- students and professors alike. The students are trustworthy and noble, making campus a safe place. Students quickly feel at home here which makes it easy to thrive academically, spiritually, and relationally. Biola University's campus has a certain spark in it that is filling my soul with joy and making me spread that spark to everyone I encounter off campus.
I love the school! The school is a very safe place to be, and I love the diversity and people on campus. The staff is very nice, and helpful. Everyone is so positive, and uplifting. It's a great school! I would tell anyone to apply to Biola University!
I love Biola university. The spiritual/theological growth, along with my general education is giving me a foundation I don't think I would receive anywhere else. I would like for it to be a bit more diverse, but in general I do feel comfortable. I look forward to the coming semesters.
I love the school overall. The community is great, the teachers are great, and it's a great campus. My one criticism would be that the food facilities don't have great hours, especially on the weekend. There also don't seem to be a lot of opportunities for working on-campus, especially for freshmen and sophomores.
Biola University is an incredible community of academics, artists, politicians, activists, and any one you could dream of. People strive for excellency and the professors make it possible. Everyone is supportive of one another and are welcoming. Biola is unlike any other place I've visited.
The sense of community at Biola is amazing. The campus is serene and incredibly safe. The faculty tries their best to not know as a number, but as a genuine person. Professors seek to create relationships with their students and help in any way that they can. I have been learning so much and creating new friendships/connections every day. The classroom sizes are small, therefore, the professor is easily accessible for questions about anything!
Biola is a fantastic place for anyone who might be looking for a place to grow spiritually, intellectually, and in character development. The community is fantastic in and around campus. But the best part of the Biola experience are the professors. They care and seek to help you achieve success. This school is fantastic!
It is overall a fantastic university. It has an outstanding community, fair sized classes, and professors that really value a student's learning and education. It is a beautiful campus, the makes you feel like home. People genuinely care at this school and the faith-based education is taking people far.
extremely friendly campus. facilites are very nice and the overall feel for campus environment is very positive. The food is sometimes iffy but usually the people who work in the caf make very good food. There is also a wide variety of food. Dorms are very nice and the people who live there are welcoming. Professors are easily accessible and will be willing to help with anything.
Although Biola's campus is small int begins to grow on you after a while, it becomes a second home just after two weeks of living on campus. Well at least that happened for me. I live in one of the smaller dorms but "small" is very modest, I still have so much room and closet space. The food in the car is amazing and I love that anytime you walk in, its never super crowded and obnoxiously loud. I love Biola.
Biola is an exceptional college that provides great activities and events throughout the year while also having an amazing community of people with various personalities. The education is packed with its own set of difficulties and will test your abilities to time manage but there is numerous opportunities to seek help with professors and tutors. Overall Biola is a college that can provide an amazing experience for everybody.
As an educator myself, Biola stands out to me because of the school's commitment to personalized and engaging learning, which take place through participatory classes and easy access to professors. I believe that where there is strong community, there will always be active learning taking place because relationships are what stir people to greater heights in gaining tools to make a difference and be change agents in the world.
I think that Biola University does an amazing job at providing students with a great education in their studies as well as their faith. Being a Christian university, I could see why some people would hesitate to apply if they believe differently. However, I do not recommend that be a reason you do not apply. You will learn so much more than you ever thought possible.
It is a very friendly, safe, and overall amazing school. I'm so glad that I've been given the privilege to meet such kindhearted peers, teachers, and academic advisors. I'm a first year student and I'm already loving the atmosphere here. I can't wait to spend the rest of my college life here at Biola.
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