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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    C-
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    A+
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    A-
13800 Biola Ave
La Mirada, CA 90639
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
Pacific West Conference
From Biola University

Biola University is a nationally ranked Christian university in beautiful Southern California. Founded in 1908, Biola offers biblically centered education, intentional spiritual development and vocational preparation in a unique learning community where all faculty, staff and students are professing Christians.

Biola is consistently ranked among the nation’s foremost Christian universities by U.S. News & World Report. Biola’s nine schools offer more than 150 academic programs at the bachelor’s through doctoral levels, enrolling over 6,000 students in La Mirada, online, and in distance programs worldwide. Biola is home to the Torrey Honors Institute, a world leading, classically based honors program for students of any major, and the Stewart Honors program for STEM students.

Biola’s 95-acre campus is less than 25 miles from iconic Southern California locations. Biola’s athletic program competes in NCAA Division II. Over two-thirds of Biola students receive financial aid.

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Biola University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
March 1
Acceptance Rate
73%
SAT Range
1060-1260
ACT Range
21-27
Application Fee
$45
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
No

Cost

Net Price
$32,729/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$20,950/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
99%

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
95%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.128 responses
73%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.153 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.152 responses

Majors

Nationally Leading Honors Education

The Torrey Honors Institute brings together curious, sharp thinkers from all majors and backgrounds to pursue goodness, truth, and beauty. Read and discuss culture-shaping texts in tightly-knit cohorts, exploring enduring questions together while guided by faculty mentors. It’s an innovative classical honors program with Christ at the center.

Online

Online Programs Offered
5
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
5
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    24%
  • On Campus
    73%
  • Online
    3%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,779Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
231
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
30%
Varsity Athletes
8%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 98 responses
Report
  • World Influencers and Thinkers for Christ
    30%
  • Christ centered students
    29%
  • Friendly
    24%
  • Genuine
    10%
  • Sheltered and Friendly
    3%
  • Family
    2%
  • Hipsters
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
77%
Poll
91%
of students say they don't have Greek life.144 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.193 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 104 responses
Report
  • Helping students to impact the world for the Lord
    45%
  • Think Biblically about everything
    19%
  • A place to grow spiritually
    14%
  • Glory to God
    13%
  • Sheltered
    5%
  • Home away from home
    2%
  • Underrated
    1%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $44,500/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    73%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    92%
    National
    83%
    91%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.79 responses

    Biola University Reviews

    2,171 reviews
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    I am about to graduate. So disappointed about the Covid19 cancelling everything. I have made so many great friends here, grown in my faith, served, went on mission trips that were amazing! I am thankful that I only have $15K debt which I should be able to pay back quickly when the state opens up. I really enjoyed the Torrey Honors program as it helped me read books that shaped Western Civilization. Recommend Torrey to people who like to read and learn in community. Praying for Covid19 to end soon! Loved my professors as they cared about me as an individual and shared their personal walk with God as they taught the material.
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    The community is like no other, I just finished my first year at Biola University and I can tell you that life will never be the same after being there. I've loved every minute of my attendance and promise that to any newcomer that is considering Biola as a place that they want to further their education. The campus is on the smaller side but that just encourages the intimacy between friendships. The professors are very student oriented, they love what they are doing and are passionate about their students' education. The diversity is impeccable. There are students from so many different countries, there are clubs and events dedicated towards making them feel at home. Biola has an excellent Campus Safety program designed to keep its students safe even while walking around at night. There has not been one moment that I have felt violated or unsafe on this campus. Overall I love this place and wish with every bone in my body that I will be able to return for my second year!
    I attended Biola all four years and loved it! Biola has the friendliest environment and staff. The professors at Biola really care about their students and will make time outside of class to meet with them and help them. The course work is just as hard as any other university, in my opinion. The grading is fair. Biola is a medium sized campus and not over-populated. I was a psychology major and loved their program. It was rigorous but I learned so much and genuinely enjoyed my classes. Most Biola students are Christian and very kind and considerate. Students aren't overly competitive academically and are willing to help each other. The only down side about Biola is that it is very expensive since it's a private university, but I would say that it is worth the money considering the good education, community, and influence you get here.