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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A+
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    C-
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    A+
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    A-
8432 Magnolia Ave
Riverside, CA 92504
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Western Athletic Conference
From California Baptist University

California Baptist University (CBU) is one of the top private Christian colleges and universities in Southern California. CBU offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs in Riverside, San Bernardino and online.

California Baptist University believes each person has been created for a purpose. CBU strives to help students understand and engage this purpose by providing a Christ-centered educational experience that integrates academics with spiritual and social development opportunities. Graduates are challenged to become individuals whose skills, integrity and sense of purpose glorify God and distinguish them in the workplace and in the world.

California Baptist University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
Acceptance Rate
80%
SAT Range
990-1200
ACT Range
19-25
Application Fee
$45
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App

Cost

Net Price
$24,170/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$20,485/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
95%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
87%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.166 responses
80%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.213 responses
64%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.212 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
23
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
23
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    38%
  • On Campus
    41%
  • Online
    22%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,859Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
996
Undergrads Over 25
16%
Pell Grant
41%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 167 responses
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  • Friendly
    49%
  • All of the above
    23%
  • Loving
    7%
  • Humble
    5%
  • Religious
    4%
  • Aimable
    4%
  • Determined
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
70%
Poll
83%
of students say they don't have Greek life.217 responses
Poll
67%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.282 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 196 responses
Report
  • Living your life's purpose
    39%
  • Living your life's purpose through God's will
    19%
  • Biblically rooted & globally minded.
    12%
  • Find God's will and align your life with it
    10%
  • Living your purpose
    9%
  • Striving for academic and social success
    5%
  • Racist
    2%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $42,600/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    55%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    91%
    National
    83%
    92%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.130 responses

    California Baptist University Reviews

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    I love how the staff is very approachable and understanding, they are willing to help their students succeed in every area possible. The courses are interesting helping students to stay engaged in their academics! They have amazon worship services that allows student to grow academically and spiritually. I am
    Currently a graduate student, and I wish I went to this school for my undergrad. I would
    Recommend this school for anyone looking to grow naturally, spiritually, and academically.
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    CBU is a fantastic school. Everything about it blows all others out of the water. Come here to further your faith, build godly friendships, have an insane amount of fun, get involved in... well, everything, watch excellent athletic or music performances, create lasting memories, learn about the subjects you love, hone your craft, get real-world experience, become well-rounded and prepared for your future, and connect with professors as mentors and friends. I couldn't ask for a better school. Seriously pray and ask God if this is His will for you to attend-- we hope you will! LANCE UP!
    I have to commend myself because this university was my first choice. A very clean and orderly campus, with so much potential to grow among many other competing campuses just like it. I adore the student/faculty ratio and it's actually why I chose the school in the first place. Also, free parking--who doesn't enjoy that. However, it is still very Baptist-rooted and for the very liberal, it may seem too traditional but it is still a very opportunistic school with many chances to uncover your full learning potential. Love the programs, love the menu selections, BUT PLEASE UPGRADE THE WIFI!