About Biola University

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Carrying on a tradition of educational excellence that dates back more than 100 years, Biola University encompasses the following schools:

Biola's eight schools offer more than 150 academic programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels, enrolling more than 6,000 students at the La Mirada campus, online and in distance programs throughout the world.

Mission of Biola University

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.


We exist for committed Christian students. Our quest is to graduate followers of the Lord Jesus Christ who are equipped with technical and relational skills to live and work with integrity, diligence, humility and spiritual discernment. We expect our graduates to enter families, communities and careers to serve as leaders, role models and competent professionals in their respective fields.


Our mission focuses on teaching and learning. Our goals are inspirational teaching from faculty who exhibit joy in learning coupled with excellent communication skills, and graduates who capture this excitement and dedication, and leave Biola empowered to think and practice in their fields of service from a Christian world view. Toward this objective, all students invest at least 20% of their course hours in biblical studies and the integration of their academic disciplines with theology.


Discerning Christ-centered scholarship characterizes the work of faculty and students. Our undergraduate and graduate faculty grapple with the major intellectual, ethical and cultural issues of our time relating them to a consistent biblical framework. The University seeks to nourish faculty and students alike in a Christian environment which prizes research of the highest quality, and dialogue and critical thought within the context of common faith.


Service to a diverse constituency, modeled upon the example of the Lord Jesus Christ, is our first priority. We commit to love and respect for all persons, integrity in our words and transactions, and diligence in our labor. We aspire to excellence, creativity and awe of God in the fulfillment of our mission. Our vision is to create a distinctive Christian university of service to the global community of faith.


Our graduates make a difference. Servant leaders, apprenticed at Biola, impact both the church and the secular world with practical, diligent service in such diverse fields as the arts, communication, business, nursing, psychology and education. Our faculty set the example in their professional practice, and through rigorous research, instruction and practical internships. Members of the faculty, staff, board of trustees, alumni and students all contribute in substantive ways to societal and church needs.


Strength of character is our trust. Members of the faculty, staff, administration and board of trustees covenant as a community to model Christian character in our daily lives and work. We further aspire to mentor and serve our students in a manner that nurtures Christian minds and character. Our alumni shall be recognized as men and women of character, who work and serve with integrity, humility, wisdom, and commitment.


Our graduates bear witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Biola has played a major role in furnishing Christian leaders and workers for the church, society and the cause of world evangelism since its founding in 1908. We anticipate that the ministry of "making disciples" will be expanding throughout the closing years of this century and well into the next. Biola understands its God-given mission and remains dedicated to the task. Our planning, fiscal policies and commitment to academic excellence are all directed toward the ongoing performance of the mission we have successfully pursued for more than eight decades.

Biola University
13800 Biola Ave. La Mirada, CA 90639