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California Baptist University

Riverside, CA


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California Baptist University -- Ranked Best Regional University

California Baptist University (CBU) was founded in 1950 by the California Southern Baptist Convention to provide a liberal arts education in a Christian environment. Today, CBU is listed among the top private Christian colleges in Southern California. The "US News and World Report" has named CBU as a Best Regional University. "G.I. Jobs" magazine also named CBU on their list of top military friendly schools. The core values of CBU ensure that graduates are academically prepared, biblically rooted, globally minded and equipped to serve. Programs are designed to help students discover and live the purpose for which they have been created, through a faith-based environment that integrates academics with spiritual and social development opportunities.

Undergraduate Degrees from California Baptist University

California Baptist University offers 150 undergraduate majors and concentrations in a wide range of academic areas. Daytime and evening programs are available at multiple locations, as well as online. A Bachelor of Science (BS) degree is available in 26 areas, including accounting, aviation flight, aviation management, biochemistry, biology, business administration, chemistry, civil engineering, clinical health science, communication disorders, construction management, criminal justice, electrical and computer engineering, general engineering, foundational mathematics, health education, health science, healthcare administration, international health, kinesiology, marketing, mathematics, mechanical engineering, nursing, nutrition and dietetics, and pre-physical therapy. A Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is available in 24 areas, including behavioral science, business administration, Christian behavioral science, Christian studies, communication studies, early childhood studies, English, film studies, graphic design and digital media, history, intercultural studies, journalism, liberal studies, music, philosophy, political science, psychological anthropology, psychology, public relations, social science, sociology, Spanish, theater, and visual arts. CBU also offers a Bachelor of Applied Theology (BAT) degree and a joint BS-Master of Architecture (MArch) degree program.

Community Life at CBU

The Department of Community Life provides programming designed to enhance the CBU experience. In addition to traditional campus programs like coffeehouse performances and late-night breakfasts, the department organizes commuter programs, multicultural and educational programs, campus community and collaborative programs, and outdoor adventures. Commuter programs, such as the Commuter Sidewalk Cafe and free commuter lunches, provide opportunities for students who live off campus to come together. Outdoor adventures have taken students to local parks and rock climbing gyms, the beach, and even Disneyland. Students may also choose to create their own extracurricular experiences through CBU's more than 30 student clubs and organizations. For example, pre-professional clubs active on campus include the Accounting Society, the Pre-PA Club, the Pre-Vet Club, and the Pre-Law Society. Social organizations include the Cooking Club, the Creative Writing Club, the Film Appreciation Club, and the Fitness Club.

The Office of Spiritual Life at CBU

The Office of Spiritual Life offers guidance in helping CBU students discover their purpose in life, as well as helping those students to align their faith through chapel, campus ministries, and compassion ministries programs. The California Baptist University Chapel offers weekly experiences that challenge students to refresh their hearts, minds, and souls. Events include musicians, performers, speakers, and leaders. CBU's Campus Ministries encourage students to become disciples through programs like small groups, Athletes in Action, and the Christian Challenge. Compassion Ministries offers community service opportunities that allow students to put their spiritual knowledge in action.

Financial Aid Opportunities at CBU

The CBU financial aid office is committed to helping students find the resources needed to complete their educations. Undergraduate students have access to many types of financial assistance, including scholarships, loans, and awards. Scholarships are awarded in several categories, including academic scholarships, athletic scholarships, and departmental scholarships. For instance, drama scholarships are awarded to participants in departmental productions or certain campus organizations. Music scholarships are awarded for merit in vocal, instrumental, and piano performances. Minister's Kin scholarships are awarded to dependent children of church pastors, ministers, chaplains, or missionaries.

Located in Riverside, California

California Baptist University's main campus is located in Riverside, California. The 128-acre campus has a beautiful view of the San Bernardino Mountains, and is completed by palm trees and mission-style buildings with distinctive red roofs. Extension sites are located throughout Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The CBU Riverside campus is less than an hour from Laguna Beach or the ski slopes of Big Bear and Mount Baldy. Students can also take advantage of the local entertainment and shopping scene, as the city has many coffee shops, movie theaters, restaurants, a symphony orchestra, and other activities. The historic Mission Inn, the landmark that has entertained countless celebrities and 8 presidents, is also nearby.

Location & Contact

Address 8432 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside, CA  92504-3297
United States
Contact Mr. Neal Frank
Assistant Director of Freshman Recruiting
Phone: 951-343-4665

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Majors & Degrees

Architecture And Related Services Associate Bachelors
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Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Biology/biological Sciences, General Checkmark
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Marketing/marketing Management, General Checkmark
Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Public Relations, Advertising, And Applied Communication Checkmark
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
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Engineering Associate Bachelors
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Civil Engineering, General Checkmark
Computer Engineering, General Checkmark
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature, General Checkmark
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Art Therapy/therapist Checkmark
Communication Sciences And Disorders, General Checkmark
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Medical Radiologic Technology/science - Radiation Therapist Checkmark
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History Associate Bachelors
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Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
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Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
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Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies Associate Bachelors
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
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Security And Protective Services Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Theology And Religious Vocations Associate Bachelors
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Transportation And Materials Moving Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Application Fee
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Admission Requirements
Required Essay
A minimum high school GPA of 2
Required for some programs Transcript of high school record
Recommended Transcript of high school record

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen Not reported Not reported Yes
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer Not reported Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 553 460 580
SAT Math 540 440 560
ACT Composite 22 20 26

Tuition & Fees

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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Employees

Financial Aid

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Student Body

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Hispanic/Latino 40.48%
Black or African American 6.75%
White or Caucasian 34.51%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.55%
Asian 6.13%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.72%
Two or more races 5.72%
Other 3.08%


Male (36.71%)
Female (63.29%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
Men-only housing
Women-only housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 37%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Fortuna Bowl/Homecoming, Midnight Madness (basketball season kick-off) and Yule Festival

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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Most popular organizations:
International/US Service Mission, Biology Club, Ultimate Frisbee Club, Students of Nursing Association and Spanish Club

Campus Security & Safety

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
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Cheerleading No No No
Cross-country Running Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Football Checkmark No No
Golf Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Sand Volleyball Checkmark No No
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Softball No No No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Track And Field Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Volleyball Checkmark No No
Water Polo Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No No No
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Cheerleading No Division 1 Checkmark
Cross-country Running Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Football Checkmark No No
Golf Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Sand Volleyball Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
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Wrestling No No No


Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 388
Part-time - 531
Male - 436
Female - 469
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