Biola University

Biola University

Biola University is a private, co-educational, Evangelical Christian university located in La Mirada, California, United States of America. It is noted for its conservative theology. It was established on February 25, 1908 as Bible Institute Of Los Angeles by Lyman Stewart, co-owner of the Union Oil Company of California and T.C. Horton, a well-known minister and Christian author. It was renamed as Biola College in 1949. On July 1, 1981, Biola COllege was raised to University status and was finally named Biola University.

The schools under Biola University are as follows:

  • Crowell School of Business
  • Rosemead School of Psychology
  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of Intercultural Studies
  • School of Professional Studies
  • Talbot School of Theology

Biola's sports teams are known as the Eagles. Biola fields men's teams in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis and track & field. Women participate in basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field and volleyball.

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Biola University
13800 Biola Ave
La Mirada , CA 90639-0001
General Phone: (562) 903-6000

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Biola Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Religion and Philosophy415philosophy, philosophy and religious studies, bible studies, missionary studies, religious education, religious music, theology, ministry, pastoral counseling, ...
Business and Management269business, business management
Therapy and Counseling155psychology, clinical psychology, communication disorders
Liberal Arts141language translation, Spanish language, English, humanities, social services, anthropology, political science, sociology, social studies, ...
Education and Teaching101education, elementary school teaching, physical education teaching, ESL instruction
Media78communication studies, journalism, radio and television, media and digital communications
Nursing and Emergency Medicine32registered nursing
Fine Arts27fine arts, fine arts studies
Science24biology, biochemistry, physical sciences
Music19music performance, music theory and composition, music pedagogy, various music studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy17exercise science
Computer Science and Engineering4computer and info science, computer science
Drama and Performing Arts0drama

Number of programs and degrees for Biola in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree89639
Master's degree29113
Postbaccalaureate certificate22
Post-master's certificate103
Doctor's degree334
First-professional degree611

Biola Student Body

In 2007-2008, Biola had a total enrollment of 5,830 students (4,929 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 38%
Women 62%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 66%
Graduate 27%
First Professional 7%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 61%
Black 4%
Hispanic 9%
Asian 13%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 6%
(Foreign Students) 7%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 36%
20-21 20%
22-24 11%
25-29 10%
30-34 6%
35-39 5%
40-49 7%
50-64 4%
65+ 0%

Biola Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 83 %
Part-Time 60 %

Biola Room and Board (2007)

Biola offers campus housing for 2,649 of its 4,929 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of La Mirada, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 20 meals per week.

Biola Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal500640
SAT Math490610
SAT Writing490610
ACT Verbal2128
ACT Composite2127

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT89%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT34%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Biola Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 26,424
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 26,424
Room and board $ 8,120
Room charge $ 4,420
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,700
Books and supplies $ 1,566
Other expenses $ 2,970

Financial Aid:
Biola participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 112200)

Biola Faculty

Biola has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured and not on tenure track3622
Non-tenured, but on tenure track5522

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year8$83,0331*
Associate professorcalendar year5$69,5771*
Assistant professorcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year13$77,8583$70,058

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year37$84,2437$81,210
Associate professoracademic year55$69,99318$68,419
Assistant professoracademic year44$58,50527$57,845
Instructoracademic year2*1*
No academic rankacademic year2*3$43,360
All faculty totalacademic year140$69,45256$63,219

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Biola Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Golden State Athletic Conference
Baseball Golden State Athletic Conference
Track Golden State Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports205777

Biola Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Education, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Fine Arts
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Language Interpretation and Translation
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Radio and Television
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other

Music Pedagogy
Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, Other

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Religion And Philosophy
Bible/Biblical Studies
Divinity/Ministry (BD, MDiv)
Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology
Pastoral Studies/Counseling
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
Religious Education
Religious/Sacred Music
Theology and Religious Vocations, Other
Theology/Theological Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Physical Sciences

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Communication Disorders, General
Psychology, General

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