Biola University is a private, Evangelical Christian university and is located approximately 16 miles (26 km) from downtown Los Angeles, in La Mirada, California. Founded in 1908, the university has over 40 major academic fields of study in six schools. Biola offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and 80 concentrations and 145 professional fields of study, as well as master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees. Degrees include B.A., B.S., B.M., B.F.A, M.A., M.B.A., M.Div., Th.M., D.Min., D.Miss., Psy.D., Ed.D., and Ph.D. All are regionally and professionally accredited and are integrated with evangelical Christian doctrine.
In its 2014 college rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked Biola in its “Best National Universities” category, ranking Biola 177 out of 281 national universities. Biola was one of only two national universities in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) to be included in the first tier.In 2013 Biola had been listed as one of America’s 19 “up and coming” national universities by U.S. News. In 2014 Niche ranked Biola as #3 in its Friendliest Students category.
Biola University teams, nicknamed athletically as the Eagles, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC).