Biola University

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$41,976
3.68% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$33,331
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
1.62%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
69.9%
4,216 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
6,103
75.9% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
73%
667 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 Administration & Management (113 degrees awarded), General Psychology (66 degrees), and Cinematography & Film Production (62 degrees).

In 2019, 1,428 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Biola University. 58.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 41.7% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (652 degrees), 2.76 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (236 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Biola University is $41,976, which is $13,476 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Biola University is $41,976, which is $13,476 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $33,331.

In 2019, 98% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 56% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$41,976
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Biola University was $41,976. The cost of tuition at Biola University is $13,476 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

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Average Net Price

$33,331
2019 Value
1.84%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Biola University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $33,331. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Biola University grew by 1.84%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,312
Room and Board
$1,916
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Biola University was of $11,312 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,916. The cost of room and board increased by 3.1% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies increased by 3.34% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

98%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
56%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

98% of undergraduate students at Biola University received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a decline of 1.01% with respect to 2018, when 99% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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1.62%
2017 Default Rate
20
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Biola University was 1.62%, which represents 20 out of the 1238 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 4,216 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 11.2% annual growth. Out of those 4,216 applicants, 2,945 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 69.9% acceptance rate.

There were 6,103 students enrolled at Biola University in 2019, and 80% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Biola University has an overall enrollment yield of 30.8%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

69.9%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
2,945
Accepted Out of 4,216

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Biola University was 69.9% (2,945 admissions from 4,216 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 73.5%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 11.2%, while admissions grew by 5.71%.

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SAT Scores

80%
Submission Percentage
714
Scores Submitted

80% of enrolled first-time students at Biola University in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Biola University has a total enrollment of 6,103 students. The full-time enrollment at Biola University is 4,631 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,472. This means that 75.9% of students enrolled at Biola University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Biola University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 43.7% White, 17.3% Asian, 17.2% Hispanic or Latino, 5.06% Two or More Races, 3.1% Black or African American, 0.623% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.246% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Biola University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (29.3%), followed by White Male (17%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (13.6%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Male (19.2%), followed by White Female (17.7%) and Asian Male (12.8%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

75.9%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Biola University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 6,103 students. The full-time enrollment at Biola University is 4,631 and the part-time enrollment is 1,472. This means that 75.9% of students enrolled at Biola University are enrolled full-time compared with 77.6% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

83%
2019 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 83%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), Biola University had a retention rate approximately the same as its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,670
  2. Asian
    1,056
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    1,048

The enrolled student population at Biola University is 43.7% White, 17.3% Asian, 17.2% Hispanic or Latino, 5.06% Two or More Races, 3.1% Black or African American, 0.623% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.246% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 50.3% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.48% 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, 255 students (4.18%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 236 more women than men received degrees from Biola University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Biola University is white (652 degrees awarded). There were 2.76 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (236 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Biola University is General Business Administration & Management (113 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (66 degrees) and Cinematography & Film Production (62 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 (233 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (94 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (136 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 Other managers (279,569 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (234,919 people), Postsecondary teachers (169,158 people), Clergy (144,244 people), and Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (128,191 people).

The most specialized majors at Biola University are Theology (233 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (94 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (136 degrees), Psychology (135 degrees), and Communications (85 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 Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Surgeons, Computer hardware engineers, Physicians, and Dentists

The most specialized majors at Biola University are Theology (233 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (94 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (136 degrees), Psychology (135 degrees), and Communications (85 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 (657,485 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (432,743 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (249,401 people), Computer Systems Design (215,963 people), and Religious organizations (187,913 people).

The most specialized majors at Biola University are Theology (233 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (94 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (136 degrees), Psychology (135 degrees), and Communications (85 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. 113 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 66 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 62 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Biola University was General Business Administration & Management with 113 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

596
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
832
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 596 degrees were awarded to men at Biola University, which is 0.716 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (832).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 52 degrees were awarded to men at Biola University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.852 times less than the 61 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 61 degrees were awarded to women at Biola University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.17 times more than the 52 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

55%
100% Completion Time
73%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 55% of students graduating from Biola University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 73% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 75% 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.
American Indian or Alaska Native Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Biola University is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

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, 1.2% 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
    652 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    236 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    226 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Biola University is white (652 degrees awarded). There were 2.76 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (236 degrees).

4.83% of degree recipients (69 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    369 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    283 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    151 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Biola University is white female (369 degrees awarded). There were 1.3 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (283 degrees).

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Operations

Biola University has an endowment valued at nearly $162M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $9.26M (5.72%), compared to the 4.24% average return ($13.2M on $311M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2019, Biola University had a total salary expenditure of $167M. Biola University employs 142 Associate professors, 67 Professors, and 47 Assistant professors. Most academics at Biola University are Male Associate professors (80), Female Associate professors(62), and Male Professors (61).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Biola University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 267 employees, Management, with 149 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 56 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$162M
2019 Endowment
4.8%
growth from 2018

Biola University has an endowment valued at about $162M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Biola University grew 4.8% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $149M 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. $1.17M - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Biola University received $1.17M 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

Salary Expenditure

$80.8M
2019 Salaries
9.46%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Biola University paid a median of $80.8M in salaries, which represents 48.4% of their overall expenditure ($167M) and a 9.46% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.866% decline from 2017 and a 12% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 234M (42.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$25.4M
Instructional Salaries
276
Number of Employees

In 2019, Biola University paid a total of $25.4M to 276 employees working as instructors, which represents 31.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $71.1M (30.3%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
142 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
267 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Biola University were Associate professor with 142 employees; Professor with 67 employees; and Professor with 47 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Biola University were Office and Administrative Support with 267 employees; Management with 149 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 56 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Associate professor
  2. Female Associate professor
  3. Male Professor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Biola University was Male Associate professor with 80 employees, Female Associate professor with 62 employees, and Male Professor with 61 employees.

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

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