Biola University Campus Tour

Biola University Campus Tour

November 8, 2019 25 By Stanley Isaacs


Hi! Welcome to Biola University’s virtual tour. We’re really excited to show you around campus,
and just share with you everything that Biola has to offer. Along the tour, we’ll get to check out some
of the buildings on campus, including classrooms, dorms, and the cafeteria. And we’ll also take a look at the unique tradition
and excellence of a Biola education. We’ll also provide you with an inside look
at what it means to be a student here at Biola, and what an awesome experience that is. Let’s get started! Biola is a nationally-ranked private Christian
university, located in La Mirada, California. Founded in 1908, the mission of Biola University
is to provide biblically centered education, scholarship
and service — equipping men and women in both mind & character
to impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ. And with a campus population of about 6,000
students, Biola provides a dynamic environment in which
to grow and learn. At the same time, Biola’s unique campus environment will provide you with an intimate sense of community. Every student, staff, and faculty member at
Biola is a professing Christian. And as an expert in their field,
they will teach you the fundamentals necessary to succeed in the modern job market,
as well as demonstrate to you how to integrate your faith into your life as a professional. That’s what a Biola education is all about
— excellence in the classroom and on the job,
as well as impacting the world throughout life. We’re currently standing inside the Crowell
School of Business. Although Crowell is home to the school of
business, students from other majors take classes here
as well. As you look around the classroom,
you probably notice that it’s equipped with all the modern amenities. But the greatest part about our classrooms
here at Biola? The awesome faculty. And after you graduate, you’ll feel equipped
to handle the challenges and opportunities ahead of
you. Biola alumni are prepared for success:
whether that means becoming a film director in Hollywood,
a U.S. senator, a missionary who travels the world,
or a teacher at a local school. You’ll be prepared to share your faith and
give back to your community with all that you’ve learned during your time
at Biola. Biola’s library was built in 2000. There’s plenty of computers & study stations
scattered throughout the library, as well as recliner chairs that are great
for just curling up and reading a book. And the library was designed as a source of
inspiration for students as well. It’s a bright & comfortable place to study. Students can also study outside in the beautiful
Giumarra Courtyard, while taking advantage of the great Southern
California weather. The Biola Bell Tower is one of our university’s
landmarks. The bells were brought over from downtown
Los Angeles in 1959 to be a visible reminder of our first 50 years
of Christian heritage. The bells still ring daily, echoing across
campus. There are many opportunities that are unique
to Biola, such as the Torrey Honors Institute. The Torrey program takes the place of your
general requirements, by combining classical and traditional learning
using the Oxford & Socratic method. If you’re interested in Torrey, ask your Admissions
counselor today. And while you’re at it, you can also ask about
Biola’s study abroad programs. Students can take advantage of one of 19 different
study abroad programs that Biola offers. In the past, students have studied abroad
for a semester in places such as Egypt, Russia, China, Latin America, and more. One of the key distinctives of Biola University
is its commitment to a biblically centered education. One way this is demonstrated is that each
student attends chapel, which is offered several times each week,
offering different styles of worship and different speakers,
ranging from Biola faculty to ministry leaders from around the world. I personally love Singspiration,
which is an all-worship chapel held on Sunday nights. It’s a great time where we get to praise God
and worship together as a community. It’s such a unique experience. Another way Biola demonstrates its commitment
to a biblically centered education is that every student gets to take 10 Bible
classes. Some of these classes include “Jesus Life
and Ministry” and “The Character of God.” This is the Biola cafeteria —
but students around here like to call it “The Caf.” One thing you can be sure of at Biola is that
you’ll have dining options. With six different food stations,
The Caf offers everything from pizza, to stirfry, to salad,
to home-cooked meals just like mom used to make. All of the food on-campus is provided by Bon
Appétit, a great catering company that uses fresh and
healthy ingredients, and makes everything from scratch. They make a great steak over rice,
and don’t forget the all-you-can-eat soft serve ice cream. It’s easy to see that The Caf is a great place,
not just to eat, but also to hang out with friends and meet new people. Along with premiere academics and a spiritual
commitment, one of Biola’s strongest features is the vibrant
campus community. This is Horton Hall. Residence life in the dormitories, such as
this one, is where that community begins. You know, it’s always exciting to see what
new activities dorms are doing each year. Last year, my floor went to Malibu Canyon. We hiked, we swam, really we just had a great
time praising God and getting to know one another. And with all the activities of campus life,
sometimes I just need a break. The Rose of Sharon Prayer Chapel and the Olive
Grove Park are just a couple of peaceful places I know
I can go to to just catch my breath and reflect. Every residence hall at Biola offers the same
amenities: such as wireless internet, laundry facilities,
and 24-hour key card access. It’s really a great place to live. It feels like home, and your friends are your
neighbors. This area is essentially the social heart
of campus. Here you’ll find Eagles’ Nest and Common Grounds
— places where you can grab some coffee, food,
and just hang out. They also have music events here, too. Bottom line: this is a great place to hang
out, because there’s always something going on. Over here, you’ll also find the Student Union
Building — or the SUB. Inside are several student-run organizations,
such as the Student Missionary Union, which is one of the largest student-run missionary unions in the country. This is Chase Gymnasium. A lot goes on inside of our gym. This is where our community gathers for worship,
chapels, sporting events, and even concerts. Basically, this is where our community comes
together, and a lot of memories are made here. And if you’re wondering if Biola has school
spirit, make sure you check out Nationball,
which is a campus-wide dodgeball tournament between dorms. Or Midnight Madness, which kicks-off the basketball
season in the fall. Biola offers several varsity sports, including
baseball, basketball, soccer, and others. We also have intramural sports & club sports. I loved intramural flag football. My friends and I created our own team last
year and we had a blast! It’s definitely something I’ll never forget. Athletics doesn’t stop in the gym. This is our track & field, a key component
of the athletic culture at Biola. And if you’d rather exercise indoors,
the fitness center and weight room are just a couple of steps away. And the facilities are free for students to
use. Or if swimming’s more your style,
check out Lansing Pool — which is open & heated year round. Originally founded in downtown Los Angeles,
Biola is now located in La Mirada, California, which is right on the border of LA & Orange
county. In addition to being a safe & high-quality
city, La Mirada’s central location will allow you
to explore & enjoy all the things you’re looking forward
to about college. And regardless of your major, you’re more
than likely to find an internship in the LA/Orange county area. There are a ton of great ministry opportunities
in the area as well. And there are a number of great churches to
get involved with. Whatever path you choose, Biola prepares you
to serve the world. There’s also fun stuff to do off-campus:
You can visit any one of our local beaches, which is just a 30-minute drive. My friends and I love going to the beach.
We go at night to have a bonfire, or leave early in the morning just to hit
the waves. You can also go to Disneyland or Knott’s Berry
Farm. Or get friends together & go into downtown
LA to see a game or a concert. You can also stay in La Mirada — hit up the
local dollar theater, or just go on a late-night taco run. With everything Biola has to offer,
there’s no doubt why students really treasure their college experience for the rest of their
lives. But don’t take our word for it — schedule
a visit today. And take advantage of these options to get
in touch with us and start your own Biola journey!