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About

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.

A leading Christ-centered university

Shaping the future, guided by grace.

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 & World Report. Biola’s eight 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.


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Enrollment

Biola’s on-campus, online and distance programs enroll 6,095 students from around the world, including 4,081 undergraduates and 2,004 graduate students.

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Academic Reputation

U.S. News & World Report ranks Biola as a first-tier national university — one of only three schools in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities to hold this distinction. The Princeton Review includes Biola on its list of “Best Western Colleges.”

Faculty

Biola’s esteemed professors hold doctorates from some of the world’s leading research universities, such as Cambridge, MIT, Cornell, Stanford and Oxford. A 15-to-1 student-faculty ratio allows students to receive personal attention and mentoring.

Biblical Integration

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.

Location

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.”

Safety

Biola ranks first in California and 16th in the nation on the list of “Safest College Campuses,” according to the Niche 2017 Best Colleges rankings.

Financial Aid

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 was the highest priority in the university’s recent historic fundraising campaign that raised $214 million.

Diversity

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.

Open Biola

An innovative service to the world, Open Biola offers free access to more than 3,500 learning resources from Biola’s professors and guest contributors — including classes, conferences, chapels, blog posts, papers, articles and more.