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Biola University is a private, Christian, liberal arts school located in the Southern California city of La Mirada. Although founded in the conservative Evangelical Christian tradition, Biola University is non-denominational. According to its mission statement, Biola is “biblically centered education, scholarship and service--equipping men and women in mind and character to impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Biola’s history traces back to the founding in 1908 of the Bible Institute of Los Angeles (hence the name Biola) by Lyman Stewart, co-founder of the Union Oil Company. The institute originally focused on Bible and mission training, offering a two-year curriculum leading to a diploma. Over the ensuing decades, the school broadened its academic scope as well as its enrollment. In 1949, the institute’s name was changed to Biola College. In 1959, the college relocated to La Mirada. In 1981, the school was once again renamed, this time to Biola University.

Biola has a current enrollment of approximately 6300 students of which around 4300 are undergraduates. The school offers over 37 majors and 75 academic programs through a system of six schools: Talbot School of Theology; Rosemead School of Psychology; Cook School of International Studies; Crowell School of Business; School of Arts & Sciences; and School of Education.

Biola’s campus is situated on 95 suburban acres in La Mirada. Approximately two-thirds of the school’s students reside on-campus in eight dormitories and six apartment buildings. There is an abundance of extracurricular activities available, including a thriving art, music and theater community, as well as Associated Students and intramural sports programs. In addition, the university is only minutes away from the beaches, mountains, and the numerous other cultural and entertainment offerings of Southern California.

There are over a dozen varsity sports teams at Biola. Nicknamed the Eagles, Biola’s teams compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics as members of the Golden State Athletic Conference.

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