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Biola University is a private not-for-profit institution located in La Mirada, California. Biola is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

66 Undergraduate Degrees
65 Graduate Degrees
$38,819 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
72% Acceptance Rate

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Biola University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Biola.

Rank Ranking Name Share
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Where Is Biola University?

Location of Biola University

Contact details for Biola are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 13800 Biola Ave, La Mirada, CA 90639-0001
Phone: 562-903-6000

How Do I Get Into Biola?

You can apply to Biola online at:

Admission Requirements for Biola

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Biola?

72% Acceptance Rate
68% Of Accepted Are Women
75% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Biola University is 72%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 32% of accepted students are men and 68% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 72%, and the acceptance rate for women is 72%.

Average Test Scores

About 75% of students accepted to Biola submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 543 and 658. Math scores were between 520 and 640.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Biola University  ( 543 to 658 )

SAT Math Scores for Biola University  ( 520 to 640 )
Biola received ACT scores from 43% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 29. Math scores were between 20 and 27. Composite scores were between 21 and 28.

ACT English Scores for Biola University  ( 22 to 29 )
ACT Math Scores for Biola University  ( 20 to 27 )
ACT Composite Scores for Biola University  ( 21 to 28 )

Can I Afford Biola University?

$38,819 Net Price
62% Take Out Loans
2.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Biola is $38,819. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Biola, approximately 62% of students took out student loans averaging $8,207 a year. That adds up to $32,828 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Biola is 2.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Biola University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,772 Full-Time Undergraduates
64% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,043 undergraduate students at Biola, with 3,772 being full-time and 271 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Biola

There are also 2,060 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,772 full-time undergraduates at Biola, 36% are male and 64% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Biola

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Biola University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Biola Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 564
Black or African American 86
Hispanic or Latino 764
White 1,747
International Students 191
Other Races/Ethnicities 420

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at Biola University. At this time, 36 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 45 countries are represented at Biola. The most popular countries sending students to the school are South Korea, Indonesia, and China.

Online Learning at Biola University

670 Took All Classes Online
2,002 Took At Least One Class Online
79.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 5 bachelor’s degree and 5 master’s degree programs available online at Biola. In 2017-2018, 2,002 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Biola has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 17th most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Biola

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Biola University was 79.5%. This is the #221 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Biola regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Biola majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
General Education 8%
General Education 8%
General Special Education 50%
Special Education 50%
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 55%
Teaching English or French 55%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Biola ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Biola.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Teaching English or French #4
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor #4
Early Childhood Education #6
General Special Education #10
Special Education #16
Teacher Education Grade Specific #22

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Biola University Teaching Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
General Education 15 0 37 0 52
Elementary Education 46 0 0 0 46
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 0 3 17 0 20
Multicultural Education 0 0 0 4 4
General Special Education 0 0 4 0 4
Physical Education Teaching & Coaching 4 0 0 0 4
Biology Education 1 0 0 0 1
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 0
Early Childhood Education 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 66 3 58 4 131


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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