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Biola University: Narrative Description


13800 Biola Ave.
La Mirada, CA 90639-0001
Tel: (562)903-6000; 800-652-4652; Admissions: (562)903-4752; Fax: (562)903-4709; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Independent interdenominational, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1908. Setting: 95-acre suburban campus with easy access to Los Angeles. Endowment: $16.7 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $6907 per student. Total enrollment: 4,666. Faculty: 404 (183 full-time, 221 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 1,901 applied, 78% were admitted. 50% from top 10% of their high school class, 79% from top quarter, 92% from top half. 11 class presidents, 5 valedictorians, 27 student government officers. Full-time: 2,904 students, 63% women, 37% men. Part-time: 328 students, 57% women, 43% men. Students come from 47 states and territories, 40 other countries, 29% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 9% Hispanic, 4% black, 7% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 19% 25 or older, 69% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 84% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Coalition for Christian Colleges and Universities, University of Southern California, California State University, Long Beach, University of California, Los Angeles. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, interview, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 3/1, 12/1 for early action. Notification: 3/20, 12/20 for early action.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $45. Comprehensive fee: $25,531 includes full-time tuition ($19,564) and college room and board ($5967). College room only: $3207. Full-time tuition varies according to program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 33 open to all. Most popular organizations: Korean Student Association, Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Accounting Society, Maharlika (Filipino Club), SOUL (Seeking Out Unity and Love). Major annual events: BAB Week (Betty Asks Bob), Celebrate the Son, Missions Conference. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, access gates to roads through the middle of campus. 2,244 college housing spaces available; 2,184 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. The Biola University Library with 270,456 books, 509,583 microform titles, 13,123 serials, 12,482 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $2.9 million. 150 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Population 50,000. La Mirada is a suburban area less than one hour from the Los Angeles International Airport. The Santa Fe Railroad and buses serve the area as does the Santa Ana Freeway. There are libraries, churches, and a hospital. Part-time employment is available. The beaches are 20 miles away and the mountains are an hour and half drive with Knott's Berry Farm and Disneyland a few minutes from campus.

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