Biola University

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Biola University is a private Christian university in Southern California. The vision of Biola University is to be identified among the world's foremost Christ-centered universities - a community abiding in truth, abounding with grace and compelled by Christ's love to be a relevant and redemptive voice in a changing world.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Biola University
13800 Biola Ave
La Marida, CA 90639


Phone: 562-903-6000


Organization details

EIN: 950549600

CEO/President: Barry H. Corey

Chairman: Michael Maples

Board size: 26

Founder: Lyman Stewart

Year founded: 1946

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


For over 109 years, Biola has stood out as an institution grounded in biblically centered education, intentional spiritual development, and career preparation, where all faculty, staff and students are professing Christians. With more than 145 academic programs through its six schools, Biola offers degrees ranging from bachelor of arts to doctoral degree.

Mission statement

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.

Statement of faith

The Articles of Faith, presented here as originally conceived by the founders of the organization, have been and continue to be the stated theological position of Biola University and are an essential part of the Articles of Incorporation of the university. Where "man" is used referring to the human race it includes both genders.

Inasmuch as the university is interdenominational and yet theologically conservative, the Articles of Incorporation contain a doctrinal statement which is given below:

The Bible, consisting of all the books of the Old and New Testaments, is the Word of God, a supernaturally given revelation from God Himself, concerning Himself, His being, nature, character, will and purposes; and concerning man, his nature, need and duty and destiny. The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are without error or misstatement in their moral and spiritual teaching and record of historical facts. They are without error or defect of any kind.

There is one God, eternally existing and manifesting Himself to us in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Our Lord Jesus was supernaturally conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin - Mary, a lineal descendant of David. He lived and taught and wrought mighty works and wonders and signs exactly as is recorded in the four Gospels. He was put to death by crucifixion under Pontius Pilate. God raised from the dead the body that had been nailed to the cross. The Lord Jesus after His crucifixion showed Himself to be alive to His disciples, appearing unto them by the space of 40 days. After this, the Lord Jesus ascended into heaven, and the Father caused Him to sit at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come, and put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him to be Head over all things to the Church.

The Lord Jesus, before His incarnation, existed in the form of God and of His own choice laid aside His divine glory and took upon Himself the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men. In His pre-existent state, He was with God and was God. He is a divine person possessed of all the attributes of Deity, and should be worshiped as God by angels and man. "In Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily." All the words that He spoke during His earthly life were the words of God. There is absolutely no error of any kind in them, and by the words of Jesus Christ the words of all other teachers must be tested.

The Lord Jesus became in every respect a real man, possessed of all the essential characteristics of human nature.

By His death on the cross, the Lord Jesus made a perfect atonement for sin, by which the wrath of God against sinners is appeased and a ground furnished upon which God can deal in mercy with sinners. He redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse in our place. He who Himself was absolutely without sin was made to be sin on our behalf that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. The Lord Jesus is coming again to his earth, personally, bodily, and visibly. The return of our Lord is the blessed hope of the believer, and in it God's purposes of grace toward mankind will find their consummation.

The Holy Spirit is a person, and is possessed of all the distinctively divine attributes. He is God.

Man was created in the image of God, after His likeness, but the whole human race fell in the fall of the first Adam. All men, until they accept the Lord Jesus as their personal Savior, are lost, darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, hardened in heart, morally and spiritually dead through their trespasses and sins. They cannot see, nor enter the Kingdom of God until they are born again of the Holy Spirit.

Men are justified on the simple and single ground of the shed blood of Christ and upon the simple and single condition of faith in Him who shed the blood, and are born again by the quickening, renewing, cleansing work of the Holy Spirit, through the instrumentality of the Word of God.

All those who receive Jesus Christ as their Savior and their Lord, and who confess Him as such before their fellow men, become children of God and receive eternal life. They become heirs of God and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ. At death their spirits depart to be with Christ in conscious blessedness, and at the Second Coming of Christ their bodies shall be raised and transformed into the likeness of the body of His glory.

All those who persistently reject Jesus Christ in the present life shall be raised from the dead and throughout eternity exist in the state of conscious, unutterable, endless torment of anguish.

The Church consists of all those who, in this present dispensation, truly believe in Jesus Christ. It is the body and bride of Christ, which Christ loves and for which He has given Himself.

There is a personal devil, a being of great cunning and power: "The prince of the power of the air," "The prince of this world," "The god of this age." He can exert vast power only so far as God suffers him to do so. He shall ultimately be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone and shall be tormented day and night forever.

Statement of Biblical Principles Preamble In continuity with centuries of Christians before us, we believe God's vision for humanity, as embodied in the person of Jesus Christ and illuminated by the Holy Spirit through Scripture, is a source of great joy and provides the best understanding of life's meaning and human flourishing.

From this overarching belief flow the affirmations of our unchanging Articles of Faith - which fix us inextricably to our doctrinal core - as well as the following biblical principles, which express Biola University's convictions about how a biblically faithful university in the 21st century should manifest the gospel of Jesus Christ in how we live, learn and serve in God's world.

In articulating our community's biblical principles, categorized below in three sections, we acknowledge that some propose different ways to understand the Bible. We respect and protect the freedom of communities in a pluralistic society to differ on these matters. We do not seek to impose our convictions on other communities, and we also expect others will respect and protect the freedom of our community to believe and live as we do.

Biola University is a Christian community. Everything we do is framed by the reality that the Triune God, who reigns supreme over the immense universe, desires a personal relationship with us. He makes this possible by offering salvation that is initiated by the Father, secured by the Son and applied by the Spirit.

Two words sum up the Good News that has guided Biola University since our founding in 1908: Jesus saves. The implications of these words are both intimate and vast. Jesus saves us individually, but Jesus also saves the world. Nothing in creation is too broken, too depraved, too ruined to be redeemed by Jesus. In Christ, and in him alone, there is new hope, new life, new creation.

Jesus saves. They are the words that hold us, Biola University, together as a community of faith united in Christ, clear on who we are to be and how we ought to live.

I. God's Intentional Design for Life

We believe God created all things and set in place the laws of nature, not according to random chance but according to his perfect, miraculous and purposeful plan. Our understanding of the origin of life is enhanced by scientific observation, but not limited to material processes. The existence of the world cannot be explained adequately apart from the intelligent exercise of God's supernatural power.

God created the natural world and called it "good," and after he created male and female he declared his creation "very good." The man, Adam, was formed by the LORD God from the dust of the ground and not from living ancestors, and God breathed into him the breath of life so that Adam became a living being. The woman, Eve, was created from Adam's side with both made in the image of God.

We recognize that part of God's good design is the way he created male and female in his image to flourish in community. In the beginning, God designed marriage as a covenantal bond between one man and one woman, which is affirmed by Jesus in the New Testament. It is in this marriage union that God blessed a special spiritual, emotional and sexual intimacy for joy, satisfaction and procreation. Further, we believe God's intent for sexual intimacy is to occur only in the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman.

II. God's Sacred Value for Life

We believe that our biblical calling to be good stewards of creation involves cultivating a sense of awe and reverence at the sacred mystery of human life made in the image of God. God is glorified by the rich mosaic of human cultures and ethnicities since men and women reflect his image and are equally precious in his sight. All human beings are created with intrinsic dignity and importance. There are no exceptions.

This understanding of human worth begins with the recognition that conception marks the start of human life and full personhood. Each person possesses a right to life and protection from harm. We uphold the value God has given to humanity by protecting the worth of persons from their beginnings until their final breaths. We are opposed to the taking of innocent life, from abortion to euthanasia.

Seeing human life as a seamless tapestry, we affirm the personhood and dignity of those who are medically and socially marginalized. Our vision of social justice is rooted in a biblical calling to care for vulnerable members of our society.

III. God's Final Plans for Life

God is the sovereign author of history. He is working all things toward the promise of Christ's return to earth in power and glory as he judges the world in righteousness to bring an end to evil and to rule and reign in the new heaven and new earth as the eternal dwelling place for the redeemed. As the redeemed, we faithfully live out God's calling to grow in him, to obey his commands, to delight in him, to steward his creation and to make disciples of all nations.

Because of our new life in Christ, we are empowered by the Holy Spirit and compelled by the hope of Christ's return to live with purpose and urgency to fulfill his mission. God's great love for the world calls us to proclaim in word and deed the good news of salvation through faith in Christ. We also live out the fullness of life in Christ by working for justice, peace and reconciliation in his name. As the Body of Christ - the Church - we seek to bear witness to the coming Kingdom of God in every dimension of our lives as part of the gospel announcement that Jesus saves.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating402 of 91351 of 111
Fund acquisition rating355 of 91542 of 111
Resource allocation rating457 of 91554 of 111
Asset utilization rating473 of 91360 of 111

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$9,950,678$9,395,810$7,579,164$10,442,901$9,768,715
Short-term investments$176,612,287$167,223,541$166,035,181$146,712,239$131,051,411
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$230,056,442$197,965,956$192,649,109$191,870,136$205,111,062
Long-term investments$20,849,253$21,494,467$21,366,559$21,798,622$21,661,352
Fixed assets$237,202,083$234,922,992$231,932,800$225,828,630$195,703,351
Other long-term assets$608,698$15,444,396$15,039,106$14,547,104$11,518,629
Total long-term assets$258,660,034$271,861,855$268,338,465$262,174,356$228,883,332
Total assets$488,716,476$469,827,811$460,987,574$454,044,492$433,994,394
Payables and accrued expenses$14,474,492$18,153,364$14,710,627$18,563,942$17,305,986
Other current liabilities$11,636,193$9,749,959$9,758,382$10,583,132$11,292,462
Total current liabilities$26,110,685$27,903,323$24,469,009$29,147,074$28,598,448
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$10,219,694$10,432,465$8,901,397$9,643,622$9,926,713
Total long-term liabilities$145,224,230$130,038,055$132,504,377$136,196,576$142,374,659
Total liabilities$171,334,915$157,941,378$156,973,386$165,343,650$170,973,107
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$237,814,215$241,745,192$243,772,023$201,519,088$189,203,902
With donor restrictions$79,567,346$70,141,241$60,242,165$87,181,754$73,817,385
Net assets$317,381,561$311,886,433$304,014,188$288,700,842$263,021,287
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$24,716,657$19,962,522$13,155,266$29,744,183$19,891,143
Program service revenue$203,454,858$206,079,991$201,199,762$195,847,632$191,840,874
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$31,824,703$8,463,734$8,520,142$6,173,067$9,251,308
Other revenue$668,926$344,063$395,779($7,332,227)$1,194,196
Total other revenue$235,948,487$214,887,788$210,115,683$194,688,472$202,286,378
Total revenue$260,665,144$234,850,310$223,270,949$224,432,655$222,177,521
Program services$192,476,033$184,160,543$175,327,563$171,012,377$163,512,290
Management and general$32,534,610$41,445,759$35,508,557$38,261,768$34,014,658
Total expenses$227,738,038$228,212,796$213,304,738$211,933,585$200,144,469
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$32,927,106$6,637,514$9,966,211$12,499,070$22,033,052
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$32,927,106$6,637,514$9,966,211$12,499,070$22,033,052


Barry CoreyPresident$724,923
Michael A PierceSecretary/EVP, Univ Ops & Finance$344,395
Adam Morris VP TransformationChief Advancement Officer$328,388
Lee Wilhite VP EnrollmentMarketing and Communications$308,588
Deborah TaylorProvost and Senior Vice President$296,358
Andre StephensVP, Student Development$263,137
Donald Sunukjian Prof Emeritusof Christian Ministry and Leadership$255,142
Clark Campbell Sr AssociateProvost, Academic Affairs$255,059
John HutchisonProf. Emeritus of Bible Exposition$254,589
Gregory VaughanFormer VP, Enrollment Mngt$253,285
Christopher GraceDirector, Center for Marriage$241,877
Scott RaeSr. Advisor to the President$222,326
Sandra WeaverAsst Secretary$194,846
Dave KoontzAsst Secretary$180,720
William HummelAsst Secretary$168,158
Philip PaulTrustee$31,232
Bryan LorittsTrustee$20,988
Hannah LeeTrustee$11,738
David KinnamanTrustee$10,988
Adam EdgerlyTrustee$600

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 7/16/2021. To update the information below, please email:


Biola University traces its origins to the Bible Institute of Los Angeles established in 1908 by Lyman Stewart, founder and president of the Union Oil Company, and the Rev. T.C. Horton, two men of extraordinary vision and commitment to Christian higher education.

Dedicated to sharing and defending the Christian faith, Stewart and Horton established the Institute to educate and equip men and women to impact society at home and abroad with the truth of the gospel. The Institute's influence was felt along the entire Western Seaboard from Mexico to Canada and across the Pacific to China. By 1909, over 540 extension courses were sponsored by the Bible Institute. In 1912, the school had grown sufficiently in its outreach and constituency to call R.A. Torrey, a leader in the field of Christian education, as its dean.

The cornerstone of the original Bible Institute building in Los Angeles was laid on May 31, 1913, and dedicated with these words from Stewart:

"For the teaching of the truths for which the Institute stands, its doors are to be open every day of the year, and all people, without reference to race, color or class will ever be welcome to its privileges." The following decades produced immense growth, development and outreach. Under the leadership of Dr. Louis T. Talbot, president from 1932 to 1935 and 1938 to 1952, the school moved from a two-year to a four-year program offering degrees in theology, Christian education and sacred music, and a one-year program in missionary medicine. By 1949, the Bible Institute expanded to include a Bible college and in 1952 launched Talbot Theological Seminary to further serve the Christian community. Under Dr. Samuel H. Sutherland, who became president in 1952, the college continued to grow in size, programs and reputation. The demands imposed by the growing student body and the enlarged curriculum prompted the purchase of a 75-acre site in La Mirada in 1959, the same year it received accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

In the ensuing years, Biola College broadened its curricula in the arts, sciences, professions and seminary offerings while maintaining its strong foundation in biblical studies. Dr. J. Richard Chase became Biola's sixth president in 1970, and continued to expand the program base, acquiring the Rosemead Graduate School of Professional Psychology in 1977.

Biola College became Biola University on July 1, 1981, composed of the School of Arts and Sciences, Rosemead School of Psychology and Talbot School of Theology. A year later, in 1982, Dr. Clyde Cook became the seventh president. The School of Intercultural Studies, with its outstanding program in world missions, was established in 1983 and renamed the Cook School of Intercultural Studies in 2009. The School of Business was added in 1993 and renamed the Crowell School of Business in 2007. The School of Education was added in 2007. On May 11, 2007, the Board of Trustees selected the university's eighth president, Dr. Barry H. Corey, to lead Biola into its second century.

Today, nine schools comprise the university: Rosemead, Talbot, Cook School of Intercultural Studies, Crowell School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Fine Arts and Communication, the School of Humanities and Social Science, the School of Cinema and Media Arts and the School of Science, Technology and Health.

Ranked by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education as a Doctoral/Research-Intensive Institution, Biola University offers more than 150 academic programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree levels. With an outstanding faculty, the university has distinguished itself in scholarship and academic excellence.

As it pursues an ambitious vision for the years ahead, the university continues to be recognized as a leader in Christian higher education. In 2014, Biola was ranked 10th on the list of America's "up and coming" national universities by U.S. News and World Report and earned a position in the top tier of the prestigious national rankings. Meanwhile, enrollment continues to surpass 6,000 students, with more students than ever seeking the benefits of a Biola education.

Since 1908, Biola has stood as a beacon of hope for the intellectual, spiritual and moral growth of its students. As the only national university to require a Christian commitment of its faculty, students and staff, Biola University is building on its legacy of impacting the world for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Program accomplishments

Top 40 National Universities for 'Best Undergraduate Teaching' - U.S. News and World Report

One of America's Top Colleges - Forbes

Best Colleges for Your Money - Money Magazines

Best College Values - Kiplinger

Best Colleges for Veterans - U.S. News and World Report

A 'Best Western' University - Princeton Review

Best Bang for the Buck - Washington Monthly


In the midst of the current economic hardships, the Biola Fund helps make a world-class, biblically centered and academically rich education possible for all students.