During this admissions season that is coming to a close, there are a lot of questions that I get asked by prospective students. One of the biggest questions that I love answering is: How big are the class sizes? A surface level answer would be that Biola boasts a 16:1 student-to-faculty-ratio, and those numbers change depending on the popularity of the class. But the answer is a lot more deep than just a statistic. For one, all of my major classes stay around 10-15 people at the most. I love that because it makes it really easy to meet people and feel more comfortable speaking or learning. It also creates an environment where my professors are able to become more personal and get to know their students a lot better. I know that every film professor that I have had knows me by name and will always spark up a little conversation whenever I see them around campus. Just the other day, I ran into one of my professors and we started talking about La La Land; it is such a great feeling knowing that I can trust and talk to any professor.
Even in bigger classes, the professors still work hard to incorporate everybody into the learning environment. In a general math elective I took, there were about 100 people in the class, but the professor (who may be famous on youtube) had everyone write down their name on a piece of paper and hold it up in front of a camera and say our names out loud. Initially, I thought it was a gimmick to show that he cared and wanted to get to learn our names, but one time when I raised my hand to ask a question, he called on me by name… COME ON!
That is just another reason why I love Biola. I never feel like a number or identified by my student ID, but I can share a personal connection with the professors because they want to too. It is little things like that which remind me how blessed I am to go to a university where the faculty really do care about their students and want them to succeed. That’s just a thought that’s been on my mind recently, and I wanted to highlight it! Have a good week everyone!