Biola University

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School Overview

Biola University is located in La Mirada, CA. It is a private school that incorporates Christian values and theology into classroom instruction. Many students study here to associate with peers that share similar religious beliefs and values.

Biola University offers more than 145 degree programs at all academic levels.
The university offers traditional majors, such as history, philosophy, English, and anthropology, in addition to specialized art majors, such as writing, sculpture, and screenwriting.

Biola University offers graduate degree programs in business administration, teacher education, radio broadcasting, and engineering. The university is great place for students preparing for graduate-level study in optometry, veterinary science, physical therapy, and medicine since pre-professional programs in these fields are offered.

General Information

Admission Office

13800 Biola Avenue

La Mirada, CA 90639-0001

(562) 903-4752

(800) 652-4652

Fax: (562) 903-4709

Contact: Greg Vaughan

Director of Enrollment Management
Main Address

13800 Biola Avenue

La Mirada, CA 90639-0001

(562) 903-6000

Total undergrads: 3,762

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 842

Degree-seeking undergrads: 3,610


Suburban setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $45

Online application fee: $45

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 81%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $24,998 $26,424 $27,744 $28,852 +3.99%
Books and Supplies $1,386 $1,566 $1,638 $1,620 -1.10%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $7,770 $8,120 $8,520 $8,820 +3.52%
Other $2,934 $2,970 $3,042 $2,979 -2.07%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $9,288 $10,152 $10,872 $10,980 +0.99%
Other $3,618 $3,870 $3,996 $3,897 -2.48%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $37,088 $39,080 $40,944 $42,271 +3.24%
In-state Off Campus $39,290 $42,012 $44,250 $45,349 +2.48%
In-state with Family $26,384 $27,990 $29,382 $30,472 +3.71%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $8,406
In-state Student Fees $0
Out-of-state Tuition $8,406
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $0

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 666 84%
Grant or scholarship aid 538 68% $8,471,105 $15,746
• Federal grants 463 59% $991,951 $2,142
• Pell grants 200 25% $723,426 $3,617
• Other federal grants 263 33% $268,525 $1,021
State and local government grant or scholarships 191 24% $1,632,746 $8,548
Institutional scholarships or grants 538 68% $5,846,408 $10,867
Student loan financial aid 538 68% $4,298,827 $7,990
• Federal student loans 523 66% $2,489,744 $4,761
• Other student loans 118 15% $1,809,083 $15,331

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 898 256 24 14
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 20
Biochemistry 5
Biology/biological Sciences, General 15
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 236 32
Business Administration and Management, General 155 23
Business/commerce, General 81 9
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 111
Journalism 30
Radio and Television 44
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 37
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Computer Science 1
Education 44 33
Education, General 26
Elementary Education and Teaching 42
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 2
Teaching English As A Second or Foreign Language/esl Language Instructor 7
English Language and Literature/letters 39
English Language and Literature, General 39
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1 7
Language Interpretation and Translation 7
Spanish Language and Literature 1
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences, General 52
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 20
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 32
History 18
History, General 18
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 11
Humanities/humanistic Studies 11
Mathematics and Statistics 7
Mathematics, General 7
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 9
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 9
Physical Sciences 1
Physical Sciences 1
Psychology 111 24 5
Clinical Psychology 24 5
Psychology, General 111
Social Sciences 70 1
Anthropology 6 1
Political Science and Government, General 5
Social Sciences, General 5
Social Sciences, Other
Sociology 54
Theology and Religious Vocations 133 159 19 14
Bible/biblical Studies 40 18 12
Divinity/ministry 47
Missions/missionary Studies and Missiology 42 9 10
Pastoral Studies/counseling 17
Religious Education 30 12 8
Religious/sacred Music 21
Theology and Religious Vocations, Other 36 1
Theology/theological Studies 20 2
Visual and Performing Arts 34
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts, General
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
Fine/studio Arts, General 20
Music Pedagogy 3
Music Performance, General 11
Music Theory and Composition
Music, Other
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Commercial/Advertising Art B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Drawing B
Film Production/Cinematography B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music Theory/Composition B
Painting B
Sculpture B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
International Business B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Broadcast Journalism B
Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B
Public Relations B
Radio/Television B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B


Education – General B
Elementary Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Secondary Education B


Engineering – General B

English Language & Literature

Creative Writing B
English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Communication Disorders B
Nursing (RN) B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Prelaw B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Intercultural/Multicultural/Diversity Studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B
Health/Physical Fitness B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Theological Studies & Religious Vocations

Bible Studies B
Religious Education B
Theology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Biola University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (562) 903-6000
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: 13800 Biola Ave, La Mirada, CA 90639-0001
Setting: Suburb: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 6,103
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 73%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 14 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 3,897 (64% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $41,976
Out-of-state Tuition: $41,976
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $22,704

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Biola University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Biola University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 3
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 23
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 3
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Education 1651
Engineering 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 112
Health Professions and Related Programs 121
History 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 211
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 12
Physical Sciences 3
Psychology 211
Social Sciences 41
Theology and Religious Vocations 5371
Visual and Performing Arts 8
Grand total 848234

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Biola University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $41,976
Out-of-state $41,976
Books and supplies $1,970

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $11,394
Out-of-state $11,394

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 844 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 838 99% $22,704
Student loan aid 485 57% $8,267

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 3,793 98% $22,457
Federal student loans 2,179 56% $6,667

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Biola University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Biola University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 4,216 1,399 2,817
Percent admitted 100% 69% 70%
Percent admitted who enrolled 22% 24% 20%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Biola University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 6,103
Undergraduate enrollment 4,043
Graduate enrollment 2,060

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Biola University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSYD) - PsyD Doctoral programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
    • Theology (THEOL) - Freestanding schools, as well as programs affiliated with larger institutions, offering graduate professional education for ministry and graduate study of theology
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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