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About California Baptist University (CBU)

Type Control of Institution - Public/Private



4 Years

Student Population Number of Students attending College




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Religious Affiliation Indicates religious affiliation (denomination) for private not-for-profit institutions that are religiously affiliated.

Southern Baptist

On Campus Housing Does the institution provide on-campus housing?


California Baptist University (CBU) is one of the top private not-for-profit Christian colleges and universities in Southern California. 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.

On September 18, 1950, the Los Angeles Southern Baptist Association opened the doors of California Baptist College in El Monte. The college began operations in Fall 1950 and in 1955, after four years of continued growth, the college was relocated to larger facilities in Riverside.

As of today, the university has a beautiful 156.4-acre campus which reflects its Southern California location with palm trees, mission-style buildings, and their distinctive red roofs, dotted with the Spanish-style buildings, which include classrooms, campus housing, a library, offices, maintenance, and athletic facilities.

In the midst of dynamic growth, California Baptist University continues the tradition of liberal arts education in a Christian environment. At CBU, 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. Whether someone is a Baptist or not, CBU welcomes him/her to become a part of a growing, Christ-centered community of learners whose lives are making an eternal impact on the world.

The CBU Online was designed for the working professionals which provides the facility to learn at their own pace and time The university also provides hybrid programs that give the students the opportunity to blend online and face-to-face learning.

CBU offers market-driven degree programs that utilize the latest technologies in distance education through faculty and staff who are committed to student’s academic, spiritual, and professional success.

The University offers 40 online programs across 18 majors. Some of the majors offered are Psychology, Nursing, Design, Business Management, Human Services, Sociology, and Literature.

CBU has a current population of over 10,486 with a student-faculty ratio of 14:1. This implies that its students get very good opportunities to interact with the faculty. CBU offers various levels of degrees for their students - associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral.

At the undergraduate level, CBU offers more than 80 majors, with more than 150 major concentrations, and more than 50 minors. At the graduate level, it offers more than 30 masters and 5 doctoral programs. All these academic programs are inclined to 12 different schools and colleges within the university. Apart from traditional education in classes, CBU also offers plenty of opportunities for online education.

California Baptist University is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). In addition, CBU's various schools and colleges hold accreditations and memberships from organizations related to their specific disciplines.

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8432 Magnolia Ave


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California Baptist University is ranked among top national universities in U.S. News and World Report's Best Colleges ranking of American colleges and universities. In the 2020 edition, the university is ranked - 

  • 43 in Regional Universities West

  • 15 in Best Undergraduate Teaching

  • 28 in Best Value Schools

  • 5 in Most Innovative Schools

  • 48 in Top Performers on Social Mobility

  • 161 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs


Application Deadline Deadline for application submissions. Please contact the school for more details.


Acceptance Rate Percentage of applicants who are accepted in an Institution.


SAT Range

990 - 1200

ACT Range

19 - 25

Application Fee




High School GPA


Accept Common App


The admissions process at California Baptist University is quite simple and is very easy to go through.

According to the table above, an applicant must maintain the SAT and ACT range of 990 - 1200 and 19 - 25 

Since the university curriculum consists of a wide variety of programs under various colleges, it does not have any uniform admissions process.  It varies greatly from program to program and the types of degree pursued. However, to be considered for admission, students are required to submit the following documents:

  • A completed Application for Admission.

  • A $45.00 non-refundable fee.

  • Official high school transcripts sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions from the applicants’ high school.

  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities.

  • The Scholastic Aptitude Test I (SAT) or American College Test (ACT). (If a candidate has more than 24-semester units from an accredited college and has a high school diploma or equivalent, this requirement does not apply.)

When an applicant has submitted all the required documents along with the application fee of $45, an evaluation will take place and a decision rendered.


Annual Cost to Attend

Net Price Cost of attendance minus any grants and scholarships received.


Average Annual Cost


Books And Supplies


Other Fees


Room And Board The charges for an academic year for rooming accommodations and meals for a typical student.


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Total One Year Cost


California Baptist University is quite affordable in terms of the annual cost required to attend the institution.

The approximate average annual cost to attend the university on a full-time basis is $31,668 for all students regardless of their residency. However, the exact cost varies from one-degree level to another and from program to program.

Other than the cost mentioned above, books and supplies cost around $1,916, room and board charge amount to $9,060, and other fees amount to $1,810.

Overall, it can be stated that the average net price for the university is about $24,170 and total one year cost is $47,694.


Highest Degree Offered The highest degree offered by the Institution.


Student:Faculty Ratio


Full-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Part-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Academic Calendar


Research Funding per Student


Faculty Overview


Male Professors


Female Professors

Non-traditional Learning

Evening Degree Programs

Teacher Certification

Distance Education

Study Abroad


Registered Nursing, Administration,...

172 Graduates

Business/Commerce, General

169 Graduates

Psychology, General

128 Graduates

Health and Physical Education/Fitne...

92 Graduates

Liberal Arts and Sciences, General...

65 Graduates

Criminal Justice and Corrections

61 Graduates

Communication and Media Studies

48 Graduates

Accounting and Related Services

45 Graduates

Biology, General

45 Graduates

Health Services/Allied Health/Healt...

44 Graduates

Graphic Communications

43 Graduates

Teacher Education and Professional...

43 Graduates

Communication Disorders Sciences an...

40 Graduates

Mechanical Engineering

40 Graduates


37 Graduates

Computer Engineering

33 Graduates

Religion/Religious Studies

33 Graduates

Public Relations, Advertising, and...

29 Graduates


28 Graduates

Physiology, Pathology and Related S...

24 Graduates

Public Health

23 Graduates

English Language and Literature, Ge...

19 Graduates

Political Science and Government

19 Graduates


17 Graduates

Civil Engineering

16 Graduates


16 Graduates

Behavioral Sciences

14 Graduates

Business Administration, Management...

14 Graduates

Health and Medical Administrative S...

14 Graduates

Public Administration

13 Graduates

Air Transportation

11 Graduates

Bible/Biblical Studies

11 Graduates

Film/Video and Photographic Arts

11 Graduates

Computer and Information Sciences,...

10 Graduates


10 Graduates

Biomedical/Medical Engineering

9 Graduates

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Ot...

9 Graduates

Teacher Education and Professional...

9 Graduates

International/Global Studies

8 Graduates


8 Graduates

Nutrition Sciences

8 Graduates

Construction Engineering Technologi...

7 Graduates

Natural Resources Conservation and...

7 Graduates

Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft

6 Graduates


6 Graduates

Romance Languages, Literatures, and...

6 Graduates

Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecu...

5 Graduates

Chemical Engineering

5 Graduates

Engineering, General

5 Graduates

Missions/Missionary Studies and Mis...

5 Graduates

Sustainability Studies

4 Graduates


3 Graduates


3 Graduates

Visual and Performing Arts, General

2 Graduates


1 Graduates

Computer Science

1 Graduates


Student Body

Undergraduate Students


Socio-Economic Diversity Percent of full-time, first-time students receiving an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.






Students Gender



US National: 44%



US National: 56%




38% White

3% Unknown

7% Black

37% Hispanic

6% Two or more races

2% Non Resident alien

5% Asian

1% American Indian/Alaska native

1% Native Hawaiians/Pacific islander

Geographic Density

Geographic Density



Unknown Location


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Economic Diversity

36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

Median Household Income

$66,850 per year

Campus Life


The students can reside on campus and 71% of Freshman Live On-Campus.

On Campus Housing Available


Freshmen Required to Live on Campus


Freshmen Live on Campus


Undergrads in College Housing


Averege Housing Cost


Campus Food

The institution has several dining and meal plan options available to students and the average meal plan cost is around $5,440/year.

Meal Plan Available


Average Meal Plan Available



Division Sports Nickname


School Colors

Blue and Gold

Varsity Athletics Association


Varsity Athletics Conference Primary

Not applicable

Total Male Athletes


Total Female Athletes


Intramural Sports


Sports Club


Sports Team (Men)



Cross Country



Swimming and Diving

Track and Field

Water Polo


Sports Team (Women)


Cheerleading-Dance Team

Cross Country




Swimming and Diving

Track and Field


Water Polo

Campus Safety

24-Hour Security Patrol


Campus Emergency Phones


24-Hour Escort Safety rides


Mobile Campus Emergency Alert


Students who want to enjoy the campus and lodging life can benefit from the on-campus housing facility provided by CBU. A candidate will be needed to pay a normal expense of $9,660 per year for living on campus. The average meal plan at CBU costs around $5,440 a year. Notably, students at the varsity get to choose from various dining and meal plan options as well. The university has taken a lot of measures to ensure the safety and security of its students. Some of these measures include 24-hr security patrol, campus emergency phones, 24-hr escort safety rides and mobile campus emergency alert. The university has enrolled around 38% male and 62% female students.

After Graduation

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation


Median Earnings 10 Years After Graduation


Median Total Debt After Graduation The median cumulative federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated.




Typical Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 4.53% interest rate.

$208 - 389

Outcomes 8 Years of Attending

Show data for students who

and started their studies

Out of 7,811 students

30% Graduated

10% Still Enrolled

15% Transfer

1% Withdraw

Financial Aid

Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid.


Average Aid Per Year


Students Receiving Federal Grants


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Students Receiving State Aid


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Students Receiving Institutional Grants


Average Aid Per Year


Average Grant & Scholarship by Family Income

Aid awarded based on the family income.


Average Amount

< $30K


$30K - $48K


$48K - $75K


$75K - $110K


> $110K


Total Needs based Scholarships/Grants


Total Non-Needs based Scholarships/Grants


CUB provides financial assistance to students who lack financial backup and need to fund their education. These are given in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. Grants and scholarships are awarded on the basis of the student's merit, residential status, ethnicity, and such and need not be paid back. Loans are the type of aids which have to be paid back after the completion of the course.

To understand the financial requirement and eligibility, students are requested to fill in the FAFSA form. 

California Baptist University (CBU) Federal School Code is 001125.

The average financial aid amount paid by the college is about $20485

Additionally, a candidate would also be entitled to receive the following from the university:

Gift Aid - $20,485

Federal Grants - $5,378

State Aid - $6,890

Institutional Grants - $15,184

CBU Financial Aid Office

8432 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, CA 92504
(951) 343-4236

Email - finaid@calbaptist.edu

Office Hours
Monday–Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Please call the office to schedule an appointment so we can best serve you.

The Financial Aid Office is located in the Horn Academic Wing of the Eugene and Billie Yeager Center, in room B117.

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