College isn't just about classrooms, textbooks, homework, and exams. At Biola, the time you spend in the residence halls will be one of the most significant and unique aspects of your college experience. Read on for more information on housing at Biola.
"Biola University is a Christian liberal arts school that strongly encourages a developmental approach to learning. Central to that focus is our strong commitment to fostering a residential community that includes freshmen as well as seniors. Even as we grow as a university, we remain committed to this purpose."
Biola's professional Residence Life staff works with students to organize Bible studies, provides peer counseling, offers training in interpersonal relationships and leadership, and generates lots of good clean fun. Some residence hall activities that are extremely popular are GYRADs (Get Your Roommate a Date), Brother/Sister Floors, and All Hall events.
Biola offers you the unique opportunity to strengthen and explore your faith in the context of an authentic all-Christian community. Professors who pray in class, fellow students spontaneously organizing trips to the beach for praise and worship, volunteering locally and internationally to impact the world for Christ — these will be hallmarks of your spiritual experience at Biola.
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In 1908, Biola's founders adopted a stance of equal access to Christian higher education "for all people, without reference to race, color or class." Since that time, Biola has remained committed to embracing and fostering multi-ethnic diversity within the greater university community.
There are now several unique ways for students of color (and others) to get involved and enjoy the diverse community at Biola.
Student Enrichment and Intercultural Development (SEID) works to provide fellowship, service and mutual support for Biola's students of color. SEID especially emphasizes holistic personal development, racial reconciliation and the development of an authentic community of diverse believers.
Several student-run clubs help establish a sense of community for students of a particular background or color. These clubs meet regularly, often hold their own special events or celebrations and play an important role in promoting diversity on campus.
Each year there are special events that allow students to uniquely represent their experience through worship, fun and creative expression.
There are many different kinds of opportunities for you to get involved or join in something fun and unique. In some cases, extracurricular activities supplement your education with practical experience.
Whatever your interests are, there is an activity at Biola for you.
Biola is ideally situated on the border of Los Angeles and Orange counties, only minutes from beaches, mountains, bike paths, art galleries and amusement parks.
There are a variety of campus services available to assist you in adjusting to and thriving at Biola. Employment, exercise, food, disability services, support for commuters — whatever your area of interest or need, we're here to help.
Biola University's campus safety department works around the clock to keep our students safe, and La Mirada already ranks as one of the safest communities in the region. Campus Safety officers are on duty 24 hours a day, video cameras are installed across campus and entrance gatehouses are staffed at night and during business hours. In the event of a major emergency on campus, Biola utilizes a notification system to alert students via text message. View the Biola University annual security and fire safety report online.
Visit the Campus Safety website
Applying for a job or an internship can be challenging, but Career Development can help you improve your interview skills and resumé, and lead you to current openings.
Visit the Career Development website
Commuter Life serves the undergraduate commuter population through assessing student needs, developing "commuter friendly" programs and services, managing the Collegium (a home-away-from-home for commuters), and supporting and collaborating with the SGA Commuter Senators.
Visit the Commuter Life website
Central to the community on campus are the Cafeteria, Eagle's Nest, Heritage Cafe, Blackstone Cafe, The Talon and Common Grounds. These locations provide more than just a variety of quality food options; they also give students a place to connect.
Learn more about campus dining
Disability Services works to assist students with physical / medical, psychological and learning disorders. If properly documented, accommodations can be made on the basis of disability. Disability Services also offers tutoring for interested students (through the Learning Center).
Learn more about disability services
There are two types of student employment — on-and-off-campus — and we're ready to help you with either type. If you would like to work at Biola, Human Resources can assist you. If you want to work off campus, Career Development is your source.
Learn more about student employment