Quick Facts

Why Biola?

Biola is a nationally ranked university and provides a premier education that integrates the Bible in over 40 majors and 80 academic concentrations. For over 100 years, Biola has prepared students to impact the world for Christ in their chosen careers while fostering spiritual life transformation in an all-Christian campus community.


Western Association of Schools and Colleges; professionally accredited by American Psychological Association, Association of Collegiate Business Schools, Association of Theological Schools, National Association of Schools of Art and Design, National Association of Schools of Music, and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


  • Instructional Staff: 516 (F/T Doctorate 73%)
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 16-to-1


Suburban campus of 95 acres in La Mirada, CA, located on the border of Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

Six Schools

School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Education, School of Intercultural Studies, Rosemead School of Psychology, and Talbot School of Theology.

School Year Calendar

4-1-4 calendar. 2014-2015 school year begins August 26, 2015. Interterm begins January 4, 2016, and spring semester begins February 1, 2016. Biola offers two summer sessions.


  • Total university enrollment: 6,323 (Fall 2013)
  • Traditional undergraduate enrollment: 4,353 (Fall 2012)
  • Average freshman GPA: 3.54 (unweighted)
  • Average freshman SAT: 1,112 (Critical Reading & Math)
  • Average freshman ACT: 24
  • Students from out of state: 22%

Student Diversity

  • African American: 2%
  • Asian American: 16%
  • Caucasian: 55%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 17%
  • International: 2%
  • Other: 8%

Additional Opportunities

  • All students take 10 classes of Biblical Studies
  • Students attend chapel 2-3 times a week during their time at Biola


Mission and Vision

Biola University's vision is to be an exemplary Christian university characterized as a community of grace that promotes and inspires personal life transformation in Christ which illuminates the world with His light and truth. Further, as a global center for Christian thought and an influential evangelical voice that addresses crucial cultural issues, Biola University aspires to lead, with confidence and compassion, an intellectual and spiritual renewal that advances the purpose of Christ.

Mission Statement

The mission of Biola University is biblically centered education, scholarship and service — equipping men and women in mind and character to impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ.


Our objective is that every student learns Christ-like character and intellectual, technical and relational skills to serve as leaders, role models and competent professionals.


At the heart of our mission is love and respect for all persons, integrity and diligence in our words and deeds, and AWE and reverence for God's work. We seek His inspiration for creativity and excellence in the fulfillment of our mission. Our vision is to be a distinctive Christian university of service to the global community of faith.


Biola stands as a beacon of faith, to equip men and women for Christ-centered public service and the ministry of "making disciples" at home and around the world.


Our business is to inspire students' learning so that they are empowered to think and practice from a Christian worldview in their fields of service.


We desire that our graduates demonstrate Christ-like character, competence and commitment through servant leadership in their churches, communities and professions. Being equipped for critical thinking and dialogue in respect to faith, our desire is that graduates respond with love to make a difference in society, government, the marketplace and higher education.


Our faculty, students and graduates seek to grapple with the intellectual, ethical and cultural issues of our time by partnering in discerning Christ-centered scholarship through learning, rigorous research, publications and performance.

Character Building Community

We aspire to mentor and serve our students in a manner that nurtures strength of character and Christian community.


The cornerstone of the original Bible Institute of Los Angeles building in downtown L.A. was laid on May 31, 1913, and dedicated with these words:

"For the teaching of the truths for which the Institute stands, its doors are to be open every day of the year, and all people, without reference to race, color or class will ever be welcome to its privileges."

Spoken by Lyman Stewart, president of the Institute and co-founder of the Union Oil Company, these words capture the vision of Biola's founders. Stewart, together with T.C. Horton, initiated the Bible Institute, with the first permanent organization taking shape in 1908. By 1912, the school had grown sufficiently in its outreach and constituency to call R.A. Torrey, a leader in the field of Christian education, as the first dean.

The following decades witnessed tremendous growth in the development and outreach of the school. Under the leadership of Dr. Louis T. Talbot, president from 1932 to 1952, the Bible Institute program became a four-year course, leading to degrees in theology, Christian education, and sacred music. The School of Missionary Medicine came into being in 1945, laying the foundation for Biola's current baccalaureate nursing program. In 1949, the Bible Institute was renamed Biola College.

Dr. Samuel H. Sutherland became president in 1952, and with his leadership the college obtained regional and professional accreditation. Additionally, many new programs of study were introduced, including Talbot Theological Seminary. The demands imposed by the growing student body and the enlarged curriculum prompted the purchase of a 75-acre site in La Mirada.

Biola moved to the new site in 1959. Dr. Sutherland retired as president in 1970, but continued to lend leadership as a member of Biola's Board of Trustees. That same year, Dr. J. Richard Chase became Biola's sixth president.


In 1977, the graduate programs of Rosemead Graduate School of Professional Psychology were acquired by Biola and relocated on the La Mirada campus. The undergraduate programs in psychology were merged with Rosemead's graduate programs in the fall of 1981, forming the present Rosemead School of Psychology.

Under the leadership of Dr. J. Richard Chase, Biola College became Biola University on July 1, 1981. The University was composed of the School of Arts and Sciences, Talbot Theological Seminary, and Rosemead School of Psychology. Dr. Clyde Cook became the seventh president of Biola on June 1, 1982. Under his leadership, the School of Intercultural Studies was instituted as part of the University in 1983. Talbot Theological Seminary became Talbot School of Theology in the fall of 1983 as a result of the merger between the appropriate undergraduate and graduate level programs.

The Board approved the establishment of the School of Business in 1993, and the School of Continuing Studies in 1994, now called the School of Professional Studies.

Because of the University's heritage and commitment, its academic basis is broader than that of the standard college of arts and sciences. Terminal and preparatory programs lead to service in church-related vocations and the many other vocations and professions embraced by the present curricula. In addition, the University is a Christian institution of higher education without any denominational affiliation.

From an institute to a university, Biola's cornerstone has remained the same: commitment to Jesus Christ, the inerrancy of Scripture and biblical Christianity (within an evangelical Protestant framework), as well as to the spiritual, academic and holistic growth of those who are personally committed to Him.

  • Fall Receptions

    September 13, 2015

    Biola University will be in a city near you holding receptions for applicants of Biola University and their families. This is a free opportunity to hear from an admissions counselor, an alumnus, as well as connect with other local students and families considering Biola University for their future!

  • Saturday Tour & Brunch at Biola

    September 19, 2015

    Trying to visit as many colleges as possible? Come and enjoy Brunch at Biola! We know how hectic it can be to take time out of your week to visit a college campus, that's why we have opened up a Saturday tour followed by a nice brunch at our Cafeteria.

  • Biola Bound

    October 24, 2015

    Do you want to visit Biola, but live out-of-state or in zip codes 94000-96199? Biola Bound may be the perfect visit opportunity for you! Come for a great weekend, explore what Biola has to offer, and have some fun in Southern California.

More Events

Biola University
13800 Biola Ave. La Mirada, CA 90639