Biola University is a nationally ranked Christian university in the heart of Southern California. Founded in 1908, Biola offers biblically centered education, intentional spiritual development and vocational preparation within a unique learning community where all faculty, staff and students are professing Christians.
As a leader in academic quality and innovation, Biola is consistently ranked among the nation’s foremost Christian universities, and was recently recognized as one of America’s top 10 “up and coming” national universities by U.S. News and World Report. Biola’s six schools offer more than 150 academic programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels, enrolling more than 6,000 students at the La Mirada campus, online and in distance programs throughout the world.
Biola’s on-campus and online programs enroll 6,222 students from around the world, including 4,225 undergraduates and 1,997 graduate students.
U.S. News & World Report ranks Biola as a first-tier national university — one of only two schools in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities to hold this distinction. The Princeton Review includes Biola on its list of “Best Western Colleges.”
Biola’s esteemed professors hold doctorates from some of the world’s leading research universities, such as Cambridge, MIT, Cornell, Stanford and Oxford. A 16-to-1 student-faculty ratio allows students to receive personal attention and mentoring.
Biola prepares students to “think biblically about everything,” which is why all undergraduates complete 30 credits of Bible and theology classes — qualifying most students for a minor in biblical and theological studies.
Biola’s 95-acre campus in La Mirada is less than 25 miles from beaches, Disneyland, the Hollywood Bowl and other iconic Southern California locations. Newsweek has named Biola one of “25 Great Schools With Great Weather.”
Biola ranks 15th on the list of the nation’s “Safest College Campuses” and 3rd on the list of the nation’s “Most Drug-Free Campuses,” according to the Niche 2016 Best Colleges rankings.
Biola distributes more than $30 million in scholarships each year to students, and about 84 percent of Biola students receive some form of aid. Student affordability is the highest priority in the university’s current $180 million fundraising campaign.
Biola is committed to building a community of cross-cultural, globally aware Christians, and provides leadership in this area through such initiatives as the Center for Cross-Cultural Engagement, the Mosaic Cultural Center and the Student Congress on Racial Reconciliation.
An innovative service to the world, Open Biola offers free access to more than 2,800 learning resources from Biola’s professors and guest contributors — including classes, conferences, chapels, blog posts, papers, articles and more.
From its founding in 1908 through today, Biola's rich history has been shaped by an unwavering commitment to Jesus Christ and a firm foundation on the Word of God.
Our mission, vision and values statements outline why Biola exists, where we believe God is leading us, and which core principles are guiding us along the way.
Situated in the heart of Southern California, Biola is just a short drive from beautiful beaches, world-renowned entertainment venues and a wealth of diverse career and internship opportunities.
Dr. Barry H. Corey became Biola University's eighth president in 2007 and has led the university into its second century with the launching of an ambitious 10-year University Plan (2012-2022).
After much community-wide brainstorming, listening, research and prayer, the 2012-2022 University Plan was created and launched to build upon Biola University's enduring convictions while also casting a courageous vision.