Biola University, California, La Mirada

    La Mirada, CaliforniaLocation
    UniversitySchool type
    Estd 1908established year

    Biola University: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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    Established in 1908, Biola University is a prestigious Christian University located in La Miranda, South California. It is a nationally ranked university renowned for biblically centered education, intentional spiritual development, and vocational preparation. It has a student population of over 6,095 enrolled in various programs offered at Biola UniversityAmongst these, 4,048 students are enrolled in undergraduate programs and 2,124 are graduate students. Students get to study in a safe environment as Biola has been placed within the top 50 “Safest Colleges in America” in 2019 analysis from Safe At Last.

    The university offers 150 degrees at the undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels at the campus in La Miranda, online and in distance education mode. Some of the popular courses to study at Biola University are Accounting, Business, Media, Journalism, Arts and Humanities, Social Science, etc.

    Due to the university’s excellent academic performance, it has consistently been ranked as one of the topmost Christian universities in the U.S. Moreover, Biola University was also recognized as “America’s Top 10 up and coming” national universities, as per the U.S. News and World Report. It also ranks in the list of “Best Undergraduate Teaching”.

    Biola University Ranking

    Here are the rankings of Biola University on various educational portals:

    Times Higher Education (THE) 2021 Rankings:

    • #401-500 in the U.S. College Rankings 2021

    U.S. News and World Report 2021:

    • #187 in National Universities
    • #79 in Best Value Schools
    • #39 in Best Undergraduate Teaching
    • #136 in Best College for Veterans
    • #98 in Top Performance on Social Mobility


    Type Private
    Campus Setting Suburban
    Endowment 146 Million USD
    Programs Offered Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral programs
    Cost of Attendance 53,783 USD
    Student-to-Faculty ratio 14:1
    Graduation Rate 73%
    Retention Rate 87%
    On-campus accommodation capacity 65%
    Admission Helpdesk 1-800-OK-BIOLA
    Official Website

    Biola University Campus

    • Biola University has a beautiful campus in Southern California with an area of 95 acres with exquisite views, and beaches. The university is known for being a 'Great university with Great weather'.
    • The campus has accommodation facilities, 40 majors buildings, 98,000 sq ft large library, attractive classrooms, 6 on-campus dining campus and science center, sports, and recreational facilities.
    • The university campus is a few miles away from Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm. Students can also enjoy surfing and sunbathing on the beach, live music at historic theatres and concert halls, TV tapings, Getty Center's vast art collection, and major league entertainments throughout the year.
    • The classrooms are attractive and well-equipped with the latest technology as the study area, internet connectivity, computer systems, etc.
    • The campus also has athletic and recreational facilities that include swimming complex, gymnasium, tennis courts, fitness center, baseball diamonds, lighted outdoor courts for basketball and sand volleyball, etc.

    Biola University Accommodation

    • Biola University provides on-campus accommodation to all students. Most of the freshmen stay on campus. Applicants can also go for off-campus accommodation available in US cities.
    • The choice of residence halls and apartment based housing is available.
    • The estimated cost of living in residence halls is 6,000 USD, the stay at apartments is more expensive than residential halls.
    • The university has 11 residence halls, with Alpha Hall, Hart Hall, Blackstone Hall, Hope Hall North, Sigma Hall being some of them.
    • Approximately 7 apartment based housing available. Some of them are Beachcomber, La Miranda, Tradewinds, Tropicana and Wech.
    • The on-campus accommodation is comfortable with all the basic amenities, bed, chair, desk, bookcase, closet, common area, internet connection, and laundry facilities.

    Biola University Programs

    • Biola University offers academic programs through nine schools, namely:
      • Cook School of Intercultural Studies
      • Crowell School of Business
      • Rosemead School of Psychology
      • School of Cinema and Media Arts
      • School of Education
      • School of Fine Arts and Communication
      • School of Humanities and Social Sciences
      • School of Science, Technology and Health
      • Talbot School of Theology
    • About 150 academic programs at Biola University at undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels in disciplines including Anthropology, Accounting, Art, Business Management, Computer Science, Education, English, Law, and Management.
    • The popular undergraduate programs are BS in Accounting, BS in Arts, BS in Business Administration, BA in English, BS in Design and BS in Mathematics.
    • The popular graduate programs are Master of Professional Accountancy, MA in Education, MBA, and Master of Divinity.

    Application Process for Biola University

    International applicants need to keep the following procedure in mind if considering getting admission at Biola University:

    • Application Portal: Applicants can apply through an online portal available at the university's official website.
    • Application Fees:
      • Undergraduate Applicant- 45 USD (non-refundable)
      • Graduate Applicant- 65 USD (non-refundable)
    • Application Deadlines: Application deadlines for undergraduate courses are:
      • Fall Session
        • Early Action 1- November 15
        • Early Action 2- January 15
      • Spring Session
        • Regular- October 15
      • Deadlines for application to graduate courses vary with the course.
    • Required Documents: Following documents are required for the application process
      • A completed application
      • Official transcripts or high school records, diplomas, and certificates from previous institutions
      • Standardized test scores i.e,
        • SAT/ACT (For undergraduate applicants)
        • GRE/GMAT (For graduate applicants)
      • English language proficiency
      • Financial documents, if applying for financial aids
    • Additional Requirements:
    • English Language Proficiency: Applicants with a native language other than English need to prove their proficiency by providing scores of TOEFL, IELTS test.

    Biola University Cost of Attendance

    • The estimated cost of attendance depends on several factors like the program applied for, tuition fees, books and supplies, housing, dining, transportation etc.
    • Estimated Cost of Attendance at Biola University is tabulated below:
    Expense Cost per Year
    Tuition Fees 43,512 USD
    Room and Board (On Campus) 11,039 USD
    Books and Supplies 1,000 USD
    Health Insurance 1,070 USD
    Personal Expenses 2,000 USD
    Total 58,621 USD

    Financial Aid by Biola University

    • Biola University offers financial help in the form of Scholarships, Grants, and Loans.
    • The university provides financial aids to almost 99% of the students.
    • Apart from these, there are other scholarships to study in the USA that can offer a good amount of rebate on your cost of attendance.
    • The university offers many merits and needs-based scholarships to international students. Some of the freshman academic scholarships available for international undergraduates are:
      • Dean's Scholarship - 18,000 USD
      • Provost's Scholarship- 19,000 USD
      • Founder's Grant- 10,000 USD
      • President's Scholarship- 1,000 USD
      • Eagle's Grant - 10,000 USD
    • Undergraduate students are also provided Church matching scholarships and First-gen Scholarships.
    • The university provides most of the scholarships automatically, but for some scholarships, an application needs to be submitted.

    Biola University Alumni

    • The university has a strong network of alumni from all across the world,
    • The university runs an alumni association called Biola Hub.
    • The association organizes various tours for its members, the association also offers discounted fitness club membership, free parking, free class audit, discounted health insurance, library membership, and many other discounts and benefits.
    • Some notable alumni are:
      • Cassie Randolph (Television Personality)
      • John Thune (U.S. Senator)
      • Anabel Munoz (Reporter and Anchor)

    Biola University Placements

    Around 90% of the graduates of Biola University were employed or admitted to graduate school within 6 months from graduation which was 17% higher than the 73% average across the Western United States. The median starting salary of an alumni of Biola University was 47,300 USD. Crowell’s MBA graduates are employed in companies like Boeing, Philips, HP, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, etc.

    Nearly 70% of the students completed at least one internship during the bachelor’s degree program. The university also has a job placement assistance system called ‘Handshake’ which provides support and services to students to help them with their job placement.


    Ques. What are the most popular majors offered at Biola University?

    Ans. Biola University is Christian faith university and is very well-known for its program in Biblical Studies.

    Ques. What GPA is required for admission to Biola University?

    Ans. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for admission to undergraduate programs.

    Ques. Is it hard to get into Biola University?

    Ans. Biola University has a moderately selective admission policy. It had an acceptance rate of 70% in fall 2019.

    Ques. What is the tuition fee of Biola University?

    Ans. The tuition fee for undergraduate at Biola University is 44,382 USD while the tuition fee for graduates vary from program to program and ranges from 667 USD to 1,307 USD.

    Ques. What are the financial aid options for international students?

    Ans. International students are eligible to receive financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants and loans.

    Ques. What ACT or SAT score is required for admission to Biola University?

    Ans. Applicants must have a minimum ACT composite score of 19 or minimum SAT EBRW+Math score of 1000 and a reading test score of 26. Students admitted to Biola University have an SAT score between 1080 and 1310 or an ACT score of 21 and 28. 

    Ques. How can I apply to Biola University?

    Ans. Interested students can apply to Biola University by completing the online application available on the university’s website. Undergraduates must submit an application fee of 45 USD and postgraduate applicants must pay 65 USD.

    Ques. Does Biola University have dorms?

    Ans. Yes. Biola University offers on-campus accommodation to students.

    Ques. Where does Biola University stand in the world?

    Ans. Biola University ranks in the top #401-500 universities in the U.S. in THE World University Rankings 2021. It is ranked at the 187th position in national universities in the U.S. News and World Report 2021.

    Ques. Will Biola be having in-person classes for the spring semester?

    Ans. Given Biola’s long-planned precautions as well as the hardship students have faced over the last nine months, Biola’s intention is to begin reopening the campus in the spring semester based on a phased-in approach.

    $23,8801st YEAR

    2 years

    Course Duration

    Jul 01

    Application Deadline

    4 years

    Course Duration

    Mar 01

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    5 years

    Course Duration

    Mar 01

    Application Deadline

    $18,9901st YEAR

    2 years

    Course Duration

    Jul 01

    Application Deadline

    $41,9761st YEAR

    4 years

    Course Duration

    Mar 01

    Application Deadline

    Biola University Overview

    Insitution type
    Private (Not for Profit)
    Student Population
    FAFSA Code
    Application Cost
    Average Cost of Attendance
    $41,976 / Year
    Student : Faculty Ratio
    2 : 1

    Admission & dates

    Early Action Deadlines

    November 1

    Application deadline

    April 1

    Application results

    Regular Decision Deadlines

    January 15

    Application deadline

    April 1

    Application results

    Test Scores For International Applicants

    ExamsAvg. ScoreMin ScoreMax. Score%Submitted
    Language Proficiency
    SAT Check Detailed Score11811063129875
    Evidence-Based Reading and Writing601543658-
    ACT Check Detailed Score25212843

    Biola University Acceptance Rate

    72.0 %

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    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $41,976 / Year
    Post Graduate Program
    $18,990 / Year
    On Campus
    Books & Supplies
    $1,854 / Year
    On campus, Room & Board
    $10,972 / Year
    On Campus, Other Expenses
    $3,242 / Year
    Off Campus
    Off campus (not with family), Room & Board
    $10,972 / Year
    Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses
    $3,242 / Year
    Off campus (with family), Room & Board
    $3,222 / Year
    Off campus (with family), Other Expenses
    $3,242 / Year

    Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

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    Western Association of Schools and Colleges
    Program wise accreditation
    Arts Programs
    National Association of Schools of Art and Design
    Music Programs
    National Association of Schools of Music
    Nursing Programs
    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education


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    8.7 out of 10
    8.2/10Social Life


    8.0 /10

    All of my relatives live in the USA so I also wanted to get my higher education from there. I had to fill a common application form and for that, I even had to pay the application fee of $45. Due to score of 8.9 GPA in my 12th, it was easy to get admission.

    Course Curriculum :

    The course focused on the development of strong interpersonal and group communication skills through drama, speech pathology and mass communication. The curriculum consisted of subjects like Application of communication theories, Analysis of intercultural communication, Quantitative and qualitative communication research.

    8 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    7 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    8 /10 extracurricular
    8.0 /10

    I always wanted to study in the USA due to high growth and better opportunities for the future. I was asked to submit a common application form and application fee of $45 was also paid by me. I scored a 9.2 GPA in my 12th which was very helpful during the time of admission.

    Course Curriculum :

    The course provided me with expert training in computation and information processing strategies. It offered both a traditional computer science track and an information system track that emphasized on bridging computers and business management and equipped me with essential knowledge and skills.

    9 /10 academic/food
    7 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    8 /10 extracurricular
    9.2 /10

    I love Biola's faith-based curriculum and its location in southern California. After my undergraduate in Accountancy, I needed a master's course that would give me a professional license in the US. Biola matched all that I needed. So Applied here from the university's own website and the application fee was $65.

    Course Curriculum :

    The course is pretty broad and it deals with not only accountancy core but with theology too. Its a big plus point for me as it is strengthening my faith and ethics more day by day. We are also being prepared by this course for professional accountancy jobs and the licensure exam.

    9 /10 academic/food
    10 /10 faculty
    9 /10 infrastructure
    9 /10 accomodation
    10 /10 placement
    8 /10 extracurricular
    8.8 /10

    Mathematics was my favorite subject and receiving higher education in Math, that too from the USA was my aim to achieve during my school days. I got myself enrolled in Biola even after I got admission calls from 2 other colleges in the US because of its fame for quality education. I applied to Biola from their online website with an application fee of $45.

    Course Curriculum :

    Along with the study of pure and applied Mathematics, we were taught computer basics and some software tools for simulation which is required for some high-level computation. We were also given the knowledge of school curriculum, effective teaching method and assessment which prepared us for teaching jobs also.

    9 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    10 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 placement
    8 /10 extracurricular
    9.2 /10

    I opted for this particular college due to the well known religious and quality of education. I also saw graduates from this college obtain a certain confidence and leadership skill I also wanted. To me, it was a chance to pick a college to grow and become a better person while obtaining a high education.

    Course Curriculum :

    The course curriculum I thought it wasn't too hard but also didn't accurately reflect the type of student or knowledge one has. It depends largely on how great of a student you are and your test-taking skills.

    10 /10 academic/food
    10 /10 faculty
    10 /10 infrastructure
    7 /10 accomodation
    10 /10 placement
    8 /10 extracurricular
    13800 Biola Ave

    Nearby This Campus

    • Book Store
    • Bus Station
    • Shopping Mall
    • Train Station
    • Restaurant
    • Airport
    • Super Market

    Book Store

    Book Store0.10 km
    Stevens Books LM1.48 km
    Savers2.44 km
    E & A Cogan Books2.72 km
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    Shopping Mall

    La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts1.14 km
    BionicLand3.58 km
    Westridge Plaza4.40 km
    Whittwood Town Center4.57 km
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    Subway Restaurants4.64 km
    Panda Inn (La Palma)5.33 km
    Outback Steakhouse5.34 km
    Corner Bakery Cafe5.37 km
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    Super Market

    Walmart Supercenter5.05 km
    Trader Joe's5.65 km
    Family Dollar5.75 km
    Seafood City Supermarket6.20 km
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    Bus Station

    Rosecrans Avenue and Biola Avenue S/W Corner0.54 km
    Rosecrans Avenue and El Espejo Road N/E Corner0.56 km
    Rosecrans Avenue and Castellon Road S/W Corner0.58 km
    Rosecrans Avenue and Biola Avenue N/E Corner0.68 km
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    Train Station

    Buena Park Station4.09 km
    Norwalk / Santa Fe Springs Transportation Center4.29 km


    South Coast Helicopters4.91 km
    Norwalk Sheriff Station Heliport5.15 km
    Hughes-Fullerton Heliport5.49 km
    A2 Global Shipping5.84 km
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    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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