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Want the scoop on Biola University? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors Biola offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Biola University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Biola University was awarded 20 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is Biblical studies.

Overall Quality

Biola landed the #315 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

Out of the 116 colleges in California, Biola is ranked at #32.

See all of the rankings for Biola University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Biola?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Biola University is 72%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that Biola is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

About 75% of students accepted to Biola submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 543 and 658. Math scores were between 520 and 640.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Biola University  ( 543 to 658 )

SAT Math Scores for Biola University  ( 520 to 640 )
Biola received ACT scores from 43% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 21 and 28.

ACT Composite Scores for Biola University  ( 21 to 28 )

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Biola University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Biola University is about average at 14 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Biola University is 100%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  100 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Biola University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 87% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Biola University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  87 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Biola the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 52%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  52 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at Biola

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,043 undergraduates at Biola with 3,772 being full-time and 271 being part-time.

Biola Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

With an overall score of 89.07 out of 100, Biola is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  89.07 out of 100
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How Much Does Biola University Cost?

The overall average net price of Biola is $31,345. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Biola

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$24,865 $26,820 $28,344 $32,589 $38,550

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Biola, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Biola, approximately 62% of students took out student loans averaging $8,207 a year. That adds up to $32,828 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Biola is 2.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Biola Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Biola with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $44,500 in their early years. This is good news for future Biola graduates since it is 12% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Biola University make the most money.

Location of Biola University

Biola University is a private not-for-profit institution located in La Mirada, California. La Mirada is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

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Location of Biola University

Contact details for Biola are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 13800 Biola Ave, La Mirada, CA 90639-0001
Phone: 562-903-6000

Biola University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 52 majors graduated from Biola University. Of these students, 912 received undergraduate degrees and 472 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 113 NA
General Psychology 66 $26,500
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 62 NA
General Biology 51 $24,400
Teacher Education Grade Specific 46 $27,600
Communication & Media Studies 42 $30,200
Nursing 39 $75,500
Sociology 37 $26,100
Communication Sciences 36 $26,500
Music 35 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Biola University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Biola

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 2,002 students took at least one online class at Biola University. This is an increase from the 1,590 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 2,002 670
2016-2017 1,590 555
2015-2016 1,188 285
2014-2015 917 247
2013-2014 417 86

Learn more about online learning at Biola University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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