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A group of graduates at commencement applaud

Speaking in the broadest language, the “outcomes” of Biola University are graduates equipped in mind and character to impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ. This, indeed, is our mission.

Biola’s values can be summarized as Truth, Transformation, and Testimony, and we carry out our mission in alignment with these values.

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals … We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

Consistent with our mission and values, Biola University has established three University Learning Outcomes for students in all degree programs:

  • University Learning Outcome 1

    Patterns of Thought

    All students will be equipped with patterns of thought that are rigorous, intellectually coherent and thoroughly biblical.

  • University Learning Outcome 2

    Patterns of Heart

    All students will be equipped with patterns of heart that reflect the heart of God.

  • University Learning Outcome 3

    Patterns of Action

    All students will be equipped with patterns of action to lead in the face of unscripted problems for the good of a changing world.