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13800 Biola Ave
La Mirada, CA 90639-0001
p. 562-903-6000
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Biola University

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Founded in 1908, Biola University is a private, evangelical Christian university located in Southern California. The university’s main campus is in La Mirada and additional locations exist in Chino Hills, Inglewood, San Diego, and Laguna Hills. The university also founded the Charles L. Feinberg Center for Messianic Jewish Studies, in New York City.


With 37 undergraduate majors and more than 145 academic programs through its six schools, the university offers degrees that range from bachelor’s to doctorate degrees. The university is divided into the Crowell School of Business, the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, the Rosemead School of Psychology, the Cook School of Intercultural Studies, the Talbot School of Theology, and the School of Professional Studies. All of these schools integrate evangelical Christian doctrine. The most popular majors include: Psychology; Business, management, marketing, and related support services; Social sciences; Communication, journalism, and related programs; and Theology and religious vocations.

All of the faculty, staff and students are professing Christians, with the most represented denominations at the university being the Baptist and the Evangelical Free. The school holds to the key doctrine of Biblical inerrancy, which is the idea that the original writings of the Bible were flawless in its theological and non-theological teachings. The university has been committed to biblically centered education, spiritual development and vocational preparation. All undergraduate students are required to take 30 units of Bible classes, which gives them a minor in theological and biblical studies. Each year, there are two student conferences: the Torrey Memorial Bible Conference during the fall semester, and the Missions Conference during the spring semester. All graduate and undergraduate students are required to attend both conferences. The Missions Conference is the largest annual missions conference and the second largest missions conference in the world.

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Admissions processes are different for first time college students, home-schooled students, transfer students, international students, and readmit students, so students should verify requirements through the university’s website or by contacting the Office of Admissions. First-time students must submit a completed application form, the nonrefundable application fee, an official transcript from all high schools and/or colleges attended, SAT or ACT score reports, and a reference form from a member of the pastoral staff of the church that the student attends. All students must be an evangelical believer in the Christian faith, have a minimum 3.0 unweighted high school GPA, and have at least a 920 Critical Reading / Math score on the SAT, or a Composite 19 score on the ACT.

The university offers Early Action 1, Early Action 2, and Regular Decision admission plans for the fall. Early Action 1 applicants must submit their applications by November 1, and will be notified of their admission status by January 15. Early Action 2 applications are due in mid-January, and candidates are notified by mid-February. The deadline for Regular Decision candidates is March 1, and they will be notified by early April. The university also offers Regular Decision admissions for the spring semester. Applications for the spring semester are due November 15, and are processed on a rolling basis.

Financial Aid

All students who wish to be considered for financial aid should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) soon after January 1 of each year that the student plans to enroll. This application determines students’ eligibility for federal and student loans and grants, as well as need-based institutional aid. California residents must file the FAFSA application and the Cal Grant GPA verification form before March 2.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 418th for the average student loan amount.
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Nearly 70% of students live on campus. There are 8 residence halls and 6 apartments. The university’s Residence Life staff works organizes fun events, runs Bible studies, provides peer counseling, and offers training. Some of the most popular activities for residents include GYRAD – Get Your Roommate a Date.

The university also has numerous student organizations, such as the Biola Men, Maharlika, the Film Music Guild, the Biola Asian Student Association (BASA), and the King’s Daughters. There are more than 50 student-run clubs and organizations, as well as an Associated Student government with a student Senate and an events board composed of students. The Student Missionary Union (SMU) is another important student organization. There are also many diversity programs and special events. One very popular event that takes place each year is Sola Soul, a concert where students explore unity and diversity through hip-hop. Students can watch b-boys, see graffiti, and listen to spoken word and DJ’s.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


Part of the NAIA Division I, the Eagles compete in the Golden State Athletic Conference in the following 17 intercollegiate sports:

  • Men’s Baseball
  • Men’s and Women’s Basketball
  • Men’s and Women’s Cross Country
  • Men’s and Women’s Golf
  • Men’s and Women’s Soccer
  • Women’s Softball
  • Men’s and Women’s Swimming
  • Men’s and Women’s Tennis
  • Men’s and Women’s Track
  • Women’s Volleyball

The men’s lacrosse club competes in the Southwestern Lacrosse Conference (SLC). Other club sports include men’s volleyball and archery. There is also a wide variety of intramural sports available.


Notable alumni include:

  • John Thune, U.S. Senator
  • Sikhanyiso Dlamini, Princess of Swaziland
  • Charles E. Fuller, founder of Fuller Theological Seminary
  • John F. MacArthur, president of The Master’s College and The Master’s Seminary
  • Josh McDowell, author *Andy Luckey, Emmy Nominated Television producer of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”


Accreditation is granted by Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Some of its programs are accredited by institutions such as the California Commission for Teacher Preparation and Licensing, the National League for Nursing, the American Psychological Association, and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Information Summary

Ranks 42nd in California and 508th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2 0.03
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.02
Arrest 2 0.03

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 58 0.12
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 3 0.01
Robbery 20 0.04
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 129 0.26
Larceny 536 1.09
Vehicle theft 142 0.29

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Doctoral/Research Universities
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemFour-one-four plan
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationUndenominational
Congressional District638

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 367th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $32,142 $32,142 $32,142
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $1,340 $1,340 $1,340
FT Graduate Tuition $9,342 $9,342 $9,342
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $519 $519 $519
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $46,624 $46,624 $46,624
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $49,287 $49,287 $49,287
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $38,127 $38,127 $38,127

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $29,908 $31,004 $29,908 $31,004 $29,908 $31,004
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,656 $1,665
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,990 $9,316
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,096 $3,168
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,863 $10,962
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,059 $4,158
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,185 $4,275

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$45
Graduate Application Fee$55
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 4,816 (1,699 male / 3,117 female)
Admitted 3,509 (1,165 male / 2,344 female)
Admission rate 73%
First-time Enrollment 903 (322 male / 581 female)
FT Enrollment 900 (319 male / 581 female)
PT Enrollment 3 (3 male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment6,301

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NAIA
NAIA Basketball Conference Golden State Athletic Conference
NAIA Baseball Conference Golden State Athletic Conference
NAIA Track & Field Conference Golden State Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

339th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 40%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 28
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 27
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 27

SAT Test Admission

327th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 85%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 500 / 620
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 503 / 620
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1003 / 1240

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,722
Meals per Week20
Room Fee$5,228
Board Fee$4,368

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 614th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $82,782 ($86,335 male / $69,036 female)
Number of FT Faculty 253 (165 male / 88 female)
Number of PT Faculty 464
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $1,368,161

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