Biola University

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$36,696

6.37% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$32,273

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

2.97%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

64.9%

4,393 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

6,095

79.7% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

71.8%

630 Graduates

About

Biola University is a higher education institution located in Los Angeles County, CA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Biola University were General Business (125 degrees awarded), General Psychology (89 degrees), and Speech Communication & Rhetoric (66 degrees).

In 2016, 1,404 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Biola University. 54.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 45.7% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (733 degrees), 2.68 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (274 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Biola University is $36,696, which is $10,840 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Biola University is $36,696, which is $10,840 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $32,273.

In 2016, 93% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 60% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$36,696

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Biola University was $36,696. The cost of tuition at Biola University is $10,840 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

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Average Net Price

$32,273

2016 Value

1.02%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Biola University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $32,273. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Biola University grew by 1.02%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,224

Room and Board

$1,764

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Biola University was of $10,224 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,764. The cost of room and board increased by 3.17% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies increased by 1.03% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

93%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

60%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

93% of undergraduate students at Biola University received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a growth of 2.2% with respect to 2015, when 91% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.

2.97%

2015 Default Rate

39

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Biola University was 2.97%, which represents 39 out of the 1311 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Biola University received 4,393 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 13.4% annual growth. Out of those 4,393 applicants, 2,849 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 64.9% acceptance rate.

There were 6,095 students enrolled at Biola University in 2016, and 74% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Biola University has an overall enrollment yield of 30.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

64.9%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

2,849

Accepted Out of 4,393

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Biola University was 64.9% (2,849 admissions from 4,393 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 69.9%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants grew by 13.4%, while admissions grew by 5.28%.

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SAT Scores

74%

Submission Percentage

643

Scores Submitted

74% of enrolled first-time students at Biola University in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Biola University has a total enrollment of 6,095 students. The full-time enrollment at Biola University is 4,855 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,240. This means that 79.7% of students enrolled at Biola University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Biola University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 45.9% White, 20.3% Asian, 17% Hispanic or Latino, 5% Two or More Races, 2.92% Black or African American, 0.23% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.213% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Biola University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (30.6%), followed by White Male (17.4%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (14%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Male (23.6%), followed by Asian Male (19.3%) and White Female (14.4%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

79.7%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Biola University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 6,095 students. The full-time enrollment at Biola University is 4,855 and the part-time enrollment is 1,240. This means that 79.7% of students enrolled at Biola University are enrolled full-time compared with 78.1% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

84%

2016 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Biola University was 84%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), Biola University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,800

  2. Asian

    1,236

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1,034

The enrolled student population at Biola University is 45.9% White, 20.3% Asian, 17% Hispanic or Latino, 5% Two or More Races, 2.92% Black or African American, 0.23% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.213% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 51.9% White, 12.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.36% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 224 students (3.68%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 120 more women than men received degrees from Biola University. The majority of degree recipients at Biola University are white (733 degrees awarded). There were 2.68 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (274 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Biola University is General Business (125 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (89 degrees) and Speech Communication & Rhetoric (66 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Biola University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Theology (270 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (88 degrees), and Communications (120 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Biola University are Miscellaneous managers (293,339 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (283,368 people), Designers (217,008 people), Counselors (192,978 people), and Postsecondary teachers (154,723 people).

The most specialized majors at Biola University are Theology (270 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (88 degrees), Communications (120 degrees), Psychology (137 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (109 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Biola University are Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Dentists, Physicians & surgeons, Dental hygienists, and Financial analysts

The most specialized majors at Biola University are Theology (270 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (88 degrees), Communications (120 degrees), Psychology (137 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (109 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Biola University are Elementary & secondary schools (613,607 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (386,152 people), Hospitals (280,233 people), Religious organizations (182,712 people), and Computer Systems Design (174,957 people).

The most specialized majors at Biola University are Theology (270 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (88 degrees), Communications (120 degrees), Psychology (137 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (109 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Biola University.

Most Common

  1. 125 degrees awarded

  2. 89 degrees awarded

  3. 66 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Biola University was General Business with 125 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 642

  2. 762

In 2016, 642 degrees were awarded to men at Biola University, which is 0.843 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (762).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 91 degrees were awarded to men at Biola University in General Business, which is 1.78 times more than the 51 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 67 degrees were awarded to women at Biola University in General Psychology, which is 3.05 times more than the 22 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

51%

100% Completion Time

69%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 51% of students graduating from Biola University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 69% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 70% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

Asian Female

Highest Graduation Rate (80.3%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Biola University is Female and Asian (80.3% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1.27% of graduates (8 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    733 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    274 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    193 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Biola University is white (733 degrees awarded). There were 2.68 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (274 degrees).

2.14% of degree recipients (30 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    386 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    347 degrees awarded

  3. Asian Female

    156 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Biola University is white female (386 degrees awarded). There were 1.11 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (347 degrees).

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Operations

Biola University has an endowment valued at nearly $120M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $-47k (-0.0392%), compared to the 1.54% average return ($4.18M on $271M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, Biola University had a total expenditure of $153M. Of that $153M, they spent $71.5M on salaries and $153M on benefits.

Biola University employs 132 Associate professors, 72 Professors, and 56 Assistant professors. Most academics at Biola University are Male Associate professors (78), Male Professors(62), and Female Associate professors (54).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Biola University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 229 employees, Management, with 129 employees, and Service with 71 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$120M

2015 Endowment

5.55%

growth from 2014

Biola University has an endowment valued at about $120M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Biola University grew 5.55% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $151M lower than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $859k - Federal

  2. $0 - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2015, Biola University received $859k in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

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$71.5M

Salary Expenditure

$153M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Biola University had a total expenditure of $153M. Of that $153M, they spent $71.5M on salaries and $153M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

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Salary Expenditure

$71.5M

2015 Salaries

6%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Biola University paid a median of $71.5M in salaries, which represents 46.8% of their overall expenditure ($153M) and a 6% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 5.22% growth from 2013 and a 3.99% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 206M (43.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$22.5M

Instructional Salaries

266

Number of Employees

In 2015, Biola University paid a total of $22.5M to 266 employees working as instructors, which represents 31.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $62.1M (30.2%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor

Most Common Instructor

132 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

229 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Biola University were Associate professor with 132 employees; Professor with 72 employees; and Professor with 56 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Biola University were Office and Administrative Support with 229 employees; Management with 129 employees; and Service with 71 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Associate professor

  2. Male Professor

  3. Female Associate professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Biola University was Male Associate professor with 78 employees, Male Professor with 62 employees, and Female Associate professor with 54 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Biola University.

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