Biola University: Statistics

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#2201 of 14,131 In the World
#628 of 2,597 In North America
#575 of 2,496 In the United States
#51 of 249 In California
#508 of 3,778 For Theology / Divinity / Religious studies
Top50% For 14 other topics
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Religion
Undenominational
Acceptance rate
61%
Average SAT
1226
Average ACT
26
Avg. cost to attend
$29,123 /y
Aid receiving
100%
Undergraduates
3,596
Graduates
1,955
Male:Female Ratio
43:57
Control
Private
not-for-profit
Highest Degree
Doctor's degree
Website
www.biola.edu

Biola University Acceptance rate and admissions statistics

Biola University has an acceptance rate of 61% and is among the top 22% of the most difficult universities to gain admission to in the United States. The university reports the admission statistics without distinguishing between local and international students.

Total Men Women
Acceptance Rate 61% 55% 64%
Applicants 4,354 1,630 2,724
Admissions 2,646 896 1,750
Freshmen enrolled full time 645 257 388
Freshmen enrolled part time 10 5 5

1,888 students enrolled in some distance education courses.

904 enrolled exclusively in distance education.

SAT scores

Among admitted applicants
166 or 26%
submitted SAT

25% of them
had 1103
or below

75% of them
had 1348
or below

Typical SAT scores of first-years in Biola University are 1103-1348 (middle 50% range).

ACT scores

Among admitted applicants
68 or 11%
submitted ACT

25% of them
had 22
or below

75% of them
had 29
or below

Typical ACT scores of first-years in Biola University are 22-29 (middle 50% range).

Admissions requirements

Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school record Required
TOEFL Required
College-preparatory program Recommended
SAT/ACT Considered but not required
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Other Tests Neither required nor recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended

Enrollment demographics by race or ethnicity

White 2306 (42%)
Hispanic 981 (18%)
Asian 947 (17%)
Nonresident Alien 510 (9%)
Two or more races 333 (6%)
Race or Ethnicity unknown 246 (4%)
Black or African American 192 (3%)
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 25 (0.5%)
American Indian or Alaska Native 6 (0.1%)

Costs per year: Tuition, Housing, Fees

The average net cost to attend Biola University is $29,123 per year, calculated as the sum of the average cost of tuition, room and board, books, and supplies, reduced by the amount of average financial aid received.

The final cost of attendance varies for each student based on household income, residency, program, and other factors.

Net average cost to attend
$29,123/year
Average aid awarded
$28,421
Students receiving aid
100%

Average costs by household income

<$30K $20,352
$30-48K $19,825
$48-75K $24,398
$75-110K $27,869
$110K+ $32,942

Tuition and fees

UndergraduatesGraduates
Tuition in-district $44,382$12,006
Tuition in-state $44,382$12,006
Tuition out-of-state $44,382$12,006

Room and board costs

Dormitory capacity 2,750
Combined charge for room and board $10,202
Room charge $6,400
Meal charge $5,214

Biola University majors

Biola University has granted 813 bachelor's degrees across 44 programs, 427 master's across 22 programs, and 66 doctorate degrees across 5 programs. Below is a table with majors that lead to degrees at Biola University.

Major Bachelor Master Doctoral
Business Administration and Management, General 120
Psychology, General 68
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other 66
Bible & Biblical Studies 29 34
Education, General 15 45
Cinematography and Film & Video Production 54
Divinity & Ministry 53
Theology and Religious Vocations, Other 25 26
Clinical Psychology 22 23
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 43
Intercultural & Multicultural and Diversity Studies 15 20 8
Theology & Theological Studies 39
Accounting 21 13
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 32
Sociology, General 31
Registered Nursing & Registered Nurse 29
English Language and Literature, General 28
Elementary Education and Teaching 27
Biomedical Sciences, General 26
Business & Commerce, General 26
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 26
Speech-Language Pathology & Pathologist 24
Religious Education 21 2
Fine & Studio Arts, General 20
Applied Psychology 19
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language & ESL Language Instructor 19
Biology & Biological Sciences, General 18
Computer Science 18
Political Science and Government, General 18
Exercise Science and Kinesiology 17
Journalism 16
Philosophy 4 10
Music, Other 11
Engineering Physics & Applied Physics 10
History, General 10
Design and Visual Communications, General 9
Mathematics, General 9
Non-Profit & Public & Organizational Management 9
Religious & Sacred Music 9
Multi- & Interdisciplinary Studies, General 8
Multicultural Education 7
Pastoral Studies & Counseling 7
Music Performance, General 5
Special Education and Teaching, General 5
Biochemistry 4
Music Theory and Composition 4
Curriculum and Instruction 3
Drama and Dramatics & Theatre Arts, General 3
Health and Wellness, General 3
Music Pedagogy 3
Anthropology, General 1 1
Chemistry, General 2
Language Interpretation and Translation 2
Physics, General 2
Public Relations & Image Management 2
Spanish Language and Literature 2
Biology Teacher Education 1
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1
Environmental Science 1
Family and Community Services 1
Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other 1
Grand Total 813 427 66

Biola University has a graduation rate of 70%, which is among the 23% highest for universities in the US.

Total Men Women
Graduation rate 70% 67% 71%
  • Full-time retention rate - 88%
  • Part-time retention rate - 71%

Publications & Citations

Biola University has published 1,291 scientific papers with 11,565 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, Law, Theology / Divinity / Religious studies, Medicine, Environmental Science, and History.

Publications
1,291
Citations
11,565

Publication / Citation count by topic

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
1,110 / 9,172
Philosophy
862 / 6,495
Sociology
644 / 5,884
Political Science
612 / 5,516
Psychology
591 / 8,403
Law
571 / 5,467
Theology / Divinity / Religious studies
531 / 3,719
Medicine
422 / 6,464
Environmental Science
415 / 3,175
History
374 / 1,602
Social Psychology
371 / 5,496
Computer Science
368 / 4,756
Biology
335 / 3,501
Geography and Cartography
317 / 1,773
Art & Design
279 / 1,425
Archaeology
278 / 1,371
Physics
239 / 2,070
Engineering
236 / 1,955
Linguistics
224 / 1,523
Mathematics
197 / 2,599
Psychiatry
167 / 3,148
Pathology
165 / 3,505
Business
161 / 1,603
Economics
159 / 1,565
Quantum and Particle physics
156 / 1,500
Literature
156 / 767
Geology
148 / 1,421
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
146 / 1,462
Education Majors
138 / 841
Anthropology
132 / 1,204
Clinical Psychology
129 / 3,053
Paleontology
122 / 1,193
Statistics
121 / 2,113
Chemistry
118 / 1,276
Child Psychology
104 / 2,325
Development Studies
100 / 1,217
Aesthetics
94 / 394
Biochemistry
90 / 952
Neuroscience
89 / 973
Ecology
78 / 524

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1990 6 32
1991 6 41
1992 8 38
1993 13 59
1994 12 75
1995 17 72
1996 13 75
1997 18 114
1998 13 98
1999 11 95
2000 12 108
2001 14 105
2002 21 114
2003 20 170
2004 11 202
2005 27 192
2006 36 193
2007 29 253
2008 32 328
2009 47 361
2010 33 417
2011 33 390
2012 60 466
2013 33 557
2014 49 579
2015 49 526
2016 58 593
2017 87 534
2018 73 548
2019 73 699
2020 74 904
2021 107 1061
2022 80 872
Academic rankings

Biola University alumni

  1. Noah Munck

    Noah Munck
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1996-.. (age 27)
    Occupations
    actorfilm actormusic producertelevision actor
    Biography

    Noah Bryant Munck is an American actor, comedian, YouTube personality and music producer known for his roles as Gibby in the Nickelodeon series iCarly and "Naked Rob" Smith in the ABC comedy series The Goldbergs. He also produces electronic music under the alias NoxiK and creates independent comedy videos on YouTube.

  2. Zach King

    Zach King
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1990-.. (age 33)
    Occupations
    actormanufacturerscreenwriterfilmmakerYouTuber
    Biography

    Zachary King is an American internet personality based in Los Angeles. He is most known for his "magic vines," which are six-second videos digitally edited to look as if he is doing magic. He calls his videos "digital sleight of hand." He began posting videos on YouTube in 2008 and in 2013 he started posting videos to Vine. King posted his first video to TikTok in 2016, and has since attracted over 90 million followers, making him the sixth most-followed individual on the platform.

  3. Scott Derrickson

    Scott Derrickson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1966-.. (age 57)
    Enrolled in Biola University
    Graduated with Bachelor of Arts in humanities
    Occupations
    film directorfilm producerscreenwriterwriter
    Biography

    Scott Derrickson is an American filmmaker. He is best known for directing the films The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005), Sinister (2012), Doctor Strange (2016) and The Black Phone (2021).

  4. Nabeel Qureshi

    Nabeel Qureshi
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1983-2017 (aged 34)
    Occupations
    missionarywriter
    Biography

    Nabeel Asif Qureshi was a Pakistani-American Christian apologist. Raised by a devout Ahmadi family, Qureshi converted to Christianity from Ahmadiyaa faith as a university student following several years of debate with a Christian friend. After earning his doctorate in medicine from Eastern Virginia Medical School, he subsequently completed a M.A. in religion at Duke University and M.Phil in Judaism and Christianity at the University of Oxford, becoming a Christian apologist with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) (who was accused of sexual harassment) from 2013 until 2017. Qureshi authored three books: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity, Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward, and No God But Oneā€”Allah or Jesus.

All 21 notable alumni

General info

Alternative names BU
Founded 1908
Motto Equipping men and women in mind and character to impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ
Colors red, white
Academic calendar August to May
Total FTE staff 951
Carnegie classification Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity

Location and contacts

Address 13800 Biola Ave
La Mirada, California, 90639-0001
United States
City population 48,000
Phone 5629036000

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