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BIOLA UNIVERSITY, LA MIRADA, CALIFORNIA

La Mirada, CaliforniaLOCATION
UniversitySCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1908Established Year
  6172Enrollment

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

Supriya Sarkar Supriya Sarkar
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Founded in 1908, Biola University is an acclaimed Christian University in La Miranda, South California, USA just about 25 miles away from scenic beaches and even closer to Disneyland. It's an institution that is very popular for its friendly atmosphere amongst students. Biola offers a wide range of programs across 150 disciplines through nine schools on its campus. Furthermore, the university offers online courses. Every year, Biola University enrols approximately 6,000 students and strives to pay individual attention to students by maintaining a student-faculty ratio of 14:1. 

Biola University Campus

Highlights

TypePrivate
Campus SettingSuburban
Endowment146 million USD
Cost of Attendance53,738 USD
On-campus housing occupancy65%
Average Graduation rate73%
Student Retention Rate87%

Biola University Rankings

As per U.S. News & World Report, Biola has been ranked at:

  • #185 in National Universities
  • #138 in Best Colleges for Veterans
  • #61 in Best Undergraduate Teaching
  • #88 in Best Value Schools
  • #34 in Top Performers on Social Mobility
  • #88 in First-Year Experiences

While Niche.com has rated the University as:

  • Most Conservative Colleges in America # 12 of 1692
  • Best Christian Colleges in America #30 of 358
  • Best Colleges for Religious Studies in America #30 of 172 as per Biola University 

Biola University Campus

  • Biola University’s campus is spread over 95 acres in Southern California having close proximity to beaches due to which it is also known as ‘Great university with Great weather’.
  •  98,000 sq ft large library, Six on-campus dining locations, different planned and professional academic facilities are a few standout structures amongst the 40 buildings situated within the Campus.
  • The campus also provides on-campus housing.

Biola University Residence

  • The University campus includes 11 residential halls and 7 apartment-based housing facilities and most of the freshmen stay on campus.
  • The cost of residence halls is around 6000 USD for one year whereas the apartments are slightly expensive than these halls.
  • You can also opt for various off-campus accomodation options in the USA to enjoy the city life better.
  • The accommodations are provided with the basic amenities and are most of them are air-conditioned.
  • Facilities like wi-fi internet, mailbox, on-campus dining, food truck, printing in library, tennis courts, basketball court, swimming pool, exercise gym, sand volleyball court, soccer field, running track, baseball field and softball field are offered on campus for making life comfortable and enjoyable for the students.

Biola University Programs

  • The University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctorate programs.
  • Biola offers various types of programs through its 6 schools- Cook School of Intercultural Studies, Crowell School of Business, Rosemead School of Psychology, School of Cinema and Media Arts, and also offers courses in Education, Fine Arts and Communication, Humanities and Social Sciences, Science, Technology and Health and Spiritual formation.
  • The university also has a renowned Stewart Honors program for STEM students.

Biola University Application Process

  • The application form for admission at Biola University needs to be filled online, which is available at the website of the university
  • Application Fee: 45 USD nonrefundable
  • An essay has to be completed online without which the application will not be considered.
  • Standardized Test Scores: Undergraduate applicants need to submit SAT score or ACT composite score, while the graduate applicants need to submit GRE/GMAT scores depending upon the program requirements
  • Official transcripts of High school/College degree with a GPA of 3 to 4 or equivalent. These transcripts must be attested by the issuing university or Board.
  • English Language proficient test(s) IELTS 6.0, TOEFL iBT 70 for international non-native English speaking applicants.
  • Financial support documents
  • Statement of Purpose

Biola University Cost of Attendance

ExpensesCost in USD (Approximate) Academic year
Tuition Fees43,512
Room and Board (on Campus)11,039
Books and Supplies1,000
Health Insurance1,070
Personal Expenses2,000
Total58,621

Biola University Financial Aid for International Students

  • Almost 99% of students receive some type of financial aid at the University.
  • The University offers different scholarships and grants based on merit and need of the applicants.
  • The international undergraduates are eligible freshman academic scholarships, which are: 
    • President's scholarship: 1000 USD
    • Provost's scholarship: 19,000 USD
    • Dean's scholarship: 18,000 USD
    • Eagle's scholarship: 15,000 USD
    • Founder's Grant: 10,000 USD
  • Furthermore, Church matching scholarships and First-gen scholarships also awarded to undergraduate students.
  • Many of these scholarships are automatically given based on admission application and for some, an application needs to be submitted to the university.
  • Apart from these, there other scholarships to study in the USA that can offer good amount of rebate on your cost of attendance.

Biola University Alumni

  • Biola Hub the university’s alumni association. To celebrate the achievements of Biola graduates, the Alumni association gives Alumni Awards through a transparent and fair system.
  • The members receive discounted fitness club membership, free parking, free class audit , discounted health insurance and library membership along with other discounts and benefits.
  • The Biola Hub also organizes various tours of its members.
  • Some notable alumni of the University are Cassie Randolph,Television personality; Tobin Sorenson, Mountain climber; John Thune, U.S. Senator; Larry Tieu, ASEAN Basketball League player; Tim Worrell, Former professional baseball pitcher, Danny Yamashiro, Evangelist and pastor; and Anabel Muñoz, Reporter/Anchor for ABC7LA.

Biola University Placement

  • The College has placement system named a ‘Handshake’. Being a Christian College the placements are majorly offered in churches and government bodies.
  • The college also invites non-religious companies and multi-nationals for recruitments. The online portal allows the employers too to create their profiles and recruit the graduates.
  •  92% students of the college are able to get a job within 2 years of graduation earning around USD 44,500 per year against the national average of USD 33,028 and around 50% are able to get full-time employment within 6 months of their graduation.
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Biola University Overview

Institution TypePrivate (Not for Profit)
Student Population6519
FAFSA Code001122
Application Cost$55
Accreditation ACS WASC
Average Cost of Attendance$41,976 / Year
Student : Faculty Ratio2 : 1

Admission & Dates

Early action Deadlines

November 01

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

Regular decision Deadlines

January 15

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

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Test Scores for International Applicants

ExamsAvg. ScoreMin. ScoreMax. Score% Submitted
Language Proficiency
TOEFL-100- -
IELTS-7.5- -
Undergraduate
SATCheck Detailed Score118110631298 75%
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing601543658-
Mathematics580520640-
ACTCheck Detailed Score252128 43%
English262229-
Mathematics242027-

Biola University Acceptance Rate

72.0%

Acceptance Rate

3926

Total Applicants

6519

Total Enrolled

Male
Female

45.2%

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Undergraduate
Undergraduate Program72.0%
Total Applicants5913
Total Enrolled4256
Graduate
Graduate Programs72.0%
Total Applicants3144
Total Enrolled2263

Biola University Enrollment

Enrollment
Biola University Enrollment6519
Undergraduate Enrollment4256
Graduate Enrollment2263
Graduation Rate
Average Graduation Rate70.6%

Attendance Cost

$41,976

Attendance Cost

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 Accomodation
Books & Supplies$1,854 / Year
On campus, Room & Board$10,972 / Year
On Campus, Other Expenses$3,242 / Year
Off Campus Accomodation
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
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Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

Institutional Accreditations
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Program Wise Accreditations
Arts ProgramsNational Association of Schools of Art and Design
Music ProgramsNational Association of Schools of Music
Nursing ProgramsCommission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing ProgramsAccreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
Psychology ProgramsAmerican Psychological Association
Theology ProgramsCommission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
ProgramsAmerican Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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Faculty

Total FacultyFull TimePart timeGraduate Assistants
39063626280-
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    9/10

    9.5/10academic
    9.5/10infrastructure
    8.5/10placements
    10/10faculty
    8.5/10extracurricular
    8/10accommodation

    Reviews

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    Emily, USA Sociology
    Biola University
    Current student , Batch : 2021
    9.2
    STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

    UNIVERSITY INSIGHTS

    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
    10 /10
    faculty
    10 /10
    infrastructure
    7 /10
    accomodation/food
    10 /10
    placement
    8 /10
    extracurricular
    28, Mar 2019 read more
    M
    Maddisyn nelson, USA Liberal arts - elementary education
    Biola University
    Current student , Batch : 2020
    8.8
    STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

    I LOVE BIOLA!

    I loved the location. In a safe city, near the beach, Disney and LA. I also loved the size of the student body and campus. Small enough to feel included, but not too small. The campus still feels fun and I meet new people all the time. I also loved the idea of taking bible classes. I have learned so much about my faith.


    Course Curriculum - 

    I think Biola?s course curriculum is very well done. It is rigorous enough to feel like I'm really pushing my self to learn but also I am able to enjoy my learning. The homework load is a manageable amount, even at 18 credits.

    9 /10
    academic
    10 /10
    faculty
    9 /10
    infrastructure
    9 /10
    accomodation/food
    7 /10
    placement
    9 /10
    extracurricular
    13, Mar 2019 read more
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    13800 Biola Ave
    ADDRESS

    NEARBY THIS CAMPUS


    Book Store

    Book Store0.1 Km
    Stevens Books LM1.48 Km
    Savers2.44 Km
    E & A Cogan Books2.72 Km
    Mr Book's Club2.84 Km
    Korean Books2.89 Km
    Aladdin Fullerton2.89 Km
    Firefighters Bookstore2.98 Km
    Textbook & Beyond / K-12 Specialists3.85 Km
    The Chapel Store4.11 Km
    Guadalupe Articulos Religiosos (Religious Articles)4.19 Km
    Law Offices of Howard Choi, PC4.35 Km
    Goodwill Southern California Store & Donation Center4.75 Km
    Barnes & Noble5.68 Km
    Islandcastler Webshop6.47 Km
    Phat Collectibles6.75 Km
    Dollar Book Fair7.14 Km
    Living Stream Ministry7.6 Km
    Cerritos College Bookstore7.69 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
    Rosecrans Avenue and Figueras Road N/E Corner0.75 Km
    Rosecrans Avenue and Figueras Road S/W Corner1.02 Km
    Rosecrans Avenue and La Mirada Boulevard S/E Corner1.1 Km
    Rosecrans Avenue and La Mirada Boulevard N/E Corner1.12 Km
    Rosecrans Avenue and Jalon Road N/E Corner1.17 Km
    Rosecrans Avenue and Adelfa Drive S/W Corner22.57 Km
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    Shopping Mall

    La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts1.14 Km
    BionicLand3.58 Km
    Westridge Plaza4.4 Km
    Whittwood Town Center4.57 Km
    Santa Fe Springs Plaza4.93 Km
    Civic Center Plaza5.34 Km
    The Source OC5.38 Km
    Amerige Heights Town Center5.6 Km
    Cerritos Towne Center5.61 Km
    Cerritos Plaza South6.01 Km
    Norwalk Town Square6.33 Km
    Quad At Whittier6.43 Km
    La Palma Plaza6.51 Km
    Camino Del Sol Shopping Center6.58 Km
    Buena Park Downtown7.14 Km
    Buena Park Place7.16 Km
    abc market usa7.82 Km
    1955 sunnycrest drive, fullerton ca7.84 Km
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    Train Station

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

    Restaurant

    Subway Restaurants4.64 Km
    Panda Inn (La Palma)5.33 Km
    Outback Steakhouse5.34 Km
    Corner Bakery Cafe5.37 Km
    Black Angus Steakhouse5.52 Km
    Romano's Macaroni Grill5.75 Km
    TGI Fridays5.75 Km
    Bowlero Cerritos5.77 Km
    Pirates Dinner Adventure6.01 Km
    Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament6.25 Km
    In-N-Out Burger6.58 Km
    Panda Express6.91 Km
    Portillo's Hot Dogs7.07 Km
    Buffalo Wild Wings7.09 Km
    John's Incredible Pizza - Buena Park7.17 Km
    Asia Buffet7.28 Km
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    Airport

    South Coast Helicopters4.91 Km
    Norwalk Sheriff Station Heliport5.15 Km
    Hughes-Fullerton Heliport5.49 Km
    A2 Global Shipping5.84 Km
    Helipad6.79 Km

    Super Market

    Walmart Supercenter5.05 Km
    Trader Joe's5.65 Km
    Family Dollar5.75 Km
    Seafood City Supermarket6.2 Km
    99 Cents Only Stores6.3 Km
    Superior Grocers6.47 Km
    Northgate Market6.48 Km
    Walmart Neighborhood Market6.99 Km
    Super 1 Mart7.12 Km
    Walmart7.26 Km
    Stater Bros. Markets7.32 Km
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    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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