Biola University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (5)
It's a great campus in a great location. Everyone is very friendly but there are some strict rules.
It is a rigorous academic institution filled with dedicated professors who take pride in their practice and investing in the students they mentor. They professors are well qualified and very approachable.
I loved Biola. The teachers genuinely care about the students, the class sizes are small and you learn a lot. They have so many great experiences there, study abroad, summer classes with trips to other states and endless clubs and activities. Because it is so small anyone can try something new. You don't have to have been in the drama club during High School to decide to now be in the school play. There is less competition and everyone supports each other. I have never been in choir, but I was accepted into the women' chorus and became really great. The one exception is sports teams and the co-ed choir, for those things you will need previous experience or natural talent that is clearly there, rather than developing it as you go. However, if you really want to give it a try anyway because you will never regret trying and failing as much as you regret never trying. I ran for Senator of my dorm and won that and I paid for college in part with the many available on-campus jobs. This school has everything and you grow so much intellectually and emotionally. Now the one thing I did not like about this school is the masters program in Education. It is underdeveloped in my mind. While other schools have 15-30 different emphasis to choose from and various degrees Biola only basically has MAT or MAEd and Special Ed. If you want a Masters of Education in Technology they don't have it, MA Ed in ESOL, nope, MA Ed in Leaderships, nada... and it goes on. I started taking the MAT courses and I just couldn't do it. The first class was "Life of Christ". I am a Christian, but when I went into a Masters of Teaching I wanted to learn practical ways to grow in my teaching ability. I wanted courses like "Teaching to students of various cultures," "Leadership in the classroom" or "Using technology in the 21st Century Classroom." This course including several textbooks with very small writing going over theology and different theories and thoughts on the life of Christ. That is NOT what someone trying to be competitive in the world of teaching needs on their transcript. Yes I get it, if we learn about Jesus our entire lives will improve, but I already learned about Jesus while minoring in theology during my undergrad and I'd just like the option to learn about teaching. Where is the Masters in Teaching emphasis in Teaching?? I ended up dropping the Masters program because the other courses offered were no better than this one. I am sad because I know I'd get quality education at this school, but I just need a Masters degree that really hones the skills I am interested in honing.
While expensive, Biola was a wonderful and growing experience for me to grow in my faith in Jesus and as an adult.
Biola University is an excellent school with quality education. I have never been more challenged in my field or my faith. The community of students and faculty are supportive, encouraging, and challenging. Some of the best educational experiences you will ever have here take place outside the classroom, over coffee with a professor or with a group of students from different fields of studies. The faculty push you to test everything and to own both your faith and your education.