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California Baptist University
"California Baptist University provides a Christ-centered educational experience that integrates rigorous academics with spiritual...

California Baptist University

Riverside, California

California Baptist University (CBU), located in Riverside, California, is a private, comprehensive university affiliated with the California Southern Baptist Convention. It offers traditional and online undergraduate study programs, including more than 175 majors, minors and concentrations. CBU students enjoy smaller class sizes where the student-to-professor ratio is 18:1, a setting that allows for more mentoring opportunities, personal interactions with professors, and meaningful academic support. Faculty members are involved in research and publication, but their first priority is teaching.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
6,630 undergraduate students
86% of undergrad students are full time
37% male — 63% female
8% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
306 full-time faculty
334 part-time faculty
18 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

40% of students live on campus. Residence life at CBU is based around community—living on campus will enhance your college experience. Living with friends and depending on them for more than notes will forge bonds that will carry you through the rest of your life, not just the next four years.

School Location

Riverside, CA

Retention Fall 2015

76% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

60% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 34%
Black or African American 7%
White 39%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Asian 6%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 1%
Two or more races 6%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 5%

Other Information

California Baptist University is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the California Southern Baptist Convention and founded in 1950.

No matter the academic program, students actively participate in an environment of integrated faith and learning, all under the guidance of top-notch professors who will mentor them inside and outside the classroom.

Study abroad

Study abroad opportunities during the summer or semester terms include more than 30 different international locations. CBU has educational exchange partnership agreements in China, Korea, Russia, and Rwanda. In addition, the University partners with Cultural Experiences Abroad, International Studies Board, Hong Kong Baptist University, and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) to provide additional study opportunities around the world. The CCCU’s off-campus study programs include the American Studies program in Washington, D.C.; the Contemporary Music Program that offers artist and executive tracks; the Los Angeles Film Studies Center; the Washington Journalism Center.


Students, faculty and staff volunteer each year to participate in either the U.S. Service Project (USP) or CBU’s flagship International Service Project (ISP). ISP and USP teams include 10-12 students and team leaders who are CBU faculty or staff.

California Baptist University’s goal is to help students reach their highest potential in scholarship, leadership, and service and to live the purpose for which they were intended.

Engaged Faculty

CBU faculty members focus on teaching, because they genuinely want students to learn. Small class sizes allow opportunities for students to actively participate in the educational process. In addition to classroom instruction, faculty actively advise and mentor students, conduct field trips and travel courses, and engage students in service learning and research projects.

Education Anywhere

Through the use of technology, faculty can interact with students no matter where they are. CBU offers traditional and online classes, as well as hybrid formats that include both.

The CBU college experience is much more than academic. The most memorable years of a student’s life will likely be made discovering his or her purpose with exciting times and close friends.  It’s possible to go to class, the mountains, the beach and the desert in the same day. California Baptist University students never get bored because…there is so much to do at CBU and nearby.

On campus, CBU community life provides quite a journey! A wide variety of campus organizations allow students to have fun while interacting with others. In addition, CBU offers campus activities that promote a well-rounded experience. For more information about events on campus, go to

Desired Student Outcomes

CBU provides academic programs that prepare students for professional careers, as well as co-curricular programs that foster the intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual development of each student. Within these arenas of the student experience, the University’s faculty and administration have identified student outcomes as desirable and reflective of the impact it seeks to have on the lives of its students. Upon completion of a degree program, each student at California Baptist University should be able to:

  • Demonstrate spiritual literacy, including Biblical Christian faith and practice, Baptist perspectives, and the role of the Christian in fulfilling the Great Commission
  • Respect diverse religious, cultural, philosophical, and aesthetic experiences and perspectives
  • Use critical thinking skills to demonstrate literacy: listening, speaking, writing, reading, viewing and visual presentations
  • Demonstrate competence in mathematical, scientific, and technological skills
  • Transfer academic studies to a profession and the workplace
  • Implement a personal and social ethic that results in informed participation in multiple levels of community.

These student outcomes are distilled as the “Core 4”: Academically Prepared; Biblically Rooted; Globally Minded; and Equipped to Serve.


Admissions Fall 2015

4,180 Total Applicants 
2,734 Total Admissions 
1,107 Total Freshman Enrollment

65.41% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 420 540
SAT Math 410 540
SAT Writing 410 530
ACT Composite 17 24
ACT Math 16 24
ACT English 17 24
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $28,574
Fees $1,810
Total $30,384
Room and Board (on campus) $9,870
Room Only $5,110
Board Only $4,760
Estimated Total On Campus $40,254


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

96% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
74% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$15,492 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$8,062 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates

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