Biola University

13800 Biola Ave, La Mirada, United States
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Overview of Biola University

About this school

Biola University, founded in 1908, is a university with religious orientation. It is a nationally ranked university providing an excellent liberal arts education where students are equipped in mind and character to impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ. Its 95-acre campus is located in La Mirada, 22 miles from Los Angeles.
  • Institution Type


    Private

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:4,091
    • Men:1,483 (36.3%)
    • Women:2,608 (63.7%)

Location

Admission Information

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Biola University is moderately difficult: more than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is recommended

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
3
-
Science
2
-
Foreign Language
4
-
Social Studies
1
-
History
1
-
Academic Electives
-
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
May 1
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT Essay
SAT: Not used ACT: Not used

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
13800 Biola Avenue
City, State, Zip
La Mirada, CA  90639-0001
Phone
(562) 903-4752
Fax
(562) 903-4709
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
March 1
Application Fee
$45
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
April 1
Accept Offer Of Admission
Not reported
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
Not reported
Early Decision Notification
Not reported
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
November 15
Early Action Notification
January 15

Application Form


Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters Of Recommendation
-
Other
-
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular|Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
69% of 3,926 applicants were admitted
Women
Not reported
Men
Not reported

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
Not reported
Women
626 admitted students enrolled
Men
363 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.32
375 And Above
31%
3.50 - 3.74
25%
3.25 - 3.49
20%
3.00 - 3.24
14%
2.50 - 2.99
7%
2.00 - 2.49
-

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
520-640 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
6%
• Score 600 - 700
37%
• Score 500 - 600
40%
• Score 400 - 500
13%
• Score 300 - 400
4%
• Score 200 - 300
1%
Sat Critical Reading
543-658 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
8%
• Score 600 - 700
33%
• Score 500 - 600
41%
• Score 400 - 500
15%
• Score 300 - 400
3%
• Score 200 - 300
1%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
24 average |21-28 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
12%
• Score 24 - 29
44%
• Score 18 - 23
41%
• Score 12 - 17
3%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - $38,448 (71.62710980289877%)
  • Room & Board: - $10,972 (20.44040388986177%)
  • Other Expences: - $1,854 (3.4539289839412795%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $2,404 (4.478557323298186%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expences
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Biola University accepts installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
-
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 2
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning November 15
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Institutional Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 001122
Free

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
726 (85.8%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
608 (83.7%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
608 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
86 (14.1%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
54%
Average Award
$22,083
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 607 (99.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $17,081
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 407 (66.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $7,578
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 65 (10.7%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
237 (28.0%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $12,264

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
2,984 (76.9%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
2,646 (88.7%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
2,645 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
241 (9.1%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
52%
Average Award
$21,694
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 2,641 (99.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $15,750
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 2,059 (77.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $9,027
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 168 (6.4%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
1,200 (30.9%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $8,465

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
67%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$35,489
Parents Borrowing Plus Loans
-
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Biological Sciences, Communication
Creative Arts/Performance
Cinema/Film/Broadcasting, Journalism/Publications, Music, Theater/Drama
Special Achievements/Activities
Community Service, Leadership
Special Characteristics
Children of Faculty/Staff, Ethnic Background, International Students, Members of Minorities, Relatives of Clergy

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported

Academics & Instruction

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


4-1-4

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Not required

Foreign Language


Required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


274

Part-Time Faculty


262

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


43%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 7% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 40% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 29% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 14% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 4% of classes
  • 50-99 students: - 4% of classes
  • Over 100 students: - 2% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 23% of discussion sections/labs
  • 10-19 students: - 70% of discussion sections/labs
  • 20-29 students: - 3% of discussion sections/labs
  • 30-39 students: - 4% of discussion sections/labs
  • 40-49 students: - 1% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
550,259

Computing


Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
Not Reported
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Biola University provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


84.0%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


53.7%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


68.8%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


72.0%

Programs & Majors

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (78)


  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics, General
  • Archeology
  • Audiology/Audiologist
  • Bible/Biblical Studies
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Commercial and Advertising Art
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminology
  • Drawing
  • Education, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Engineering, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
  • History Teacher Education
  • History, General
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies
  • Intermedia/Multimedia
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Mathematics, General
  • Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Painting
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physical Therapy/Therapist
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Pre-Law Studies
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Administration
  • Public Relations/Image Management
  • Radio and Television
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Religious Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Sculpture
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
  • Theatre/Theatre Arts Management
  • Theology/Theological Studies
  • Voice and Opera

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Some online degree programs

Special Programs


Cooperative work study program, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Online Degrees


Engineering

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Professional Accounting, Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Education, Master of Arts in Christian Education, Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and Leadership, Master of Arts, Master of Theology

Master's Programs of Study (17)


  • Anthropology
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Communication Disorders
  • Cultural Studies
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education--General
  • English as a Second Language
  • Jewish Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Missions and Missiology
  • Pastoral Ministry and Counseling
  • Religion
  • Religious Education
  • Science Education
  • Special Education
  • Theology

Campus Life

Location & Geography

Population


49,001

Nearest Metropolitan Area


95 acres

Environment


Suburban environment

Campus Size


Los Angeles

Weather


Temperature
48.9 average low in January, 76.6 average high in September
Rain
35 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Airport
22 mile(s) from campus in Los Angeles
Nearest Bus Station
5 mile(s) from campus in Whittier
Nearest Train Station
5 mile(s) from campus in Fullerton

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Women only housing, coed housing, disabled student housing

Students of College Housing


65% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


35%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Not offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division II, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Mascot
-
School Colors
-

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
basketball, bowling, football, soccer, softball, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


Biola University offers choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, adventure club, guerilla film society, biola cross-fit, xopoc dance team, lacrosse club

Sororities


55% of women participate

Fraternities


50% of men participate

ROTC


Army ROTC is offered off campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


3,947

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
4,091
Women
2,608
Men
1,483

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 18.0% Asian
  • 2.5% Black/African-American
  • 20.9% Hispanic/Latino
  • 6.2% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.3% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 49.1% White
  • 2.7% Unknown

International Students


3.1%

Average Age


20

Number of Graduate Students


2,004

Student Resources

Study resources