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Campus & Student Life at Biola University

Home to about 3,683 undergraduates in 2020, Biola is a private university located in La Mirada, California. A safe, suburban environment can offer many of the amenities of city living without the constant hum. Should you tire of the campus however, Biola offers a “study abroad” program. Please note, some classes/degrees offered by Biola can be taken “online” so keep that in mind when reviewing this report. For more context, you might also check out our Biola Guide to Distance and Online Learning.

Biola University is Affiliated With the Undenominational Faith.

Some, but not all, schools with a religious affiliation may require a statement of faith or religious studies component. Contact the school to see what their requirements are. If an affinity with the Undenominational faith interests you, check out our ranking of The Best Undenominational Colleges and Universities.

Biola Has a Disability Services Site

Individuals with disabilities make up 8.0% of the student population at Biola. For more information on policies and accommodations that the university provides to ensure all students get the opportunity to participate, you can visit Biola Disability Services.

Biola for the Military

While not a "service academy", Biola does offer support for veterans and those seeking a career in the armed forces. Undergraduates have access to one or more ROTC programs and there is an active student veterans group on campus. For more information on policies related to veterans, you can visit Biola Veteran Services . For more information, check out our Biola for Veterans Guide.

Freshmen Living Arrangements at Biola University

Biola offers on-campus housing, but freshmen are not required to take advantage of it. In the end though, most do choose to live in the dorms.

Freshmen Living Arrangements at Biola University

* Data compiled from students who received financial aid, including loans.

Full-time vs. Part-time Studies at Biola University

There were 3,683 undergraduates in 2020. Full-time attendance was 3,391 (92.1%). Part-time attendance was 292 (7.9%).


Biola University is Ranked #336 for Overall Diversity

Compared to other colleges and universities across the nation, Biola receives top marks for overall diversity. We rank Biola #336 out of 3,451.

The chart below shows each element that we looked at to determine this ranking, and how that metric compares to the national average. 100 would indicate excellent diversity in each category, and 1 would mean poor diversity.

Overall Diversity at Biola University

You can learn more about the diversity of the student body at Biola by looking closer at the ethnic,  genderage, and geographic diversity metrics from the Biola Diversity Guide.

Biola University Competes in the NCAA

Biola has a total of 313 student athletes, 154 men and 159 women who compete in inter-collegiate athletics.

Athletics Financing

Total Revenue (all teams)$3,281,058
Total Expenses (all teams)$3,258,707

For more information about athletics including per-team sizes, coaching and scholarships check out our Guide to Biola University Athletics

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